NEWS

02.04.2017
"Dance otherwise we are lost"
(ProART Czech-German dance days as part of Czech-Greman Culture Spring 2017)


I am very pleased to inform you about the performance "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?",
for which I had the honor of writing part of the music based on the Sonnets of William Shakespeare.
This work was commissioned as part of a production by the ProArt company (CZ / AT). In the performance
I also participate as an interpreter in various presentations to be held in the Czech Republic:

PILSEN - Czech Republic

2. 4. 20:00 / Moving Station: "Shall I compare thee to a summer´s day?" / ProART Company + BOkomplex

2. 4. / Moving Station: Dance workshops (Olaf Reinecke, Lukáš Lepold)


BRNO - Czech Republic

22. 5. 20:00 / Vila Loew Beer: "Shall I compare thee to a summer´s day?" / ProART Company + BOkomplex

21. 5. / Místodržitelský palác: Dance workshops (Olaf Reinecke, Lukáš Lepold)


For more information and ticket sales please visit:

https://www.proart-festival.cz/cz/dance-dance-othewise-we-are-lost/




Picture: Vrbaak



27.08.2016
Participation at the Multicultural Festival “The Vibrant Nine 2016” (Barevna Devitka)
On August 27th of the current year, I will have the honor to participate at the Multicultural Festival “The Vibrant Nine 2016” in behalf of the Mexican Embassy in the Czech Republic, where I will perform my own compositions and some arrangements that I have done on different Traditional Mexican Tunes.
This will place at the Park Podvinny Mlyn in Prague, Czech Republic, from 14:00 hrs.
For further information please consult:

http://barevnadevitka.cz/




14.06.2016
Guitar Concert in Prague

It is a honor for me to inform you about the concert that I will have on next Tuesday 14th June at the “Atrium na Zizkove”  in Prague, on an event organized by the Embassy of Mexico in the Czech Republic.

At this concert I will perform works by the contemporary Mexican composers Juanra Urrusti and Miguel Rivera, together with my own compositions.

The invitation is open for all the general audience. Free entry.



02.06.2016 – 04.06.2016
Participation at the 8th International Festival of Classical Guitar Performance

On 4th June of the current year, I will have the honor to have my second participation at the International Festival of Classical Guitar Performance, with the lecture “Music Composition for Guitar”.

This will place at the Jan Albrecht Music and Art Academy, which is located in the city of Banska Stiavnica Slovakia, where I will have the privilege to share the stage with very important personalities of the World Guitar Performance.

15.05.2016
Czech premiere of the theater play “El viaje de los cantores” (cesta pěvců)

On Sunday 15.05.2016 will be the premiere in the Czech Republic of “El viaje de los cantores” (cesta pěvců), a multi - awarded theater play by the Mexican dramaturge Hugo Salcedo, under the direction of Veronika Pospisilova, for which I had the honor to write the music. Written in 1988, the work is based in a true life tragical story about 18 Mexicans who die in their attempt of crossing the border with the USA.

Performances:

Sunday 15.05.2016
Sunday 29.05.2016
Sunday 12.06.2016

Studio Paradox, Brno, Czech Republic

For further information and reservations, please consult the official website of venue:

http://www.studioparadox.org/rezervace

You can also visit the official Facebook page of the project at:

https://www.facebook.com/Cesta-p%C4%9Bvc%C5%AF-1595593387422430/?fref=ts

 

 



26.11.2015

Calendar of activities of my Hong Kong Tour

8.11.2015 at 16:00 hrs. : Recital “Czexican Melodies: a Conversation and Recital with Omar Rojas” at the Hong Kong University Museum.

30.11.2015 at 18:30 hrs. : Lecture at the Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong about Mayan Mathematics applied to the Music Composition.

04.12.2015 at  19:30hrs. : Conference “Composition Tips for Popular Music” at the Grandee Dee Dee directed by Mr. Su Long Ming.

06.12.2015 at 20:00 hrs. : Yearly Concert of the Hong Kong Guitar Ensemble at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre, including the premieres of my works “IGNIS” for solo guitar “TERRA” for guitar ensemble. Following  the event, the people from the HKGE have kindly organized an autographs session for the audience.

07.12.2015 at 18:30 hrs. : Concert at the Octavio Paz Gallery of the General Consulate of Mexico in Hong Kong. The program will include pieces by the young Mexican Composers Juara Urrusti and Miguel Rivera, in addition to some works of my own authorship and a Cycle of Hispanic Carols, which I have specially arrange for the occasion, dedicated to the Mexican Consulate.

 

 

 

10.11.2015
Participation at the “Cuturologos” cycle at the Philosophy Faculty of the University Constantine the Philosopher.

As a part of an In Memoriam tour for the victims of the earthquakes of 19th and 20th September of 1985, I had the privilege to be once more at the University Constantine the Philosopher in the city of Nitra, Slovakia, where I had the chance to present the work “1985” for guitar, tape and video, which was made in collaboration with the Slovak scriptwriter and video artist Rebeka Ulicna.
The event, which was scheduled as a part of the “Culturologos” cycle at this faculty, took place at the “Universitny Tvorivy Atelier FF UK”, where I had the pleasure to get an enriching feedback and questions by the audience, which totally filled the venue. In order to get further information about the event, you can visit the website:

 

06.11.2015 – 08.11.2015
Participation at the IX. International Jan Albrecht Symposium: Philosophical Conceptions of Music and Art

On 6th November of the current year, I had the honor to have my second participation at the International Jan Albrecht Symposium: Philosophical Conceptions of Music and Art, with the lecture and performance “1985 – Confronting emotions and structural matters in the music composition”, based on my  work for guitar, tape, with a video made by the Slovak script writer and artist Rebeka Ulicna. The piece and the lecture are part of tribute tour to the victims of the tragedy on the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the earthquakes in Mexico City.
This remarkable symposium took place at the Jan Albrecht Music and Art Academy, which is located in the city of Banska Stiavnica Slovakia, where I had the privilege to share the stage very important personalities of the Music, Arts and Philosophy in Europe.

 

 

01.10.2015


World premieres of “IGNIS” for Solo Guitar and “TERRA” for Guitar Ensemble at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre

 

I am delighted to inform you about the world premieres of my pieces “IGNIS” for solo guitar dedicated to the outstanding Hong Kong Guitarist Kenneth Kam and “TERRA” which has been dedicated to the prestigious Hong Kong Guitar Ensemble. The event will take place at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre on Sunday 6th December 2015.  For further information, please consult the poster of the event.

 

 


17.09.2015


The Sonic Adventure


On next Saturday 19.09.2015 I am going to take part in the event “The Sonic Adventure” at the Kino
Art in Brno, Czech Republic, as a performer and a composer, where I will have the honor to collaborate
with the Hong Kong composer Barry Wan and the Brno Improvising Unit. In this event I will play the
world premiere of the works “Solitary Confinment” by the Mexican Composer Juanra Urrusti and “tl”
by the also Mexican composer Miguel Rivera.

Moreover, I have decided to include my work “1985” for Guitar and tape, which I will perform in the
loving memory of all the victims of the tragical earthquake in Mexico City that will have its 30th
anniversary on the day of the concert.

For more information about the event, you can visit the official websites:

http://kinoart.cz/filmy/barry-wan-and-friend-zvukove-dobrodruzstvi/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1027918800560033/



“The Sonic Adventure” will take place September 19, 2016 20:00 in Kino Art, Brno, Czech Republic.

The sonic adventure is a concert of recent music from several countries: Czech, Mexico and Hong
Kong. The concert will feature debut performances of three pieces from three different Mexican
composers: Miguel Rivera, Juanrra Urrusti and Omar Rojas; an acousmatic piece from Vanissa Law
(HK); a free instrumentation piece from Barry Wan (HK) and free improvisation performance by Brno
Improvisation Unit. We would like to give a special thanks to Kino Art.

Program:
"tl" - Miguel Rivera (MX)
"Solitary Confinment" - Juanrra Urrusti (MX)
"1985" - Omar Rojas (CZ/MX)
“Exhaled Rhyme”- Vanissa Law (HK)
“4 poems” - Barry Wan (HK)/BIU (CZ)
Improvisation - BIU (CZ)



09.07.2015


Commissions by the Hong Kong Guitar Ensemble and the Guitarist Kenneth Kam


On early July I was notified about the wonderful news that I have been commissioned to compose two brand new pieces: One of them for the Hong Kong Guitar Ensemble and another for solo guitar to be performed by the Hong Kong Guitarist Kenneth Kam, both of them to be presented at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre on 6th December of 2015.


By the current post I would like to communicate my deep gratitude to Mr. John Kam (Director of the Hong Kong Guitar Ensemble) and to Mr. Kenneth Kam for the great chance that these commissions represent for my musical career. More information about the event will be systematically posted on this website, keep tuned!

 

Kenneth Kam, Guitarrist

 

The Hong Kong Guitar Ensemble


John Kam – Director

 

 

16.07.2015


Beginning of my short summer tour in Jicin, Czech Republic


On next Saturday 18th July, I will have the chance to participate with a solo guitar performance in a Violins, Accordion and Guitar open air concert at the Front Yard of the Jicin’s Palace “Na Dvori Jicinskeho Zamku” together with the Czech Accordionist and Organist Zdenka Necasana and my colleagues from the Ensamble/ Skupina “Vamonos” the Violinists Jitka Kolacna Brizova and Ondrej Kolacny.


For the occassion, I have prepared a program full of Mexican music including some of my guitar pieces and arrangements of traditional Mexican songs, in addition to the premiere in the Czech Republic of the work “Farewell” by the Hong Kong Guitarist and Composer Yuk Fan Chan.


With this concert, I will officially open my activities for this summer, which will continue at the prestigious ProArt festival in Brno, Czech Republic. You can find further information about those events in the posts of this website. Keep tuned!

 

 

Yuk Fan Chan/ Guitarist and Composer (HK)


20.07.2015


Participation of Omar Rojas as a composer and performer ProArt festival 2015


Once more I had the great honor to be invited to collaborate with the prestigious ProArt company during the XII edition of their festival 2015, that is going to take place in the cities of Prague and Brno, Czech Republic.

 

During the upcoming edition of the festival I will have the chance to present two brand new works (world premieres) in collaboration with outstanding artists from different parts of the world:

 

 

VITKA

A tribute to the prestigious Czech composer Vitezlava Kapralova (1915 – 1940) where I try to musically reflect different aspects of the life, art and personality of the composer. This work is a part of the event “Basnici Mesta” (The poets of the city), where I will have the honor to collaborate with  the choreographer Martin Dvorak (CZ/AT), the composer Frantisek Chaloupka (CZ) the performers Kostiantyn Tysko (UA), Irene Bauer (AT) and Kamila Valuskova (CZ), with a custom design by Jindra Rychla.


20th and 21st July at the Vila Tugendhat, Brno, Czech Republic


28th July at the Teatro NoD, Prague, Czech Republic


For further information about the event please visit:  http://www.proart-festival.cz/cz/proart-festival-2015/

 

 

17.05.2015


Participation of Omar Rojas as a lecturer of the Guitar Masterclasses of the ProArt festival 2015

 

GUITAR: Masterclass

This individual course has been designed for guitarists of every single level, with the aim to explore the particular problematic of every performer according to the personal needs. In the case of the basic levels, it explores basic technical and expressive aspects of the guitar performance, while in the intermediate level the topics will be  focused to the expressive lines in the performance regarding on the particular repertoire of the candidate and to briefly explore some of the most common contemporary extended techniques of the instrument. For advance guitarist the course will focus in the use of innovative recently founded extended techniques and the composition for this instrument (alone, in ensemble or multimedia), which can be taken as one of the most technically of our days. This course has the possibility to be taught in English, Czech and Spanish.

 


For inscriptions and further information please visit:


http://www.proart-festival.cz/en/omar-rojas/

 

 

KARMA: User manual

 

A multidisciplinary project in collaboration with the Mexican writer Anuar Zuniga, where I have the chance to take part as a composer and guitarrist.


The world is full of small warnings, symbols and signs that prevent us of the consequences for parking in a prohibited place, eat some medicine, light a cigarette, open a bottle, to transit in the wrong way; check out the mobile phone while driving, or not to use the security belt etc.


The world is anything but a bunch of karma detailed instructions. A constant warning of the price that will have to be payed in the future because of making certain decisions.


“Karma: user manual” is an interdisciplinary project of music, poetry and multimedia that seeks to explore those little warnings, disclaimers, prohibitions, and contraindications that mark the boundaries of what is right. 


The sum of these elements propose a new way to talk to these symbols in to create another form of sensory experience.


Anuar Zuniga


20th and 21st July at the Moravska Galerie, Brno, Czech Republic

 


For further information about these events, please visit:
http://www.proart-festival.cz/cz/program-brno-2015/
http://www.proart-festival.cz/cz/program-praha-2015/