Joining together various fields of art the third annual Solidarity of Arts Festival kicks off in Gdańsk this summer...
Marcus Miller, photo by Rosaria Macri (www.solidarityofarts.pl)aj
Joining together various fields of art the third annual Solidarity of Arts Festival kicks off in Gdańsk on the 12th of August 2011. The chief events include a Marcus+ concert featuring world renowned genius bass-guitar player Marcus Miller and friends, a performance by Grzech Piotrowski’s unique World Orchestra and the premiere concert of the I, Culture Orchestra
An exceptional cultural event in the Polish Seaside region, Solidarity of Arts Festival is aimed at presenting artists from Poland and abroad. The first edition of the festival was held in 2009 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the communism in Poland and the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII. The event also promotes artists and cultural institutions of the Tricity area as well as the city of Gdańsk.
The Festival opens on the 12th of August at 19:00 with the Neptune Award Presentation Ceremony. Since 2006 the President of Gdańsk has presented the awards to Polish and foreign artists who have left their mark on the history of the city. During previous editions the winners included world-famous director Agnieszka Holland, Polish actresses Krystyna Janda, composers Krzysztof Penderecki and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, writer Paweł Huelle and pianist Leszek Możdżer. The laureates accompanied by the brass section of the I, Culture orchestra leave their handprints in Star Avenue on the Ołowianka Island, among the prominent Polsih film stars is David Lynch, Faye Dunaway, Marcus Miller and Sir Neville Mariner.
On the 13th of August the organisers invite audiences on a magical trip into the roots of music with Grzech Piotrowski’s World Orchestra. The traditional symphony orchestra sound is enhanced by the Armenian doudouk, Bulgarian kaval, Moldavian tsymbaly, Bashkirian kurai and the Finnish kantela. The concert featuring almost eighty artists - musicians and vocalists - proves that unity can be built of diversity and individuality on contrasting values of tradition and modernity, energy and contemplation.
“The idea has been germinating in my mind several years”, explains Piotrowski. “We’re going to present a peculiar combination of classical and ethnic improvised music. Gdańsk will be one of the first places it can be heard”.
The stars of Grzech Piotrowski’s World Orchestra include:
The Bulgarian Voice - Angelite female choir combining traditional Bulgarian folk with an ardent search for the new. The ensemble has toured the world, from Moscow through the Vatican to Mexico and India. They performed during the Nobel Prize Presentation Ceremony in 1996 and collaborated with Japanese percussionists from Kodo, Tuvian throat singing quartet Huun-Huur-Tu, Bobby McFerrin, vocalist Angélique Kidjo and saxophonist Jan Garbarek. Known in the US as the “Bulgarian Women’s Choir”, they have received Grammy nominations and recorded a Phil Collins song for the Disney film “My brother bear”.
Azat Bikchurin is the most famous musician of the sovereign country of Bashkirstan in the Ural Mountains. He plays kurai, a unique Bashkirian flute. The virtuoso artist performs in a traditional outfit.
Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer, inspired by the traditional vocal music of Northern Canada, Greenland, Norway, Siberia and Scotland, creates a musical world of her own through her 5-octave voice.
Vladiswar Nadishana is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer from Siberia playing over 100 instruments, some of which have been brought back to life or even constructed by him. He specialises in creative combinations of musical traditions from all over the world using the latest digital edition techniques (sound microsurgery).
Thanks to Sergei Starostin and his musical expeditions 3000 Russian songs will never be forgotten. The artist brings to life many forgotten brass instruments, he performs with both folk and rock artists, collaborating with famous Norwegian singer Mari Boine, Huun - Huur - Tu and the Angelite choir. “We’re incredibly rich, yet we are satisfied with the wretched slag we grind in our ears from day to day”, says Starostin. “People should have an opportunity to get to know musical genres differing from what they listen to daily. Only then can they choose that which is really close to their hearts”.
Taisia Krasnopevtseva, a talented young artist, performs in the Sergei Starostin project.
Singer and a hurdy-gurdy player, she performs original, traditional folk songs collected during ethnographic journeys.
Sinikka Langeland, Norwegian folk singer, is one of the best medieval kantela player.
Theodosii Spasson, the national hero of Bulgaria, plays kaval, a wooden flute which is one of the oldest European instruments. The artist combines traditional folk music with jazz, fusion and classical music. He has recorded soundtracks for Carlos Siliotto and Ennio Morricone.
Marcin Wasilewski, one of the most talented young Polish jazz musicians. He has collaborated with artists such as Tomasz Stańko, Manu Katche, Joe Lovano, Dhafer Youssef, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Tomasz Szukalski, Piotr Wojtasik, Janusz Muniak, Baltica Ensemble, Anna Maria Jopek, Trygve Seim.
Theoretically from Holland, practically a citizen of the world and out of this world, Bram Stadhouders is a guitar player, composer and talented improviser in his home country.
Espen Leite Skarpengland is a musician, improviser and a distinguished accordionist. He collaborated with one of the most famous world sopranos, the Swedish-born Anne Sofie von Otter and wrote music for a theatre performance “The Suicide” by Moira Buffini presented at the National Theatre in Oslo.
Between the 19th-21st of August the Fetsival presents an interactive multimedia exhibition by Krzysztof Tchórzewski entitled “Free Media 1981” dedicated to the history of the independent underground media of the strictly censored People’s Republic of Poland era. The screenings, taking place from 9:00-21:00 at the environs of the Gdańsk Railway Station, feature fragments of the independent films and documentaries of the time as well as interviews with famous artists and residents remembering the 1981-89 period.
Last year, during the second edition of the Festival, the world-famous bass-guitar virtuoso Marcus Miller was so thrilled to perform with Możdżer +, said to have been the greatest jazz show of the year 2010 in Poland, featured extraordinary Polish pianist and friends that he is back this year.
“Last year, thanks to the “Możdżer+” concert we managed to create a formula we wish to carry on, because it met with approval of both the public and the media”, explains Krzysztof Materna, the festival’s artistic director.
On the 20th of August at 20:30 the bass-master and his guests present a five-star jazz concert “Marcus +artists” on three stages set behind the Polish Baltic Philharmonic on the Gdańsk Ołowianka Island. The concert promising to be a truly international experience features Marcus Miller and his ensemble (Alex Han, Sean Jones, Louis Cato, Federico Gonzalez Peña) as well as feautred guests - diva of the modern world music from Benin, Angélique Kidjo, the Indian percussion virtuoso Trio Gurtu, an extraordinary Colombian harp player Edmar Castaneda and two of the greatest Polish jazz musicians the pianist Leszek Możdżer and the trumpet player Tomasz Stańko. At the end of the concert Miller will perform with the Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by the “Zelig of Jazz”, American Gil Goldstein. The artists perform works from repertories of their own as well as compositions chosen by Miller. The concert is transmitted live by Canal+, the media co-organiser of the event.
On the 24th of August I, CULTURE, the official orchestra of the Polish Presidency in the EU, makes their premiere performance under Pawel Kotla, the founder and artistic director of I, Culture Orchestra. The programme includes the Sicilian Suite by Sergey Prokofiev, the 4th Symphony by Karol Szymanowski and the a symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich. The orchestra is joined by the distinguished Swedish pianist, Peter Jablonski.The I, Culture Orchestra is a unique, innovative undertaking of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and is one of the pillars of the Foreign Cultural Programme of the 2011 Polish Presidency in the EU. I, Culture Orchestra is comprised of almost 120 musicians from Poland and the countries of the EU Partnership programme: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belorussia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. They were chosen from among 600 candidates by a group of specialists led by the orchestra’s artistic director, Paweł Kotla. During the three week-long residency in Gdańsk, the musicians participate in classes conducted by artists representing chief European orchestras – the London Symphony Orchestra, the Opera de Lyon, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as well as the American Metropolitan Opera. The group of distinguished teachers includes the legendary Sir Neville Mariner of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, one of the stars of the first edition of the Solidarity of Arts Festival. In the autumn of 2011 the orchestra will perform at some of the most famous concert halls in Europe: the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles (Bozar), the Royal Festival Hall of London and the Teatro Real in Madrid as well as in Stockholm, Lublin and Kiev.
On the 27th of August the “Case of operational reconnaissance” a performance based on Stanisław Brzozowski’s novel “The Flames and the history of the opposition 1985-1992: Freedom and Peace movement”,directed by Zbigniew Brzoza premieres at the Wybrzeże Theatre. “The Flames” (1907) was named “the first Polish intellectual novel” and is the author’s answer to Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “The Possessed”.
The festival ends on the 2nd of September with a concert entitled "La Révolte des Orgues”, an original project of the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra featuring nine world-famous organists including Jean Guillou, Martin Baker, Winfried Bönig, Filipe Verissimo and Roman Peruckiplaying grand symphonic organs, 8 positive organs and a grand piano. The instruments participating in the “musical revolt” are placed all around the acoustic space of the Concert Hall, letting the audience experience what its like to be in the middle of the spatial polemics of the sounds. The concert features the world premiere of “Four Hevelian Dances” by Paweł Szymański.
Programme of the Solidarity of Arts 2011 Festival:
12 August at 19:00 - courtyard of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Hand-imprinting ceremony in the Avenue of the Stars
12 August at 20:00 - the Court of Artus
The award-presentation ceremony of the President of the City of Gdańsk Awards, Neptunes 2011 and the official opening of the Solidarity of Arts Festival 2011
13 August at 20:00 - Polish Baltic Philharmonic
Grzech Piotrowski's World Orchestra
19-21 August - environs of the Gdańsk Railway Station
Interactive multimedia exhibition "Free Media 1981" by Krzysztof Tchórzewski
20 August at 20:30 - open-air stage of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic
The Space of Freedom: a jazz show Marcus+ featuring: Marcus Miller, Trilok Gurtu, Angélique Kidjo, Leszek Możdżer, Tomasz Stańko, Edgar Castaneda, Gil Goldstein, Sinfonia Varsovia, Alex Han, Federico Gonzales Peña, Sean Jones, Louis Cato
24 August at 19:00 - Polish Baltic Philharmonic
I, Culture Orchestra, premiere concert
27 August at 19:00 - Wybrzeże Theatre ofGdańsk
"The case of operational reconnaissance" - a premiere performance directed by Zbigniew Brzoza
2 September at 19:00 - Polish Baltic Philharmonic
"La Révolte des Orgues" featuring Jean Guillou. During the concert a world-premiere, Paweł Szymański presents "Four Hevelian Dances".
The Solidarity of Arts Festival 2011 runs in Gdańsk from the 12th of August to the 2nd of September 2011. The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is co-producer of the event.
Source: www.solidarityofarts.pl, www.iam.pl, www.kultura.trojmiasto.pl
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