Contemporary Polish music came to Flagey, Brussels with the help of Motion Trio on the official inauguration date of the Polish EU Presidency.
Contemporary Polish music came to Flagey, Brussels with the help of Motion Trio on the official inauguration date of the Polish EU Presidency
The Flagey concert series, which is ongoing throughout the rest of 2011, kicked off on the 1st of June (the official Polish EU Presidency inauguration date) with an open-air performance by Motion Trio and Zoltan Orosz Trio from Hungary at Place St Croix.
The weather held out in a performance that was warmly received by the locals. "The group was suprised by the wholly unofficial character of this inauguration" says Marta Kucza of the Polish Institute in Brussels. She added that "the Polish band's performance was regarded by onlookers as exceedingly energetic and attention-grabing".
Motion Trio is a trio of acordionists who formed in 1996 and have gone on to win awards in England, France and Poland, including the Grand Prix at the IV International Krzysztof Penderecki Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in 2000. They have collaborated with such composers as Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki and Krzysztof Penderecki and groups such as the Michael Nyman Band and pianist Wojciech Kilar. They have released seven CDs to date, including 'Live in Vienna', 'Metropolis' and 'Chopin'.
Motion Trio was accompanied by the Hungarian group 'Zoltan Orosz Trio' -a guitar, bass-guitar and accordion ensemble- fronted by Mr. Orosz himself, who is an accordionist prodigy and three-time consecutive winner of the National Accordion Competition in Hungary.
The concert series will continue in October, with two concerts at Flagey city centre and then again in December (see programme details below).
8th of October: A 'Roots To The Future' series of concerts featuring the following Polish groups: Warsaw Village Band and Bester Quartet. Location: Flagey city centre
28th of October: Silent and animated films with live soundtracks by Małe Instrumenty, Mitch & Mitch and Oles Duo. Location: Flagey city centre
5-9th of December: 'Lado ABC Days', residency for Polish musicians associated with the Warsaw label Lado ABC (including Marcin Masecki, Raphael Rogiński, Paweł Szamburski and Piotr Domagalski) and a joint workshop with Belgian artists followed by two days of concerts in Flagey
Organisers: Flagey, Polish Institute in Brussels
Project cofinanced by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.
Source: Adam Mickiewicz Institute