Opening Performance Orchestra & Guldur

Czech Republic

Opening Performance Orchestra is a seven-member ensemble encompassing a wide genre span – from the 20th-century electronic thrusts of the musical avant-garde as far as contemporary Japanese noise music. Its own creations are based on fraction music, with the initial sound being digitally destroyed, fractured, and uncompromisingly rid of all its original attributes within the spirit of the credo “no melodies – no rhythms – no harmonies”. The results are original compositions (such as Spring Ceremony or Fraction Music, Evenfall, Creeping Waves) as well as reinterpretations of other composers’ pieces that the ensemble feels to be in
the same vein – cases in point being Inspirium Primum, referring to the material by Hiroshi Hasegawa, a Japanese noise music representative; Re:Broken Music, based on the destroyed music of the Czech Fluxus artist Milan Knížák; Chess Show, a distinctive John Cage reminiscence; Perceived Horizons, a tribute to musique concrète; The Noise of Art and Futurist Soirée, originating from the ideas and texts of the Italian Futurists and bringing to bear authentic
instruments known as intonarumori.
During of its existence, Opening Performance Orchestra has given a number of concerts, for example, at MaerzMusic, a contemporary music festival in Berlin (2014, BROKEN REBROKEN); at the New Music Exposition international festival in Brno (2014, BROKEN REBROKEN); at the Minimarathon of electronic music held as a part of the Days of Ostrava festival of contemporary music (2013, The Noise Of Art); at the NEXT festival of progressive music in Bratislava (2014, Fraction Music VII); at the Prague Industrial Festival (2006, Fraction Music and 2008, ASTROPO); at the Wroclaw Industrial Festival (2007, Fraction Music II); at
several previews of the Czech Concretists' Club, including a retrospective at Topičův salon in Prague (2015, The Contours of Sounds); at the opening of the Membra Disjecta for John Cage exhibition at the DOX gallery in Prague (2012, Chess Show); at the National Gallery in Prague during the Art's Birthday party given by Czech Radio (2016, Futurist Soirée); and at Ostrava Days, in co-operation with Reinhold Friedl (2017, Chess Show). Since 2010, re-set production,
coming under Opening Performance Orchestra, has organised the regular NOISE ZONE cycle, an open audio-visual project mapping the noise scene, which has hosted, among others, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Astro, Merzbow, Milan Knížák, Schloss Tegal, Einleitungszeit, If Bwana, Rapoon, Birds Build Nests Underground, Instinct Primal, Magadan and Napalmed. Since 2006, Opening Performance Orchestra have released recordings, initially as self-publishers, and since
2015 particularly on the Belgian label Sub Rosa – in October 2015, together with Milan Knížák, BROKEN REBROKEN, in November 2018 the collaborative 2-CD album MERZOPO with Merzbow, in February 2019 The Noise of Art (2 LPs and a CD). In August 2016, on the German label Psych KG, they released Fraction Elements, together with Hiroshi Hasegawa (CD), and in February 2019, on Germany’s Drone Records, the piece Creeping Waves IV on CD and the composition Creeping Waves III on the LP sampler V. A. – DRONE-MIND/MIND-DRONE Vol. 7. At the beginning of 2016, Opening Performance Orchestra recorded the composition Futurist Soirée, commissioned by Czech Radio, which was performed within the EBU international exchange network in November 2016. Futurist Soirée, for three intonarumori and two narrators, could be heard in June 2017 at the opening of an exhibition at the Museum of Art in Łódź, dedicated to Enrico Prampolini and Polish avant-garde theatre. In November 2017, re-set production, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and the National Gallery in Prague, Czech Radio and the Agosto Foundation, organised the Futurist Week, which featured a concert of compositions for intonarumori, performed with the participation of Luciano Chessa, David Danel, Petr Ferenc, Miroslav Pudlák and Opening Performance Orchestra, while the Trade Fair Palace of the National Gallery in Prague hosted Luciano Chessa’s lecture titled Music the Dead Can Hear, dedicated to Futurism and Luigi Russolo, and the Vltava radio station broadcast a special programme focused on Italian Futurism.

Opening Performance Orchestra - Fraction Music V

Opening Performance Orchestra - Fraction Spectral

Opening Performance Orchestra - Creeping Waves - (A)VOID

Opening Performance Orchestra at Echofluxx 17, Prague