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Musical Bridge - Connecting the Cultures of Philadelphia and Brno

by Katelyn Bouska


We are asking your support to help finish publishing an album of Czech and American music of deep personal and cultural significance to the the artists.

In the summer of 2015, Katelyn Bouska travelled to the Czech Republic intent on searching out the new generation of Czech composers.  Štěpán Filípek, an accomplished cellist and founding member of the Miloslav Ištvan Quartet, introduced her to the world of musical Brno.  As they shared their musical cultures and personal inspirations, a vibrant collaboration was birthed.

This cd is a result of Katelyn and Štěpán’s last two years concertizing and delving into the musical narratives inherent in Czech and American music.  Through their musical partnership, they have both come to a deeper understanding of their own culture and that of the other.  Their aim in the publication of this cd, in addition to their concert schedule, is to offer the world the fruit of that ongoing discovery.

The album contains works by Samuel Barber and Jeremy Gill, a personal friend of Katelyn’s, embodying both the link to Philadelphia and Katelyn's work at the Curtis Institute of Music.  Representing Brno is compositional giant Leoš Janáček as well as Miloslav Ištvan, a brilliant Czech composer, whose music has not received the audience it warranted due to his contemporary political environment.   Ištvan’s contributions to the musical world was the subject of both Katelyn’s and Štěpán’s doctoral research As such, this has become a deeply personal project for both artists.

The recording was completed in the summer of 2017 under the expert guidance of Tomáš Řezníček at the studios of Český Rozhlas Brno.  The album is set to be released in March 2018 in Prague at the beginning of Katelyn and Štěpán’s international seven-city concert tour celebrating the centennial of the Czech Republic. 

With the generous support of the Czech Ministry of Culture, all recording and editing fees were covered. The only remaining funds needed are to pay the publishing costs amounting to $4,000.  We are asking for your support to help bring this special project to a wider audience.

We appreciate your consideration and hope that you will partner with us!

-----Katelyn and Štěpán

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