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Art / Violence / Gender – debate and concert "Art and Violence"

Fundacja 2ActA debate on "Art / Violence / Gender" and a concert "Art and Violence" make up an online social and artistic event organised on 16 April 2021 at 6.00 p.m. by the 2Act Foundation, Villa Decius Association and Villa Decius Institute for Culture. Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble will premiere the winning works of the 1st International Composers' Competition "Art and Violence".

Violence. We encounter it more often than we think. Sometimes violence has more to do with the language of symbols than with weapons. So do not seemingly distant areas such as violence and art have more in common than it might seem? Can art become a tool for contesting the existing order and a catalyst for change?

Agnieszka Draus, PhD Habil. (Academy of Music in Krakow), Iwona Demko, PhD Habil. (Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow), Dominika Kasprowicz (Jagiellonian University, Villa Decius), Radosław Nawojski (Jagiellonian University), Zuzanna Radzik (Forum for Dialogue) will participate in the online debate on art, violence and gender.

The debate will be followed by the concert featuring the premiere of works composed as part of the "Art and Violence" International Composers' Competition. The winning works by Tomasz Szczepanik (1st prize) and Valentin Schaff (2nd prize) will be presented for the first time at Villa Decius by Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble. The programme will also include other works from the ensemble's repertoire.

The concert and debate will be broadcast live on the 2Act Foundation and Villa Decius Institute for Culture Facebook pages.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Czasław | 2nd Antoni Cofalik National Violin and Viola Competition


The Oskar Kolberg Primary Music School in Czasław invites you to participate in the 2nd Antoni Cofalik National Violin and Viola Competition for students of primary music schools, which will be held on 5-6 June 2021 at the Teaching Centre in Sułkowice. The submission deadline is 10 May 2021.

The Competition aims to promote young talented students, popularize violin music and the work of Prof. Antoni Cofalik, a distinguished educator and author of numerous works for children and youth. The compulsory programme of the Competition includes works from the series by Antoni Cofalik: In the zooIn the circus and Aviary.

The auditions are open to students of first-degree music schools from all over Poland, both in the six-year and four-year cycle, playing the violin or viola, as well as students of other schools or art institutions.The organisers provide an accompanist. The participants will be judged by a jury chaired by Antoni Cofalik.

All participants of the Competition will receive commemorative diplomas, and the winners will receive material prizes. A special prize of prof. Antoni Cofalik will be granted to the best participant. The Winners' Concert will take place in the Concert Hall in Sułkowice.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The rules and regulations and the application form are available for download on the websitewww.smczaslaw.pl 


Clarinet Panacea

NCKThe Baltic Sea Cultural Center in Gdańsk invites you on 18 April 2021 at 5.00 p.m.  to a concert entitled "Clarinet panacea" with the participation of students and teachers of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, who are also members of the Science Club of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

The time of isolation and quarantine is especially difficult for young musicians. They decided to give themselves and the audience a panacea in the form of a solid dose of a "vaccine" against the sorrows and inconveniences of life caused by the lack of possibility to interact with live music. As the originators of the concert, they hope that the richness of the sounds of the entire clarinet family, from the smallest E-flat clarinet to bass clarinet, and a diverse programme, will give the performers and the audience a lot of joy and positive energy.

The "vaccine" will be multi-component. I will be composed of works in a variety of styles, written by composers of the standard clarinet repertoire, such as Carl Maria von Weber, Richard Strauss, and Claude Debussy, as well as great classics of contemporary music: Krzysztof Penderecki and Olivier Messiaen. Alexis Ciesla's klezmer music and Paquito D'Rivera's jazz will put everyone in a joyful mood. The concert will also feature a young clarinetist and ambitious composer, a first-year student of the Gdańsk Music Academy – Szymon Wieczorek. In the "grand finale" all musicians will play together like a real clarinet orchestra.

The broadcast details: https://www.nck.org.pl/pl/wydarzenie/5020/klarnetowe-panaceum 

The 9th Festival of Premieres "Polish Modern Music"

NOSPR"Usually hidden behind their sounds, giving the floor to the performers of their works, during the Festival of Premieres composers are in the center of attention. We celebrate their creativity and courage to confront us with habits, to provoke, challenge and surprise us" – emphasizes Ewa Bogusz-Moor. In 2021, the Festival of Premieres will be held with the participation of the audience and in the form of live broadcasts on the Internet. It will be divided into two parts: the spring one, from 18 to 25 April, and the autumn one, scheduled for October and November.

During the ninth edition of the event organised by the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, new works by Cezary Duchnowski, Marta Śniady, Mikołaj Laskowski, Aleksander Nowak, Karol Nepelski and many other great composers will be performed for the first time.

What is the theme of this year's Festival? This year, the composers will take up themes related to the theatricality of music, the complex network of connections between the elements and characters that make up the stage spectacle. For example, Mikołaj Laskowski will take a new look at the relationship between a musician and an instrument. The hero of the artistic installation View by Barbara Kinga Majewska will be one of the scenographic elements – a backdrop to Wagner's opera; the installation will be presented on October in the NOSPR foyer.

The programme will also include works with references to literature. In autumn, the youngest music lovers will watch a video opera by Jerzy Kornowicz with a libretto by Michał Rusinek. During the final concert of the festival, performed by the excellent Klangforum Wien orchestra conducted by Swiss conductor Titus Engel, we will hear a new piece by Cezary Duchnowski, inspired by the works of Stanisław Lem.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Tickets will be on sale from March 2021. Programme of the whole event is available at: www.nospr.org.pl 

4th National Competition of Sacred Music "Hope in the Choir"

NadziejaThe fourth edition of the Sacred Music Competition "Nadzieja w chórze" ["Hope in the Choir"] will be held on 8 May 2021 in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Tykocin, popularly known as "the pearl in the Crown of Podlasie". The deadline for submitting applications has been extended to 15 April 2021.

The competition will be divided into 7 categories, including male, female, mixed and parish choirs. The jury composed of experienced choirmasters will evaluate the quality of sound, interpretation, selection of the repertoire, agogic, diction and general artistic expression. A number of prizes have been prepared for the best performers. It is enough to mention that the winner will receive the Grand Prix and a cash prize of 5,000 PLN. There is also a special award of the Mayor of the City of Tykocin for the best performance of a work by Polish composer. The director of Radio Nadzieja will also give an honourable mention to the best conductor.

The 4th National Competition of Sacred Music is a great offer not only for lovers of sacred music. The event will be a great opportunity to visit Tykocin with friends and family, listening to the world's finest choral compositions. Free admission!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Rules and regulations are available at: http://konkurschoralny.radionadzieja.pl/ 

"Recorded Music. Sound Photographs of Polish Music Culture" – online conference

Muzyka utrwalonaAcademic Conference "Recorded Music. Sound Photographs of Polish Music Culture", organised by the Studio of Musical Culture and Folklore Studies at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, will be held on 14-16 April 2021.

The sessions will be devoted to sound photographs of traditional and high culture as well as resources of phonographic archives. We will hear papers on audiovisual collections, places and methods of their deposit and sharing, and technical issues related to the implementation of "sound photographs" (recording and reintroducing archival materials to the circuit of culture).

The invitation to participate in the conference was accepted by music theorists, musicologists, ethnomusicologists, historians, archivists, sound directors, originators and producers of radio and television programmes documenting various manifestations of music making in Poland. We will have representatives of the Institute of Music and Dance, Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, and Polish Radio of Pomerania and Kujawy.

Izabela Zymer, who represents the Polish Composers' Union and the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC, will present a paper on Concert recordings of Polish contemporary music in the collection of the Polish Composers' Union – POLMIC Music Library.

The conference will be accompanied by an online concert "From sound photography ...", presenting rare recordings from the music collection of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music and interviews with prof. Marcin Gmys, director of Radio Chopin.

The proceedings will take place on the ClickMeeting platform, but you can also follow them live on the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz Facebook page.

Full programme: http://www.amuz.bydgoszcz.pl/wydarzenia/muzyka-utrwalona-fotografie-dzwiekowe-polskiej-kultury-muzycznej/ 

"Spektrum 421 – Pandemic Media Space"

Spektrum 421"Spectrum 421 – Pandemic Media Space" is a new project of the Electroacoustic Music Studio of the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow, the Ukrainian Association of Electroacoustic Music and the Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music. The results of this international project will be presented on 13 April 2021 at 6.00 p.m.

The Covid-19 Pandemic has brought together composers and visual artists from Poland and Ukraine, who created the "Pandemic Project" www.pandemic-media-space.com. It uses the Connection Interpretation Algorithm and a MIDI generator to convert environmental, geolocation, and medical statistics into specific types of musical information. Thus, this tool enables the processing of information about the world into a global musical instrument.

13 Polish and Ukrainian composers used data about our planet to create their new algorithmic pieces. On 13 April we will hear these innovative compositions by Yuri Bulka, Konrad Gęca, Olena IInytska, Michał Janocha, Alisa Kobzar, Ostap Kostiuk, Artur Lis, Piotr Madej, Paweł Malinowski, Ostap Manulyak, Danyl Pertsov, Teonika Rożynek and Monika Szpyrka.

Live broadcast atwww.sme.amuz.krakow.pl 

New Voice in the Year of Lem. Open call for applications to the new programme of the Institute of Music and Dance

IMiTThe Institute of Music and Dance in cooperation with the Jutropera Foundation is launching the "New Voice" artistic and social programme aimed at non-governmental organisations of people with disabilities. The programme will result in an opera-theatre performance devoted to the work of Stanisław Lem, whose 100th birthday is celebrated this year. Call for applications is open from 7 April to 5 May 2021.

“In the Year of Lem, we rediscover how great a visionary he was. We invite you to cooperate – everyone who will take part in the programme: professional artists, great stars and people who will stand on stage for the first time, will be able to perform after the workshop and participate in finding Lem's perspective on the human condition" – says Michał Znaniecki, director and originator of the programme. The programme is open to non-governmental organisations operating in the Dolnośląskie, Małopolskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie voivodships, which bring together people with disabilities, both artists and amateurs, or people with no experience in this field.

Organisations selected in the competition together with the programme's team, composed of, among others, Michał Znaniecki (script, direction and costumes), Luigi Scoglio (set design), Karolina Jacewicz (multimedia projections), Dariusz Albrycht (lighting director), Krzysztof Łochowicz and Rafał Kłoczko (musical direction), will jointly work on an opera-theater performance New Voice: LEM.

The performances will premiere in September and October on the stages of three cities: Ełk, Kłodzko and Nowy Sącz.

Rules and regulations: https://imit.org.pl/programy/departament-muzyki/4564 

33rd Krakow International Festival of Composers

KMFKThe main theme of the 33rd Krakow International Festival of Composers, which will be held on 10-18 April 2021, are ancient civilizations — mainly the ancient culture of Greece and Rome, but there will also be other references, including the South American cul­ture of Nazca.

The concerts will feature works by composers from Poland, England, China, Greece, Japan, Germany, Ukraine, Italy, and the USA. You will hear 23 world premieres and one Polish premiere, including Michael Gatonski’s Ecotopia 4 for chamber orchestra, and Ryszard Osada's Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra, both written as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance. The 33rd Festival will feature outstanding musicians: Ensemble OMN conducted by Szymon Bywalec, Alicja Molitorys, Iwona Glinka, Athana­sios Trikoupis, Łukasz Długosz, Agata Kielar-Długosz, AdAstra Piano Trio and many others. Traditionally, we will also hear an Electronic Cocktail, a presentation of the Electroacoustic Music Studio at the Krzysztof Pend­erecki Academy of Music in Krakow.

Two scientific sessions will be held during the festi­val: Antiquity in Music and Music and Nature (at first planned for last year), during which outstanding music theorists and musicologists will present their papers (Teresa Malecka, Jerzy Stankiewicz, Magdalena Dziadek, Agnieszka Draus, Kinga Kiwała, Iwona Sowińska-Fruhtrunk, Dominika Micał and Jan Topolski). The entire event will be complemented by two lectures referring to antiquity in the works of contemporary composers: by Iwona Glinka and Athanasios Trikoupis from the University of Ioannina in Greece.

An important part of the festival program is the 4th Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers. This year’s jury awarded the main prize to A Horny Faun’s Rampage for chamber orchestra by South Korean composer Jongsung Oh (b. 1987). The award-winning piece will be premiered at the festival’s opening concert at the Krakow Philharmonic on 10 April 2021.

For epidemiological reasons, all events will be held without the partici­pation of the audience; they will be streamed online on the Krakow International Festival of Composers YouTube channel, and one of the concerts will be broadcast from Patras, Greece.

Marcel Chyrzyński, General and artistic director

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme: http://festiwal.zkp.krakow.pl