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Scott Gleason

Composers and artists’ collective and independent publisher of recordings, scores, The Open Space Magazine, and The Open Space Web Magazine. Founded in the late 1980s by Elaine Barkin, Benjamin Boretz, and J.K. Randall, it publishes idiosyncratic musics and discourses.

While comparable to similar efforts such as Frog Peak Music and Kenneth Gaburo's (defunct) Lingua Press, in that it considers publishing to be a creative act and does not own its contributors’ copyrights to their work, Open Space initially distributed this ‘output’ free of charge. Open Space produces material by composers, improvisers, poets, scholars, and anyone interested in ‘scouting expressive frontiers’. An American mythos pervades the cooperative.

Some of its contributors were involved in high-modernist compositional theory mid-century, having worked with Milton Babbitt at Princeton University and published compositional theories in Perspectives of New Music. However, Open Space largely represents a turn away from high modernism toward experimental and improvisational output. Its participants thus often compose, improvise, and write after theory, after technologization, and after hierarchical social and musical structures....

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Ian Mikyska

Czech string quartet, founded 1999. Its line-up has remained constant since its foundation: David Pokorný and Vladimír Klánský on violins, Vladimír Kroupa on viola, and Vít Petrášek on cello. Although classical repertoire remains central to their professional lives, the Epoque Quartet is remarkable for the breadth and professionalism of its ‘crossover’ work. The quartet has performed with the leading artists of Czech popular music, arranged world music from various traditions (most recently with the clarinettist Irvin Venyš for their CD ...

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Ian Mikyska

(b Kyjov, 15 June 1981).Czech clarinetist. Studied at the Brno Conservatory with Břetislav Winkler and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (AMU) with Jiří Hlaváč and Vlastimil Mareš, where he completed his PhD dissertation on the topic of the clarinet concerto repertoire in the 20th century. He also spent an important year with Michel Arrignon at the Paris Conservatoire....

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Ian Mikyska

(b Prague, 5 Feb 1978).Czech oboist. He studied at the Prague Conservatory with František Xaver Thuri, at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with Liběna Séquardtová, and at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin with Dominik Wollenweber. His time in Germany was particularly fruitful thanks to two years in the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester, followed by a further two years as a Karajan scholar in the Berlin Philharmonic. He is a laureate of the 7th Competition of Tokyo by the Sony Music Foundation and of Concertino Praha....

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(b Hamburg, 14 Nov 1805; d Berlin, 14 May 1847). German composer, pianist, and salon hostess. Fanny Hensel was one of the most prolific female composers of the 19th century, among the first women to write a string quartet, and a life-long proponent of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and her brother, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Hensel was a pianist of rare talent and prodigious memory who dazzled private audiences at her concert series in her Berlin home. She struggled her entire life with the conflicting impulses of authorship versus the social expectations for her high-class status, finally deciding to publish her music only one year before her early death at the age of 41; her hesitation was variously a result of her dutiful attitude towards her father, her intense relationship with her brother, and her awareness of contemporary social thought on women in the public sphere. Hensel’s music reflects her deep reverence for Bach especially, as well as for Beethoven, but also exhibits the fine craftsmanship and lyricism typical of the post-Classical Mendelssohnian style, and her own experimental and inventive approach to form and content. During her lifetime, Hensel’s career, conducted mostly in the private sphere, was overshadowed by the more public exploits of her brother. The true extent of her compositions (over 450 completed compositions and drafts) and her contributions to the Mendelssohnian style have been rediscovered and appreciated in the late 20th and early 21st centuries....