This year's edition of the festival puts Italian film star Claudia Cardinale, Polish film critic Zygmunt Kałużyński and American critic Roger Ebert in the spotlight. Aimed at presenting a broad panorama of international films well beyond the mainstream, exploring the future of film in the 21st Century, it features a number of important films across four continental sections: Africa, America, Europe and Asia. Selections include 2010 Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives", directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Jacek Borcuch's "All that I Love"... Read more »about: Cinema Mundi 2011 - Africa, Asia, America and Europe
The exhibition presents 41 works by the twenty greatest photorealists, including Ralph Goings, Richard Estes, Robert Cottingham, and Robert Bechtle. Their works have never before been presented in Poland. Read more »about: Exhibition "American Dream"
Jan Wołek's songs - about life, interpersonal relations, sources of sorrow, feelings, happiness and tragedy, personal chemistry and love, are to feature in a play directed and performed by Piotr Machalicy, as well as Mariana Opana and actors of the Częstochowski theatre: Waldemar Cudzika and Adam Hutyry... Read more »about: Such Big Boys - Songs Of An Arts Master
The Two-day festival of exploratory music and trans-idiomatic improvisation presents some of the most interesting and vibrant musical movers and shakers from the Polish underground
The first day boasts Tomasz Chołoniewski (drums, percussion), Denis Kolokol (voice) and Mikołaj Pałosz (cello) performing Bogusław Schaeffer's Symphony, Electronic Music, a piece composed in Polish Radio's Experimental Studio in 1964. The old electronic score will be performed entirely acoustically by three young musicians from Krakow and Warsaw.
The first day also features a concert from Łukasz Szalankiewicz - historian, sound desinger and contemporary electronic music composer. Szalankiewicz is a member of the Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music (PSeME) and has participated in many international festivals (in Europe, USA, China and South America), curated sound art events in various festivals and CCA's in Poland. His practice extends to research audiovisuals performance and interactive installations (www.zenial.audiotong.net).
The third artist to round up the line-up is Robert Piotrowicz (analogue synthesizer, electronics). Piotrowicz is a sound artist, composer and improviser, playing contemporary electro-acoustic music and through-composed noise. His main tools as an instrumentalist are modular synth and guitar. He's an experienced improviser, working with world's top artists. He's composed/created numerous solo projects (recordings, performances), interdisciplinary projects (scores for theatre plays, literary and radio projects) and abstract sound installations and participated in many art events around the world. Piotrowicz is the co-founder and curator of the Musica Genera label/festival since 1999 and has many other contemporary sound art festivals and projects in Poland and abroad (www.robertpiotrowicz.net).
Day two (November 23) will feature act by diverse artists including Emiter, Mikołaj Palosz, Tomasz Choloniewski, Denis Kolokol who will play improvised solo and duo sets.
Emiter is the solo project of Marcin Dymiter (electronics, guitar, generator, loops, tape) who has previously played in such bands as Ewa Braun, Mapa, and Mordy. He has worked with musicians engaged with jazz, electronics and the avant-garde such as Paul Wirkus, Rosa Arruti, Rob Mazurek, Le Quan Ninh, John Butcher, Axel Dorner, and Andrew Sharpley. He has also composed for off's theaters, works with visual artists and performs live to silent films (www.emiter.art.pl).
Mikołaj Pałosz is a freelance cellist, contemporary music performer and improviser. He graduated from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw with Kazimierz Michalik and Andrzej Bauer. He has won prizes at music competitions including the Penderecki International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Kraków and Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw. He is also a member of Netherlands-based Cello Octet Amsterdam (formerly Conjunto Ibérico) and Warsaw CELLONET Group. His solo album Cellovator with contemporary compositions and improvisations has been released recently by DUX label (www.cellovator.com/Mikołaj_Pałosz/home.html).
Denis Kolokol is a composer and performer of electronic and electro-acoustic music, specialising in interactive music systems. In 2006 and 2007 he was the main person behind the international festival Replica (Almaty KZ) for experimental music. He started his own musical activity in 2006 and has been collaborating with Alexander Chikmakov in the duo theVolume for guitar and computer. As a solo artist he combines non-intersecting and opposing elements: interactive performance with algorithmic composition, granular synthesis with sound poetry, etc. He mainly works with his own voice as a pure material for electronic alterations. The live performances are usually strong and loud, always highly emotional, but playful and not without a sense of humor.
A special podcast on 17 November from 20:00-21:00 can be heard on Resonance 104.4FM or www.resonancefm.com.
Many of the artists coming to the event featured in Biba Kopf's article "Poland's Hidden Reverse" in the July 2010 issue of the WIRE magazine. For more information listen to Biba Kopf's radio programme "The Strangeness of Existence" on Radio Joy.
There Might Be Others, a play with an international cast, draws on the American tradition of ‘open scores’ – choreographed events in which dancers create a performance in real time, using pre-set rules and guidelines. The play will premiere in Canada on 4th June 2017 during the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax. Read more »about: There Might Be Others Takes Canada
Adam Kośmieja, a well-known Polish pianist acclaimed at home and abroad, will perform twice at the Beijing Modern Music Festival. In his solo recital, he will play works from the repertoire of outstanding contemporary Polish composers. He will also make an appearance at the final concert of the festival. Read more »about: Adam Kośmieja to Perform at Beijing Modern Music Festival