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Warszawa | Konferencja Naukowo-artystyczną „Dialog nowoczesności z tradycją w muzyce polskiej XX i XXI wieku“

UMFCUniwersytet Muzyczny Fryderyka Chopina, Wydział Dyrygentury i Wokalistyki Chóralnej, Edukacji Muzycznej i Rytmiki oraz Akademia Sztuki w Szczecinie zapraszają na Konferencję Naukowo Artystyczną „Dialog nowoczesności z tradycją w muzyce polskiej XX i XXI wieku”, która odbędzie się w UMFC w dniach 15–16 listopada 2019 roku.

Podczas konferencji referaty wygłoszą tak znani kompozytorzy i wykonawcy, jak dr hab. Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, dr hab. Edward Sielicki, dr hab. Artur Kroschel, dr hab. Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko, dr hab. Róża Wilczak-Płaziuk, dr hab. Leszek Lorent, dr hab. Bartosz Kowalski-Banasewicz, dr Artur Cieślak, dr Joanna Freszel, dr Aldona Nawrocka-Woźniak, dr Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz, dr Anna Maria Huszcza, dr Pawel Kwapiński i dr Barbara Borowicz.

Po części teoretycznej odbędą się dwa koncerty: 15 listopada o godz. 19.00 w Sali im. Melcera oraz 16 listopada w Sali Koncertowej UMFC o godz. 16.00. W programie znalazły się utwory kompozytorów, reprezentujących uczelnie muzyczne z całego kraju: Artura Cieślaka, Anny Marii Huszczy, Anny Ignatowicz-Glińskiej, Bartosza Kowalskiego, Artura Kroschela, Pawła Kwapińskiego, Katarzyny Kwiecień-Długosz, Aldony Nawrockiej, Weroniki Ratusińskiej-Zamuszko, Jakuba Szafrańskiego, Olgi Hans oraz Edwarda Sielickiego.

Wstęp na wydarzenie jest wolny.

Patronat medialny nad Konferencja objęło Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC.

Warszawa | Koncert Laureatów XVI Międzynarodowego Konkursu Kompozytorskiego im. Kazimierza Serockiego

Konkurs Serockiego30 listopada 2019 roku o godz. 19.00 w Studiu Koncertowym Polskiego Radia im. Witolda Lutosławskiego (ul. Modzelewskiego 59, Warszawa) będzie miał miejsce Koncert Laureatów XVI Międzynarodowego Konkursu Kompozytorskiego im. Kazimierza Serockiego.

W dniach 4–6 października 2019 roku w Radziejowicach odbyło się posiedzenie Jury XVI Międzynarodowego Konkursu Kompozytorskiego im. Kazimierza Serockiego 2019.vNa konkurs, objęty patronatem honorowym Związku Kompozytorów Polskich, nadesłano 144 partytury. Jury w składzie: Fredrik Österling (Szwecja), Paul Patterson (Wielka Brytania) i Dariusz Przybylski (Polska), przyznało cztery nagrody i trzy wyróżnienia.

Pierwszą Nagrodę w wysokości 13.000 PLN otrzymał Jinseok Choi – kompozytor z Korei Południowej – za utwór Pathos. Drugą Nagrodę w wysokości 8.000 PLN otrzymał Adam Vilagi (Finlandia) za utwór Directions. Trzecią Nagrodę w wysokości 4.000 PLN przyznano Hughowi Collinsowi Ricemu z Wielkiej Brytanii za utwór Canto Celato. Nagrodą Specjalną Polskiego Wydawnictwa Muzycznego dla najmłodszego laureata (komplet polskich partytur współczesnych) uhonorowano Jinseok Choi. Wyróżnienia otrzymali: Youngwoo Yoo (Korea Południowa), Minzuo Lu (Chiny) i Zhaoyu Zhang (Chiny).

Nagrody zostały ufundowane przez Ministerstwo Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego, Stowarzyszenie Autorów ZAiKS, Towarzystwo im. W. Lutosławskiego oraz Stowarzyszenie Polskich Artystów Muzyków.

Podczas Koncertu laureatów, współorganizowanego z Programem 2 Polskiego Radia, zabrzmią utwory patrona Konkursu Kazimierza Serockiego, Jinseok Choi, Adama Vilagi i Hugha Collinsa Rice’a. Kompozycję zaprezentują znakomici artyści, specjalizujący się w wykonawstwie muzyki współczesnej: Łukasz Długosz i Agata Kielar-Długosz, Hashtag Ensemble, Seweryn Zapłatyński, Franciszek Olszowski, Alicja Kieruzalska, Łukasz Łacny i Krystyna Wiśniewska. Koncert będzie zarejestrowany i odtworzony w Programie 2 Polskiego Radia, a następnie zaoferowany do odtworzenia rozgłośniom Europejskiej Unii Radiowej.

Patronat medialny nad Konkursem objęło Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC.

Lusławice | Koncert polskich i niemieckich artystów z okazji 30. rocznicy upadku muru berlińskiego

Luslawice9 listopada 2019 roku o godz. 19:00 w Europejskim Centrum Muzyki Krzysztofa Pendereckiego w Lusławicach wystąpi jeden z najlepszych europejskich big bandów – NDR Bigband w towarzystwie Atom String Quartet, sopranistki Olgi Pasiecznik oraz pianisty Vladislava Sendeckiego.

Norddeutscher Rundfunk Big Band – orkiestra niemieckiego radia publicznego w Hamburgu, jeden z najlepszych europejskich big bandów jazzowych. Razem z zespołem występowali m.in.: Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, George Coleman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tomasz Stańko, Lionel Hampton, Richard Galliano. Pierwszy koncert jazzowy orkiestry odbył się w maju 1974 r. w hamburskiej „Fabrik” i od tamtej pory band budował swoją międzynarodową renomę. NDR Big Band bierze udział w wielu specjalnych projektach artystycznych, które często wychodzą poza ramy muzyki jazzowej. Orkiestra od kilku lat z powodzeniem sięga po kompozycje polskich jazzmanów. Pianista i kompozytor Vladislav Sendecki, absolwent Akademii Muzycznej w Krakowie, od 1996 roku jest aranżerem i solistą słynnej NDR Big Band. Dla orkiestry napisał suitę Anima Mundi, syntezę zachwytu artysty dla wielu kultur muzycznych świata. Kompozytorzy i wykonawcy są członkami Atom String Quartet – jednego z najlepszych wykonawców jazzowych w Polsce. W twórczości zespołu – oprócz jazzu i szeroko rozumianej improwizacji – słychać inspiracje polskim folklorem, muzyką z różnych regionów świata, a także muzyką współczesną i klasyczną. W roli solistki tego wieczoru wystąpi absolwentka Ukraińskiej Narodowej Akademii Muzycznej oraz Uniwersytetu Muzycznego Fryderyka Chopina Olga Pasiecznik, która od 1992 roku jest solistką Warszawskiej Opery Kameralnej. Występuje także w repertuarze kameralnym oraz licznych koncertach oratoryjnych i symfonicznych we wszystkich niemal krajach Europy, Stanach Zjednoczonych, Kanadzie, Japonii.

Artyści wykonają Le Jardin Qublié Vladyslava Sendeckiego, My Polish Heart Wolfganga Kerschek’a oraz About Penderecki Geira Lysne’go – wariacje na temat utworów Krzysztofa Pendereckiego. Koncert będzie powtórzeniem znakomicie przyjętej światowej prapremiery projektu, który artyści wykonali 27 listopada 2018 w Elbphilharmonie w Hamburgu.

Patronat medialny nad cyklem koncertowym objęło Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC.

Szczegóły – na stronie https://penderecki-center.pl/ 

Warsaw | 5th Kwadrofonik Festival

Kwadrofonik

The fifth edition of the Kwadrofonik Festival will take place on 7-21 November 2019 in Warsaw.

Light and sound – these are two forces of nature affecting our senses. In a capacious and tolerant art universe, light and sound have the right to meet. Looking, seeing, perceiving, shading, interpreting the light, its meaning and colors – both by directors, composers and invited musicians – will be the theme of this year's edition of the Kwadrofonik Festival. Black and white Buster Keaton's silent film with unusual sounds of percussion instruments in the score performed by the Pękala / Kordylasińska / Pękala duo, two black pianos from which pianists of the Lutosławski Piano Duo will bring out all shades of French Impressionist masterpieces – from white to black, or the songs of the blind singer Moondog in the intimate interpretation by Natalia Przybysz, Raphael Roginski and Širom – these are the proposals of the upcoming edition of the Festival.

Th Warsaw premiere of Urlicht for keyboard instruments and percussion written by the Kwadrofonik members will take place on 21 November at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. This new project is a musical interpretation of the phenomenon of light: not only as a physical force, but also as pure energy that has existed since the very beginning of the universe. In the Urlicht project Kwadrofonik creates a form of variations based on the chorale and its counterpoint, which resound separately or enter into dialogue with each other.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available atwww.kwadrofonik.pl 

Chorzów | Premiere of Adam Wesołowski's "Euphony Concerto"

Gorczycki Festiwal

One of the most inspiring and extraordinary concerts of the 14th International Festival of G. G. Gorczycki, which takes place under the slogan "Up and reach the places out of sight", will take place on 16 November 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Chorzów Cultural Center.

International Festival of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki is an event that has permanently entered the artistic calendar of Silesia. For many years, it has been consistently building its image through a unique repertoire, the participation of excellent artists and the interest of several thousand listeners.

On 16 November, the world-famous soloist Steven Mead (Great Britain), playing the beautiful-sounding euphonium instrument, will visit Poland for the first time to premiere the first concert in the history of Polish music on the euphonium – Adam Wesołowski's Euphonia Concerto. We will also listen to the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach in the "industrial version", i.e. using the sounds recorded in the steel mill, arranged by Adam Wesołowski. This performance will correspond with his Industrial Symphony for string orchestra and multimedia, which combines tradition with modernity. The programme will also include Adam Wesołowski's Encore Concerto for flute and string orchestra, performed by the well-known Polish flautist Łukasz Długosz.

The soloists will be accompanied by the Silesian Chamber Orchestra – a bravura artistic ensemble of the Silesian Philharmonic, which has gained recognition on the international stage. The orchestra works under the direction of both violin virtuoso and conductor Robert Kabara.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: www.gorczycki.pl 

Warsaw | SUPERSAM + 1: Ned Rothenberg & Hubert Zemler

SuperSam+1Ned Rothenberg and Hubert Zemler will participate in the 4th edition of the "Supersam +1" project. The artists will perform together on 14 November 2019 at 8 p.m. in the DZiK Club (44A Belwederska St., Warsaw).

“Supersam + 1” is a series of master performances. The project focuses mainly on music, however, it also includes other forms of expression such as: performance, multimedia, monodrama. “Supersam + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative. “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.

Ned Rothenberg is a composer and performer. He has been internationally acclaimed for both solo and ensemble works, presented for the past 33 years on 5 continents. He performs primarily on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi – an end-blown Japanese bamboo flute. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a kind of personal idiom on its own. In an ensemble setting, he leads the trio Sync, with Jerome Harris (guitars) and Samir Chatterjee (tabla), works with the Mivos string quartet playing his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and collaborates around the world with fellow improvisors. Recent recordings include this Quintet, The World of Odd Harmonics, Ryu Nashi (new music for shakuhachi), and Inner Diaspora, all on John Zorn's Tzadik label, as well as Live at Roulette with Evan Parker, and The Fell Clutch, on Rothenberg’s Animul label.

Hubert Zemler is a composer and percussionist whose repertoire includes pieces by 20th and 21st centuries composers. He graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Besides his classical education and cooperation with symphony orchestras, he played with jazz bands, exploring the secrets of improvisation, experimental and world music. He is a co-founder of Warsaw-based indie bands: Piętnastka (with Piotr Kurek), Slalom, jazz trio LAM (along with Wacław Zimpel and Krzysztof Dys) and the Pilokatabaza percussion duo (with Pawel Szpura); he is also involved in a number of projects combining contemporary music and improvisation. His latest releases are "Kreatura" with Hungarian avant-garde pianist and composer Szabolcs Esztényi and cassette albums "Melatony" and "Groove 8". He collaborated with artists such as John Tilbury, Jon Gibson, Evan Ziporyn, Gyan Riley, Agusti Fernandez, Felix Kubin, Tod Barton, Mitch & Mitch, Raphael Rogiński, Wacław Zimpel.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Katowice | Iwona Sobotka at the 90th anniversary of the Silesian Museum at the Silesian Philharmonic

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On 8 November 2019, the Silesian Museum will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a concert of the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Iwona Sobotka conducted by Juozas Domarkas.

The concert to celebrate a holiday of such an important regional institution will abound in unusually colorful works written by composers related to Silesia. The programme will include Silesian Triptych by Witold Lutosławski and Stanczyk Symphonic Scherzo by Ludomir Różycki, who was strongly associated with Katowice and the local State Higher School of Music (today the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music). We will also listen to the musical interpretation of Jan Kasprowicz's metaphysical poetry in the 3 Fragments from poems of Jan Kasprowicz, Op. 5 by Karol Szymanowski. The work will be performed for the first time by the world-reknown stage artist of exceptional sensitivity – Iwona Sobotka. The evening will finish with the solemn Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Łódź | 7. AŻ Festival: Polish anniversaries and music for every taste

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Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź invites you to the seventh edition of the AŻ Festival, which will last from 16 November to 8 December 2019, featuring nine events at the Academy's Concert Hall on Żubardzka Street. The opening and closing of the festival will include music by Polish composers – Stanisław Moniuszko and Grażyna Bacewicz, on the occasion of their birth anniversaries.

The festival will begin with two performances of the Flis opera by Stanisław Moniuszko (16 and 17 November). The Big Band of the Academy of Music in Łódź under the direction of Jacek Delong and Dorota Miśkiewicz will present songs from Ella Fitzgerald's repertoire (19 November). The Cracovia Danza Court Ballet and the Baroque Orchestra of the Academy of Music will provide the audience with a musical and visual journey to France in the 18th century (21 November). The PRIMUZ Chamber Orchestra and the accordionist Wiesław Prządka will perform energetic tangos of Astor Piazzolla (24 November). Students of vocal departments will invite the audience to the evening entitled "From opera to Broadway" (27 November) with musical hits by Leonard Bernstein, Alan Menken and Claude Schönberg. Percussionist and conductor Bismarck Fernández together with the Bacewicz Percussion Ensamble and Piotr Sutt will warm up the audience with works by Costa Rican composers (30 November). The Symphony Orchestra of the Gdańsk Music Academy will perform a modern repertoire consisting of compositions by Gdańsk artists (3 December), which will also be a part of the 75th Musica Moderna session. In the finale, the Symphony Orchestra of the Łódź Music Academy under the direction of Jerzy Salwarowski will play the Fairy Tale Ouverture by Moniuszko and together with the soloist Sławomira Wilga – Violin Concerto No. 7 by Grażyna Bacewicz (8 December).

Full programme available at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/7-az-festiwal

Miłosz Wośko – Urban residents' beliefs

Opus

The album Urban residents' beliefs – Miłosza Wośko's phonographic debut in the field of instrumental music – was released by the Opus Series publishing house in October 2019. The works were recorded by three outstanding ensembles: the Aukso orchestra, Polonika Quartet and Polish Brass Quintet.

The album opens with Dawn for strings with the solo accordion part, performed by the winner of Polityka's Passport – Maciej Frąckiewicz. Urban dances were recorded by the Polonika Quartet with the guest participation of Emilia Sitarz (piano) and Hubert Zemler (percussion). It is a minimalism-inspired "industrial acoustic suite" describing the course of an individual's life in a human-transformed, urbanized, bureaucratic world – where the rhythm of the day is determined by processes that deprive independence, and everyone can be "made" or "displaced" and even the "escape" has its planned place and time. Five discussions on difficult topics for wind quintet are conversations about feelings and emotions juxtaposed in contexts that are not associated with them  – "sensitivity" and "corporation", "youth" and "eternity", "patriotism" and "eyeing". Having great dynamic and color possibilities, brass instruments show these contrasts in a very expressive way.

The album was recorded with the financial support of the Polish Association of Performing Artists 'Stoart'. City dances were composed as part of the scholarship from the Creativity Support Fund. Five discussions on difficult topics were commissioned by the Mieczysław Karłowicz Phillharmonic in Szczecin as part of the "Composer-in- Residence" programme implemented jointly with the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://opus-series.com/pl/sklep/urban_residents_beliefs 

Lusławice | Marek Napiórkowski "Hipokamp" ft. Mino Cinelu

Napiorkowski

Another concert in the "Autumn in Lusławice" series will take place on 30 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Centre in Lusławice as part of the tour promoting the album Hipokamp. The event will feature outstanding artists: Marek Napiórkowski (guitars), Mino Cinelu (percussion instruments), Jan Smoczyński (keyboards) and Paweł Dobrowolski (percussion).

The title of Marek Napiórkowski’s new album refers to the mysterious and not fully explored area of the human brain. Similarly, set in the original sound context, the guitarist’s new music is a spectrum of mysterious and non-obvious colors. Hipokamp is an album combining refined jazz improvisations with the world of electronic sound structures and intriguing dialogues of percussion instruments. The premiere Trio, based on the sounds of electric guitar, various analog synthesizers (Jan Smoczyński) and stylish sounding percussion (Paweł Dobrowolski), Napiórkowski decided to enrich with the presence of the absolute jazz star – Mino Cinel, probably the most titled drummer of our time. The special guest who also appeared on the album is – esteemed in Europe and in the world – a jazz saxophonist Adam Pierończyk.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://penderecki-center.pl/news#2411

Kraków | Multi-percussionist Martin Grubinger and Sinfonietta Cracovia

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On 9 November 2019, the ICE Kraków will host the Grand Jubilee Gala celebrating the 25th anniversary of Sinfonietta Cracovia. The star of this special evening from the series "Stars with Sinfonietta" will be the famous virtuoso Martin Grubinger, widely recognized as the most outstanding living multi-percussionist. Together with Sinfonietta Cracovia, he will perform works by John Corigliano and Krzysztof Penderecki under the baton of Jurek Dybał.

Martin Grubinger is a laureate of the Leonard Bernstein Award and the Würth Foundation Award. As a soloist, he performed with such outstanding orchestras as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra or the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a dedicatee of several compositions by such composers as Friedrich Cerha or Peter Eötvös. Grubinger released his debut album Drums'n'Chant at the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label; metaphysical songs, meditations and Gregorian chant immersed in the sounds of percussion instruments from around the world aroused the enthusiasm of critics and audiences around the world. The artist's discography for the legendary German label already contains four albums.

During the anniversary edition of the "Stars with Sinfonietta" series, this phenomenal percussionist together with Sinfonietta Cracovia  under the baton of Jurek Dybał will perform John Corigliano's Percussion Concerto with a significant title Conjurer – Wizard. The event of the evening will be the Polish premiere of a somewhat enigmatic song, which first and so far only performance took place in 2000 in Hannover: Music for recorders, marimba, percussion and strings by Krzysztof Penderecki, the initiator of Sinfonietta Cracovia.

The evening will end with bravura performances of real hits of classical music: Symphony No. 41 in C major 'Jupiter' by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Classical', Op. 25 by Sergei Prokofiev. The concert will be a symbolic culmination of the anniversary celebrations of the 25th artistic season of the Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow – Sinfonietta Cracovia.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfonietta.pl 

14th International Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki Festival

Gorczycki

The 14th International Festival of G. G. Gorczycki includes sixteen concerts in twelve cities with the participation of world-renowned artists from Poland and abroad. This year's edition will last from 14 November to 8 December 2019 under the slogan "Up and reach the places out of sight". The audience will have a unique opportunity to participate in the "Concerts in the dark". The Festival will also celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko.

International Festival of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki is an event that has permanently entered the artistic calendar of Silesia. For many years, it has been consistently building its image through a unique repertoire, the participation of excellent artists and the interest of several thousand listeners. This year's edition will be inaugurated on 14 November at the Zagłębie Palace of Culture in Dąbrowa Górnicza and will last until 8 December 2019. The list of performers includes such artists as: Vivica Genaux, Steven Mead, Paul Esswood, Waldemar Malicki, Piotr Pławner, Łukasz Długosz, Andrzej Lampert, Olga Bończyk, Elżbieta Stefańska, Hanna Balcerzak, Francesco Bottigliero, Diego Godoy-Gutiérrez, and such ensembles as: Czech Baroque Ensemble, Polish Royal Opera, Capella Cracoviensis, LutosAir Quintet, Katowice City Singers' Camerata Silesia, Cracow Royal Singers, 'Śląsk' Song and Dance Ensemble and all ensembles of the Silesian Philharmonic – Symphony Orchestra, Choir and the Silesian Chamber Orchestra.

Many foreign guests will present Polish music, including works by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, Stanisław Moniuszko, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Fryderyk Chopin, as well as Andrzej Panufnik, Adam Wesołowski and Nikola Kołodziejczyk. The programme will also include masterpieces of world literature. In line with the motto, "Up and reach the places out of sight", the 14th edition of the Festival will offer many events that will emphasize the work of composers with sight and hearing impairment, such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Joaquín Rodrigo, or Ludwig van Beethoven. The festival concerts will also feature blind musicians.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme of the Festival available at: www.gorczycki.pl.

Warsaw | Warsaw Winds+ Festival

Warsaw Winds +

Chamber music works for wind instruments plus strings, piano and voice in a wealth of musical contexts and masterful performances. This is the idea behind the Warsaw Winds + Festival – a new event on the cultural map of Warsaw that will take place from 28 November to 1 December 2019.

This musical venture will change the perception of wind instruments among a wide audience. Everyone will find something for themselves in the festival program – from the popular songs of Stanisław Moniuszko in new arrangements, through the classical repertoire for string quartet and wind quintet, the premiere works of young generation composers – Mikołaj Majkusiak and Paweł Pudło, to improvisations on early music themes by Bastarda Trio.

For the initiators of the Warsaw Winds + Festival – the Warsaw sextet Gruppo di Tempera – chamber music is not only the most important career path, but also the greatest passion. Their goal is to present chamber music at the highest world level, which they have made one of the festival's leitmotifs. This idea connects all this year's artists, including: Bastarda Trio, Lutosławski Quartet, the mentioned sextet Gruppo di Tempera, as well as singers Urszula Kryger and Szymon Komasa. The Festival will feature Polish music – classical and contemporary, popular and less known, juxtaposed with works from the world canon.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://warsawwindsplusfestival.pl/ 

"Tell me a story" – Free Improvisation Workshops for Children

PTWM

The workshops for children, during which the youngest participants will learn, play and improvise in the company of great musicians and unusual books, will be held on 25 and 26 October 2019 in three Greater Poland towns: Skoki, Wągrowiec and Krajenka.

Polish Society for Contemporary Music invites children aged 3-5 and 6-8 years old to participate in free improvisation classes together with their guardians. The musical guests of the upcoming workshops will be: Marcin Skaba (violin), Bartosz Smorągiewicz (saxophone) and Jarosław Siwiński (synthesizer). Adventure through improvisation with artists will be led by actor and director Grzegorz Ociepka.

The main idea of ​​the project is to trigger graphic-inspired improvisations. Children will create their own stories based on picture books. The improvised fairy tales will be then "translated" into musical language under the guidance of the class leaders. Improvisation is the most basic, primary and joyful form of music performance, which is why the workshops combine children's creativity and imagination with books and contemporary music.In addition to playing with improvisations and books, children will learn various techniques of sound extraction, which expose its color and dynamic values, and will also be able to play drums on their own.

Participation in the workshops is free – the number of places is limited.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/795964717504932/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/638156259924325/ 

Warsaw | Roman Palester – here and now

Palester

A series of concerts and seminars on the 30th anniversary of the death of the eminent Polish composer and publicist of the Radio Free Europe, Roman Palester, will be held in Warsaw on 25-27 October 2019.

The University of Warsaw invites you to a three-day series of events organized by the University of Warsaw Foundation and the University of Warsaw Library with the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The project emphasizes the artist's relationship with the university, and pays tribute to him on the 30th anniversary of his death. The versatility of Palester's compositional output will be presented during two monographic concerts: symphony concert in the Auditorium Maximum and chamber music concert in the Collegium Politicum of the University of Warsaw.

Outstanding musicians will present both his neoclassical works from the inter-war and war periods (including the stage premiere of the beautiful choral cantata Kołacze to words by Szymon Szymonowic), as well as examples of later works dealing with advanced musical means. In addition, two seminars will recall the important activities of the journalist of the Radio Free Europe station in Poland and his involvement in the creation of film music, especially in the 1930s. An example will be the movie Girls of Nowolipki (1937) directed by Józef Lejtes.

Admission to the events is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.buw.uw.edu.pl/