the composers and performers Arturo Corrales and Gilbert Imperial who settled in Switzerland met while working on the projects of the Vortex Ensemble. Their shared interest in contemporary music and flexibility in the choice of musical styles gave rise to this formation, based on the use of electric guitar, sound design, live electronics, light, musical theater and video projection. The artists grew up listening to, among others rock music. Electricity is in the duo’s DNA. Its sound can be massive, distorted and aggressive, but it can also be subtle, almost inaudible. Both performers use completely free improvisation, but also recorded music, graphic and conceptual scores, difficult and complex riffs and video interactions, which are handled by the visual artist Lòtzio Andrea Carlotto collaborating with the musicians.
The Putni Vocal Group (Birds)
was founded in 1993 in Riga by eight singers from the leading professional choirs in Latvia. The female vocal ensemble is respected for their beautiful sound and bold concert programming. The band has gained wide recognition for its concerts in Latvia, Europe, Australia, Japan and the United States. The group has won numerous awards, including a Grand Prix in five international competitions. Their programming combines traditional Latvian music, new compositions by Latvian and foreign composers, and elements of jazz and rock music. Since its inception, the group has premiered over 100 new works by Latvian and foreign composers and recorded seven CDs.
composer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, one of the most original representatives of Polish electronic and electro-acoustic music. He was born in 1972 in Mrągowo, lives and works in Gdańsk. He records and releases albums as Jacaszek. He has released several original albums, musical illustrations for poetry and prose, theater and film music, and radio plays. He collaborates with musicians, choreographers, artists creating new media and performers, as well as with painters, poets and writers. He is one of the curators of the C3 – Club Contemporary Classical Festival and a member of the Polish Association of Electroacoustic Music.
a Tri-City singer, composer, songwriter, known mainly from the Loco Star formation. Her work can be included in the so-called alternative pop or sensual electronics. Her vocals can also be heard on the albums of Smolik, Fox and Daniel Bloom.
trumpeter, jazz arranger and composer, member of the Gdańsk band Algorhythm. He began learning to play the trumpet in 1998 at the State Primary Music School in Lębork. A graduate of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk. Winner of Fryderyk 2019 in the category “Debut of the Year – Jazz”.
Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble
(MCME) was founded in 1990 by Yuri Kasparov, under the patronage of the famous Russian composer Edison Denisov. The band focuses on promoting music of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is the most important Russian chamber ensemble and is made up of the best Russian musicians specializing in contemporary music. MCME is regularly present at many different locations in Russia (80 cities) and around the world (28 countries). The ensemble has taken part in the best concert stages and participated in the biggest international festivals, such as “Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Art”, “DiaghilevFest” (Russia, Perm), “Radio-France presences” (Paris), “FrankfurtFest”, “Maerzmusik – Berlinerfestspiele “(Germany),” Gaudeamus music week “,” Night of the unexpected “(Netherlands),” Warsaw Autumn “(Poland),” Klangspuren “(Austria),” Tranasrt “(Italy).
is a string quartet composed of graduates of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, Warsaw and Lucerne. NeoQuartet is one of the most interesting and dynamic bands specializing in contemporary music in Europe. The team is a laureate of the prestigious Pomeranian Artistic Award for 2018. It was also nominated for a number of other awards (Sztorm Roku, Fryderyki). The group has released ten CDs released for Polish, German, Greek and American labels. Since 2017, NeoQuartet has expanded its instruments to include midi electric strings, synthesizers and loopers. The Neo Electric Quartet project is a unique phenomenon on the world new music scene.
NeoQuartet gives concerts in Poland and abroad (Ukraine, Switzerland, Russia, Italy, Lithuania, France, China, Finland, Estonia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Slovakia, South Korea, Japan, USA – Carnegie Hall). He has participated in such festivals as: Gdańsk Music Festival, International Sopot Classic Festival, Ukrainian Biennale of New Music, J. Waldorf in Radziejowice, Dni Muzyki Nowej, Musica Electronica Nova, Contrast Festival (Lviv), Another Space Festival, (Moscow), Warsaw Autumn, International Festival of Contemporary Music Poznań Spring, Beijing Moderne, ASEAN Music Week, Shanghai New Music Week, Randfestspiele – Berlin, Autumn Fest Festival – Tallin, ReMusik – Saint Petersburg, Afekt festival – Tartu, Daegu International Contemporary Festival, Klang Festival – Copenhagen and others.
New Music Orchestra
Established in 1996, New Music Orchestra is the oldest Polish ensemble specializing in the performance of contemporary music, which has been continuously engaged in intensive artistic activity for over 20 years. NMO’s achievements include nearly 150 world premieres and a number of the first Polish presentations of the most outstanding contemporary works. OMN is a regular guest at the most important Polish festivals, such as: “Warsaw Autumn”, “Musica Polonica Nova”, “International Days of Music by Krakow Composers”, “Premiere Festival”, “Nostalgia Festival”, “Warsaw Music Meetings”, “Katowice – Kultura Natura” ” and many others. She is often invited to significant foreign music festivals (“Bejing Modern” in Beijing, “Melos Ethos” in Bratislava, “Klang Festival” in Copenhagen, “Bridges Festival” in Vienna, “New Music Marathon” in Prague, “Velvet Curtain” in Lviv, “Anima Mundi” in Pisa, “Hindsgavl Festival”) and in many important music centers (Oslo, Paris, Mons, Freiburg, Tallinn).
Monika Pasiecznik music critic and curator, columnist for “Odra”. A graduate of Polish studies at the University of Wrocław and music theory at the Academy of Music in Wrocław. He publishes in such professional music magazines as “Glissando” (Poland), “Dissonance” (Switzerland), “Neue Zeitschrift für Musik” (Germany), “MusikTexte” (Germany), “Positionen” (Germany), “World New Music Magazine “(Belgium),” Spuren “(Austria) and others. Works with Polish Radio (Dwójka), “biweekly”, “Didaskalia”, “Notebook for 6 weeks” and others. Author of the book “Rituał superformuły” about Karlheinz Stockhausen (Krytyka Polityczna 2011).
Miłosz Pękala graduated with honors from the percussion class of Stanisław Skoczyński at the Academy of Music in Warsaw. He also studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen with Gert Mortensen. In 2014, he obtained his doctorate there in the field of musical arts, the discipline of instrumental studies. In 2019, he obtained his habilitation on the basis of the work Monopercussion – Miłosz Pękala CD. He lectures at the Department of Harp, Guitar and Percussion at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. He specializes in playing the vibraphone, multi-percussion sets and Latin American instruments. He performs both contemporary, entertainment and ethnic music. Since 2002, he has been a member of the Hob-beats duo (with Magdalena Kordylasińska). From 2005 to 2020, he co-founded the Kwadrofonik quartet.
Trond Reinholdtsen born 1972 in Oslo, graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music. His first works were characterized by a modernist complexity in the German style. He also performed as a singer with the Nordic Voices early music ensemble. Then his music began to develop towards extreme performance: pure music was combined with various non-musical forms of expression, such as essays, live filming, and elements such as statistical facts; he called these works oprami. His original performances were shown, among others at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival or Donaueschinger Musiktage. He founded the music newspaper “Parergon”. He collaborates with the ensembles asamisimasa (Oslo) and Plus-Minus (London), as well as the pianist Marek Knoop (London). In the field of theater, his artistic partners are Vegard Vinge and Ida Müller (Volksbühne Berlin).
Marek Rogulus Rogulski
born in Gdańsk in 1967. Intermedia artist, performer, musician. He deals with interdisciplinary projects, also photography and video film, and operates within the Internal Space Research Center.
Bartłomiej Sutt drummer, multi-instrumentalist – graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Music and Haute école des arts du Rhin Strasbourg. Since October, he has been a student of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in the class of Dr. Hab Miłosz Pękala. The Grand Prix as well as awards and places taken at international competitions gave him a chance to cooperate with many artists and composers such as: les Percussions de Strasbourg, Anders Astrand, prof. Emmanuel Sejourne, prof. John H. Beck, Piotr Komorowski, Kirsten Milenko, Bohdan Riemer and prof. John Wooton. As a young artist, he attaches great importance to learning and being up to date with trends in music, which is why he participates in such festivals as PULSAR or the NOWA MUZYKA Contemporary Music Festival, thanks to which he actively supports the development of new music, without which our musical world would not have a chance for further development.
Małgorzata Walentynowicz won the 1st Prize at the 37th Gaudeamus Interpreters’ Competition in Amsterdam and 1st Prize at the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music Competition in Buffalo, New York.
For her interpretations of contemporary music, she was also granted a scholarship for excellency in performance from the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music. She was nominated for the Classical:Next Innovation Award 2017 in Rotterdam.
Małgorzata Walentynowicz has performed both as a soloist and as a chamber musician in festivals and venues such as MaerzMusik, Ultraschall Berlin, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Rainy Days in Luxembourg, ECLAT Stuttgart, Klangspuren Schwaz, ISCM World Music Days, the Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, SPOR in Aahrus, Acht Brücken Festival Cologne, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, European Weeks Festival in Passau, Sacrum Profanum in Cracow, Tzlil Meudcan Tel Aviv, Cairo Contemporary Music Days.
Her interpretations have been released on CD’s by Wergo, Genuin Classics, Bôłt Records, DUX and Polmic and were recorded by polish and german radio stations.
Małgorzata Walentynowicz performs with Ensemble Garage Köln and New European Ensemble the Hague.
composer, violinist and music producer, graduate of the Académie Musicale de Villecroze in France. Associated with the American record label Important Records, the French Ici D’ailleurs and the British publisher Mute Song. Creator of music for theater performances, films and art installations. Wesołowski has released two original albums. His debut album, Complete, was released in Poland in 2008 by Gusstaff Records / Point Foundation with the support of the National Center for Culture. Wesołowski’s next album Liebestod was first presented to the public in October 2013 at the Unsound festival. The material released by Important Records was enthusiastically received by international critics. The influential American website Indie Shuffle described the album as “a real drug”, Canadian Textura magazine described it as “provocative, surprising and moving” and Dutch Caleidoscoop as “a breathtaking masterpiece”.
Martyna Zakrzewska pianist, soloist and chamber musician specializing in the performance of contemporary music. A graduate of the Academy of Music in Kraków in the class of dr hab. Mariusz Sielski and Dr. Milena Kędra, as well as the Neue Klavier Musik studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, where she studied in the class of prof. Pierre-Laurent Aimard and prof. David Smeyers. Winner of a special award in the X 20th and 21st Century Music Competition for Young Performers in Radziejowice. She has performed at many festivals: Warsaw Autumn, Sacrum Profanum, MUSICA MODERNA, Audio Art, aXes, ELEMENTI, Acht Brücken, 7 Nurtów, NeoArte, Mosty, TRZY-CZTE-RY. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble.