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Lisbon | With Polish music from the Baltic to the Atlantic


Only two days before the National Independence Day, on 9 November 2019, the O'culto da Ajuda in Lisbon will host a concert organised by the Polish Composers' Union in cooperation with the centre for creation, development and promotion of contemporary music Miso Music Portugal, celebrating the centenary of the recognition of Polish independence by Portugal.

2019 marks the hundredth anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and countries around the world. On this occasion the Polish Composers’ Union with its partners abroad organises concerts of Polish music as part of the project "With Polish Music from the Baltic to the Atlantic". In July works by Polish composers were performed during the Glasperlenspiel Music Festival 2019 in Tallinn; in November Polish compositions will be presented in the capital of Portugal.

The Portuguese edition of the project will feature a chamber ensemble specialising in contemporary music – Sond'Ar-te Electric Ensemble under the direction of Pedro Neves. The concert will take place at the O'culto da Ajuda art music centre, a venue run by Miso Music Portugal since 2014, dedicated to experimentation in the field of music and its relation to other arts. We will listen to Midsummer (1979) for clarinet, piano, cello and electronics by Włodzimierz Kotoński – the father of Polish electronic music. The composition, which is a part of the cycle dedicated to the four seasons, was premiered in Poland in 1980 during the "Warsaw Autumn" festival. The programme will also include -onym (2011) by Wojtek Blecharz – the composer's first work for live electronics, Grocery Store Music # 5 (2018) by Piotr Peszat – premiered last year by the Hashtag Ensemble during the "Independent Polish Music" conference, and PRIMORDIUM: Encephalon by Karol Nepelski – the second in a planned cycle of several works devoted to the quest for various form of primordiality and origins in music. The evening will end with the world premiere of the work commissioned by the Sond'Ar-te Electric Ensemble – Open Enclosure for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and electronics by the Portuguese composer João Madureira.

The project "With Polish music from the Baltic to the Atlantic" is realized by the Polish Composers’ Union as part of the "Promotion of Polish culture abroad" programme. The events are co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.

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