A premiere of Karol Nepelski's Variations on Global Crowd with quadraphonic electronics, commissioned by the Biennale Warsaw and performed by Gośka Isphording, will take place on 11 June 2019 in TR Warszawa. The programme will also include works by Peter Ablinger, Ángel Faraldo, Ailís Ní Ríain and Jukka Tiensuu.
The new piece of music for amplified harpsichord and sampler composed by Karol Nepelski is a quest for the mood that accompanies mass assemblies in cities all over the world, in which, nevertheless, solidarity or residents’ discontent has led to socio-political changes. The electronic layer of the sampler uses short excerpts of recordings (samples) available on social media, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter: sounds of the crowd, public concerts, the audio sphere of city meetings and protest moveaments, as well as speeches of leaders, politicians and authority figures. It is a quasi-opera, with the sampler in the role of the human voice (voices of individuals and entire groups of people), and the harpsichord as the accompanying orchestra.
The world premiere of the piece will be entrusted to the internationally-renowned harpsichordist, an outstanding interpreter of contemporary music – Gośka Isphording.