The new album in PWM Edition’s Anaklasis series, to be released on 29th January, features, among others, Agata Zubel’s In the Shade of an Unshed Tear, performed by Orchestre Pasdeloup under Marzena Diakun. The CD, described as “a fascinating journey across orchestral landscapes as seen through the eyes of Polish women-composers”, also comprises works by Grażyna Bacewicz, Hanna Kulenty, and Elżbieta Sikora.
On 29th October, during the final stage of the Concours International de Piano d’Orléans, the three finalists will play Agata Zubel’s Chamber Piano Concerto as an obligatory piece. The soloists will be accompanied by Ensemble Intercontemporain under Simon Proust. The event is scheduled to be streamed live on YouTube.
The second (after Not I) album of Zubel’s music under the KAIROS label comprises, apart from the eponymous Cleopatra’s Songs, also the recent Double Battery and Violin Concerto – three large-scale compositions performed by three outstanding ensembles: Klangforum Wien, Ensemble InterContemporain, and Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej (New Music Orchestra).
It was presented during the gala on 12th June. Agata Zubel has contributed all of her prize money toward artistic residencies abroad for young composers.
Concours International de Piano d’Orléans remains the world’s only international piano competition exclusively devoted to 20th and 21st century music. The participants who will reach the finals will perform the Chamber Piano Concerto by Agata Zubel as a test piece. The soloists will be accompanied by Ensemble Intercontemporain under Simon Proust.
An unusual six-month sequence at Vienna’s Konzerthaus: five guest concerts – five wonderful programmes.
8 V L.Janáček / G.Aperghis, Ensemble Resonanz, E.Pomàrico
29 V H.Lachenmann / A.Zubel, Phace Ensemble, M.Wendeberg
29 IX A.Zubel, Klangforum Wien, T.Engel
8 X E.Křenek / K.Weil, Leopoldinum Orchestra, E.Kovacic
21 XI A.Zubel / W.Schurig, Klangforum Wien, J.Kalitzke
New piece for symphony orchestra Fireworks will be performed three times this season:
– at the Festival “Chopin and His Europe” in Warsaw’s Grand Theatre – National Opera;
– at the Berlin Konzerthaus;
– at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Leoš Janáček’s song cycle Zápisník zmizelého (The Diary of One Who Disappeared) in a new adaptation with musical commentary by Georges Aperghis. Seven concerts in 2018 in Europe’s most important concert halls:
Philharmonie Berlin – 22.III
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg – 12,13,14.IV
Konzerthaus Wien – 8.V
Concertgebouw Amsterdam – 15.XI
Philharmonie Luxemburg – 16.XI
Until the end of July 2017, the Finnish Radio YLE 1 made available a streaming version of its broadcast of the Violin Concerto recorded live during the Avanti! Festival. The performers of this enthusiastically received Scandinavian premiere were:
John Storgårds (violin)
Dima Slobodeniouk (conductor)
and Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
Katowice Kultura Natura Festival Earth will be accompanied by a special event – Mother Lode I-III, a music installation (May 13th – 19th). The installation will use the space of the Silesian Museum: the Bartosz pit shaft Engine Room, the Workshop and the Smithy, and the Hallway of the Gallery of One Work. In each of these places, a short piece of music will be presented by the New Music Orchestra.
Apart from aesthetic experience (W. Lutosławski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables and K. Szymanowski’s Songs of the Fairy-Tale Princess performed by Sinfonia Varsovia under Renato Rivolta), the concert held on 12th February 2017 at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio also provided an occasion for presenting the soloist Agata Zubel and the conductor with honourable decorations – the Medals of Witold Lutosławski Year, awarded by the Witold Lutosławski Society jointly with the Institute of Music and Dance.
Radio France has broadcast online a recording of Ensemble InterContemporain’s concert at the Parisian Festival d’Automne, featuring the French premiere of Double Battery at the Philharmonie de Paris.
Earlier this year (till the beginning of March) WDR 3 German radio station made available online a recording of the German premiere of Aphorisms on Miłosz with Ensemble InterContemporain at Essen Philharmonic.
Vocals woven out of my Icelandic memories; out of the landscapes of the North; out of the wish to explore unmapped territories… around me and inside me – in the voice!
SEMA Studio followed these fascinations of mine by recording and documenting on film my vocal inspirations with the Far North. The long-awaited “video clip” can now not only be heard, but also… “peeked at”.
The video clip engages us in the pursuit of nature… Also the nature of the voice.
Zygmunt Konieczny arrived in person for the first public presentation of the new arrangements of his songs. His enthusiasm, greeted with great satisfaction by the artists, matches the extraordinary applause of the audience. As a result, the project took on an even more spectacular form. It simply CALLED for further development! The composer himself wrote a song specially for Agata Zubel, while Cezary Duchnowski agreed to add a symphonic layer to the electronic material he had previously prepared. All this will be heard for the first time in January 2017, at Zygmunt Konieczny’s anniversary celebrations in Katowice.
AGATA ZUBEL – voice, BARTEK WĄSIK – piano, ANDRZEJ BAUER – cello, CEZARY DUCHNOWSKI – electronics
This new project, prepared in collaboration with a leading early music ensemble – ARTE DEI SUONATORI, is not so much about contrasting radically different aesthetics as about finding a common denominator and disproving the myth of impassable boundaries of expression. The project draws on the timeless quality in music. In simple terms – Mozart and Stockhausen meet in Wonderland.
27th of October – premiere of the orchestra piece In the Shade of an Unshed Tear commissioned by Seattle Symphony
28th of October – performance of Chantefleurs et Chantefables of Witold Lutosławski and Chapter 13
29thof October – performance of In the Shade of an Unshed Tear
Nowy projekt z pieśniami Erika Satie z okazji w 150. rocznicy urodzin genialnego kompozytora.
Wraz z Piotrem Orzechowskim “Pianohooliganem” przy fortepianie niebanalne piosenki przybrały nowe formy i pozwoliły pokazać inne spojrzenie na najbardziej ekscentrycznego kompozytora Fin de siècle’u.
In 2016 the ElettroVoce Duo celebrates 15 years of its activity with a new CD (“Znikąd Historie” – “Stories Nowhere From”) and a concert held at Wrocław’s National Forum of Music on 16th May 2016, with a programme that is both a glance back and a glimpse forward – introducing the duo’s new sound.
KulturKontakt Austria in Vienna
The residency (September 1st – December 31st, 2015) will focus on the composition”Bildbeschreibung” – opera for two voices, instrumental ensemble and electronics with text by Heiner Müller
Become one of Europe’s most accomplished and internationally successful contemporary classical composers and vocalists. In 2013 her composition “Not I” for chamber ensemble, electronic instruments and voice was deemed the best of the year by the International Music Council’s International Rostrum of Composers. She has been commissioned to write pieces for global festivals and orchestras from Seattle to Tel Aviv. Her discography includes over a dozen albums.
The New York, Ginanne Brownell
for Agata Zubel’s original album Not I, which also reached the Top Ten of “The New Yorker” CD charts. The album was nominated for vocal virtuosity, compositional talent and the ability successfully to combine these two demanding roles: that of a singer and a composer; for persistence in striving for perfection, which led the composer to the heights of achievement in Polish contemporary music.
“This award aims to give international recognition to the people who are doing the most to push things forward with daring yet intelligent, effective and successful “out-of-the-box” thinking, planning and action.”
Jennifer Dautermann, Classical:NEXT Director
Listening to Agata Zubel’s music you get the sense of a composer who is restless, searching, embryonic. Watching her sing her music live, you get the added dimension of your own mesmerized, unsettling voyeurism of an act of powerful, original creation. Zubel is an ascendant voice in new music whose music demands to be heard and seen.
Alex Ambrose, New York Public Radio WQXR-FM
recommended by Alex Ross
The annual Award of the Polish Composers’ Union has been granted since 1949 to Polish composers, performers, musicologists, teachers and music life organisers for outstanding artistic and academic achievements. Its winners include: Grażyna Bacewicz, Tadeusz Baird, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Wojciech Kilar, Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki i Bogusław Schaeffer.
Bohaterowie: Andrzej Stasiuk, Agnieszka Holland, Zygmunt Krauze, Agata Zubel, Wojciech Fangor, Olga Pasiecznik, Wojciech Kilar, Daniel Olbrychski, Witold Giersz, Agnieszka Duczmal, Borys Lankosz, Ewa Wycichowska, Andrzej Wajda, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Stanisława Celińska, ks. Andrzej Luter, Beata Polak, Robert Konieczny, Mirosław Bałka, Krystian Lupa, Anna-Maria Jopek, Jerzy Stuhr, Paweł Huelle, Tomasz Stańko, Krzesimir Dębski, Krzysztof Zanussi, Leszek Możdżer, Paweł Mykietyn, Jerzy Pilch, Leon Tarasewicz, Jerzy Hoffman, Krzysztof Penderecki, Michal Urbaniak, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Paweł Althamer, Janusz Wawrowski, Tomek Rygalik, Janusz Kaniewski, Lech Wałęsa, Ewa Wójciak, Urszula Dudziak, Dagmara Gregorowicz, Krystyna Janda
Interviews with composers.
Monographic concert performed by Klangforum Wien Sacrum Profanum Festival 2012
live on the Internet
Labyrinth for voice and four instruments
Shades of Ice for clarinet, cello and electronics
The Streets of a Human City for instrumental ensemble
Not I for voice, instrumental ensemble and electronics
Oresteia – commission from Teatr Wielki-National Opera and National Theatre
What is the word – commission from Klangforum Wien and Adam Mickiewicz Instytute
Percussion Store – commission from Krakow Philharmonic
Labyrinth – commission from Polish Institute in Tel Avive
This Autumn premieres of four pieces:
Aphorisms on Miłosz during Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow with Klangforum Wien
The Streets of a Human City during Warsaw Autumn Festival with European Workshop for Contemporary Music
Shades of Ice during Sonic Exploration Festival in Londyn with London Sinfonietta
Symphony No.1 in Polish Radio Concert Studio with Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Other Minds Music Festival Residency in San Francisco
Each year Other Minds invites composers of differing nationalities, ages and styles to bring their music to the Festival and a prior four-day private residency in the South Bay hills, where they exchange music and ideas. “This year we are thrilled to welcome Louis Andriessen (Netherlands), I Wayan Balawan (Indonesia), Han Bennink (Netherlands), Kyle Gann (U.S.), Janice Giteck (U.S.), David A. Jaffe (U.S.), Jason Moran (U.S.), and Agata Zubel (Poland) – eight composers whose work we deeply admire and who, we expect, will have a great deal to say to one another and to our audiences,” reports Charles Amirkhanian, Executive and Artistic Director of Other Minds.
Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Krakow
The “composer-in-residence” project – an initiative of PWM – aims to promote composers unknown or little known in a given community, embedding their names and music in the minds of listeners of a given Philharmonic through a systematic presentation of their selected works.
A new project for the bicentenary of the composer’s birth, featuring Uri Caine as the guest star.
Impressions of the Preludes of Fryderyk Chopin. The proposal for the discovery of works in the tradition already established, but now shown in a changed palette of colors and modern electroacoustic possibilities.
The Orpheus Award of Polish music critics was granted to Agata Zubel at the 52nd “Warsaw Autumn” International Festival of Contemporary Music for her creative interpretation of the vocal part in Cezary Duchnowski’s performance-opera “Martha’s Garden”, and for the similarly high level of her interpretations of works by Polish composers at several earlier editions of that festival.
String Quartet No. 1 for four cellos and computer
String Quartet No. 1 for four cellos and computer
Cascando for voice, flute, clarinet, violin and cello
Unisono I for voice, percussion and computer
Unisono II for voice, percussion and computer
Maximum Load for percussion and computer
The residency (September 24th – October 23th, 2008) will focus on the compositionis “Symphony No.3”