Music by two reputed Polish composers – Agata Zubel and Elżbieta Sikora – is to be played during concerts held in the French capital. Zubel will be joined by the eminent Ensemble 2e2m, while Sikora’s compositions will be performed by the Orchestre Pasdeloup.
Agata Zubel, a singer and composer will be performing in Paris twice as part of an artistic residency programme organised with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, a long-term promoter of Zubel's work. The accompanying Ensemble 2e2m is one of the oldest and most recognised French ensembles involved in the creation and popularising of contemporary music.
On 10th January, the vocalist’s French residency will begin with a gathering at the CRR de Paris. The event, hosted by music journalist and critic Michèle Tosi, will also be attended by well-known musicologist Corine Schneider and valued Polish composer Elżbieta Sikora, who has been living and working in France for many years. That evening, Agata Zubel’s Cadenza for solo violin will also be played by an Ensemble 2e2m musician, violinist Pascal Robault.
As part of Agata Zubel’s artistic collaboration with Ensemble 2e2m, two concerts jointly titled It is a Woman’s World Too, with the artist performing live, will be held at the Parisian Auditorium Marcel Landowski. During the first performance, on 15th January, the audience will have an opportunity of listening to Zubel’s Aforyzmy na Miłosza (The Miłosz Aphorisms) for solo soprano and instrumental ensemble, to lyrics by Czesław Miłosz. The second performance on 9th April will be the world premiere of an instrumental ensemble piece commissioned by Ensemble 2e2m called 3x3. The musicians will also perform Zubel’s Labirynt (The Labyrinth) for voice and four instruments. During both concerts, Agata Zubel will be performing as a composer and soloist.
On 12th January and 24th February, Elżbieta Sikora’s music will be performed by the French Orchestre Pasdeloup at the Paris Philharmonic. Both concerts are the continuation of a project initiated back in 2018: musicians forming part of one of the oldest French symphonic orchestras offer Parisian audiences a chance to become acquainted with Sikora’s compositions. The Polish artist, who has been living and working in France for many years, has been chosen in honour of her 75th birthday in 2018.
The programme of both upcoming Orchestre Pasdeloup concerts will comprise Sikora’s Miniatures and classical music canon pieces. On January 12th, the Polish composer’s music will be performed alongside Hector Berlioz’s Marche Troyenne and Ludwig van Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto and 5th Symphony, during an evening concert named Empereur. One month later, during the Romantisme concert, the orchestra will combine Sikora’s compositions with Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor and Johannes Brahms’ 4th Symphony.
Agata Zubel & Ensemble 2e2m
Elżbieta Sikora’s Miniatures performed by the Orchestre Pasdeloup
The project has been co-organised with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence.
Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2022.
CRR de Paris
polish musicians of the 21st century
Source: press materials, compiled by SC, translated by AS, Feb 2019