NEO ARTE Synthesizer of Arts is an international festival presenting the most interesting trends in contemporary music and art.
In the contemporary landscape, the edges between different creative arts are getting more and more figurative. Composers write pieces for video-art and visual artists create sound installations. It is getting harder to differentiate, yet connections and finding common grounds becomes easy. We are acting a bit like radar – trying to identify these changes – a bit like sonar – navigating the unexplored areas. Like a Synthesizer of Arts – creating new qualities.
NeoArte – Synthesizer of Arts festival exists to inspire, support creativity. Its idea is rooted in the artistic synthesis. To works as a platform connecting artists from various cultural backgrounds and realms of art by creating influential environment, a chance for new connections and interdisciplinary effects.
NeoArte – Synthesizer of Arts Festival has been organized every year in Gdansk, Poland since 2012. From this year, it also organizes its foreign editions (Oslo 2023, Reykjavik 2024). Its initiator is NeoQuartet – Polish string quartet from Gdansk, the prizewinner of prestigious Pomeranian Artistic Award 2019 and one of the most prominent ensembles in Polish contemporary (and not only!) music.
NeoArte Association is the organizer and producer of the festival.
The composer in residence of this year’s edition will be an outstanding personality in the world of contemporary composition – the German artist Michael Beil, whose work masterfully explores the combination of electronic, instrumental and video music, where both the performers and the audience are part of the artistic process.
4 DAYS OF CONCERTS, PERFORMANCES AND WORKSHOPS
During the four days of events, the audience will be able to participate in twelve multidisciplinary concerts and performances. Composition students will have the opportunity to take part in composition workshops conducted by Micgael Beil and in reading sessions conducted by NeoQuartet. Children will be able to participate in workshops introducing the fascinating world of contemporary art.
SYNTHESIS OF ARTS, CREATIVE ARTISTS
Almost each concert is planned as a multidisciplinary performance, during most of them the audience will be part of the artistic process. Among the performers we will see both leading foreign artists (Jonathan Powell, Duo Voicetronics) and the most outstanding Polish groups and soloists (Martyna Zakrzewska, Flow Unit, Ensemble Kompopolex, Piotr Kaliński, Maja Miro, Ewa Liebchen). Especially for the needs of the festival, a performance by Sebastian Choromański and a video installation by Filip Ignatowicz will be created, which will be presented during the concert marathon at NOMUS in Gdansk.
NEOQUARTET, WORLD PREMIERES, EXPANDING THE BOUNDARIES OF ART
The hosts of the festival, the NeoQuartet, will perform several times, presenting the premiere of the “Lutos Gracias” project together with the creator of electronic music Piotr Kaliński, playing South Korean works written for quartet and traditional Asian instruments, and performing a number of world premieres of works by composers from Germany, Poland, Sweden and Great Britain .
We will hear dozens of compositions written by composers from all over the world, and seven of them will have their premiere at the festival. NeoArte – Art Synthesizer will once again combine what is impossible to combine in contemporary art and expand its boundaries.
„Trójmiejscy artyści z NeoQuartetu nie „parskają na współczesność”. Przeciwnie – od lat prezentują publiczności wszelkie repertuarowe nowinki. Aby zwiększyć siłę rażenia, zainicjowali Festiwal Neo Arte, podczas którego, wspólnie z zapraszanymi gośćmi, prezentują wytwory sztuki najnowszej.”
NeoArte – Syntezator Sztuki od roku 2019 posiada znak jakości Effe Label przyznawany przez European Festivals Association.