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One of Poland’s major festivals of contemporary music, a meeting point for the classical and the alternative, a site of musical breakthroughs and breakaways—is going out and hits the town. Overcoming its temporal boundaries, it extends in all directions of time and space—to reach out and meet. After all, culture is a means of communication. Contemporarily it tells us more than ever about ourselves, and musically it speaks more than anything else to our emotions, intuitions, experimenting with our sense of time. Losing us and then finding us again, the music reveals new dimensions of human sensibility. When combined with other media, it gives tropes and signs for anyone to discover their own way.

The series, one we conceived and are now presenting in partnership with Sacrum Profanum, is an invitation to four encounters. Exploring freely the territories of 20th-century music, we break free from our traditional musical education, to dive into electronic or ambient music, to face textual and visual matter, and to look for new identities in the chaotic now of the present. We invite audiences to meet the women of music (Saunders / Zubel / Glojnarić / Bauckholt), and the men too (Blecharz / Shlomowitz / Mykietyn / Cage). We arrange live and lively exchange with people of the theatre / popular music / literature. We practice, as any musician does—but then we go out, all ears and eyes wide open, eager to interact.

#1 — August 25, 2022 7.30 pm // Teatr KTO, Kraków

the music: Sara Glojnarić sugarcoating #2 for piano, clarinet, and cello (2017) Wojtek Blecharz Torpor for violin, bass clarinet, percussion, and piano (2008) Bruno Mantovani Concert de chambre №2 for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, and cello (2010) Matthew Shlomowitz Popular Context, Volume 7: Public domain music for clarinet, electric guitar, synthesizer, sampler, percussion, and cello (2014)

interacting with: Magdalena Doksa-Tverberg kbf ↔ Krzysztof Marciniak Glissando


#2October 20, 2022 7.30 pm // Teatr Łaźnia Nowa, Kraków

the music: Paweł Mykietyn La strada for saxophone, cello, and Rhodes piano / electronics (1991) Tristan Murail Garrigue for flute, viola, cello, and vibraphone (2008) Georg Friedrich Haas Sextett / tria ex uno for flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, and cello (2001) Rebecca Saunders Sole for mobile accordion, percussion, and piano (2018)

interacting with: Jaśmina Polak


#3December 3, 2022 7.30 pm // Teatr KTO, Kraków

the music: Zygmunt Krauze premiere (2022) Zygmunt Krauze Poem of Apollinaire for speaking pianist playing on out-of-tune upright piano and 12 optional instruments (2016) featuring the composer himself Paweł Malinowski premiere (2022)

interacting with: Olga Drenda Zygmunt KrauzePaweł Malinowski


#4December 15, 2022 7.30 pm // ICE Kraków

the music: John Cage Imaginary Landscape No.1 for two variable-speed turntables, piano, and cymbal (1939) Carola Bauckholt Luftwurzeln for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello (1993) Andrzej Kwieciński a 6[+1] for flute, lupophone, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano (2015) Agata Zubel Not I for voice, flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello, and electronics (2010) featuring the composer herself

interacting with: Monika Pasiecznik

Source: press release



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