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Bydgoszcz | [sound]Spectrum 2020

SOundSpectrumThe next [sound] Spectrum International New Music Symposium, organised by the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, will take place on 22-23 October 2020. The programme includes lectures, workshops and a composers' panel. All scheduled events can be followed on the Facebook profile and YouTube channel.

[sound] Spectrum is a symposium devoted to broadly understood contemporary music, the aim of which is to present its vast context. The event is part of the RID Regional Initiative of Excellence project, run by the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

World-famous composers Hanna Kulenty and Aleksander Nowak will give lectures about their cretive process and latest compositions. Workshops with violist and composer Rafał Zalech will take place at the Academy of Music. Zalech will present its own hybrid instrument, which reads the finger positions of a musician playing a string instrument in 5000 points (2.5 octaves with a latency below 5ms) while maintaining all sonic qualities and playing comfort.

This year's [sound] Spectrum will be crowned with a panel discussion attended by Hanna Kulenty, Aleksander Nowak, Rafał Zapała, Sławek Wojciechowski, Wojtek Błażejczyk, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, Mikołaj Pałosz, Adam Kośmieja and Anna Kwiatkowska. The discussion will be moderated by Ewa Szczecińska (Polish Radio Channel 2). In addition, we will watch a recording of the September concert "Sci-fi / retro" from the Rozmaitości Theatre in Warsaw, presenting works for piano trio and film screenings with live music devoted to fantasies about other planets made over a hundred years ago.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://openmusicreview.art/wydarzenia/soundspectrum-2020/ 

8th Festival of Contemporary Music "New Music" online

Nowa MuzykaThe Kuyavian-Pomeranian Branch of the Polish Composers' Union invites you on 24-26 October 2020 to the 8th Festival of Contemporary Music "New Music". All the festival concerts will take place without the participation of the audience and will be broadcast online.

The idea of ​​this annual undertaking is to create new artistic qualities by combining different disciplines: music, image, word, multimedia. Thus, the festival promotes new works and inspires composers, musicians, artists and writers to co-create culture. The main aim of the festival is to present innovative non-commercial artistic phenomena from Poland and abroad.

The Festival will feature three concerts: "Modern Song – Reflections and Resonances", "Concert on the 100th Anniversary of the Return of Bydgoszcz to the Motherland" and "Faces of the Present. Piano recital by Igor Torbicki". The programme will include new works by Piotr Komorowski, the president of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Branch of the Polish Composers' Union, and his deputy, Marcin Kopczyński.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Live broadcast will be available atwww.nowamuzyka.bydgoszcz.pl  and on YouTube.

Opole |Three Centuries of Music


"Three Centuries of Music" is a unique symphonic concert of the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic, which will take place on 23 October 2020 at 7.00 p.m. We will hear Beethoven' music juxtaposed with 20th and 21st century works.

The concert will begin with the Coriolan Overture, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven, inspired by the fate of the legendary Roman leader Coriolan. Two contrasting melodic lines in the piece – warlike and lyrical – reflect the character's psychological conflict.

Concerto for clarinet and orchestra, Op. 49 by Mikołaj Górecki, son of the famous Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, was composed especially for Roman Widaszek, who will perform as a soloist during the concert. Arthur Honegger's Symphony No. 2 was written during World War II and reflects this difficult and painful chapter in the history of mankind. The piece ends with a spark of hope brought by a trumpet solo to the accompaniment of strings. The Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Warcisław Kunc.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/ 

Opole | National Independence Day

FOA formal concert on the National Independence Day will be held at the Józefa Elsner Opole Philharmonic on 11 November 2020 at 6.00 p.m.

The concert will begin with the Overture to the opera The Pole and His Child by Albert Lortzing, in which we can hear musical quotations from the Polish national anthem. Moreover, the concert will feature works by two Polish composers: Ignacy Jan Paderewski's Polish Fantasy in G sharp minor, Op. 19, with the solo part performed by Edward Wolanin, and Witold Maliszewski's Symphony No. 2 in A major, Op. 12.

This year, the Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Przemysław Neumann has completed a three-year project of recording all symphonic works by Witold Maliszewski. Later this year, a four-CD album will be released in cooperation with DUX. It is Maliszewski's Symphony No. 2 that we will have the opportunity to listen to during the November concert conducted by the maestro.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/ 

49th Polish Composers' Union Musicological Conference organised with the Academy of Music in Kraków

ZKPThe Polish Composers' Union invites you on 25-27 October 2020 to the virtual Academy of Music in Kraków to listen to the sessions of the 49th Musicological Conference of the Polish Composers' Union – "Theory of music / musicology here and now. Resonance of the Past – Contemporary challenges".

The conference will discuss the following topics: "Musicology – Theory of music. The elemental dialectic?"; "Understanding music. The idea of ​​experiencing the work"; "Developing sensitivity and imagination"; "Music as a message'; "Paradigms, thought constructs, concepts and methods".

The conference will feature 29 speakers, we will hear two lectures, nine panels, and two concerts. There will be also a presentation of the droba.polmic.pl website, devoted to the person and work of Krzysztof Droba. The final concert will premiere Zbigniew Bargielski's Clavertett for string quartet and harpsichord, which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance. The conference will be held on the AMK ON-LINE lecture platform, created especially for the conference participants. The whole event will be available on the website of the Academy of Music in Kraków: www.amuz.krakow.pl/49konferencjazkp 

Let's be together! As long as technology does not fail, traditionally the Musicological Conference will resonate, although in a new space, not necessarily a hostile one – these are the challenges of the present day!

dr hab. Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, president of the Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Final concert of the workshops "Don't be afraid to improvise!" online

NBIThe Polish Society for Contemporary Music and Art Deco Group Music Agency invite you on 24 October 2020 at 11.30 a.m. and 13.30 p.m. to the online broadcast of the last – eighth concert summarizing the online workshops for young musicians "Don't be afraid to improvise!".

The workshops are free of charge and are intended for children learning to sing or play any instruments at music schools or institutions that conduct music classes. During the workshops, children learn about contemporary music and methods of improvisation and they take part in exercises and games that will help them absorb the knowledge more easily. In this project, it is very important to make music together and collaborate in a group, so children participate in classes with their instruments and actively improvise under the guidance of the teachers. This time, we will hear the results of classes conducted by singer and songwriter Iza Kowalewska and multi-instrumentalist and composer Helena Matuszewska.

During the upcoming concert, which will be broadcast live from the Warsaw Quality Studio in cooperation with Rec Audio, everyone will meet live for the first time and make music together.

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

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The concert will be available online at: www.artdecogroup.eu and www.facebook.com/adgagencja 

Lutosławski Piano Duo: "Turn on the duo" online

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"Turn on the duo" is a series of innovative concerts and online meetings performed by Lutosławski Piano Duo. The project involves online presentation of seven concerts of the duo which will be released periodically on Facebook beetwen 19-25 October 2020.

The highest quality of perfomance, an appropriate selection of repertoire for 4 hands and for 2 pianos (including Chopin, Lutosławski, Górecki, Sikorski, Reich, Ravel, Debussy), the combination of music with the artists' talk about their work, as well as the modern form of recordings make the project valuable not only in artistic, but also in educational terms. It is a response to the expectations of listeners who want to take a closer look at the musicians while playing, but also while working on the repertoire. Special camera shots make it possible.

Emilia Karolina Sitarz and Bartłomiej Wąsik, who has performed as Lutosławski Piano Duo for over 20 years and also play in the Kwadrofonik quartet, are versatile pianists who successfully find themselves in classical, folk and contemporary music. Each meeting will be recorded in a studio on several cameras, and then made available online for free on the project website. The visual implementation of the project is managed by TVP Kultura's journalist Eliza Orzechowska, who has experience in broadcasting the Chopin Piano Competitions, the Classic Stage of TVP Kultura or the premieres of the Teatr Wielki – National Opera.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.


Gdańsk | 9th NEO ARTE Synthesizer of Arts

NeoarteNEO ARTE Synthesizer of Arts is an international festival presenting the most interesting trends in contemporary music and art. It works as a platform connecting artists from various cultural backgrounds and realms of art. The organiser of the Fstival, which will take place on 22-25 October 2020 in Gdańsk, is NeoQuartet ensemble based in Tri-city.

The audience of the 9th edition of NeoArte Synthesizer of Arts Festival will have an opportunity to take part in 10 concerts, 2 art installations and several art performances – all this in just four days. Students of composition will have a chance to take part in composing workshops held by Hanna Kulenty – this-year festival’s Patron and Composer-in-Residence. Each concert is planned as a multidisciplinary spectacle where audience is an active component of artistic process.

During an inauguration of the festival NeoQuartet will present one-hour multimedia spectacle devoted to renowned Polish composer – Hanna Kulenty. Next day, the festival will host Ensemble Mosaik from Berlin – one of the finest contemporary music chamber ensembles in the world and also Swiss duo reConvert presenting an interactive music installation created in collaboration with composer – Fabrizio di Salvo. Third day of NeoArte Synthesizer of Art Festival will include: afternoon concert, art performance, workshops inspired by oeuvres of Alvin Lucier and finally an evening Concert of Premieres with world premieres of compositions written for NeoQuartet by composers from Japan, Russia, and Poland. The last day of the festival will traditionally be a scene of music marathon with an excellent lineup of chamber music ensembles specializing in performance of new music. The ASP foyer in Gdańsk will host: Hashtag Ensemble (Poland), Śniedź Duo (Poland), reConvert (Switzerland), Cikada Ensemble (Norway), Liebchen-Kwiatkowska-Pałosz Trio (Poland) and NeoQuartet in multimedia performance with Gdańsk artist – Piotr Wyrzykowski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.neoarte.pl 

Gdańsk | 11th Euro Chamber Music Festival


The 11th Euro Chamber Music Festival Gdańsk – the largest international festival of chamber music in northern Poland – will run from 16 October to 22 November 2020.

The Festival received the prestigious EFFE (Europe For Festivals Festivals For Europe) label for 2019-2020, awarded by the European Festival Association for the most interesting festival events in Europe. It has hosted such famous artists as Leszek Możdżer, Apollon Musagète Quartett, MoCarta Group, Janusz Wawrowski, Jerzy and Maciej Stuhr, Krystyna Janda, Wiktor Zborowski, Kayah & Royal String Quartet, and Władysław Gudonis Komendarek.

This year's edition will feature recognized domestic and foreign chamber musicians, including Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Jozef Luptàk, Quatuor Adastra, Split Guitar Quartet, Petra & Patrik Jablonsk, as well as young laureates of international music competitions and outstanding instrumentalists of the young generation in the Polish Rising Music Stars series. We will hear masterpieces of European composers and Polish contemporary music, including works by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Krzysztof Penderecki. The key event of the Festival will be a performance of Daniel Olbrychski and Duo del Gesù with letters and music by this year's great jubilarian, Ludwig van Beethoven. The festival will also include the 6th Baltic String Duo Competition.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.eurochambermusicfestival.com 

Poznań | 49th Poznań Music Spring

PWMThis year's 49th "Poznań Music Spring" will be exceptional because it will take place in autumn, on 19-23 October 2020. The festival will feature famous artists from Poland, England, Austria and Slovenia.

The "Poznań Music Spring" is a special festival on the map of contemporary music. Its first edition took place in 1961, and its originator and founder was one of the leading composers of the time – Tadeusz Szeligowski. The festival popularises new music among a wide audience, but also meets the high expectations of modern music connoisseurs, which create the unique character of the Festival. For many years, "Poznań Music Spring" has presented a wide spectrum of the contemporary music scene, presenting music of artists from both Poland and the world. The organisers of the festival are Polish Composers' Union – Poznań Branch and More Than One Production.

Despite the adversities caused by the pandemic, 12 festival concerts will take place in October. We will hear premieres of works by Polish and Slovenian composers, including Piotr Tabakiernik's intavolatura, commissioned by the Festival as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance, and Nikolet Burzyńska's Deeper, co-financed by the Creativity Promotion Fund of the ZAiKS Society of Authors.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available athttp://2020.wiosnamuzyczna.pl/event/poznanka-wiosna-muzyczna-2019/ 

Poznań | Światłodźwięki Audiovisual Art Festival

ŚwiatłodźwiękiŚwiatłodźwięki 2020 is the fifth edition of the audiovisual art festival which aims to present the most important productions of the European and Polish artistic environment that work to fuse the visual and musical areas of art into one integral aesthetic experience. The festival will take place on 16-17 October 2020 in the newly renovated Zamek Culture Centre in Poznań.

The organizers underline that the impressions that the audience will be prone to perceive is "the synesthetic experience of experimental music and visualizations." It is vital that all the interdisciplinary art presented during the festival is created entirely live, based on new conceptions, and is founded on the presumption that both light and sound influence the other element in real time.

Światłodźwięki is concerts, a jam session and lecture-presentations, during which visual artists and musician-scientists will tell the public about the newest trends in European art and about the ever-growing connections between art, IT and architecture; new paths towards which art never ceases to push mankind will be presented. This year, the artists sharing their insights will be the Slovakian composer Marián Zavarský and the Spanish media artist, Marti Guillem Ciscar. The concerts will feature excellent performers and composers, including saxophonist and composer Michał Fetler, composer and percussionist Rafał Gorzycki, clarinetist and improviser Piotr Mełech and composer and pianist Jakub Królikowski – artistic director of the Festival, winner of the Main Prize at the Marek Stachowski Competition for Young Composers (2018).

All the events are free to attend, and do not require a reservation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: http://www.swiatlodzwieki.pl/ 

Kraków | 32nd Krakow International Festival of Composers

KMFKThe Polish Composers' Union – Krakow Branch invites you to the 32nd Krakow International Festival of Composers, which will be held on 17-25 October 2020. We will hear 16 world premieres and 3 Polish premieres.

During this year’s 32nd Festival, traditionally the output of the composers from Kraków in the context of the international music will be presented. The repertoire will be enriched by the compositions inspired by nature, such as: Wyspy (Islands) by Eugeniusz Knapik, Warkocz Bereniki (Coma Berenices) by Jerzy Kornowicz, Sounds of Forest by Sofia Gubaidulina or Le merle noir (Blackbird) by Olivier Messiaen.

During the inaugural concert, we will hear the composition by Krzysztof Penderecki: Ciaccona in memoria del Giovanni Paolo II, performed by Sinfonietta Cracovia under the baton of Jurek Dybał. It will be a special event commemorating our Master from Kraków who passed away this year as well as the 100th birth anniversary of the Polish Pope. During this concert, the orchestra will also premiere e.g. the newest pieces of Wojciech Widłak and Kamil Kruk (the part of musical saw played by the composer himself). The tradition of the festival is the annual concert of the Studio of Electroacoustic Music at the Academy of Music in Kraków. This year, at the concert titled “Electronic Cocktail”, the newest works by the music composition students will be presented, most of them being at the same time the world premieres.

The important element of the programme of the 32nd Festival is the 3rd Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers, inaugurated on his 85th birth anniversary. This year’s jury awarded the Main Prize to the piece Streams… contacts for flute and piano, the author of which is Austrian composer Otto Wanke (b. 1989).

The festival will be complemented by the musicological session “Music and nature”, during which the speeches will be given by theoreticians from the Academy of Music in Kraków and the Institute of Musicology of the Jagiellonian University.

Due to the dynamically developing pandemic of Covid-19 in Krakow, all festival concerts will unfortunately take place without the audience. Live broadcasts of the concerts will be available on our festival websites: http://festiwal.zkp.krakow.pl; http://facebook.com/festiwalkompozytorow

Marcel Chyrzyński, General and Artistic Director

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: http://festiwal.zkp.krakow.pl/ 

Music Coach. Children's chamber music online and at home


The Association of Polish Chamber Musicians – Kraków Branch, as part of the "Culture on the web" programme of the National Centre for Cultre, has implemented an innovative project "Children's chamber music online and at home" covering about 1100 minutes of recordings of Polish chamber music. Starting from 14 October 2020, the materials will be available in the new con.sol.la mobile application and on the YouTube channel of PWM Edition, which is a partner of the project.

"Children's chamber music online and at home" includes recordings of individual parts of children's instrumental duets published by PWM Edition, enabling ensemble playing at home, remote learning and social isolation. The project consists of over 375 audio and audio-video recordings of duet pieces.

Among them there are compositions by outstanding contemporary composers, such as Hanna Kulenty, Grażyna Bacewicz, Janina Garścia and Romuald Twardowski. For each work, recordings of individual parts were prepared in two different tempos to enable ensemble playing by students of various education levels, and to encourage amateur musicians. Model versions were also prepared for each piece.

The recordings at BBrecords Studio were performed by excellent musicians: Ravel Piano Duo, Anna Maria Staśkiewicz (violin), Joanna Konarzewska (violin), Julia Samojło (piano), Piotr Gach (cello), Michał Panasiuk (cello), Maria Sławek (violin) and Anna Kuk (violin).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Project website: http://spmk.com.pl/ 

Kraków | 4th International Piano Duo Festival "Duettissimo"

DuettissimoThe Chamber Music Department of the Academy of Music in Kraków invites you on 17-28 October 2020 to the 4th International Piano Duo Festival "Duettissimo!".

This international festival is a unique event devoted solely and exclusively to music for piano duo. Participation of world-renowned artists confirms its growing importance on a global scale. The festival aims at reintroducing piano duo to pianists and to concert life as well as popularizing piano duo repertoire. The artistic director of the project is Bartłomiej Kominek, PhD Habil. – head of the Department of Chamber Music.

The "Duettissimo" Festival 2020 will take place in a limited form and will be partially transferred to the digital space. The group of performers will traditionally include both students of the Academy of Music in Kraków and its lecturers, as well as winners of international piano duo competitions. The Festival will host one of the best duets of the Slovak Republic – Jordana Palovičová and Zuzana Biščáková. The inaugural concert will be held under the honorary patronage of the Consul of the Slovak Republic in Krakow. The programme will also feature Polish music, including works by Juliusz Zarębski and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

Admission to festival concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centr POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://www.amuz.krakow.pl/duettissimo/ 

Free Improvisation Workshops for Children "Tell me a story"

PTMWFree improvisation workshops for children "Tell me a story", organized by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music, will be held on 15-17 October 2020 in the Culture Centre in Krajenka, the  Eugeniusz Paukszta City and Commune Public Library in Skoki and the Culture Center in Środa Wielkopolska.

This time, the classes will be conducted by vocalist Iza Kowalewska, double bass player Małgorzata Kołcz and composer Jarosław Siwiński. The adventure with improvisation will be guided by actor and director of plays for children, Grzegorz Ociepka. During the classes, children aged 3-5 and 6-8 will learn, play and improvise in the company of their parents, great musicians and amazing books.

The main idea of ​​the project is to trigger graphic-inspired improvisations. Children will create their own stories based on picture books. The improvised fairy tales will be then "translated" into musical language under the guidance of class teachers. Improvisation is the most basic, primary and joyful form of music performance, which is why the workshops combine children's creativity and imagination with books and contemporary music. In addition to improvising and playing with books, children will learn various techniques of producing sound, which expose its color and dynamic values, and will also have a chance to play percussion instruments on their own.

Classes last about 90 minutes with a short break. Participation in the workshops is free – due to the limited number of places prior registration is required.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/ptmw1923