Jakub Pajewski
Agata Zubel, fot. Jakub Pajewski

Agata Zubel has been chosen as one of nine of the most exciting and innovative composers from around the world to be featured at San Franciso's Other Minds Festival.

The prolific composer and vocalist performs across the U.S. this month, starting off in Chicago and then heading west to Seattle and San Francisco. This 16th edition of the Other Minds Festival, with Director Charles Amirkhanian at the helm, continues an annual tradition of concerts and artists' talks by the most creative voices from across the musical spectrum.The 2011 festival will also feature Louis Andriessen (Netherlands), I Wayan Balawan (Indonesia), Han Bennink (Netherlands), Kyle Gann (USA), Janice Giteck (USA), David A. Jaffe (USA), and Jason Moran (USA). In 2010 roku Paweł Mykietyn was a guest of this prestigious festival. This year Zubel is slated to perform on Thursday March 3 and Friday March 4, 2011, at 8:00 PM at Kanbar Hall in San Francisco.

Since 1993 the Other Minds Festival has featured over 150 composers and 500 guest performers from more than 35 countries, among them such artists as Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Ned Rorem, and Frederic Rzewski. Other Minds encourages contemporary music in all its forms through concerts, world premieres, panel discussions, workshops, and fosters cross-cultural exchange and creative dialogue by exploring areas in new music seldom addressed by mainstream institutions.

Two works by Zubel are to be presented during the festival: Cascando (2004) performed with the Seattle Chamber Players & Agata Zubel and Parlando (2000) performed by Agata Zubel (voice & electronics).

Apart from her performace at the Other Minds festival, Agata Zubel's performace is also planned for two other events stateside, co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute: March 1 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance at the University of Chicago and on March 10 at the Chapel Performance Space w Seattle.

In Chicago, Zubel headlines with some excellent bands: eighth blackbird, Pacifica Quartet and Jason Marsalis Quartet (Jason Marsalis - vibraphone, Austin Johnson - piano, Will Goble - bass and David Potter - drums). Musical works by Paul Patterson, Lucian Beria, Fusun Koksal and Agata Zubel. Complementing the contemporary music repertoire is a concert of the famous Marsalis family member's jazz quartet.

On March 10 Zubel performs again with the Seattle Chamber Players - this time in their home city.

More information and a full programme of the Other Minds festival can be found at **link*www.otherminds.org/http://www.otherminds.org**

Source: press release, www.polishculture-nyc.org