aXes is a project organised on a transnational scale whose chief aim is to integrate artistic circles and enable the exchange of creative thoughts among musicians from Eastern, Central, and Western Europe.
Held under the patronage of Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie (the Academy of Music in Kraków), aXes invites academic institutions from Budapest (Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetem), Bratislava (Škola Múzických Umění v Bratislave), and Stuttgart (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart), as well as a contemporary music ensemble from Kiev (Ensemble Nostri Temporis) to participate.
The project features the following events:
- Composition and performance workshops for students carried out by both academics from partner universities (who will give lectures, musical piece performances, and individual consultations) and Ensemble Nostri Temporis (which will present new performance techniques and hold rehearsals for their concerts)
- Concerts prepared during workshops, open to a wide audience, where musical pieces composed specially for this event will be performed
The name of the workshops, with the letter ‘X’ capitalized, is a reference to the encounter of composers and performers – an intersection of various traditions, cultural influences, and creative trends. For this reason, beside Central-European countries such as Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary, the project will also host partners from Western and Eastern Europe (Germany and Ukraine respectively). Mutual exchange of artistic views and experience is bound to influence the development of young artists and composers and become an inspiration to academic circles, while promotion of the newest music among a wide range of people will increase their artistic awareness.
As nowadays young composers hardly stand a chance of having their pieces played, especially by professional musicians, the encounter of the composers with the performers, based on the Ukrainian Ensemble Nostri Temporis’ experience with the newest music and innovative performance techniques, will be of paramount importance. The ensemble has developed a unique programme of workshops for composers, held - among others - in Darmstadt, the cradle of new music.
Aside from the aforementioned benefits of combining the artistic and educational aspects of the project, benefits to be gained by composers, performers, and the audience, such an encounter may bring some added value which will remain an ‘X’ unknown until the project has been realised.
aXes, has been held the last two years in Kraków. It is organised by the Academy of Music in Kraków and the Faculty of Composition – dr hab. Wojciech Widłak (head of the Faculty of Composition) and dr Karol Nepelski (artistic director of the project).
Translation: Małgorzata Pachoł October 2013