The Institute of Music and Dance announces the call for applications for the "Conductor-in-residence" programme for the 2020/2021 season. The programme aims to develop performance skills and promote young Polish conductors as well as to increase the number of performances of Polish music.
The programme is addressed to Polish music institutions and to young Polish conductors – graduates of symphony and opera conducting for up to two years from receiving the master's or bachelor's degree. The programme is implemented through conducting residences in professional orchestras and opera and music theaters.
The deadline for the selection of applications by the evaluation committee is 1 June 2020. After this date, the list of projects approved by the commission will be announced on the Institute's website, and applicants of these projects will be informed of the positive decision in an official letter. If the pool of funds allocated to the programme edition in the 2020/2021 season is not exhausted, the Institute Director may further announce the second round of calls for proposals.
The budget of the programme edition in the 2020/2021 season is PLN 120,000.
The Minister of Culture and National Heritage announced the foundations of the new support programme for artists, creators and institutions that, due to the ongoing epidemic, cannot carry out their artistic activity in its current form. "Culture Online" provide means to change the form of dissemination of creative activities or the presentation of its effects on electronic communication channels, primarily on the Internet. The programme budget is PLN 20 million. Applications can be submitted until 20 April 2020.
The "Culture Online" programme consists of two elements: the scholarship programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the grant programme managed by the National Centre for Culture.
The scholarship programme is addressed to individuals, creators and artists, including musicians. Submitted projects may take the form of dialogue with or reference to the tradition and achievements of Polish and world cultural heritage, as well as the search for innovative solutions, both in terms of forms of expression and means of communication.
Non-governmental organizations and cultural institutions can apply for the National Centre for Culture grant programme. The funding will be granted for, among others, implementation of online workshops, webinars, online cultural events, sharing records of cultural events, creating websites or applications popularizing digital resources, creating audio-video publications. National institutions, institutions run or co-run by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, schools and art colleges are excluded from this form of funding.
The Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union invites its members to submit works to be considered for the15 th European Contemporary Composers Orchestra (ECCO) Concert in Luxembourg, which will take place on 6 October 2020 at the Philharmonie de Luxembourg in Luxembourg. The concert will be performed by the ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin.
In 2019, the Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union established cooperation with the European Contemporary Composers Orchestra. It is a project of the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA), in which selected works from member countries are performed during conventions held twice a year in different European countries. So far, among the performers have been Ensemble Fractales, Stockholm Saxophone Quartet and Wiener Conzert-Verein.
Thanks to the financial support of ZAiKS, Polish composers selected by the international commission have transport and accommodation for the time of rehearsals and concerts provided. So far, Ryszard Lubieniecki's work The different view on "Layers" has been performed as part of the ECCO concert.
The Toruń Symphony Orchestra organizes the recording of the National Anthem and everyone can take part in it! The video recordings sent by the participants of the action will be combined with the music performed by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra. The first 100 entries sent will be used. The presentation of the joint work of professional musicians and music lovers will take place on 3 May Constitution Day on the social media of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra.
The music background in the MIDI version, to which the vocal part should be recorded, is available for download on the TOS website: https://bit.ly/2URcHR. The MIDI material should be played in the handset. The video must be taken in one shot.
The International Conference "Music – the Cultural Bridge. Essence, Contexts, References’, which takes place within the ‘Eastern Academic Artistic Platform’ project, is a part of the Academic International Partnerships programme announced by the National Academic Exchange Agency. The Conference originator is the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław.
The main purpose of the Conference is establishing a partnership in the field of music research between four countries that share the elements of culture but have undergone different influences, that is Estonia, Georgia, Ukraine and Poland. The Conference is attended by representatives of four partner Academies: Lviv National Music Academy n.a. Mykola Lysenko, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vano Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire and the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. All of the participants promote national artistic output of each of the four countries, and exchange the knowledge about innovative research methods. The conference is divided into four panels: Musical Heritage and Political Stigma; Folklore and Traditional Music; Musica hic et nunc; Figures, Styles, Trends, Perspectives.
The presented papers and posters (in English) will be available until 12 April 2020 at: https://ic-mtcb.pl/
A book by culture expert Agnieszka Pindera, Patkowski. Music Ambassador from Mars, has been published by the Art Museum in Łódź and the Automatophone Foundation.
It is the second publication in the series Biblioteka SEPR (PRES Library) promoting the legacy of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio which, for many years, has been focusing a great deal of interests and research efforts of the team of the Art Museum and Bôłt Records curators. A selection of texts titled Black Room and Other Rooms was published a year ago, giving a more in-depth insight into how the relationships between the Experimental Studio and composers evolved and describing interdisciplinary projects, in which the Studio was engaged.
Agnieszka Pindera, the author of the second publication, tells the story of Józef Patkowski, a musicologist, the founder and a long serving manager of the Studio. The collected material shows that Patkowski can be considered one of the first curators of contemporary art in Poland, a dedicated supervisor of projects on the border of new media, performance and installations. The Music Ambassador from Mars is therefore not only a biography of Józef Patkowski, but also a report on the development of a new interdisciplinary profession of curator, which became popular with the arrival of the 21st century and went beyond the walls of museums and galleries of contemporary art.
The Art Museum in Lodz is also one of the publishers of the first publication devoted to the Experimental Studio in English: Ultra Sounds. The Sonic Art of Polish Radio Experimental Studio (2019), edited by David Crowley. The book is a result of the PRES conference, which the museum co-organized with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2017.
In partnership with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music programme (AMI), the LPO Young Composers Programme offers the opportunity for one Polish composer to participate in the scheme.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra Young Composers programme offers emerging composers the opportunity to develop and workshop a new piece with the Orchestra's musicians across a year, leading to a public performance at a central London venue, showcasing the new works. In the 2020/21 season, the LPO is delighted to welcome Brett Dean as the programme’s Composer Mentor. The participant composers will work closely with the Composer Mentor across the year to develop their works in a series of seminars and workshops.
The final concert performance of the participants' works will take place in July 2021 at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.
The application deadline for Polish composers is 23.59 on Thursday 23 April 2020.
Due to the suspension of concert activity related to the fight against the coronavirus epidemic, Sinfonietta Cracovia presents a free artistic and educational offer for adults and young music lovers through its media channels. The "Beat the Virus wiith Music!" project consists of three modules.
"Virtual concert" is a musical journey in time. Every second day Sinfonietta will publish (premiere!) concert recordings with particular emphasis on the works of Ludwig van Beethoven – on his 250th birth anniversary – and the music of Polish artists. Every other day at 7:00 p.m. Sinfonietta invites you to its Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/user/SinfoniettaCracovia
"Sinfonietka's karaoke", a project dedicated to children, will feature songs in the karaoke version with the possibility of singing and playing together. Every second day at 12:00 p.m. a new song by a Polish composer – from Wasowski to Penderecki – recorded by Sinfonietta in cooperation with the Children's Sinfonietta Choir will be published on the Orchestra's media channels.
And also "Sinfonietka's competitions"! The best artworks inspired by Sinfonietta songs and the best video clips of karaoke performances will be posted on the Orchestra's media channels.
Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.