This year's Ad Libitum festival will be held on 14-16 October under the slogan "Free drums!", presenting an extremely rich world of music performed on percussion instruments by virtuosos in this field. The festival will also put a piano in the spotlight – the 20th-century music proved it might be a fascinating percussion instrument.
The spectrum of presented styles and creative concepts will range from free improvisation, through music derived from jazz, rock inspirations, performance with video elements, to contemporary music.
Among the guests invited by the Polish Music Council Foundation there will be such artists as Zygmunt Krauze, Ramón López, Núria Andorrà and the Kwadrofonik ensemble with improvising composers– Paweł Romańczuk and Artur Zagajewski. The festival's artist-in-residence will be Gerry Hemingway – a legendary percussionist, member of the famous Anthony Braxton quartet. Hemingway will conduct workshops and a concert of a group of young Polish artists (Julianna Kamila Siedler, Ola Rzepka, Mikołaj "Miki" Wielecki, Leszek Lorent) brought together especially for the festival. He will also perform in a trio with the pianist Izumi Kimura and the double bass player Barry Guy who repeatedly visited the festival .
Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme, carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw.
Festival Website: https://www.ad-libitum.pl/