Marek Piaček (b. 1972) composer, performer. He studied flute at the Bratislava Conservatory (1986–1992), but his ongoing interest in unusual performance techniques led him to study composition, at first privately with Ilja Zeljenka, later at the Academy of Music and Drama with the same teacher (1990–1995). Zeljenka encouraged Piaček’s interest in experimental art, and thus hastened his disassociation with traditional forms (String Quartet, 1989). During his studies he began working in the Experimental Studio of the Slovak Radio, where he produced Flauto dolce ’91 (1991, in collaboration with Juraj Ďuriš). Piaček attended several training courses and seminars (Boswil – 1990–1991; Nottingham Trent University – Kevin Jones, 1993; Akademie für Neue Musik – Boguslaw Schaeffer, Marek Chołoniewski, 1996). He is co-founder of Middle-Class Chamber Orchestra Požoň Sentimental and his musical experience includes 20 years performing in many ensembles and groups – Vapori del Cuore, VENI ensemble, email@example.com, SonDrian, Voise Over Noise, Mio-Mio, Audiobratia, Pink Big Pig, Frutti di mare, Musica falsa et ficta. He performed improvised music with musicians like Nick Collins, David Dramm, Hilary Jeffrey, Ann LaBerge, Beth Griffith, Jean-Marc Montera, Günter Müller, Chris Newmann, John Oswald, Otomo Yoshihide, Jon Rose, Elliot Sharp, Miki Skuta, Daan Vandevalle, Marián Varga, Alfred Zimmerlin, Marcus Eichenberger and others.
Since 1996 he has composed music for countless theatre, dance and film productions. He is author of the scores for award-winning films by Peter Kerekes (Ladomírske morytáty a legendy, 66 Seasons, Cooking History and others) Ivana Šebestová (Lionardo Mio, Four). Recently he is finishing score for animated opera-musical Stones by Katarina Kerekesova. He has released 24 albums with classical, electronic, improvised and film music to date.
In 2008 he was commissioned by the Bratislava Music Festival to compose his second symphony, in 2009 by Melos-Ethos Festival to perform the new improvised opera Erlking.
Piaček’s music was featured at Warsaw Autumn, Wien Modern, Wiener Festwochen, Melos-Ethos, Evenings of New Music, Musica Danubiana Ljubljana, Bratislava Music Festival, New Slovak Music Festival, Exposition of New Music Brno, on many concerts at home and abroad.
Presently he is active as a composer, performer (flute, laptop, conductor), improviser, teacher, organizer of contemporary music events.
In his music Piaček exploits elements of every-day life and culture, allusions to pop-music, he re-creates (re-composes) music all around us, music of the past…
In Piaček’s eyes, and in his works, rather, art is a culture-creating activity, giving him space, where something neutral, even trivial, aggressive (bad) is changed into something good, better, of greater value – briefly, something what makes sense.
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