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Six Polish composers have accepted the invitation to compose pieces inspired by selected texts by Czesław Miłosz and premiering these works at the 9th Sacrum Profanum Festival

Outstanding ensembles are set to perform at the festival next year: Alarm Will Sound, Asko|Schönberg, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien and London Sinfonietta. The theme "Made in Poland - Miłosz Sounds" pays respects to the memory of one of Poland's most prolific and brilliant poets, commemorating the centennial anniversary of his birth.

Filip Berkowicz, Artistic Director of the Festival explains:

"The Sacrum Profanum Festival explores more and more thoroughly the field of our native music. The Miłosz Year has provided us with additional inspiration to pay tribute to this great artist. We are glad that the best composers of the young generation have accepted our commissions. Their compositions will be performed by the best ensembles specialising in interpretation of contemporary music. Therefore, it is not only a promotion of our native music, but Czesław Miłosz himself as world-famous ensembles will go on to include these compositions into their ongoing repertoire".

Commissions for the festival were taken up by the following composers: Aleksandra Gryka, Dobromiła Jaskot, Paweł Mykietyn, Jagoda Szmytka, Wojciech Ziemowit Zych and Agata Zubel. They will choose texts from Czesław Miłosz's output themselves and create music on their basis. The compositions will premiere at the 9th Sacrum Profanum Festival and will be performed by six outstanding ensembles: Asko|Schönberg, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien and London Sinfonietta, which are already known to the festival's audience, and American ensembles Alarm Will Sound and Bang on a Can All-Stars, which will make their debut in Kraków.

"Made in Poland", a new undertaking from the Sacrum Profanum Festival, was launched in 2010. It happened for the first time that during an event which focused on composers from a specific geographical region (this year's focus was on Scandinavian artists), works of the most acclaimed Polish composers of different generations were performed.

The programme of "Made in Poland - Miłosz Sounds" at the Sacrum Profanum Festival 2011 includes the following concerts:

  • 11 September: Ensemble Modern - Paweł Mykietyn
  • 12 September: Alarm Will Sound - Aleksandra Gryka
  • 13 September: London Sinfonietta - Dobromiła Jaskot
  • 14 September: Asko|Schönberg - Wojciech Ziemowit Zych
  • 15 September: Klangforum Wien - Agata Zubel
  • 16 September: Bang on a Can All-Stars - Jagoda Szmytka

"Made in Poland" is a joint project of the Sacrum Profanum Festival, National Audiovisual Institute, Polish Radio and Polish Television. It aims to promote Polish contemporary music in Poland and abroad. The pieces performed at the festival will be recorded in the highest HD quality and 3D technology and subsequently published by one of the major European record companies. The concerts will be broadcast by the Polish Radio Programme 2 to countries associated with the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) .

For more information, see: www.sacrumprofanum.com

Source: Press materials, www.gazeta.pl