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Open call for UN/MUTE virtual residency

IPNYPolish musicians, composers and performance artists, who have never been to New York before and who are interested in an international artistic, cross-discipline cooperation project with European and New York City based artists are invited to apply for a virtual residency. Apply by sending a bio and short cover letter (max. 1,000 words) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 22 January 2021.

This paid virtual residency will take place online in the spring of 2021, over a period of three months. The ideal candidate is either a Polish citizen residing anywhere in the world, but in New York/New York City, or is an artist who permanently resides in Poland and has any or no citizenship. It is a requirement for the residency that the candidate has never been to New York before.

Covid-19 has shuttered artists from residencies, travel, and exhibitions. This project dives into our digitalized world connecting EU and New York City based artists from various disciplines and gives them an opportunity to work on a collaborative artistic project. The project explores what it means for a European artist to virtually meet a transatlantic counterpart based in NYC, of different age, race, culture and artistic medium in order to create a new and unique work of art together.

During the residency, the process of creative collaboration is put under a magnifying glass and presented via edited Zoom recordings on a website giving the viewers the unique opportunity to monitor it. The collaborative three-month long virtual residency is facilitated and hosted by Undercurrent gallery in Brooklyn, New York. A presentation of the art works is scheduled to take place on Europe Day, 9 May 2021.

More information athttps://instytutpolski.pl/newyork/2021/01/07/open-call-un-mute-residency/

Jakub Szafrański wins "AERCO: My first 50 years" International Composition Competition

Jakub SzafranskiJakub Szafrański, a composer of the young generation, won the 'AERCO: My first 50 years' International Composition Competition, to which over 200 works were submitted. The Pole received the first prize in the category of pieces for eight-voice choir for his Waterfall for two sopranos, two altos, two tenors and two baritones to words by Henry Vaughan (1621-1695).

In addition to receiving a cash prize of EUR 2000, Szafrański’s work will be published by Hal Leonard Europe and will be premiered by the British vocal ensemble Voces8. The AERCO (Associazione Emiliano Romagnola Cori) competition in Bologna aims at promoting a cappella choral compositions. This year's competition jury consisted of internationally-renowned choral conductors and composers from Italy, the United Kingdom, Romania, Russia, Latvia and the Philippines. The jury was chaired by Philip Lawson, a Grammy-winning British composer and arranger, a former member of the King’s Singers.

Jakub Szafrański (b. 1988) is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. In 2015 he received a diploma in choral conducting under the supervision of prof. Ryszard Zimak, and two years later a diploma in composition under the supervision of prof. Paweł Łukaszewski. As a composer, he concentrates on works for a cappella choir, predominantly to liturgical and sacred texts. He won the 1st prize at the 57th Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers (2016) and several other awards at composition competitions in Poland and abroad. His works have been performed by leading Polish and foreign ensembles, including the New Music Orchestra, proMODERN vocal sextet, Poznań Chamber Choir, Trinity College Cambridge Choir, Kammerchor Hannover and Janua Muzika from Vilnius. On the commission of the Polish Composers' Union, Jakub Szafrański wrote a piece Karpaty for the 60th Jubile "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music.

WATCH: Phillip Lawson Announces AERCO Competition Winners

Roman Czura won the 3rd prize in the 2nd Future Symphony Composition Competition in Vilnius


The latest orchestral piece by the Silesian composer Roman Czura, Rytmy w śnie zatopione [Rhythms drowned in dreams], was awarded the 3rd prize in the final of the second edition of the Future Symphony Composition Competition in Vilnius.

The final concert with the premiere of the seven nominated works took place on 17 September 2020 at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic. The Future Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Adomas Morkūnas-Budrys. The other finalists were Charles Philip Daniels Torres (Mexico) – the winner of the 1st prize, Jievaras Jasinskis (Lithuania) – the 2nd prize, Andrius Maslekovas (Lithuania) – the 3rd prize, as well as Apor Szüts (Hungary), Daniele Testa (Italy) and Miran Tsalikian (Greece).

Roman Czura is a winner of numerous composition competitions in Poland and abroad. He specializes in chamber and orchestral music. Currently he lectures at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.

The recording of the final concert has just been made available on the Internet. You can listen to the work Rhythms drowned in dreams online at: https://youtu.be/M6F3uD_ocEE?t=5715 

Composer's official website: www.romanczura.eu 

Agata Zubel's "Chamber Piano Concerto" at the International Piano Competition of Orléans

ZubelThe final auditions of the 14th International Piano Competition of Orléans will take place on 31 October 2020. Thanks to the fruitful cooperation of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Competition organisers, Chamber Piano Concerto by Agata Zubel is a compulsory piece in the final's repertoire.

The International Piano Competition of Orléans has been held since 1994. It remains the only piano competition in the world to focus on the contemporary repertoire. It brings the piano repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries to a consistently growing audience, reveals the talent of young artists and follows them from the beginning and throughout their carrier. Due to the uniqueness, the International Piano Competition of Orléans has developed a solid international reputation and is an affiliated member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC), Alink-Argerich Foundation, and Futurs Composés.

Chamber Piano Concerto is one of Agata Zubel's latest pieces. Its world premiere took place on 20 October 2018 during the Donaueschinger Musiktage festival. The composer has taken part in many projects of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, she has also written several works commissioned or co-commissioned by the Institute, including Fireworks (2018), for which she received the European Composer Award.

The three finalists of the French competition will be accompanied by the Ensemble Intercontemporain conducted by Simon Proust. One of the finalists will recceive the "Polska Music" award funded by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. An honourable mention worth EUR 2,000 will be awarded for the best performance of Agata Zubel's work.

Live broadcast of the competition final will be available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LQsHfw19_A 

Cologne | "Deep Listening Deep Relaxation" Project Premiere


The "Deep Listening Deep Relaxation" music project, created by the Ensemble Garage, a renowned German ensemble specializing in modern music, and Monika Pasiecznik, a Polish curator and music critic, will be premiered on 16 September 2020 in Cologne (Germany) in Tanzfaktur, a picturesque post-industrial space housing the interdisciplinary art scene.

The project in the form of a multimedia concert with elements of video, performance, sound installation and music workshop explores the ancient tradition of psychosomatic sound impact and contemporary approaches to this tradition in the form of traditional musical pieces, but also sound meditation workshops, screaming workshops, sound massages and mindfulness installations.

The project will feature works by composers researching this subject, representing various generations and nationalities – from contemporary classics, such as the Americans Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Lucier, to the youngest composers, such as Korean Yiran Zhao, Australian Aviva Endean and German Neo Hülcker. Three pieces were commissioned especially for the project: Let me just by Neo Hülcker, Urschrei / Primal Scream by Kuba Krzewiński and Deep Relaxation vol. 7: TouchMe by Mikołaj Laskowski.

The project "Deep Listening Deep Relaxation" is part of the concert series "ACTS 'N SOUNDS" initiated by the Ensemble Garage in Cologne in 2019. The series includes avant-garde music concerts and performances of very different themes and forms, prepared by famous composers, dramatists and curators and presented by musicians in various unusual locations.

More information at: http://www.tanzfaktur.eu/event/eid/deep-listening-deep-relaxation/