XXV International Chopin And Friends Festival


Chopin between galaxies

The Chopin and Friends International Festival soars in galactic space, thanks to the excellent composer Jakub Polaczyk, the artistic director of this festival. It was the Polish director who was able to change the Clic Promenade into an Electronic…

Apparently Urania – the Greek muse of astronomy – supported the composer and under her influence he wrote a piece whose echo echoed in the galactic skies entitled “URAINY@for electronics”. Festival guests had the opportunity to participate in the world premiere of this musical event.

The Electronic Promenade was attended by outstanding “electronic creators”:

Marcin Pączkowski – wearing interactive gloves (connected to the computer wirelessly) presented himself in the song entitled “Here comes a candle to light you to bed.” This wonderful, young computer music composer, conductor and digital artist received his PhD in Digital Arts and Experimental Media from the University of Washington in Seattle, and received his master’s degree from the Academy of Music in Warsaw. Penderecki in Krakow.

Jakub Ciupiński – Polish musician, composer, from Krakow but living in New York, ociated with electronic music and interactive performances, has written many works for traditional acoustics in a diverse range, from short forms to oratorios for orchestra and choirs. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music in NYC and the Academy of Penderecki in Krakow. At the age of 18, he signed a contract with Sony Music in Poland. Since then, he has been recording electronica-infused songs under the pseudonym Jakub Żak. That evening, he presented improvisations on the theremin (an electronic instrument) without contact with the instrument.

Jakub Ciupiński presents electronic music on the theremin

Composer Jakub Polaczyk and founder of the New Vision group has been organizing a competition for composing a piece of contemporary music for 6 years and announces the name of the winner during the festival evening at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland. This year’s competition entitled “Galaxies in Memory of Nicolaus Copernicus” was won by Leah Reid with the song “Reverie” – an American from New Hampshire, composer, sound artist, teacher, acousmaticist, electroacousmatician and interactive sound installer. Marian Żak – president of New York Dance &Arts Innovation – presented the winner with a prize (a check for $400) and the winning song was played against the background of slides from the galactic skies and a famous photo of Nicolaus Copernicus.

In the other two Promenades – Clical and Jazz – on the same evening, artists also performed, reaching for the sky with their achievements. Sandro Russo – a virtuoso pianist of Italian origin – presented several works by the contemporary Italian composer Roberto Piana, as well as Fryderyk Chopin. The Jazz Promenada, inspired, of course, by Chopin’s works, featured Stanisław Słowiński – violinist, composer, arranger and music producer. He is one of the most dynamic violinists of the young generation on the music scene in Poland. He traveled the world with his musical presentations. That evening he performed with Andrea Domenici – a renowned jazz pianist living in New York. The large audience gathered at the Polish consulate was delighted by the famous pianist from Krakow, Katarzyna Vernet. The energizing performance demonstrated her mastery and demonstrated the diversity of her pianistic possibilities.

The piano is played by the virtuoso of Italian origin, Sandro Russo

All artists – announced and presented by Polish-American actress Weronika Woźniak – received bouquets of flowers from the organizers and great applause from the listeners. The Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Adrian Kubicki, who took part in the musical evening, thanked the organizers, artists and fans of the Chopin and Friends Festival, uring that the consulate is their Polish home for the Polish community.

From the left: Jakub Ciupiński, Jakub Polaczyk, Marcin Pączkowski, Dr. Leah Reid – winner of this year’s competition for contemporary music composition

Traditionally, two types of art are presented during each festival event, so this time you could also see the exhibition “International Andriolli Drawing Competition, Nałęczów 2021”, curated by Janusz Skowron, a famous Polish-American visual artist. The competition aimed to present current achievements in drawing by artists from Poland and abroad. It is a demonstration of new means of expression and formal exploration within the art of drawing. The competition honored the memory of one of the greatest graphic designers of the second half of the 19th century, Michał Elwiro Andriolli.

TEXT AND PHOTOS: ELŻBIETA POPŁAWSKA



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