darina žurková is a composer, performer and sound artist born in Czechoslovakia, based in The Hague, Netherlands
Her work combines contemporary composition techniques with the use of electronics and is shaped into compositions, performances, fixed media pieces, live sets, installations or happenings. As a classically trained composer, pianist and improviser she often uses a prepared piano, voice, prepared zither and small objects combined with live electronics as a form of expression and she also enjoys working with text.
Her artistic research is focused on exploring narrativity of imaginary (mostly sonic) environments, re/defining contexts and behavioral patterns between individual components embodied in these environments (imaginary ecosystems) and investigating their certain inner fragilities. She deals with timbre on the edge of acoustic and processed sounds, granular processes and compositional strategies based on gradual changes of internal patterns and processes.
Her work has been presented in various venues and festivals in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Germany, France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Indonesia and the United States – such as NYC Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit (New York), Meetings of New Music Plus International Festival (Brno), Ostrava Days International Festival of New and Experimental Music (Ostrava), Experimental Intermedia (New York), Roy O. Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Sonoscopia (Porto), Orlí Street Theatre (Brno), Korzo Theater (The Hague) et al. Her compositions and projects have been performed by ensembles as PKF – Prague Philharmonia (CZ), Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc (CZ), Scordatura Ensemble (NL), Ensemble I&D (PT), ISHA Trio (CZ), et al.
Darina holds a PhD in Composition and Theory of Composition from JAMU in Brno (CZ, 2021). She graduated in Composition and Piano Performance from Janacek Conservatory in Ostrava (CZ, 2010) and holds her master’s degree in Composition from Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (CZ, 2015). She completed a study internship at Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo in Porto (PT, 2013-14), a DMA internship within the Composer-Performer Program at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles (USA, 2016) and the PhD internship at the Institute of Sonology, the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (NL, 2017-18).
Darina has been teaching courses in composition, theory of composition and creative electronics (since 2015) and piano and music theory lessons (since 2008) at several levels of education – ranging from music schools to universities. She also led several workshops and lectures focused on contemporary composition and improvisation in the context of the international conferences and residences in Europe and the United States. She works as a freelance composer/performer, an educator and an orchestrator for film music.
photo by David Hloušek