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Wrocław | Glass Pyramids

NFMLutosławski Quartet will perform at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław on 24 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m. We will hear works that have entered the canon of contemporary classical music, as well as premieres of two pieces by Polish artists.

The concert will premiere works by the Lutosławski Quartet musicians: String Quartet No. 5 by Marcin Markowicz, co-founder and second violinist of the ensemble, as well as On Difficulties in Building Pyramids  a script for string quartet by Marcin Młodawski, the quartet's cellist and concertmaster of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic.

The programme will also include compositions by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, which are among the most popular and most frequently performed works of the present day. His Summa from 1977, which will open the concert, was written for choir to the text of Credo, but later the composer developed different instrumental versions. The concert will end with another composition originally intended for choir and later arranged for other ensembles, Da pacem Domine from 2004. It was commissioned by Jordi Savall, who wanted to add splendour to a concert for peace in Barcelona by performing this beautiful, meditative work. We will also listen to Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 3 ‘Mishima’ written in 1985.

Media partner: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationhttps://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ 

"Impresjowizacja" – Project Inauguration

ChmielewskaThe inauguration of the project "Impresjowizacja", supervised by Polish composer Aleksandra Chmielewska, will take place on 23 June 2021 on the Julian Cochran Foundation's Instagram account. The institution, which has been popularizing classical music since 2016, has prepared an innovative challenge for its followers – the first Polish interactive piece written specifically for Instagram!

Aleksandra Chmielewska is a young composer, improviser, author of youth literature, president of the Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union, member of the ZAiKS Authors' Association and the CIAM International Council of Artists executive committee. In her music, she focuses on developing emotional relationship with the listener.

For three days (23-25 June), the followers of the Julian Cochran Foundation's Instagram will have the opportunity to listen to Aleksandra's improvised composition in 3 parts which will be uploaded to IG TV. Then, each follower will be able to share 15 second fragments of the work in the configuration of their choice (#123 #132 #213 #321 #231 #312) on their Insta Story. Each of the participants of this innovative action will be a co-creator of a new interactive piece.

What will the 45 second composition for Instagram sound like? Will a popular form of contemporary music seduce the users of this famous social networking site? We will find out on Friday.

The project partner is Hałas Studio.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.


Regamey & Regamey / Pasiecznik & Pasiecznik: online album presentation

RegameyThe Polish Composers' Union invites you on 24 June 2021 at 4.00 p.m. for a virtual meeting devoted to Konstanty and Konstanty Kazimierz Regamey. We will present the premiere recording of songs and piano pieces by the outstanding composer and his father, performed by Olga and Natalia Pasiecznik, and realised in collaboration with Polish Radio Channel 2.

Ewa Guziołek, a singer, pianist and sound director, will talk about the music and the recording. Jerzy Stankiewicz – the initiator of the project, Małgorzata Małaszko – director of Polish Radio Channel 2, Marek Mejor – orientalist from the University of Warsaw, Katarzyna Naliwajek – musicologist from the Univesity of Warsaw, and Ryszrad Gabryś – Konstanty Regamey's student will talk about the work and personalities of both composers. Each participant of the meeting will receive a copy of the album composed of two discs as a gift!

The last album released in 2020 by the Polish Composers' Union as part of the "Polish Music Today – Portraits of Contemporary Polish Composers" series is completely unique. Due to the special relationship and fate of both characters, the publisher made an exception and decided to devote the album to two composers instead of one. In addition to works by the "Polish-Swiss composer" Konstanty Regamey, the CD includes pieces by his father, Konstanty Kazimierz – an almost completely unknown composer, who worked mainly in distant Ukraine, and in 1938 was sentenced to death by the Soviet regime. The originator of the project and the author of the essay for the album is Jerzy Stankiewicz, who has devoted many years to researching the life and work of both Regamey (as well as popularizing the discovered works and contexts).

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Musical Trace" programme operated by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The album was released thanks to the support of the ZAiKS Authors' Association. The project partner was Repliq Media Sp. z o.o. Co-producer of the recording and CD edition is Polish Radio Channel 2.

The meeting will be held on the Zoom platform: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83685217310?pwd=NnBLYmRpYnVhcmQ0UG1OYmdZOTlFQT09  (Meeting ID: 836 8521 7310; Passcode: UqM2Sv).

Mieczysław Kominek, PCU's President

Warsaw | 6th SuperSam + 1: Tony Buck & Krzysztof Ostrowski

SuperSamThe 6th edition of the SuperSam + 1 series of performances will begin on 24 June 2021 at the SPATiF club in Warsaw at 8.00 p.m. It will be inaugurated by Tony Buck and Krzysztof Ostrowski.

“SUPER” in the title means that the programme will be based on renowned artists – masters. “SAM” (from 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.

Tony Buck is regarded as one of Australia's most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. After his studies, he spent two years in Japan, where he formed PERIL with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki. He moved to Europe in the mid-nineties. Some of the more high profile projects he has been involved with, aside from The Necks, include the band Kletka Red, The EX, and The Exiles. He performs solo pieces that often including video and installation elements.

Krzysztof “Freeze” Ostrowski is a musician, producer and instrumentalist from Bydgoszcz, most frequently associated with a broadly defined electronic scene. His extended set of instruments and broad artistic imagination are the characteristic of an artist who often leans toward experimental solutions. He performs solo, in an audio-visual duo Soundscape Mirror (with Tom Skof), and in many other configurations usually related with Bydgoszcz-founded alternative scene at Mózg club. 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Krakow | "Marathon of Serenades": a sprint towards normality

SCTwo days, two programmes, four concerts – this is the musical sprint of Jurek Dybał and Sinfonietta Cracovia towards normality. After months of training, it is finally time to take off without sparing your strength and make up the remaining distance! On 23 and 24 June 2021, the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Krakow will be filled with live music, and two separate programmes will feature the most beautiful serenades – from Tchaikovsky to Penderecki.

Each day, the programme will be repeated at 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m., so that the Krakow audience, thirsty for sensations, could enjoy the music while maintaining the required physical "distance" and without having to race for seats in the concert hall.

The orchestra will perform Mieczysław Karłowicz's Serenade for string orchestra, Op. 2, Leoš Janáček's Suite for string orchestra, Edward Elgar's Serenade in E minor, Op. 20, Krzysztof Penderecki's Serenade as well as Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Souvenir d'un lieu cher for violin and orchestra, Op. 42, and Méditation and Serenade for string orchestra, Op. 48. Violinist Maciej Lulek will perform as the soloist.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Poznań | Final concert of the "Music of our times" programme

Muzyka naszych czasówThe Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań invites you on 23 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m. to the final concert of this year's "Music of our times" programme, which will be dedicated to Krzysztof Penderecki.

Krzysztof Penderecki, an outstanding Polish composer, greatly supported the nationwide project "Music of our times", seeing it as a source of opportunities for young artists and performers. The aim of the project was to introduce Polish music of the 21st century to the art education system. Works commissioned from composers under the age of 30 were repeatedly performed by pupils and students together with their teachers. In addition, CD recordings and sheet music were released by DUX Recording Producers and PWM Edition respectively. The project was held under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.

The last concert of this year's edition will take place in the Blue Hall of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, featuring works by composers associated with Polish music academies: Alina Dzięcioł, Magdalena Gorwa (Academy of Music in Wrocław), Mikołaj Sarad (Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz), Andrzej Jakuszew (Academy of Music in Poznań / Chopin University of Music in Warsaw), Ewa Borcz, Krzysztof Kicior, Aleksandra Kolbusz (Chopin University of Music in Warsaw).

More information: https://amuz.edu.pl/ 

Częstochowa | "Music in the Temples"

Collegium Cantorum"Muzyka w świątyniach" ("Music in the Temples") is a unique, mystical journey through time, accompanied by to the soothing sounds of sacred choral music. The concert on 22 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Sanctuary of St. Anthony of Padua will be performed by the Collegium Cantorum Choir of the Częstochowa Philharmonic under the direction of maestro Janusz Siadlak.

The musicians will present works by Juliusz Łuciuk and Andrzej Koszewski. The choir will perform for the first time in front of the audience the pieces included in their two albums, which premiere is scheduled after the summer holidays.

Traditionally, music will be accompanied by a background story – about the parish, its past, and important events in the Częstochowa region. Dr Juliusz Sętowski, head of the History of Częstochowa Documentation Centre, will guide the participants through the meanders of history. Specially designed lighting will create a mystical atmosphere and emphasize the architectural details of the temple.

The project is co-financed by the Częstochowa City Hall and the Polish History Museum as part of the "Patriotism of Tomorrow" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://www.instytutsztuki.com/muzyka-w-swiatyniach/

Winners of the 62nd Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers

BairdThe final concert of the 62nd Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers was followed by an online Jury meeting on 19 June 2021. After listening to the recording of the concert on the Polish Composers' Union YouTube channel and Soundcloud, the Jury decided to award three prizes and one honourable mention.

The Jury composed of: Olga Hans (chairwoman), Aldona Nawrocka (secretary), Marcin Bortnowski, Artur Kroschel and Justyna Kowalska-Lasoń listened to the following pieces: Isomorphic Reflection for 4 clarinets (Coal2 emblem), ... Breathe for 4 violins (emblem D.502) ), Grand Père for 4 trumpets (Lavage de cerveaux emblem), Kanczendzong for 4 trumpets (Perseus emblem), Secco for 4 clarinets (TotoXro emblem), Co w lesie piszczy for 4 clarinets (XXX12321 emblem).

The Jury decided that the Tadeusz Baird Award should be divided as follows: the 1st prize was not awarded, while three 2nd prizes were awarded eq aequo to the works ... Breathe, Kanchendzonga and Secco. An honourable mention was awarded to the work Co w lesie piszczy.

After opening the envelopes, it turned out that the authors of the awarded works are: Olgierd Juzala-Deprati –… Breathe, Hubert Żmudzki – Kanczendzonga, Alina Dzięcioł – Secco and Bogusz Lewandowski – Co w lesie piszczy.

The award ceremony will take place, if the pandemic situation allows, during the 64th "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music.

Congratulations to the winners!

E-Bank of Talents – online edition

E-BankE-Bank of Talents is a pioneering scholarship programme aimed at helping outstandingly talented youth from all over Poland. This year's edition, which will be held on 11 July – 15 August 2021, includes 40 e-scholarships that will allow free collaboration with outstanding Polish educators, authorities in fields related to classical music and career building. Applications will be accepted until 25 June.

As part of the e-Bank of Talents 2021, recruitment is carried out to e-classes of: violin (Agata Szymczewska, Jakub Jakowicz, Janusz Wawrowski), accordion (Klaudiusz Baran), viola (Katarzyna Budnik), cello (Tomasz Strahl, Jakub Dubik, Marcin Zdunik, Piotr Hausenplas), saxophone (Paweł Gusnar). There will also be classes on cooperation with the media; PR and personal development; media presence; basics of improvisation; team building; copyright law; music production; composition; physiotherapy.

During the final concert on 19 September 2021 in the concert hall of the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic, we will hear the scholarship holders of the 2nd edition of Opole Bank of Talents under the baton of the outstanding film music composer Krzesimir Dębski.

e-Bank of Talents is the first programme of this type in Poland. It creates an opportunity to establish contact with artists of international renown, and strives to provide equal social opportunities to young people from all over Poland that stand out in terms of their musical skills. Both the application and participation in the programme are free.

Co-financed under the "Music" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Official website: https://banktalentow.com/