In the picturesque town of Židlochovice, in the Czech Republic, the first concert of the One Music project took place, which brought an unforgettable experience for all visitors. This unique musical event, which is the result of a collaboration between the renowned musical ensembles Solamente naturali from Slovakia and Barokksolistene from Norway, was in the spirit of musical connection and creativity.
The concert event, which was part of the Music is Only One project, included compositions from both Slovak and Nordic musical heritage. Musicians from both ensembles, led by leaders Miloš Valent and Bjart Eike, created a unique musical bridge between different cultures and traditions. Their interaction and joint music making brought a new dimension to the presented programme.
The performance was held in an atmosphere of deep respect for the history and cultural heritage of both nations. Pieces from the repertoires of Solamente naturali and Barokksolistene were interspersed with new compositions by talented composers Jon Balke from Norway, Michal Paľko and Daniel Matej from Slovakia.
The unique atmosphere of the concert was not limited to the musical expression. During the evening, visitors could taste excellent Moravian wines, which enhanced the overall experience of the evening. The locals were enthusiastic and chatted enthusiastically with the artists even after the concert. The musical symphony of old and new tones, traditions and innovations, resounded in the Czech Republic and brought hope for future similar musical projects.
The Secondary Vocational School of Hairdressing and Make-up Artistry, Svätoplukova 2, in Bratislava welcomed members of Solamente naturali in its premises as part of the One music concerts for secondary vocational schools.
The concert of classical music was held at the school for the first time. The concert, entitled “Melodies Fly”, brought old music from three hundred years ago, as well as melodies by contemporary composer Daniel Matej.
Miloš Valent (violin) with his words opened up an unknown world of early music to the students and their teachers. Other members of the ensemble Jan Rokyta (cimbalom, whistles), Jan Kružliak (violin, zlobcoky, electric violin), Peter Vrbinčík (viola, zlobcoky) and Jan Prevozník (violone) presented old musical instruments that the audience had never heard before. This extraordinary concert grabbed the hearts of the attendees so much that we will certainly be happy to do it again.
On the afternoon of 3 May 2023, after a great day of rehearsals at the Lozorno Cultural Centre, we met with pupils and parents from the local Private Primary School of the Arts and other members of the general and professional public for a workshop on early music of the 18th century.
Members of Barokksolistene together with Solamente naturali played examples of early music from the archives of Slovak and Norwegian cities, as well as elements of the emerging One music programme. Miloš Valent, artistic director of Solamente naturali, took the floor and managed to captivate the audience with his interesting commentary interspersed with fresh humour. A rare element of the workshop was the presence of two composers of the One music programme – Jon Balke and Michal Paľko, who were able to listen to the compositions.
We took advantage of the rare presence of the world-famous Norwegian jazz musician, pianist and composer Jon Balke on 2 May 2023 at a workshop at the Church Conservatory, Beňadická 2, in Bratislava. He spent more than two hours among the students and their teachers, talking about music and the process of its creation. For the conservatory, it was another in a series of meetings with artistic personalities that they organise as part of their educational programme.
The end of Jon Balke’s meeting at the Conservatory was an interesting discussion about his work with a representative of Musical Life. More on Facebook.
Jon Balke has held various positions on boards and committees including Notam, Norwegian Art Council, Norwegian Jazz Federation etc. As a teacher he has worked at academies in Norway, Denmark, Italy and Germany. He is an associate professor of music production at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Jon Balke is also the founder and manager of the Madstun Art Centre in Norway.