Darina Žurková is a composer, performer and audiovisual artist born in Czechoslovakia, currently based in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Her artistic research brought her to explore the core of the material (in a wide range of meanings) and ways of its transformation. Those ideas are bound to the concept of ‘de/re(con)structure’ within her work in sound art, experimental music, happenings and interdisciplinary projects. In her solo projects the elements of live electronics, installations, sculptural objects and eco-activism intertwine with performance art. As an active musician she often uses extended voice, inside piano and prepared zither combined with electronics and she also enjoys working with text. Darina is involved in several projects, often collaborating with artists across different genres and fields which led her to establish a platform AMBI [ VAL ] ENTSPHERE focused more on experimentation with visual and audiovisual media.
She performed in various venues and festivals in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Indonesia and US – such as NYC Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit (New York, 2020), Meetings of New Music Plus International Festival (Brno, 2017), Ostrava Days International Festival of New and Experimental Music (Ostrava, 2015), Experimental Intermedia (New York, 2020), Sonoscopia (Porto), Liechtenstein Palace – Martinů Hall (Prague), Orlí Street Theatre (Brno), Korzo theater (The Hague), Roy O. Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), et al. Her compositions and projects have been performed by ensembles as PKF – Prague Philharmonia (CZ), Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc (CZ), Scordatura Ensemble (NL), ISHA Trio (CZ), et al.
Darina 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 an 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). She also completed several international residencies – among others – Ostrava Days 2015 Institute. Currently, Darina is a PhD candidate at JAMU Brno and a Research Associate at the Institute of Sonology.