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Witold Lutosławski Scholarship 2024

Witold Lutosławski Society invites you to submit applications for an artistic scholarship funded by the composer's heirs. The scholarships are intended for postgraduate studies abroad, primarily for composers and instrumentalists who want to pursue contemporary music.

Those who have completed higher artistic studies at Polish state universities, at least at the bachelor's level, can apply for the scholarship. The application deadline is the 30th of May 2024.

Detailed information: https://www.lutoslawski.org.pl/index.php/2024/03/11/stypendium-im-witolda-lutoslawskiego/ 

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Warsaw | Exhibition and concert "Who is dancing for me?"

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Żaneta Rydzewska's improvisation concert, accompanying Agnieszka Mastalerz's exhibition "Who is dancing for me?", will take place in the Fryderyk Chopin Museum Concert Hall on the 20th of March, 2024 at 5 p.m.

Agnieszka Mastalerz's video installation, which consists of two independent images, is complemented by an ambient soundtrack by Żaneta Rydzewska. The improvisation will be based on processing and looping sounds recorded in the spaces shown on the video.

Before the concert, there will be a conversation with both artists about the sources of inspiration and the interwining of arts.

Reservation of free entrance tickets is required at the ticket office or on the website: https://bilety.nifc.pl/rezerwacja/termin.html?id=643&date=2024-03-20 

Warsaw | Cybulski x Zemiter in Hashtag Lab

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On the 19th of March 2024 at 7 p.m., the Hashtag Lab stage will host the premiere of a new album by the Zemiter STUDIOLO duo and will present Krzysztof Cybulski's electronic project AAAA (augmented acoustic actuated autonomous) - an unusual combination of the sound of the Post-Digital Sax, Autoviola and Aeromembranophone instruments built by Krzysztof Cybulski, algorithms partially controlling them and improvisation.

The instruments designed by Cybulski allow for digital control of the pitch of the sounds played, so that during the performance the musicians will be able to use looping phrases, improvise by eliminating the most or least frequent sounds, and even perform melodies generated digitally by the instruments.

Marcin Dymiter and Hubert Zemler's album STUDIOLO is music recorded with two sets of electronic devices combined into one organism. The concert will feature the premiere of the album, which was released by Antenna Non G.

Ticket information: https://hashtaglab.pl/event/cybulski-x-zemiter/ 

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"Sounds of Diversity" - new concert project combining artists from Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland

Sounds of DiversityCzech Republic, Poland, Slovakia: three neighboring countries, three diverse contemporary art scenes. They will be united by the new project "Sounds of Diversity", during which works by Markéta Dvořáková, Petra Šuško, Matej Sloboda, Przemysław Scheller and Daniel Skála will be premiered. The mini-tour through three countries of the Visegrad Four will present new music, a new project and a new band created especially for this occasion. Concerts will take place in Ostrava (March 18), Katowice (March 19) and Žilina (March 20).

The partners of the project are: the Hudební Současnost Ostrava Festival, Ensemble Spectrum and the Katowice Branch of the Polish Composers' Union.

The new concert project is presented by Creative Center Ostrava, an association that has been operating for five decades and was founded to unite composers, artists and amateurs of contemporary art, especially from Ostrava and the surrounding area. The idea of ​​implementing an international project connecting V4 countries arose from TCO's cooperation, in particular with Polish artists.

Website of the project: https://www.soundsofdiversity.com/ 

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List otwarty Związku Kompozytorów Polskich w sprawie przyszłości Radia Chopin

logo PolskieRadioChopinZwiązek Kompozytorów Polskich przyjmuje z niedowierzaniem informacje o planowanej likwidacji „Radia Chopin”. Nie wyobrażamy sobie, żeby władze instytucji tak ważnej dla kultury polskiej mogły zrezygnować z programu prowadzonego pod egidą jednego z najbardziej wyrazistych symboli polskiej kultury.

W ciągu ponad sześciu lat swojego istnienia Radio Chopin zdobyło opinię wyjątkowego miejsca kultu Fryderyka Chopina. Towarzyszące informacjom o planach likwidacji tego miejsca zapowiedzi „zlania” Radia Chopin z Programem 2 Polskiego Radia w najmniejszym nawet stopniu nie redukują niepokoju o losy muzyki Chopina w Polskim Radiu. Program 2 ma swoje zasługi na tym polu, ale nie przejmie szczególnego dbania o ten skarb, bo ma wiele innych zadań. Trudno zresztą „zlać” dwa 24-godzinne programy w jeden, doba się nie rozciągnie.

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Resignation of Jerzy Kornowicz from the position of the curator of the Kody Festival in Lublin

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On the 14th of March, 2024, I submitted my resignation to the Mayor of Lublin, Mr. Krzysztof Żuk, from the position of Curator of the KODY Festival of Tradition and Musical Avant-Garde organized by the Center for Intercultural Creative Initiatives ROZDROŻA in Lublin.

Both Kody and Rozdroża are Lublin's great capital, an original idea and its artistic expression, a valuable initiative in Lublin's efforts to become the European Capital of Culture.

We are pleased with the opinion about Kody in Poland and abroad, as a festival of musical art, as well as thoughts and ideas. Supported by creativity: with dozens of commissions, cross-genre cultural meetings, and the presence of many musical communities usually operating separately in their own artistic industries. Kody are not only about "stars", but about creating a cultural movement. One does not exclude the other. Artists of the Festival: Jan Garbarek, John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Jan Gaca, Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can, Polish Radical Ensamble, Glenn Branca, Tomasz Stańko, Iva Bittova, Leszek Możdżer, Andrzej Bauer and Cellonet, Szábolcs Esztényi, Marcin Masecki, Ensemble of the European School of Traditional Singing, Tęgie Chłopy, Olga Pasiecznik, Grain de la Voix, Laibach, Theater of Voices, Evelyn Gleni, Marek Moś and Aukso, Orchester de Ereprijs, Phonos ek Machanes, Hashtag Ensemble, Tadeusz Wierzbicki and Laboratory of Phenomena, Jacek Kochan , Spółdzielnia Muzyczna, Kawalerowie Błotni, Kwartludium, ProMODERN, Lublin Philharmonic and Juventus Orchestra, composers writing especially for KODY: Zygmunt Krauze, Piotr Tabakiernik, Aleksander Kościów, Rafał Ryterski, Cezary Duchnowski, Lidia Zielińska, Artur Zagajewski, Krzysztof Knittel, Pierre Jodlowski, Wojciech Błażejczyk, Jagoda Szmytka and dozens more with first performances - including Arvo Paart, Philip Glass and Kaija Saariaho. And dozens of ensembles of various traditions.

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9th Katowice Kultura Natura 2024 Festival. Advance ticket sale now open

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The motto of the 9th edition of the Katowice Culture Nature Festival, which will take place from 10-16 May 2024 at NOSPR, is 'Music of the Spheres': together with the artists, we will explore how the universe and music resonate with harmony and mathematical order.

We will hear, among others, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Symphony No. 2 'Copernicus' or Gustav Holst's symphonic poem Planets, and the brightest point in the festival sky will be a musical encounter with the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by the rising star of world conducting Klaus Mäkelä; on the programme - Anton Bruckner's monumental Symphony No. 5 in B flat major.

In addition to concerts of classical music, there will also be an event with music in a slightly lighter, jazz version - a concert featuring the Joey Alexander Trio (for the first time in Katowice).

Programme of the Festival: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/program/festiwal-katowice-kultura-natura 

Programme of the 59th Andrzej Markowski International Wratislavia Cantans Festival announced!

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Wratislavia Cantans 202459th Andrzej Markowski International Wratislavia Cantans Festival will take place on September 5-15, 2024 in Wrocław and other cities of Lower Silesia, and its topic will be "Migration".

Following artists will take part in this year's edition: Jean Rondeau, Avi Avital, Julia Lezhneva, Théotime Langlois de Swarte, Pedro Memelsdorff and Arlequin Philosophe, Václav Luks from Collegium Vocale 1704 and Collegium 1704, Ensemble Basiani, Giovanni Antonini from Il Giardino Armonico, Música Temprana, Yaroslav Shemet with the Silesian Philharmonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra, as well as the NFM ensembles: NFM Wrocław Philharmonic conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, NFM Choir, Wrocław Baroque Ensemble, NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, NFM Boys' Choir and NFM Girls' Choir. There will be no shortage of events for the youngest, prepared together with the NFM Educational Center.

A special concert - on the occasion of the 100th birthday - will be dedicated to Andrzej Markowski, the patron of the festival, its founder and long-time director. 1944 for choir and orchestra will be heard for the first time at the NFM - a piece that Mikołaj Górecki dedicated to Andrzej Markowski on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Detailed programme: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/festiwale/wratislavia-cantans 

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Awards at the Fr. Prof. Hieronim Feicht Competition 2023 announced!

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Jury of the Fr. Prof. Hieronim Feicht Competition 2023 appreciated the high level of submitted works. After careful analysis and discussion, it was unanimously decided to award two prizes and two distinctions!

On the 12th of March, 2024, a meeting of the Competition Jury was held: Prof. Iwona Lindstedt (chairwoman), Ph.D. Agnieszka Leszczyńska, prof. University of Warsaw, Prof. Teresa Malecka, Dr. Katarzyna Naliwajek, Prof. Barbara Przybyszewska-Jarmińska, Prof. Sławomir Żerańska-Kominek and Prof. Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, (chairwoman of the ZKP Musicologists' Section).

The winners are:

  • Mr. Andrzej Godek
  • Mrs. Marta Tabakiernik

Distinctions:

  • Mrs. Agnieszka Nowok-Zych
  • Mr. Artur Szczerbinin
 

Congratulations!

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