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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 

3rd "Moniuszko on the Royal Route" Festival Online

MoniuszkoThe 3rd "Moniuszko on the Royal Route" Festival will be held online on 18 April – 16 May 2021. The concerts will be broadcast on the Jolanta Pszczółkowska-Pawlik's YouTube channel and on the Festival's Facebook profile.

The "Moniuszko on the Royal Route" Festival, organised annualy by the Pawlik Relations Concert Agency, aims to reintroduce Stanisław Moniuszko's outstanding, often forgotten chamber and vocal music to the circuit of culture. Festival concerts take place in the Staszic Palace, in the neighborhood where young Moniuszko lived in 1828-1830. The originator of the project, Jolanta Pszczółkowska-Pawlik, has released three albums in the series "Moniuszko – Songs" (vol. 1 – 2014, vol. 2 – 2016, vol. 3 – 2019); in 2018, she recorded all of Moniuszko's ballads for the first time in the history of Polish phonography.

The inaugural concert of the 3rd edition of the Festival will take place on 18 April at 5.00 p.m. in the Mirror Room of the Staszic Palace. Agnieszka Rehlis (mezzo-soprano), Krzysztof Meisinger (guitar) and Jolanta Pszczółkowska-Pawlik (piano) will perform songs from various periods in the work of Stanisław Moniuszko and Władysław Żeleński, whose 100th death anniversary falls this year.

The nineteenth-century composer's piano works will be presented on 16 May at 5.00 p.m. by Gabryś & Quinn Piano Duo (Maria Gabryś-Heyke and Monika Quinn) and pianists Anna Parkita and Barbara Wisłocka.


Opole Philharmonic: "In the Land of Dances"

FOThe Opole Philharmonic invites you on 18 April 2021 at 6.00 p.m. to an online chamber concert "In the Land of Dances" performed by ACh Duo – the only harp-guitar duo active in Poland. The concert will be broadcast on the Philharmonic's website: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/

The unusual combination of instruments and the original repertoire define ACh Duo’s uniqueness. The ensemble was founded in 2012 by guitarist Aleksander Pankowski vel Jankowski and harpist Noemi Hańczyk. The ACh Duo's repertoire includes compositions originally written for a guitar and harp duo as well as their own arrangements of music.

The upcoming concert will feature works by Fryderyk Chopin, Claude Debussy and Máxim Diego Pujol as well as pieces from ACh Duo's album Alla Polacca – the first Polish album with Polish music for a guitar and harp duo. The album title is inspired by the title of one of the movements of Alexandre Tansman's Suite in modo polonico, which is included on the album in an original arrangement for guitar and harp, made by the composer himself. 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information about ticketshttps://filharmonia.opole.pl/wydarzenia/ach-duo-koncert-kameralny-online/ 

In the World of New Music Online

The concert of NeoQuartet and Radom Chamber Orchestra on ROK17 April 2021 at 6.00 p.m. will feature Aleksander Kościów's Concerto for electric string quartet and chamber orchestra as well as compositions from the Neo Electric Quartet album. Live broadcast will be available on the Radom Chamber Orchestra YouTube channel.

The Neo Electric Quartet is a unique project of the NeoQuartet string quartet from Tricity, specializing in the performance of contemporary music. By exploring the uncharted world of electric string quartet, the ensemble creates synthesized sounds of string quartet enriched by live electronics, multi effects, and loop stations.

In the first part of the concert, NeoQuartet will present the ensemble's original electronic compositions from the Neo Electric Quartet album released in early 2021. The second part of the concert will feature Aleksander Kościów's Concerto for electric string quartet and chamber orchestra, which premiered during the 9th NeoArte Festival – Art Synthesizer. The piece, dedicated to NeoQuartet members, was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" 2020 programme operated by the Institute of Dance Music. This is the first such work in the history of music. As the composer points out: "the work, one-movement in its basic nature, will be best compared to a landscape – but a landscape of the so-called "Earth-like planet" in the sense that while maintaining the formal parameters perceivable by "our" readers, both from the orbit (in macroformal terms) and from the surface (i.e. on the level of listening to the detail, understood as an element of the textural and sonic "landform"), it invites brave or curious observers to travel through the seemingly unlimited, and in fact – logically and geologically compact new phonic matter".

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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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7th "World Voice Day" Festival

FGThe programme of the 7th "World Voice Day" Festival on 14-18 April 2021 includes concerts, workshops and meetings with authors. The celebration of the most perfect instrument of all falls on 16 April.

The organiser of the festival in Poland is Marcin Scech, soloist of the choir of the Castle Opera in Szczecin and president of the MogęBoChcę Foundation. The "World Voice Day" Festival aims to bring awareness of voice disorders, often occurring in many different professional groups. This year's edition, like most initiatives, has moved to the internet, where you can safely participate in meetings and workshops, lectures and concerts. The main advantage of the festival is its interdisciplinarity.

A concert "Musically / Visually" will be held on the World Voice Day at 6.00 p.m. at the CASTANEA Technopark Pomerania. It will initiate a new form of dialogue between students and lecturers of visual and music departments of the Academy of Art in Szczecin. We will listen to students and graduates of vocal studies and watch extraordinary computer animations, created in response to the performed music. The programme will include works by Grażyna Bacewicz, Karol Szymanowski, Fernand Obradors, Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy, Reynald Hahn, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Stefan Johannes Walter.

The events will be broadcast on the Festival's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/worldvoicedaypolska/ 

"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/ 

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 

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 6 June 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/