S.E.M. Ensemble

2021-2022 Season (so far)

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This month, Ostrava Center for New Music is
producing two events to honor Petr Kotik

April 26, @ 7pm

 Galerie PLATO, Ostrava

April 28, @ 7pm
DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague

Featuring a program with World Premieres Composed just for the occasion

Christian Wolff       Small World
Anna Heflin             Such and Such is Such and Such
Bernhard Lang       Game 12
Petr Cígler              Rattle Snake No. 1
Daniel Skála           Petram
Ana Sokolović        Holub-Ježek-Kočka
Phill Niblock           Petr's Charm
Petr Bakla              Two Instances
Petr Kotik               Two in One


Performances by

Ostravská banda (international)

 and soloists

Han Kotková, violin (Lugano)

Daniel Skála, cimbalom (Ostrava)

Gabriela Krchňáčková, cimbalom (Ostrava)

Daan Vandewalle, piano (Ghent)


Bruno Ferrandis (Paris)

Jiří Rožeň (Prague)

Petr Kotik (New York)

Tickets and Information available here:



The S.E.M. Ensemble presents
String Quartets Plus

works from 1954 to 2022


Wednesday, April 6th at 7pm
Willow Place Auditorium

26 Willow Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Free Admission (RSVP here)


Works by
Morton Feldman, Alvin Lucier, Frederic Rzewski,
Petr Kotik, Ana Sokolovic,
Jordan Dykstra, and Daniel O'Connor

On Wednesday, April 6th at 7pm, the S.E.M Ensemble will perform works for string quartet, double bass, percussion, and marimba.

The program will combine music of the 1950s by Morton Feldman; the 1990s, by Frederic Rzewski and Alvin Lucier; recent works by Petr Kotik, Ana Sokolovic, and Jordan Dykstra, and a premiere by Daniel O'Connor. The concert explores musical relationships spanning seventy years, and puts forth pieces that depart from the concept of narrative drama popularized with early classicism. RSVP here.



Frederic Rzewski     Whimwhams, for marimba and string quartet (1993)                  

Ana Sokolovic          Two Miniatures (2015)

Petr Kotik                 Torso (2019)

                                     short intermission

Morton Feldman      Three Pieces for String Quartet (1954 / 1956)

Daniel O'Connor      Masking (2018 / 2022) 

                                     short intermission

Alvin Lucier              Navigations for Strings (1991)

Jordan Dykstra        Fathom Peaks Unseen for 5 string instruments and
                                 percussion (2016)


The American Avant-Garde


Three Czech Artists

The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble

Hana Kotková, Petr Kotik, Lucie Vítková

Performing Niblock, Oliveros, Wolff, Kotik and Cage

Monday, October 25
Bohemian National Hall

SEM Holiday Concert 2021

Works by Petr Kotik, Jon Gibson, John Cage and Vladimír Šrámek with inserts (1730) by Frederick the Great

The S.E.M. Ensemble

Petr Kotik, director/flute
Zen Wu, soprano
Elizabeth van Os, soprano
Roberta Michel, flute
Sam Jones, trumpet
Clint McLendon, trumpet
Will Lang, trombone
Jen Baker, trombone
Gergana Haralampieva, violin
Chris Nappi, percussion

Monday, December 20th @ 8pm

Zürcher Gallery, 33 Bleecker St, NYC

Tickets $15 online; $20 at door




Emerging Composers Workshop 2022


Thursday, February 17 at 8pm

Willow Place Auditorium
26 Willow Place, Brooklyn Heights
Free Admission

The S.E.M. Ensemble & Guests

Petr Kotik, Conductor

The S.E.M. Ensemble’s initiative to read new works by emerging composers began in 1997 and has continued, every season, to the present. A workshop gives each composer time and space to work directly with musicians and the conductor. The pieces are then given a public performance at Willow Place Auditorium in Brooklyn Heights.

This year’s edition will feature works by composers aged 19 to 32 from across the country: Ian Davis, James Falzone, Anna Heflin, James Ilgenfritz, Simon Kanzler, Alex Ma, and Daniel O’Connor. Their works will be performed by the eleven musicians of the S.E.M. Ensemble and guests, conducted by Petr Kotik.


Simon Kanzler                         Windows

Alex Ma                                   The Language Exchange: Phonological Variant

Ian Davis                                 Peristyle

James Ilgenfritz                      Threshole (to Gordon Matta-Clark)

Daniel O’Connor                      Masking

Anna Heflin                             The Redundancy of the Angelic

James Falzone                        Quincunx Redux