The festival will present a broad spectrum of music currents and trends. Audiences will be able to enjoy works such as electronic operas, audiovisual compositions, live electronics, improvised music, acousmonium, laptop bands, ambisonic music, instrumental pieces with electronics, electronic classics, and the sound installation.
This is the 52nd time that fans of contemporary music gather in Warsaw for the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music
. This year's event is largely devoted to electroacoustic music, only a few concerts being unplugged.
The festival will present a broad spectrum of music currents and trends. Audiences will be able to enjoy works such as electronic operas, audiovisual compositions, live electronics, improvised music, acousmonium, laptop bands, ambisonic music, instrumental pieces with electronics, electronic classics, and the Iter/Eter (Ither/Ether) sound installation.
Electronic music centres from all over the world will make an appearance: DXARTS (Seattle), STEIM (Amsterdam), Miso Studio (Lisbon), IRCAM (Paris), Tempo Reale (Florence), Music Technology Group (Barcelona), and also the electronic music studios of the Wrocław, Łódź, and Kraków Academies of Music.
Pierre HenryThe programme of this year's festival abounds in stars and major events. Pierre Henry, the doyen and pioneer of electronic music, is coming to Warsaw. He last visited Poland 26 years ago, during the Warsaw Autumn of 1983. His concert at the Witold Lutosławski Studio will include Histoire naturelle... as well as his latest composition, Capriccio. This will be the world premiere of the piece which was commissioned by Warsaw Autumn.
The festival will also feature some of the historic achievements of electronic music: Bruynèl's Cours des nuages, Sikorski's Samotność dźwięków / The Solitude of Sounds, Varèse's Déserts and Poèm électronique, Xenakis' Concrète PH, and Pousser's Forges.
Cezary DuchnowskiElectronic operas and quasi-operas with electronic elements will include Cezary Duchnowski
's Ogród Marty / Martha's Garden, Miguela Azguime's Salt Itinerary, Mieczysław Litwiński's SOMNIVM, Georges Aperghis' Machinations. Audiovisual compositions will also be presented as part of this trend: Ewa Trębacz's Errai, works featuring Reactable - electronics you can "see", and a performance by the Łódź Academy of Music Studio. Another audiovisual (though not electronic) composition will be Augen-Blicke by André Werner, while another music performance (though not an opera) will be Bogusław Schaeffer
's Multimedialne coś / A Multimedia Thing.
The festival will not be lacking in live electronics and improvised music. Famous musicians include Tomasz Stańko
(also in a performance with Krzysztof Knittel
), saxophonist Evan Parker (appearing in the STEIM studio's performance), and drummer Jim Black who will be the soloist in Tempo Reale's project.
Acousmonium, or an orchestra of speakers with a system for controlling the diffusion of sound in space and its tone, is represented chiefly by a concert of the Loudspeaker Orchestra from Lisbon at the Studio Tęcza hall (42 speakers placed around and above the audience).
Ambisonic music will be played at the Highest Voltage Hall during a concert by DXARTS from Seattle (University of Washington). The ambisonic system allows sound projection in space to be controlled in a live performance. This particular concert will take advantage of the Highest Voltage Hall's 20-second echo. In Juan Pampin's On Space, the audience will be surrounded by speakers alternating with six percussion groups, while in Ewa Trębacz's Errai the multi-dimensional sound projection will be accompanied by a three-dimensional video.
Festival-goers can expect particularly strong thrills from instrumental-electronic compositions such as Jonathan Harvey's Bird Concerto, Karlheinz Stockhausen's Orchester-Finalisten, or Steve Reich's New York Counterpoint in a version for clarinet, 10-channel tape and 42 speakers.
The Iter/Eter (Ither/Ether) installation with Peter Sych's ISA Harp interactive instrument, prepared by the Electronic Music Studio of the Academy of Music in Kraków, will present the achievements of Polish electronic and computer music studies.
As usual, the Warsaw Autumn programme includes concerts of instrumental music - with electronics and without. Georges Aperghis, who innovatively combines instrumental sound, human voices, theatre and electronic media in his work, is the special celebrity of this year's festival. He will present four of his compositions, including Machinations and Contretemps featuring the brilliant soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac and the London Sinfonietta conducted by David Atherton.
Georges Aperghis, Machinations
Among the most important events of the festival, though, will be Paweł Mykietyn
's St. Mark Passion as well as the world premiere of a new orchestral composition by Paweł Szymański
, commissioned by Warsaw Autumn, with the intriguing title .Eals (Oomsu)..
The Electronic Marathon - numerous electronic a(ttra)ctions in the rooms of Studio Tęcza - will take place on 26 September. Three different programmes will be presented by the Loudspeaker Orchestra from Lisbon (electronic compositions by precursors of pop and rock music as well as pieces from the realm of text-sound, error music, and noise). The marathon will also feature pieces selected in the first stage of the competition for the best electronic composition (Call for Sounds) - after this presentation, the jury will announce the winner.
Apart from Pierre Henry and Paweł Szymański mentioned earlier, the following composers wrote music commissioned by the Warsaw Autumn festival: Aleksander Nowak, Per Nørgård, Mieczysław Litwiński, Karol Nepelski, André Werner (commissioned by Warsaw Autumn and the German Music Council), Filip Matuszewski (commissioned by Deutschlandfunk for Warsaw Autumn), Aleksandra Gryka, and Stanisław Bromboszcz.
The festival's fringe events will include meetings with composers who are guests of this year's Warsaw Autumn: Philippe Manoury, Jonathan Harvey, Paweł Mykietyn, Pierre Henry, Per Nørgård, and Georges Aperghis.
For a detailed programme of the festival, visit the website www.polmic.pl