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Polish accents at ECLAT Festival Neue Musik in Stuttgart

ECLAT Festival Neue Musik in Stuttgart is one of the most important events presenting new music. This year’s edition will take place between the 1st and 6th of February 2022 and focuses on Belarus, social distance and digital means of communication. The programme of the Festival contains among others works of Polish composers: Anna Sowa, Agata Zubel and Mikołaj Laskowski.

The Festival will be held traditionally in Theaterhaus in Stuttgart as well as online. The performances will be broadcasted live and available on request for a couple of weeks more.

Ensemble Musikfabrik will perform Mikołaj Laskowski’s 5 Things That Really Matter (2018) at the concert on the 3rd of January at 8 p.m. On the 6th of January at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. 3 Songs for a singer accompanying herself of Agata Zubel, a piece commissioned for the Festival, will be performed by Ukrainian singer Viktoriia Vitrenko. Anna Sowa’s smar II first performance, one year delayed by the pandemic, will be finally presented as well.

Paweł Wołowicz

More information: https://www.eclat.org/en 

Milan | "Polish Music Management": Duo Viennese and Jakub Tchorzewski

NIMiTOn 21 December 2021 at 8.45 p.m. the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan will host a concert co-organised and co-financed by the National Institute of Music and Dance and the Polish Institute in Rome.

Duo Viennese (Monika Hager-Zalejska and Paweł Zalejski) and pianist Jakub Tchorzewski will present Roxana's Song from the opera King Roger by Karol Szymanowski, Polish Dance from the ballet Song of the Earth by Roman Palester, arranged for violin and piano, as well as works by Bohuslav Martinů and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Duo Viennese was founded in Vienna by the Austrian violinist Monika Hager, who plays in the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg, and the Polish violinist Paweł Zalejski. It is one of the few ensembles invited to collaborate with the Life Music Now foundation founded by Yehudi Menuhin. The duo performed with great success in such prestigious venues as Wiener Musikverein, Vienna Hofburg, Arenberg Castle in Salzburg, and at many music festivals in Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Poland. Polish pianist Jakub Tchorzewski is currently collaborating with the "Benedetto Marcello" Conservatory in Venice, and is also a board member of the European Chamber Music Teachers' Association. His interest in contemporary music, as well as forgotten or rarely performed works, led to world premiere recordings of works by composers such as Sándor Veress, Gino Gorini, Ugo Amendola, René de Boisdeffre and Roman Palester.

More information: https://nimit.pl/wydarzenia/duo-viennese-jakub-tchorzewski/ 

Paryż | "Les talents au féminin Hommage à Elżbieta Zapolska"

ZapolskaMaria Szymanowska Society invites to the recital of the pianist Carole Carniel "Les talents au féminin Hommage à Elżbieta Zapolska" in memory of the singer Elżbieta Zapolska, the founder of the Society, which will take place on 25 November 2021 at 6.30 p.m. at the Bibliothèque Polonaise de Paris. The partner of the concert is the Polish Institute in Paris.

Elżbieta Zapolska-Chapelle (1954–2020) was among the founders of the Association of Polish Artists-Musicians in France in 1991, she was a member of the Historical and Literary Society in Paris. She was a President of the Maria Szymanowska Society founded in Paris in 2010 on her initiative, author of the project "Maria Szymanowska (1789-1831), a Woman of Europe". In 2011, she released the world's first recording on CD (Acte Préalable) of Maria Szymanowska's Ballades and Romanses, together with Bart van Oort, who played Broadwood's pianoforte from 1825. In 2019, the duo released their next album, Romance a Josephine. Women's Songs in Maria Szymanowska's Time, which included, among others, works by Maria Szymanowska , Kazimiera Wołowska, Sophie Gail and Fanny Hensel.

The November concert will include pieces by Maria Szymanowska, as well as Marianne de Martines, Fanny Hensel and Clara Schumann.

The concert will also feature a presentation of the first issue of the scientific journal "Cahiers Maria Szymanowska" , which is now available on the Numilog (https://www.numilog.com), Amazon, Apple iBooks and Kobo-Fnac platforms in a digital version, and in bookstores.

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Mexico City | Marzena Majcher at the "Music Festival Ecos Urbanos"

EcosA concert of new compositions by Marzena Majcher "TransLokacja" with visualizations by Andrzej Wojciechowski will take place next Tuesday, on 23 November 2021 at 7.00 p.m. (12.00 p.m. GMT + 1) during the Festival of Contemporary Music "Music Festival Ecos Urbanos" in Mexico City.

Marzena Majcher – composer of contemporary and film music, guitarist. She is considered by the critics and the audience as one of the most interesting artists who set new directions in creating contemporary music oscillating with science. Her project, TransLocation, is inspired by the theory of the Multiverse, according to which there may be an infinite number of parallel universes, in which there live infinite copies of ourselves, but their life history is different from ours and takes place in other dimensions. It will be a musical journey into parallel universes that could potentially exist.

The music will be accompanied by visualizations of the cinematographer Andrzej Wojciechowski, known for his photos for such films as These Daughters of Mine, Soup out of Nothing, winner of numerous awards for experimental films.

The concert will be broadcast online at: https://www.facebook.com/FestivalEcosUrbanos 

California | Hashtag Ensemble plays Rafał Zapała

zHashtag Ensemble will present participatory works by Rafał Zapała as part of his Fulbright residency at CNMAT, UC Berkeley: on 17 November 2021 at 8.00 p.m. at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at the University of California (Berkeley) and on 19 November 2021 at 7.30 p.m. at the Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.

The concerts will focus on artistic theory surrounding new open forms of music intermediated by technological tools. These forms are explored in the context of written scores and live chamber music performance. The programme includes four participatory works involving the listeners, sometimes through physical interaction, sometimes with mobile consoles prepared for the pieces: Judge Me Again (2020, version for flute and l.elx), Futility (2020), Scrolling to Zero (2018, version for synthesizers). The concert will also feature a new work titled Introverts’ Collective which was created during Rafał Zapała's residency.

The events are co-financed by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

The concerts are free and open for in-person attendance. They will be live streamed and made available on YouTube channels of both institutes.


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