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VENI Ensemble is the oldest among the still-existing ensembles of contemporary music in Slovakia. Its existence has lasted continually since 1988. It is also the ensemble with the largest number of members in terms of musicians who worked with it or were its guests. It is also the ensemble which gave rise to the greatest number of other groups with wide variety of style orientations and repertoire preferences.

The impulse for the establishment of the ensemble was mainly a lack of options to present works of Slovak composers of the then younger generation as well as the western or American contemporary music scene. The aim of the foundation was to enrich Slovak concert life with alternatives and to some extent with a provocative element, which since the collapse of avant-garde of the 60s was almost totally absent. The founder and “spiritus movens” of this ensemble is a composer and theoretician Daniel Matej, who brought together composers Martin Burlas, Peter Zagar, Marek Piaček, which performed there as instrumentalists, and a number of young Slovak performers, many of which eventually ranked among the top of Slovak performing arts.

The basis of the repertoire of VENI Ensemble is music of 20th century composers who stood outside of the “mainstream” and outside of the interest of the majority of official music institutions, such as Erik Satie, Charles Ives, Giacinto Scelsi, so-called New York Avant-Garde (John Cage, Earle Brown, Morton Feldman), minimal music, and authors of the postminimal and postcage orientation. In connection with the visit of John Cage the ensemble in May 1992 promoted his music (projects WHY CAGE – portrait '80 and OPEN CAGE), likewise in 1995 they promoted the music of Satie or Ives.

In 20 years of its existence, VENI Ensemble has attended more than 100 performances on festival stages and individual concerts mainly in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, but also in other European countries, making it one of the best known and most important Slovak ensemble with a focus on contemporary music. It was a regular guest of the festivals New Slovak Music, Evenings of New Music, for which it is the resident ensemble (after the regime collapse), and Melos Ethos. Quite often it performs in Czech territory: Municipal Library of Prague, Forfest '91 Kroměříž, Babí Lom '92 in Lelekovice near Brno, presentations Studio of New Music and Marathon of Contemporary Music in Prague, and Exposition of New Music in Brno.

Important events of the ensemble are performing in The Leap To Meaning – An International Art Symposium, Bowen Island by Vancouver in Canada (2000), performing four operas in the Theatre Stoka in Bratislava (2001), regular performances in festival (new) Music At Home in Synagogue in Šamorín, Slovakia (since 2004). In 2005, 2006 and 2008 the ensemble successfully performed at the summer festival Bažant Pohoda. In 2008 the ensemble celebrated its 20th anniversary by concert series VENI – Twenty Years After, in which they performed with distinguished guests (Elliott Sharp and Hilary Jeffery on the Evening of New Music), which was met with an extraordinary response from the audience.


Bibliography

  • Puškášová, Melánia: Hudba dneška v SNG : Get out of Whatever CAGE
    2020 52, 2020/1 - 2, p. 11
  • Vozárová, Eva: 30 rokov v neobyčajnom hudobnom vesmíre
    2018 2018/1 - 2, p. 35
  • Kolář, Robert: Hudba dneška v SNG 25: VENI 30 (1)
    2018 2018/1 - 2, p. 33
  • Kušnierik, Juraj: VENI: Twenty Years After
    2008 2008/7, p. 66 – 67
  • Slabý, Petr: VENI 30 [recenzia CD]
    2020 52, 2020/3, p. 39
  • Fujak, Július: Dve Andriessenove podoby politickej hudby
    2010 2010/1 - 2, p. 10.
  • Fulka, Vladimír: Galéria hudby 2009
    2010 2010/1 - 2, p. 8.
  • Urbančíková, Lýdia: Ars nova Cassoviae
    2009 2009/11- 12, p. 11.
  • Kolář, Robert: (new) music at home ´08
    2008 XL, 2008/10, p. 6 – 7
  • Buffa, Ivan: Večery novej hudby 2007
    2007 39, 2007/12, p. 12 – 13

Discography

  • Photo: Veni 30 VENI 30
    2019 CD – Music Fund
    1. Marian Lejava: Wrath I
      VENI ensemble, Marián Lejava (dir.), Hilary Jeffery (tn)
    2. Bosko Milaković: Losing My Religion
      VENI ensemble, Marián Lejava (dir.)
    3. : Trio
      VENI ensemble
    4. : Orpheus Mirror
      Marián Lejava (dir.), VENI ensemble
    5. : Dark Matters
      Marián Lejava (dir.), VENI ensemble
    6. Daniel Matej: MORSeARIA (miserere)
      VENI ensemble, Daniel Matej (umv.), Eva Šušková (s), Nikolaj Nikitin (sx)
    7. : schwarz-weiss
      VENI ensemble, THReNSeMBle, Balázs Horváth (umv.)
    8. : Kya
      VENI ensemble, THReNSeMBle, Balázs Horváth (umv.), Ronald Šebesta (cl)
    9. Daniel Matej: JMF for DM
      VENI ensemble, Daniel Matej (umv.), Veronika Vitázková (fl)
    10. : Aus den sieben Tagen
      VENI ensemble, Daniel Matej (umv.), Nikolaj Nikitin (sxs)
  • Photo: Bratislava Veni Ensemble BRATISLAVA VENI ENSEMBLE
    2008 CD – Hevhetia HV 0027-2-331
    1. Tomas Boros: Anava
      VENI ensemble, Anton Popovič (dir.)
    2. Daniel Matej: Make love not art! (Lucy’s Diamonds Are Forever)
      VENI ensemble, Anton Popovič (dir.)
    3. Christian Wolff: Bratislava
      VENI ensemble, Anton Popovič (dir.)
    4. Allison Cameron: Rainsnout
      VENI ensemble, Anton Popovič (dir.)
    5. Richard Ayres: No. 15 (kind in een tuin vol verrassingen)
      VENI ensemble, Jana Pastorková (s), Anton Popovič (dir.)
  • Photo:
    2006 CD – Music Fund SF 00482131
    1. Daniel Matej: In the End…
      VENI ensemble
    2. Daniel Matej: Schneller, weiter, höher
      ARCANA ensemble
    3. Daniel Matej: ('Nikabrik' or 'Trumpkin'?)
      Anne La Berge (fl), Nora Skuta (pf)
    4. Daniel Matej: JAUNE, BLEUE, ROUGE
      VENI ensemble
  • Photo: Peter Zagar: Apocalypsis PETER ZAGAR: APOCALYPSIS
    1999 CD – Slovart Records SR 0032
    1. Peter Zagar: Music For Video
      VENI ensemble, Anton Popovič (dir.)
    2. Peter Zagar: Trio
      OPERA APERTA ensemble
    3. Peter Zagar: Four Pieces
      Bratislava Chamber Soloists, Anton Popovič (dir.)
    4. Peter Zagar: Quintet
      OPERA APERTA ensemble
    5. Peter Zagar: Apocalypsis Iohannis
      Jana Pastorková (s), Petra Noskaiová (ms), Camerata Bratislava, Jan Rozehnal (zbm.), Bratislava Chamber Soloists, Anton Popovič (dir.)
  • Photo: BETWEEN BETWEEN
    1995 CD – MUSICA 790023-2, Viedeň
    1. Daniel Matej: Always
      Nora Skuta (pf), Miki Skuta (pf)
    2. Daniel Matej: 383 – Music for Two (in the “Mondschein”)
      VENI ensemble, Anton Popovič (dir.), Jana Pastorková (s)
    3. Daniel Matej: Musica aeterna
      VENI ensemble, Anton Popovič (dir.)
    4. Daniel Matej: Video (Billboards)
      VENI ensemble, Anton Popovič (dir.)
    5. Daniel Matej: (Two) Lullabies
      VENI ensemble
  • Photo: VENI ensemble VENI ENSEMBLE
    1992 CD – Music Fund SF 0004 2131
    1. Jozef Malovec: Cryptogram I
      VENI ensemble, Tonino Battista (dir.), Gabriele Mirabassi (clb), Daniel Matej (dr), Peter Krbaťa, jr. (dr), Peter Važan (dr), Robert Rist (dr), Nora Skuta (pf)
    2. Peter Kolman: Molisation
      VENI ensemble, Marek Piaček (fl), Robert Rist (vbf)
    3. Ladislav Kupkovic: Octagon of Solitude, Boredom and Fear
      VENI ensemble, Róbert Jurčo (ac), Ronald Šebesta (clb), Jozef Lupták (vc), Róbert Krchniak (cl), Marek Piaček (fl), Rastislav Suchan (tr), Peter Vrbinčík (vl), Miloš Valent (vn)
    4. Peter Zagar: Music For Video
      VENI ensemble, Anton Popovič (dir.), Juraj Kováč (vc), Martina Bernášková (fl), Nora Skuta (pf), Peter Vrbinčík (vl), Miloš Valent (vn), Vladimíra Rozsypalová (vn)
    5. Martin Burlas: From My Life...
      VENI ensemble, Róbert Jurčo (ac), Jozef Lupták (vc), Juraj Kováč (vc), Petr Michoněk (vc), Andrej Ivanov (cb), Peter Važan (dr), Ronald Šebesta (dr), Robert Rist (dr), Daniel Matej (pf), Martin Burlas (sth), Peter Vrbinčík (vl), Leo Sláma (vn), Miloš Valent (vn)
    6. Daniel Matej: Gloria
      VENI ensemble, Tonino Battista (dir.), Róbert Jurčo (ac), Igor Pasek (br), Ronald Šebesta (clb), Jozef Lupták (bgui), Juraj Kováč (vc), Petr Michoněk (vc), Pavol Mikula (kt), Andrej Ivanov (cb), Martin Burlas (elgui), Cyril Šikula (ob), Peter Krbaťa, jr. (dr), Robert Rist (dr), Nora Skuta (pf), Miki Skuta (elpf), Peter Važan (ppf), Monika Kádeková (s), František Caban (t), Branko Kubina (tn), Peter Strešnák (tr), Peter Vrbinčík (vl)
  • Photo: VENI VENI
    1990 LP – Globus International 210027-1111
    1. Martin Burlas: Music for Róbert Dupkala
      VENI ensemble
    2. Daniel Matej: Musica aeterna
      VENI ensemble

Premieres

  • First performances in Slovakia
  • Daniel Matej: pre zvukovú stopu, barytón (a orchestrálny sprievod alebo ansámbel)
    20 Nov
    2018
    First performances in Slovakia
    Žilina, SK
    PERFORMERS: Vojtěch Šembera (br), VENI ensemble, Daniel Matej (dir.)
  • Daniel Matej: CODA [to Ho-chi-min] no. 2
    3 Aug
    2018
    First performances in Slovakia
    Poprad, SK
    PERFORMERS: Branislav Dugovič (cl), Michal Matejka (elgui), Milan Osadský (ac), Daniel Matej (C), VENI ensemble
  • Ján Boleslav Kladivo: Monade
    16 Oct
    2005
    First performances in Slovakia
    Evenings of New Music, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble
  • Ján Boleslav Kladivo: Morning Rest
    (Deconstruction)
    16 Oct
    2005
    First performances in Slovakia
    Evenings of New Music, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble, OVER4tea
  • Marián Lejava: veni's marchin'on (an anthem)
    Wop. 10
    5 Dec
    2002
    First performances in Slovakia
    Evenings of New Music, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble, OPERA APERTA ensemble
  • Ľubomír Burgr: A Scream in the Darkness
    5 Dec
    2002
    First performances in Slovakia
    Evenings of New Music, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble, OPERA APERTA ensemble
  • Martin Burlas: Pleasure Till Death
    for flute, clarinet, electric guitar, accordion, synthesizer, piano, viola
    5 Dec
    2002
    First performances in Slovakia
    Evenings of New Music, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble, OPERA APERTA ensemble
  • Daniel Matej: John King (ballad opera)
    for soprano, baritone, bass, actress, actor-clarinetist, actor-trombonist, 3 dancers, statist, commentator, chamber orchestra and CD
    15 Dec
    2001
    First performances in Slovakia
    Evenings of New Music, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble, Marián Lejava (dir.), Martin Majkút (zbm.), Daniel Matej (hudba)
  • Tomáš Boroš: Anava
    29 Oct
    1999
    First performances in Slovakia
    Evenings of New Music, Slovak Radio, Studio 2, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble
  • Marek Piaček: Things Go Better With Tamagochi
    30 Oct
    1998
    First performances in Slovakia
    Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble
  • Daniel Matej: Make love not art! (Lucy’s Diamonds Are Forever)
    for two groups of melodic instruments ad lib. and drums with ocassional vocal accompainment
    14 Nov
    1995
    First performances in Slovakia
    Melos-Ethos, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble
  • Daniel Matej: Rock me, Baby! No. 1 (in the style of old masters)
    14 Nov
    1995
    First performances in Slovakia
    Melos-Ethos, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble
  • Marek Piaček: Teacher In Children`s Eyes
    14 Nov
    1995
    First performances in Slovakia
    Melos-Ethos, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble
  • Marek Piaček: ¡AHORA FUERA DE BURLAS! en homenaje a (martin) burlas
    1 Jun
    1993
    First performances in Slovakia
    Evenings of New Music, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble
  • Daniel Matej: ('Nikabrik' or 'Trumpkin'?)
    19 Jun
    1992
    First performances in Slovakia
    Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble
  • Martin Burlas: Radio Plays
    for chamber ensemble
    19 Jun
    1992
    First performances in Slovakia
    Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble
  • Daniel Matej: In the End…
    19 Nov
    1990
    First performances in Slovakia
    New Slovak Music, Slovak Radio, Studio 2, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble
  • Peter Zagar: Music For Video
    for 10 instruments
    1990 First performances in Slovakia
    Evenings of New Music, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble
  • Martin Burlas: Thirtythree
    for string quintet, trumpet, violoncello, electric guitar, piano, synthesizer, percussions, saxophone, tárogató
    14 Feb
    1989
    First performances in Slovakia
    New Slovak Music, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble, Jozef Baán (sx), Anton Popovič (bat)
  • Marek Piaček: Blackbird
    Song for lower voice and string quartet on the poetry of Milan Rúfus
    12 Feb
    1989
    First performances in Slovakia
    New Slovak Music, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble, Ingrid Michalíková (s)
  • Miloš Betko: A Bride of Ridges
    Killing based on a short story by František Švantner, for soprano, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, violin, violoncello, double bass, timpani and conductor’s baton Op. 19
    12 Feb
    1989
    First performances in Slovakia
    New Slovak Music, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble
  • First performances abroad
  • Martin Burlas: c durable
    for chamber ensemble
    6 May
    2015
    First performances abroad
    Hungarian Radio, Studio 6, Budapest, HU
    PERFORMERS: THReNSeMBLe, Balázs Horváth (umv.), VENI ensemble, Daniel Matej (umv.)
  • Daniel Matej: MACHAUT (ma fin est mon commencement) RE_MIXED
    6 May
    2015
    First performances abroad
    Hungarian Radio, Studio 6, Budapest, HU
    PERFORMERS: THReNSeMBLe, Balázs Horváth (umv.), VENI ensemble, Daniel Matej (umv.)
  • Boško Milaković: Losing My Religion
    5 Dec
    2002
    First performances abroad
    Praha, CZ
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble, OPERA APERTA ensemble, Marián Lejava (dir.)
  • Martin Burlas: Pleasure Till Death
    for flute, clarinet, electric guitar, accordion, synthesizer, piano, viola
    19 Nov
    2000
    First performances abroad
    Praha, CZ
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble

Gallery

  • Photo: Veni ensemble 2006 Veni ensemble

    Source: Archives of the Music Centre Slovakia
    Author: Pavel Kastl
  • Photo: Veni ensemble 2006 Veni ensemble

    Source: Archives of the Music Centre Slovakia
    Author: Pavel Kastl
  • Photo: Veni ensemble 2006 Veni ensemble

    Source: Archives of the Music Centre Slovakia
    Author: Pavel Kastl
  • Photo: Veni ensemble 2006 Veni ensemble

    Source: Archives of the Music Centre Slovakia
    Author: Pavel Kastl
  • Photo: 2006

    Source: Archives of the Music Centre Slovakia
    Author: Pavel Kastl
  • Photo: 2006

  • Photo: Veni ensemble 2006 Veni ensemble

    Source: Archives of the Music Centre Slovakia
    Author: Pavel Kastl
  • Photo: Veni ensemble 1992 Veni ensemble

    Source: Archives of the Music Centre Slovakia
  • Photo: Veni ensemble a Louis Andriessen 1990 Veni ensemble a Louis Andriessen

    Source:
    Author: Milan David

Contact:
Daniel Matej
Odeská 40
821 06 Bratislava 214



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