"12 PEOPLE LEFT THE HALL,
A REVOLUTION IN ZILINA"
21-23 APRIL 2016, ALLEGRETTO FESTIVAL, ZILINA, SLOVAKIA.
On Thursday I arrived in Zilina. A beautiful place, Slovakia has a very nice nature, nice mountains and the weather was great! Finally after months of cold rain and snow.. In the evening I got to visit a concert with a symphony orchestra and soprano. A beautiful traditional program where I noticed that the audience is used to certain rituals. I started to feel the urge to change my program into something more progressive as opposite to the Thursday evening performance.
On Friday morning I started with the technical rehearsal at 10:00 and ended at 16:00 without a break. Many thanks to the great sound engineer and the very flexible light technicians! I programmed to start with a transcription of Suite Popular Brasileira by Villa-Lobos. But then I decided to throw the piece out and replace it for John Cage's 4'33". I didn't inform anybody about it so the whole audience was expecting me to start with Villa-Lobos. That gave some very interesting reactions and sounds. After I kept the tension between every piece and played Asanga by Kevin Volans for drums, Vibra Elufa by Stockhausen for Vibraphone, an electronic improvisation based on Steve Reich's Marimba Phase and in the end Le corps a corps by Georges Aperghis without having applaus between the pieces.
After the end of Aperghis the audience was very grateful, I appreciate the warm applause you gave me! I gave a small encore and played the first movement of Villa-Lobos. Later the organization explained me that it was a very progressive recital for the hall in Zilina and that I started a revolution. It felt to me like a compliment and I was happy that everything worked out. It was a nice experience to play this recital on this festival and nice to meet all these amazing people. Thanks to Olga Smetanova and Ivana Macaríková for the wonderful organization!