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5th edition of "Super Sam +1"

SSThe 5th edition of the "SuperSam + 1 series" of master performances will begin on 17 September 2020 at 8 p.m. at the SPATiF club in Warsaw.

"Super" in the title means that the programme will be based on renowned artists – masters. "Sam" (in Polish means "alone", "by himself/herself") refers to the solo performances as well as the creative loneliness. "+ 1" in the title means that each evening will be crowned with a duo performance. In most cases, the artists will meet on stage for the first time. The 2020 edition of “Supersam + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative.

This year's series of concerts will be inaugurated by Magda Mayas and Jędrzej Łagodziński. Magda Mayas is a pianist, composer and performer based in Berlin. Over the past 20 years she has developed a music vocabulary usining amplified and prepared piano as well as objects that become extensions of the instrument itself. Mayas explores textural and linear sound collages. Saxophonist and composer Jędrzej Łagodziński is a graduated of the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. He combines the wildness and rawness of improvisational exploration with melody and harmony. In 2016 he co-founded an independent label Love & Beauty Music. As an actor and musician he co-creates an avant-garde multidisciplinary project called Troubadours 21.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://supersam.mozg.pl/ 

Poznań | "Contemporary chamber miniature in the times of pandemic. First performances": Michał Janocha

FabianskaA presentation of new work by Michał Janocha in the series “Contemporary chamber miniature in the times of pandemic. First performances” will take place on 17 September 2020 at 12.00 p.m. on the Academy of Music in Poznań's websiteFacebook profile and YouTube channel.

As Michał Janocha, PhD points out, "The piece gives the opportunity to present in a small form a wide range of colors and articulations of a string instrument. Mikstury skontrastowane [Contrasted Mixtures] were created in two versions: for solo viola and solo violin. The version for solo violin was prepared for Mateusz Gidaszewski ”. Mateusz Gidaszewski, a member and soloist of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of the Polish Radio and lecturer of the Academy of Music in Poznań, will premiere the work on 17 September.

The series “Contemporary chamber miniature in the times of pandemic. First performances ” presents premieres of works by composers associated with the Academy of Music in Poznań. On subsequent Thursdays we will hear miniatures composed by the Academy's teachers: Prof. Artur Kroschel (24 September), and Prof. Zbigniew Kozub (1 October) – the cycle will end on the International Music Day.

Link to the online premiere: https://youtu.be/fZ6QC_4jmXQ 

Jan Krenz has died...


Maestro Jan Krenz, an outstanding conductor and composer, honorary member of the Polish Composers' Union, died on 15 September 2020 at the age of 94.

Jan Krenz was a student of Zbigniew Drzewiecki (piano), Kazimierz Sikorski (composition) and Kazimierz Wiłkomirski (conducting). In 1947-49 he worked at the Poznań Philharmonic. In 1949 he became associated with the Polish Radio Grand Symphony Orchestra (WOSPR) in Katowice, in which he worked till 1951 under Grzegorz Fitelberg. After the latter's death in 1953, he became the pincipal conductor and director of the orchestra. In 1968-73 he was the artistic director of the Grand Theatre in Warsaw. Simultaneously, he conducted the Danmarks Radio Orchestra in Kopenhagen, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, as well as appearing as a guest conductor with such orchestras as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Leningrad Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. In 1979-82 he held the post of Generalmusikdirektor of the City of Bonn, where he conducted the Beethovenhalle orchestra. In 1983-85 he was associated with the Dutch Radio in Hilversum. In 2005-2008 he was the artistic director and first conductor of the Kraków Philharmonic.

He regularly participated in the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music (receiving twice – in 1969 and 1974 – the "Orpheus" award for performances of Polish music) as well as festivals in Edinburgh, Bergen, Prague, Montreux, Osaka and Vienna.

Jan Krenz received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Gold Cross of Merit (1952), State Award, 2nd Class (1955), The Music Award of the City of Katowice (1957), the Award of the Polish Composers' Union (twice: in 1968 and 1996), State Award, 1st Class (1972), the "Diamond Baton" Award for the 70th anniversary of the Polish Radio (1995), Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Gold Medal for Merit to Culture "Gloria Artis" (2005) and numerous international awards for his records.

"New Sounds" Original Vlog on Avant-Garde Performance Techniques

Nowe brzmienia

Original vlog for composers and performers of contemporary music "Nowe Brzmienia" ["New Sounds"] @ModernViola consists of seven full presentations with discussions and examples of new performance techniques of contemporary classical music presented on the viola and relevant to the whole group of string instruments.

The aim of the vlog is to supplement the practical knowledge of the adepts of musical art, which so far required personal consultations between composers and performers. The original vlog was prepared by Aleksandra Demowska-Madejska, doctor of musical arts, member of the Hashtag Ensemble.

Each presentation/lecture is divided into two parts: addressed to composers and to performers (violinists, violists and cellists). It contains a review of the most up-to-date music notation types and performace techniques of the 21st-century music. The examples come from works by Polish composers, including artists of the young generation.

The project is carried out as part of the "Culture on the network" scholarship programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

New lectures will be posted every Thursday from 17 September to 29 October 2020 on the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/aleksandrademowskamadejska 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | 10th Little Warsaw Autumn


We celebrate the 10th anniversary of Little Warsaw Autumn on 18-27 September 2020 in unusual circumstances.

Since the beginning of our festival, direct contact with audience has always been central to what we do. We have always prepared events thinking of how to draw children into the world of contemporary music, how to engage them, give a chance to experience the music, ask questions, and improvise. These are obvious fundamentals for all those who work with children and for children. This year, this approach has been put into question, and Little Warsaw Autumn has faced the challenge of featuring online events. We have composed our programme to also allow our audiences to experience live music.

We hope to see you at the Sculpture Park in Królikarnia and the Museum of Warsaw. This year, music at our festival will come to the help of teachers, too. We shall feature gymnastics at our musical performance Musical Olympics by the Kwartludium ensemble, outdoors in the Królikarnia Park. Exhibits at the Museum of Warsaw and the unusual instruments from the Little Instruments collection will merge into Paweł Romańczuk’s Exhibitones. The Museum of Warsaw’s “Siren” cinema will feature a show of riddles, based on the book Basements. Mysteries from under the floor published by Dwie Siostry Editions. Book author Aleksandra Cieślak and composer Edward Sielicki have worked with musicians, sound engineers, and animators to create an extraordinary radio feature opera, with an important role played by sign language. At every moment, you can take a break and pop into the Królikarnia to play (safely, with social distancing and other precautions) table football in sound: this is Michał Silski’s Trambambula, based on the idea of one little Kazik, who has followed Little Warsaw Autumn since its beginnings.

This year, we also meet online: for Kwartludium ensemble’s warmups, a web version of the radio feature opera Basements. Mysteries from under the floor and the Exhibitones concert.

Paulina Celińska

Full programme is available at: http://warszawska-jesien.art.pl/2020/mala-wj 

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/ 

10th Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2020 – submit your nomination!


The 10th edition of the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award of the Polish music community has officially started. Nomination forms for candidates can be submitted until 21 September 2020 through the website www.koryfeusz.org.pl in the categories: "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award", as well as in the "Discovery of the Year" category for debuting artists.

Since 2011, the Polish music community has awarded the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award to its most prominent representatives. The event is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance. "Coryphaeus" is a distinction for people, groups of artists and institutions operating in the area of ​​Polish music. The award is granted for achievements in the last artistic season, with the exception of the "Honorary Award", which is awarded for overall activity. Applications can be submitted by members of the community.

The winners in the categories "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award" are selected in a secret ballot by the Electoral College. It consists of rectors of music academies and universities, directors of musicology and music institutes, music journalists, representatives of unions and organizations, as well as all winners who have been awarded in all categories. The award in the "Discovery of the Year" category is granted based on the results of open voting from the audience, which will take place between 1 and 6 October at www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

The winners will be announced on 7 November 2020. They will be presented with statuettes designed by Professor Adam Myjak.

The rules and regulations are available at: www.koryfeusz.org.pl 

Mińsk Mazowiecki | Musical Meetings with the poetry of John Paul II

Czas sztuki

The series of concerts 'Musical Meetings with the poetry of John Paul II' will begin on 13 September 2020 in Mińsk Mazowiecki on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Pope's birth. The first concert will take place at 11.30 a.m. in the Church of St. John the Baptist.

The concert series is organised by the 'Czas Sztuki' Foundation, which focuses its activities on organising free concerts in picturesque rural towns, in historical churches and cultural institutions in the Mińsk district in the Mrozy commune, where the Foundation is based. The members of the Foundation are musicians of The Time Quartet. The quartet is made up of graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. During several years of artistic work, the ensemble has performed over 350 concerts in Poland and abroad, and has collaborated with many outstanding ensembles and artists, including Andrzej Jagodziński Trio, Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, Grzech Piotrowski World Orchestra, 'Mazowsze' Folk Song and Dance Ensemble and Trifonidis Downtown Sextet. The quartet's musicians are the founders of the Melanidis Orchestra studio orchestra, with which they recorded music for six Polish and foreign films.

The guest of the Sunday concert of The Time Quartet will be Krzysztof Szczepaniak, an excellent actor of the young generation. During this musical meeting, we will hear works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Jules Massenet, César Franck, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and selected poems by Pope John Paul II.

Co-financed from the budget of the City of Mińsk Mazowiecki. Admission to the concert is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.minsk-maz.pl/1102,aktualnosci-wrzesien-2020?tresc=19937 

Multigenerational musical meetings are back!


The Association of Polish Chamber Musicians – Kraków Branch returns with a unique music and artistic university of the third century. The "Intergenerational Academy of Music: Kraków / Dobczyce" will be held on 13 September – 14 December 2020 at Villa Decius in Kraków and the Mayor M. Pawlak Regional Educational and Sports Centre in Dobczyce.

The project involves a series of four artistic and educational meetings in each town, including classical music recitals, lectures and meetings with artists. The idea of ​​the project is to present chamber music that derives from home and salon music making. In addition, the concept of the series refers to the tradition of musical societies. The assumption is that the repertoire should be both ambitious and attractive, engaging for a multigenerational audience (grandparents and grandchildren), and presented by the best performers, who will also meet with the listeners and talk about their interpretations of musical works.

Each concert will take place in two venues: Villa Decius in Krakóww and Mayor M. Pawlak Regional Educational and Sports Centre in Dobczyce. The list of performers will include outstanding Polish artists: pianists Julia Samojło, Monika Gardoń-Preinl, Wioletta Fluda-Tkaczyk, violinist Maria Sławek, clarinetist Piotr Lato, and the Extra Sounds Ensemble led by Alicja Śmietana. We will hear pieces by Roman Ryterband, Stefan Kisielewski, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Mieczysław Weinberg, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Full programme is available at: https://www.facebook.com/stowarzyszeniekameralistow