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Premiere of the newest album of the Poznań Vocal Ensemble Minimus

MinimusOn 4 September 2020 the album titled Wacław Reimagined by the Poznań-based Minimus Vocal Ensemble will have its premiere. It will include contemporary choral compositions inspired by the works of Wacław z Szamotuł.

The core focus of the album is the continuous dialogue between the past and the present. It shows us how the art of ancient times intertwines with today’s world and how it affects the 21st century pieces.

Five of twelve pieces are world premieres of works commissioned by the ensemble. Their authors are Polish composers of the young generation, experienced and rewarded in numerous competitions: Paweł Łukaszewski, Aleksandra Chmielewska, Katarzyna Danel, Andrzej Bielerzewski, Marek Raczyński and Łukasz Urbaniak. Apart from contemporary compositions, the album also includes pieces by Wacław z Szamotuł which were an inspiration for the 21st century artists. Renaissance pieces have been presented with the improvised accompaniment of a lute and a Renaissance guitar.

The album has been released by Poznań-based label RecArt. As of 4 September, the record will be available in a digital form on streaming platforms and in the form of a CD in good music stores.

More information at: http://www.recart.pl/pl/albums 

Gdańsk | "Cold Bastard" – a show to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Dariusz Wójcik's artistic work

Dariusz Wójcik

On the 35th anniversary of his artistic work, Dariusz Wójcik will be honored with the "Gloria Artis" Medal for Merit to Culture – the highest award in the field of culture. The ceremony will take place on 6 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Artus Court in Gdańsk during the show entitled "Cold bastard". The honorary patron of the event is Jarosław Sellin, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and Dariusz Drelich, Pomeranian Voivode.

Dariusz Wójcik – a valued artist from Gdańsk and a culture animator well known on the coast, has great merits for Polish culture. Throughout the period of his creative work, he was constantly looking for new inspirations and forms of stage expression. He established a number of valuable cultural initiatives. He was a soloist of the Musical Theatre in Gdynia and a founder of the Gdańsk Open Theatre. Over the years of experience, he has developed his own style and artistic profile focused primarily on verbal and musical performances, shows, concerts and staged concerts. For several years he has been performing concerts and shows with the music of the interwar period. Fascinated with retro music, he decided to celebrate the anniversary of his artistic work with a project involving music, for the popularization of which he received the "Golden Retro Leaf" honorary distinction from Michał Fogg – great-great-grandson of the doyen of Polish song Mieczysław Fogg.

The programme of the show to celebrate the anniversary of Dariusz Wójcik's artistic work, combined with the promotion of the CD album of the same title (Soliton), will include works from the repertoire of Eugeniusz Bodo – a Polish star of pre-war cinema and stage, written by outstanding Polish composers: Roman Palester, Henryk Wars, Jerzy Petersburski, Artur Gold, Bronisław Kaper and Zygmunt Karasiński.

The concert promoting the album will feature guest singers: Bogna Forkiewicz, Aga Skawińska, Jacek Szymański – well-known and respected stage artists from the Tri-City who take part in the Open Theater projects. The singers will be accompanied by the Fogg Trio. The show will also feature dancers of the AKAT Ballroom Dance Club.

Tickets will be on sale at the venue on the day of the concert. Ticket reservation: +48 600 290 214.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Lublin | 12th "Codes" Festival of Traditional and Avant-garde Music


The "Crossroads" Centre for Intercultural Creative Initiatives in Lublin invites you to the 12th edition of "Codes" Festival of Traditional and Avant-garde Music which will run from 2 to 5 September 2020. Its formula is based on the idea of finding common issues and determining similarities between distant cultural phenomena.

The yearly event confronts the latest music pursuits with the still vivid archaic musical forms. Old music is re-discovered in unexpected present-day contexts and avant-garde experimental artists listen intently to the voices of the past. This year's inaugural concert will premiere Zygmunt Krauze's Copernicus – Our Planet and Jerzy Kornowicz's Phantoms, both commissioned by the "Codes" Festival. Zygmunt Krauze's piece deals with the topic of global threats to the climate and destructive human activities, referring to the texts of Nicolaus Copernicus and Greta Thunberg. The composition will be performed by the proMODERN vocal sextet, specializing in the interpretation of contemporary music. During the concert in Lublin, the ensemble will be accompanied by the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by Marek Wroniszewski. The piece was written as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance 

The Festival will also premiere a new version of the opera Anonymous by Rafał Ryterski, as well as The Shining by Szabolcs Esztényi, Hubert Zemler and Ryszard Latecki, and the Devil's fiddle – L'opera del villaggio by Cezary Duchnowski and Maciej Filipczuk, created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme. The last night at the Festival Club will feature the Golden Branch / Masked Ball organised by groups of the Workshops of Local Culture.

For the first time, the audience will be able to participate in the Festival both live (limited number of seats, free admission) as well as online. All concerts will be broadcast live on the website: https://kody-festiwal.pl/en

Kraków | 6th Sinfonietta Festival. A musical tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki


This year's edition of the Sinfonietta Cracovia flagship event is dedicated to the memory of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki – one of the founders of the orchestra, its great mentor and friend. The concert programme of the Sinfonietta Festival, which will run from 25 August to 3 September 2020, will also include works by Ludwig van Beethoven as 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth.

The festival will be inaugurated on 25 August with an open-air concert of Sinfonietta Cracovia led by Maciej Tworek, a long-time collaborator of Professor Penderecki. On 26 August, the audience will have a chance to take part in the next edition of the "Chamber Clubbing" in the beautiful interiors and gardens of the National Museum in Kraków. The programme of performances by the Dafo Quartet, Cordes Classiques, Sinfo Quartet and 2B3 Ensemble will include compositions by the patrons of this year's Sinfonietta Festival – Ludwig van Beethoven and Krzysztof Penderecki. "Clubbing" will end with an open-air screening of the film Penderecki: Paths Through The Labyrinth (directed by Anna Neuhaus), preceded by a solo performance by Maciej Lulek, concertmaster of Sinfonietta Cracovia.

On 31 August, the orchestra will perform in The Kraków Cloth Hall under the baton of its director, Jurek Dybał. The guest of the Sinfonietta will be the legendary French clarinetist and close friend of the Professor – Michel Lethiec. The concert programme will include compositions by Krzysztof Penderecki and Antonín Dvořák. The evening will also feature the world premiere of one of the two winning works of the 6th International Composition Competition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki" – a composition by Andrea Mattevi for strings and percussion.

The festival will end on 3 September with a spectacular final concert conducted by the first guest conductor of Sinfonietta Cracovia, the world-renowned American conductor John Axelrod. In the historic interiors of the Cloth Hall we will hear compositions by Piotr Czajkowski and Krzysztof Penderecki. This evening, Sinfonietta Cracovia will also premiere a piece by Robin Lilja – the second winner of this year's edition of the Composition Competition organized by the orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Warsaw | "Composing Commissions": Hashtag Ensemble will premiere Artur Zagajewski's piece

Hashtag Ensemble

Hashtag Ensemble and the 'Sphere of Harmony' Foundation invite you on 1 September 2020 at 6.00 p.m. to the backyard at 34 Stalowa Street in the Old Praga to participate in a unique concert. Six members of Hashtag Ensemble will attempt to add sound to the old tenement house and interpret the city space with carefully programmed works by Andriessen, Walshe, Riley and Zagajewski.

The concert will open with the iconic piece Workers Union by Louis Andriessen. Like employees of pre-war Praga factories, the Hashtag Ensemble's musicians will form a labor union and play utopian music of unity. Old Praga is a district strongly associated with the broadly understood alternative and with many subcultures that have been writing their slogans on the walls of local tenement houses for decades. We will hear a piece about the skater subculture And Jump from the Golden Gate Bridge by Jenifer Walshe. Searching for traces linking music and urban space, following the reminiscences of the Barwich & Jung's Prague metal foundry, Hashtag Ensemble will also play the mesmerizing Tread on a Trail by Terry Riley.

The concert will end with the premiere of Artur Zagajewski's EUR, a piece designed especially for the backyard space at 34 Stalowa Street. EUR was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance. It draws from post-rock and syth-pop, it can be perceived as an imaginary music flowing from the windows of Prague backyards in the 90s of the last century.

Admission to the concert is free. Remember to put on your mask and keep a distance of 2 meters to other concert participants.

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Contemporary music doesn’t bite!

PTMWThe Polish Society for Contemporary Music invites you on 31 August 2020 to attend the online premiere of a series of films about three Polish composers „Contemporary music doesn’t bite!".

Video interviews with composers, associated with the Polish Society for Contemporary Music, will be presented as part of the series on YouTube channel and Facebook of the Society. These will be meetings with: Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, Alicja Gronau and Adam Sławiński. Composers will tell about the background of their pieces and about themselves. Moreover, after the presentation of the series, each time there will be a live conversation with the composers on the FB profile.

The script writer of project is Jarosław Siwiński, treasurer of the Polish Composers' Union. The interviews were conducted by the double bass player and teacher, Małgorzata Kołcz.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://ptmw.art.pl/ 

Gdańsk | Concert performance of Aleksander Nowak's opera "ahat-ilī – Sister of Gods"


A concert performance of the opera ahat-ilī – Sister of Gods by Aleksander Nowak, composed to a libretto by the Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk, will take place on 31 August 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk. On the same day, a blu-ray with the recording of the opera will go on sale, inaugurating the "Images" series, which is part of Anaklasis a record company operating under the auspices of PWM.

"A moving opera fresco", "a wonderful new opera", "a contemporary opera that should be an export product of Polish culture" ahat-ilī Sister of Gods was commissioned by the Kraków Festival Office for the Sacrum Profanum Festival in 2018, where it was first performed and recorded, immediately winning the hearts of the audience and delighting the critics. The music was composed by Aleksander Nowak, the libretto was penned by the Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk. The performance was directed by Pia Partum,  with sets designed by Magdalena Maciejewska.

On 31 August, during the ceremony of presenting the European Poet of Freedom 2020 Literary Award of the City of Gdańsk, the opera will be performed in concert by outstanding soloists: Joanna Freszel, Urszula Kryger, Ewa Biegas, Jan Jakub Monowid, Sebastian Szumski, Bartłomiej Misiuda and Szymon Kobyliński. They will be accompanied by the excellent Camerata Silesia and AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy under the direction of Marek Moś. The event will be attended by the Nobel Prize winner who sits in the award chapter.

The "Images" series, which is part of the Anaklasis brand, will be inaugurated by the album ANA 001 with the recording of the premiere performance of the opera ahat-ilī Sister of Gods. The CD also includes Jan Sosiński's documentary Operation opera, devoted to Aleksander Nowak and produced in cooperation with PWM Edition and Polish Television.

More information at: https://pwm.com.pl/ 

Gdańsk | Premieres of works by Elżbieta Sikora and Paweł Mykietyn on the anniversary of the August Agreements


In 2020 40 years will have passed since the signing of the agreement in Gdańsk and the establishment of 'Solidarity'. This occasion will be commemorated by the premieres of two carillon pieces by the most sought-after Polish contemporary composers. On 30 August, on the eve of the anniversary, Paweł Mykietyn's STOP and Elżbieta Sikora's Running Northon will be performed on the Gdańsk carillons in the Main Town Hall (12 p.m.) and in the St. Catherine's Church (3 p.m.).

SikoraInitially instruments of simple construction, over time carillons became more and more complex, gradually gaining the fullness of sound. According to sources, the beginnings of the Gdańsk carillon date back to the mid-16th century. Currently, carillon music in Poland is vividly cultivated in Gdańsk, which has three instruments, including one on the tower of the Town Hall of the Main City of Gdańsk, where Paweł Mykietyn's work will be premiered, and one on the tower of St. Catherine's Church, where Elżbieta Sikora's composition will be performed for the first time. Both works were commissioned by the City of Gdańsk and the Gdańsk Museum.

Paweł Mykietyn writes about his work STOP: 'The title may express a naive but beautiful dream of the victory of good over evil. Let this dream resonate on the carillon of the Main Town Hall in Gdańsk – a city that experienced both great good, when Solidarity was created, and great evil, when its president was murdered'. Elżbieta Sikora comments on Runninung North: 'To escape from fate, from ourselves, from the plague, pestilence, war, enslavement and all evil. To the north. Where the sea opens, beyond which the unknown, freedom, tempting mystery'. Both pieces, published by PWM Edition, will be performed by the outstanding carillonist Monika Kaźmierczak.

Admission to the concerts is free.

Lusławice | Final of the "Emanacje" Festival – Penderecki's 'musica domestica'


The eighth edition of the "Emanacje" Festival, dedicated to the memory of Krzysztof Penderecki and symbolically entitled "The Artist – Work – Meetings", is coming to an end. The final concert on 30 August 2020 at 7.00 p.m. promises to be extremely impressive and reflective. In the concert hall of the European Music Centre we will hear the most personal works that can be desribed as Penderecki's musica domestica.

Chamber music occupied an important place in the composer's oeuvre in the 1990s. Critically labeled the "path by the main road", it was in fact an important line of Penderecki's work. The last festival concert will feature lyrical compositions interpreted by great musicians – Janusz Wawrowski (violin), Marcin Zdunik (cello), Szymon Nehring (piano), Katarzyna Budnik (viola), Andrzej Ciepliński (clarinet) and Tomasz Bińkowski (horn).

Quartet for clarinet and string trio is one of the most subtle and personal works by Krzysztof Penderecki, marking a turning point in the career of the 60-year-old artist. The composer wrote the piece in June 1993 on the porch of the Lusławice manor, when azaleas and rhododendrons were blooming around. The time and atmosphere of this place changed the sound language and revealed themselves fully in the aesthetic ideal of claritas, a new kind of music – transparent and intimate, perfectly balanced in terms of form and content. The Sextet (2000) was born out of the tradition of chamber music and is part of the "clarity" trend initiated by the Quartet for clarinet and string trio. It is one of Penderecki's most extensive chamber works. The Sextet was written for Mstislav Rostropovich and Jurij Baszmet who premiered the piece.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.emanacje.pl