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"Escape from the shadow – online premiere

SPAMThe online premiere of the concert entitled "Escape from the shadow", presenting works by Polish composers of Jewish origin, will take place on 29 October 2020 at 9.30 p.m. on YouTube and Facebook.

The material recorded in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio is a collection of Polish and world phonographic premieres of works by outstanding artists in the interpretation of the violist and curator of the project Aleksandra Demowska-Madejska, secretary of the Association of Polish Musicians, and pianist Wojciech Pyrć. The concert premiere took place as part of the 4th WarszeMuzik Festival in 2020.

The programme includes valuable, almost forgotten works for viola and piano, among others, Sonata for viola and piano, Op. 28 by Mieczysław Weinberg, Notturna Rhapsody, Op. 66 by Karol Rathaus, Romance, Op. 32 by Ignacy Friedman, Serenade by Jerzy Fitelberg and Kaddish, Op. 6 by Alexander Weprik.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Tychy | auksodrone 2020

AuksoAlthough life is short, art lasts a long time. It will move and delight us during the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy festival "auksodrone", which will take place in Tychy on 6-8 November 2020.

The festival will begin with the PENDERECKI 2.0 series, presenting selected works by the Maestro. Musicians from the AUKSO orchestra and their guests: Piotr Orzechowski and Skalpel will confront them in an unorthodox way. We will also hear the music of Jonny Greenwood, a Radiohead guitarist, who pays tribute to the Polish composer in his compositions.

The other two cycles of this year's auxodrone are OPERA NOVA and JAZZ +, a clash of jazz improvisation with orchestra. OPERA NOVA is looking for a new language (and new audience) for contemporary opera. The three-part series will include 3 acts of Aleksander Nowak's and Szczepan Twardoch's Syrena. Melodramma aeterna for orchestra, saxophone and guitar, as well as three voices which, while singing about the sea, will ask about the meaning of life. The piece was co-financed under the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The concerts will be accompanied by workshops for the youngest music lovers, conducted simultaneously in the foyer of the Mediateka by Joanna Bronisławska and Paweł Romańczuk (Small Instruments ensemble). On the other hand, Michał Mendyk, a journalist, publisher and curator, will present a story entitled Gienia, Don't Eavesdrop, or "Sketch to a portrait of the master", a kind of double portrait, commemorating the collaboration of Krzysztof Penderecki and Eugeniusz Rudnik.

More information at: www.auksodrone.com 

"Contemporary music doesn’t bite": Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska

PTMWThe Polish Society for Contemporary Music invites you on 29 October 2020 at 6.00 p.m. to an online meeting with renowned composer Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska as part of the series „Contemporary music doesn’t bite!".

Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, PhD Habil., graduated from the Academy of Music in Warsaw, where she studied composition with prof. Włodzimierz Kotoński. She also completed the Inter-University Multimedia Programme at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, where she currently holds a position of an assistant professor. Her works are performed at concerts and festivals in Poland and abroad (including in Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Austria, France, Switzerland, Denmark, the USA, Latin America, China and Ukraine), are recorded on albums (Audite, DUX, Acte Préalable, Mons, Polonia Records) and released in print (Norsk Musikforlag, PWM Edition). She is a laureate of prizes and honourable mentions at composers' competitions, a member of ZAiKS, the Polish Composers' Union (since 2009 the Secretary of the Warsaw Branch) and the Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music (PSEME). Recently, she has been engaged in multimedia projects that fit into the idea of ​​synthesis of arts and are created in cooperation with artists from other fields.

We invite you to actively participate in the meeting with Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska and ask your own questions! Please send them by email with the title "MWNG 2020" to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday, 28 October.

Due to the current pandemic situation, this year's meetings with contemporary music composers, members of the Polish Composers' Union, are held in the form of online broadcasts on the website www.ptmw.art.pl and on the Society's Facebook profile. The project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Kraków | 18th Sacrum Profanum Festival 2020 – digital edition

Sacrum2020 marks the symbolic 18th edition of Sacrum Profanum, which enters adulthood in this breakthrough year, full of changes, turmoil and redefinitions. Youth is the first episode of the trilogy, or the first instalment of a three-season series, which is probably more fitting, given the digital character of the festival. The events will run from 28 October to 6 Decmber 2020.

The 18th edition of the festival brings 9 premiere concerts, along with accompanying events and workshops for children. This year's programme of Sacrum Profanum features pieces from Poland, Ireland, Canada, USA and Australia. Among ten festival commissions, there will be a piece inspired by Black Mirror: Bandersnatch – a tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki. Composed by Piotr Peszat, PEnderSZATch is a piece that offers multiple paths and courses of events. The Festival will also include world premieres of works created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance. The concert "Music and sport" will feature a piece for 4 performers with video and electronics by Karol Nepelski, Box of Boxing by Dominik Strycharski, while on 27 November Marcin Rupociński will present his Random Check audiovisual project prepared by students, graduates, PhD students and lecturers at the Faculty of Graphics and Media Art at the E. Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław and the Faculty of Composition at the K. Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław.

The programme of the 18th edition of Sacrum Profanum offers space not only for concerts, but also events that play with the convention and engage the audience on a different level. This year’s Sacrum Profanum will be crowned by the soloists of the Hashtag Ensemble. The #archi-solos concert will treat architecture and urban space as scores for improvisation, used by the soloists to read the well-known treasures of Krakow’s architecture, from Cricoteka to the Płaszów locomotive depot – and more.

Full programme is available at: www.sacrumprofanum.com 

Sławomir Wojciechowski about composing music by artificial intelligence – online meeting

NOSPRSławomir Wojciechowski, one of the most interesting contemporary Polish composers, will give a lecture entitled "Rhapsody in Deep Blue. About composing music by artificial intelligence" on 28 October 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

The event is part of the project "Cultural Youth Choices" implemented by the NOSPR in cooperation with the Wojciech Korfanty Institute of Polish Thought as part of the "Very Young Culture" project. During the meeting, we will explore the relationship between music and technology. The NOSPR AI application is available on the website https://ai.nospr.org.pl/. It is an innovative project initiated by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, which uses advanced artificial intelligence to talk about music. Thanks to the implementation of the Watson Assistant solution by IBM Services, NOSPR brings the experience of communing with a symphony orchestra online. The well-known composer and lecturer Sławomir Wojciechowski will share his comments on the prospects of using AI in music.

"A computer wrote his first string quartet in 1957. Twenty years later, it created quite successful imitations of the works of great classics. Today it is setting itself more ambitious goals. For example, it can understand the "emotional temperature" of our times and to prove it, it writes a song that hits the top of the charts 48 hours after its premiere. So we are dealing with an undoubtedly intelligent and useful machine, which, however, we are becoming more and more afraid of" – emphasize the organisers. Is artificial intelligence able to compete with people in the areas of creativity, art, culture, and will it be the one who composes masterpieces of the 21st century?

NOSPR invites you to a meeting on the website www.nospr.org.pl, FB profile and on YouTube.

49th Polish Composers' Union Musicological Conference organised with the Academy of Music in Kraków

ZKPThe Polish Composers' Union invites you on 25-27 October 2020 to the virtual Academy of Music in Kraków to listen to the sessions of the 49th Musicological Conference of the Polish Composers' Union – "Theory of music / musicology here and now. Resonance of the Past – Contemporary challenges".

The conference will discuss the following topics: "Musicology – Theory of music. The elemental dialectic?"; "Understanding music. The idea of ​​experiencing the work"; "Developing sensitivity and imagination"; "Music as a message'; "Paradigms, thought constructs, concepts and methods".

The conference will feature 29 speakers, we will hear two lectures, nine panels, and two concerts. There will be also a presentation of the droba.polmic.pl website, devoted to the person and work of Krzysztof Droba. The final concert will premiere Zbigniew Bargielski's Clavertett for string quartet and harpsichord, which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance. The conference will be held on the AMK ON-LINE lecture platform, created especially for the conference participants. The whole event will be available on the website of the Academy of Music in Kraków: www.amuz.krakow.pl/49konferencjazkp 

Let's be together! As long as technology does not fail, traditionally the Musicological Conference will resonate, although in a new space, not necessarily a hostile one – these are the challenges of the present day!

dr hab. Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, president of the Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

8th Festival of Contemporary Music "New Music" online

Nowa MuzykaThe Kuyavian-Pomeranian Branch of the Polish Composers' Union invites you on 24-26 October 2020 to the 8th Festival of Contemporary Music "New Music". All the festival concerts will take place without the participation of the audience and will be broadcast online.

The idea of ​​this annual undertaking is to create new artistic qualities by combining different disciplines: music, image, word, multimedia. Thus, the festival promotes new works and inspires composers, musicians, artists and writers to co-create culture. The main aim of the festival is to present innovative non-commercial artistic phenomena from Poland and abroad.

The Festival will feature three concerts: "Modern Song – Reflections and Resonances", "Concert on the 100th Anniversary of the Return of Bydgoszcz to the Motherland" and "Faces of the Present. Piano recital by Igor Torbicki". The programme will include new works by Piotr Komorowski, the president of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Branch of the Polish Composers' Union, and his deputy, Marcin Kopczyński.

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

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Live broadcast will be available atwww.nowamuzyka.bydgoszcz.pl  and on YouTube.

Łódź | In Tribute to the Masters


A choir concert of the Łódź Philharmonic Choir will take place in the Evangelical-Augsburg church of St Matthew in Łódź on 25 October 2020 at 5.00 p.m.

The choristers will present a stylistically diverse repertoire, which will include pieces from the 16th century (Wacław z Szamotuły) to the latest music (Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki). All these compositions will be united by a religious theme related to the All Saints' Day celebrated at the beginning of November.

We will hear, among others, one of the most famous religious songs by Wacław of Szamotuły, Already It Is Dusk. The work of this outstanding Renaissance composer captivates with the symmetry of phrases, clear texture and, above all, rich melodic inventiveness. Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) was composed by Krzysztof Penderecki at the news of the death of the Primate of Poland Stefan Wyszyński and performed during his funeral ceremony. Before it became the fifth part of A Polish Requiem, it had functioned as an independent piece. Karol Szymanowski's Fac me tecum pie flere (Let me mingle tears with thee) from Stabat Mater is the prayer of the Mother of God, which refers to the religious works of the Renaissance. The programme will also include Stanisław Moniuszko's Ecce lignum crucis, Feliks Nowowiejski's Parce Domine from the Finding the Holy Cross oratorio and Sanctus from Missa pro pace, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's compositions from the series From church songs, and works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Nikolai Kedrov.

The concert will be led by Dawid Ber, Choirmaster of the Łódź Philharmonic. Magdalena Szymańska (soprano), Dominika Stefańska (mezzo-soprano) and Rafał Maciejewski (baritone) will perform as soloists.

Full programme is available at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl 

Scientific Conference "Piano Connections. In the circle of piano chamber music for various ensembles" online

UMFCThe Department of Piano and String Chamber Music at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw invites you on 24-25 October 2020 to the Scientific Conference "Piano Connections. In the circle of piano chamber music for various ensembles".

The conference was to include an extensive artistic part, providing a meeting platform for performers of chamber works for mixed ensembles, i.e. piano and strings and / or wind instruments and / or voice, representing various academic environments. Due to the epidemiological situation, the conference will be include only the scientific part, which will be held on the FCUM YouTube channel.

The project led by dr hab. Ewa Skardowska aims to discuss issues related to the content, artistic idea and performance of chamber pieces for less frequently used instruments, as well as topics related to piano chamber music and philosophy of music. Professors of music academies will discuss, among others, contemporary performance techniques in works for cello and piano by Polish composers of the 21st century, editing and performance issues of Witold Friemann's works and Jewish themes in compositions by Ryszard Sielicki. Conference lectures will be broadcast from 10.00 a.m.–2.30 p.m. (24 October) and 10.00 a.m.– 1.30 p.m. (25 October).

Full programme is available athttps://www.chopin.edu.pl/