Polish Musical Avant-garde of the 20th Century

Polish Musical Avant-garde of the 20th century is a project initiated by the Sanatorium of Sound Festival / Sokołowsko and referring to the work by the greatest composers of the Polish musical avant-garde of the 20th century.

New interpretations will be given to works by such composers as: Karol Szymanowski – the first composer of the twentieth-century Polish avant-garde; Włodzimierz Kotoński – the doyen of Polish electroacoustic music; Kasper T. Toeplitz – Polish composer living in Paris, blending contemporary music and noise genre; Józef Koffler – the only dodecaphonic music maker in Poland, Grażyna Bacewicz – outstanding Polish violinist and composer. The interpretations will be performed by renowned Polish musicians, such as Barbara Kinga Majewska, Kasper T. Toeplitz, Gerard Lebik, Piotr Zabrodzki and Paweł Romańczuk.

The concerts will be accompanied by a multimedia exhibition referring to the works of the twentieth-century Polish Musical Avant-garde.

The project will be presented in France, Germany and the Czech Republic as a continuation of the activities by the Sanatorium of Sound platform in international cooperation. The Polish artists will be joined by artists associated with international centers, in this way strengthening and developing the dialogue in the field of contemporary sound culture.

Financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, within the scope of the Multiannual Program INDEPENDENT 2017-2021, as part of the “Cultural bridges” subsidy program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.



>>> 16.05.2018 | NANTES, FRANCE | Musique Avant-gardiste polonaises du XXème siècle

Plateforme Intermédia, La Fabrique, boulevard Leon Bureau
19h30 Exibition Opening | 20h30 Concert  |Organiser: Appo 33/Contemporary Art Foundation In Situ


Karol Szymanowski
“Three soldier songs” (1920)
“To the girl”- lyrics by Kornel Makuszyński
“About the disappointed soldier”–lyrics by Kornel Makuszyński
“She embodied once Hanka”–lyrics by Kazimierz Andrzej Czyżowski

Grażyna Bacewicz
“Melody for violin and piano” (1950)
“Lullaby for violin and piano” (1952)

Barbara Kinga Majewska – voice, computer

Józef Koffler
“Musique. Quasi una sonata op. 8, à Karol Szymanowski” (1927)
Piotr Zabrocki – synthesizer/piano

Włodzimierz Kotoński
“Les Ailes” (1973)

Gerard Lebik (computer), Dime Ensemble-Marc Caro (machines, modulaire) Jenny Pickett (modulaire) Julien Ottavi (modulaire) Chloé Malaise (laptop) Félix Philippe (laptop) Arthur Hureau-Parreira (laptop) Romain Papion (Mpc)

Kasper T. Toeplitz

“Almasty for BassComputer”
Kasper T. Toeplitz – bass/ computer

Julien Ottavi / Dime Ensemble
Marc Caro (machines, modulaire) Jenny Pickett (modulaire) Julien Ottavi (modulaire) Chloé Malaise (laptop) Félix Philippe (laptop) Arthur Hureau-Parreira (laptop) Romain Papion (Mpc)

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>>> 26.10.2018 |  KÖLN, GERMANY| Polnische Musik Avantgarde des 20. Jahrhunderts und Ihr Einfluss auf die Aktuelle Musik

Kunstwerk, Musikclub, Deutz-Mülheimer-Straße 127
20:00 | Organiser:  ON Neue Musik Koln/Contemporary Art Foundation In Situ


Gerard Lebik / Elektronik interpretiert
Włodzimierz Kotoński – “Les Ailes” (1973)

Barbara Kinga Majewska /
Stimme, Zuspiel & Elektronik interpretiert
Karol Szymanowski
“Three soldier’s songs” (1920)
“To the girl”– lyrics by Kornel Makuszyński
“About the disappointed soldier”– lyrics by Kornel Makuszyński
“She embodied once Hanka”– lyrics by Kazimierz Andrzej Czyżowski
Grażyna Bacewicz
”Melody for violin and piano” (1950)
”Lullaby for violin and piano” (1952)


Gea Brown / DJing-Sampling, Elektronik
Bettina Wenzel / Stimme & Elektronik
”VO vs SL || voice-oscillator versus sonic landscape” (2018)

Kasper T. Toeplitz / BassComputer spielt
“Almasty for BassComputer” (2016)

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>>> 15.11.2018 | PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC | Polská hudební avantgarda 20. století

Punctum, Krásova 803/27, 130 00 Praha 3-Žižkov, Czechy
20:00 | Organiser: Stimul festiwal / Contemporary Art Foundation In Situ


Barbara Kinga Majewska hlas / elektronika
Karola Szymanowski:
„Three soldier’s songs” (1920)
1. „To a girl” (text: Kornel Makuszyński)
2. „The outsmarted soldier” (text: Kornel Makuszyński)
3. „Hanka was embroidering” (text: Kazimierz Andrzej Czyżowski)
Grażyna Bacewicz:
„Melody for violin and piano” (1950)
„Lullaby for violin and piano” (1952)

Kasper T. Toeplitz – kontrabas / počítač:
„Almasty for ComputerBass” (2016)

Gerard Lebik – elektronika
Włodzimierz Kotoński: „Les Ailes” (1973)

Piotr Zabrodzki – syntezátor
Aleksander Tansman: „Hommage a Chopin”

Petr Vrba – elektronika a trumpeta
“Psychedelic Reisebüro 1.0 (for Jano Doe)” /Premiéra/

Paweł Romańczuk – Installation for mechanical duets

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>>> ARTISTS <<<

BARBARA KINGA MAJEWSKA is a contemporary music artist, singer, performer and publicist born in Warsaw. Graduated form Detmold Music Academy (Solo Voice Studies / Art Song / Opera and Vocal Pedagogy), studied an Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and University of Warsaw. In 2012 she completed an interdisciplinary postgraduate course in Lied performance at Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Majewska was a finalist in the 2009 Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition and was selected to participate in the 8th Neue Stimmen International Opera Master Class in 2009. In 2013 she was one of four singers to take part in the Neue Stimmen Lied Master Class with Angelika Kirchschlager and to perform Lied Recital in Konzerthaus Berlin. In 2014 Majewska took part in the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt and in the Contemporary Opera Workshop. She has received scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Varsavia, Bernbeck Foundation, Werner Richard and Dr. Carl Dörken Foundation and Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation. She took part in Young Artists Programme Opera Academy in Polish National Opera in 2011. Majewska performed with Arditti Quartet, Kwadrofonik Ensemble, Kwartludium Ensemble, Royal String Quartet and Garage Ensemble. She sung in Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, National Opera in Warsaw, Konzerthaus Berlin, NOSPR in Katowice, Teatrze Rozmaitości in Warsaw, Małopolski Ogród Sztuk in Kraków, Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Polish Radio Studios, Polin Museum in Warsaw, Królikarnia Museum in Warsaw, Museum for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, ICE in Kraków, Mediateka in Tychy, Center for Contemporary Art in Toruń and took part in Donaueschinger Musiktage (Kompositionsauftrag SWR), Warsaw Autumn Festival, Sacrum Profanum, Malta Festival, Muzyka na Szczytach, Kwadrofonik Festival, Kwartesencja Festival, Ogrody Muzyczne, Klang Festival. While performing and teaching, Majewska publishes commissioned texts for Glissando Magazine, Goethe Institut, National Audiovisual Institut and Muzyka w Mieście Magazine. Since 2016 publishes monthly for Ruch Muzyczny Magazine. Majewska is the author of CRITICAL VOCAL GUIDE (krytycznyprzewodnikwokalny.pl) and Manifesto NEW CANTABILITY IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC. In 2015 Majewska was nominated for renowned Award Paszporty Polityki. According to Wysokie Obcasy Magazine one of the 50 Most Influential Women of 2016. |barbarakingamajewska.com|

GERARD LEBIK – musician, sound artist, living Wroclaw/Poland. Works with improvised, experimental and intermedia music. H’s the author of sound installations and sound interventions in public space. Creates by improvisation, musical notation or through direct manipulation of sonic material using electro and acoustic media. Explores the audible phenomena field through various tools and techniques: saxophones, zopan wave generators, air compressors, VHS recorders, video objects, electronics, analog video feedback, software. In 2007 graduated Wroclaw Academy of Music.  From 2015 he is the artistic director and curator of the Sanatorium Dźwięku festival/platform in Sokołowsko. Collaborated and performed with: Keith Rowe, Phil Minton, Ryoko Akama, Lucio Capece, David Maranha, Kasper T. Toeplitz, Paul Lovens, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Jerome Noetinger, Noid, Klaus Filip and many others. Participated and performed: Kunsthalle Basel, TodaysArt Festival Hague, Mem Bilbao, V: NM-Festival Graz, Biennale Zagreb, Tokyo Jazz, Festival Umbrella Chicago, Musica Electronica Nova, LulCec Barcelona, Musica Electronica Nova, Musica Polonica, SuperDeluxe-Tokyo, Ftarri-Tokyo, Quite Que-Berlin, Otto 10 Basel, Fylkingen Stockholm, CSW Warszawa, Galeria Kordegarda, De Werf Brugge,Dizzy’s Club, Pit Inn Tokyo. | gerardlebik.net | festiwal.sanatoriumdzwieku.pl/en/ |

KASPER T. TOEPLITZ He has worked with academic research organizations, such as GMEM, GRM, IRCAM, and Radio-France, as well as with experimental musicians, such as Éliane Radigue, Zbigniew Karkowski, Dror Feiler, Tetsuo Furudate, Phill Niblock and Art Zoyd . Citing Giacinto Scelsi and Iannis Xenakis as influences, his early work was mostly written for traditional instruments. He received several prizes and distinctions for these works: 1st prize in composition for orchestra at the festival of Besançon, 1st prize in the Opéra Autrement/Acanthes competition, Villa Médicis Hors-les-Murs in New York, prize Léonard de Vinci in San Francisco, Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, and DAAD in Berlin. He has also written for his electric guitar orchestra, Sleaze Art. He then integrated computers into his work, via the programming language MAX. His experimentation with computers continued, in 2003, with the creation of an instrument he calls the BassComputer, an electric bass with 5 fretted strings and 4 unfretted strings, as in the harp guitar. The instrument is intended to be interfaced with a computer. In 2004, he commissioned a piece from Eliane Radigue called Elemental II, which he interpreted for the BassComputer. This was an opportunity for him to set up his own label, ROSA (Recordings Of Sleaze Art). He later commissioned Phil Niblock’s Yam almost may (Touch Records TO59), and Dror Feiler’s Ousia. He also recorded Capture, one of his own compositions, on ROSA (Rosa#2, 2005), as well as ZKT, by Le Dépeupleur, a laptop duet, formed with Zbigniew Karkowski, and which has been together since 1999 (Rosa#3, 2006). He has also written for dance (Myriam Gourfink, Loic Touzé, Olivia Granville, Emmanuelle Huynh, Hervé Robbe, Artefact, Christian Trouillas, Jean-Marc Matos), as well as theatre; he has always shown a great interest in literature (J’irai vers le nord, j’irai dans la nuit polaire, his first opera, was based on Sylvia Plath’s texts, as was Great Expectations on Kathy Acker’s texts; Ruine was composed on a François Bon text), and more recently he has developed “combined” pieces, mixing light and/or video images (K_apture, for computer solo, on Dominik Barbier’s videos). In 2007 he created, with Eryck Abecassis and Wilfried Wendling, KERNEL, a computer ensemble devoted to interpretation, live stricto sensu (without any samples or sequences), of electronic music compositions. www.sleazeart.com |

PIOTR ZABRODZKI – born 1982 in Warsaw, pianist, guitarist, composer. Graduated from F. Chopin State School of Music in Warsaw. His music combines jazz improvisation with sonorism, heavy metal with electronics, all seasoned with humour. His versatility is evidenced by the number of bands in which he plays: LXMP, Baaba, Efekt Moozgu, Trylobit, 60 Minut Projekt, Senk Ze, Blast Muzungu. Collaborated with leading avant-garde musicians including Yoshida Tatsuya, Zdzislaw Piernik, Kazuhisa Uchihashi.



GEA BROWN approaches djing by intertwining sounds of the past and present to create collages of sounds that acquire compositional autonomy. Her last projects are focused on voice, trying to find a balance between the spoken and narrative element of language and its sound dimension, without one dominating the other. She creates live sets and environmental soundtracks for designers and artists working with dance, theater, performance and video art. Since 2011 she has been collaborating with Sync, a platform for audio and visual experimentation. She’s also a curator of LottoZero. www.extrasync.net/ |soundcloud.com/gea-brownvimeo.com/geabrownwww.lottozero.org/kunsthalle/|


JULIEN OTTAVI is a mediactivist, artist-researcher, composer / musician, poet and tongues destroyer, experimental film maker and anarchitect, founder and member of APO33. Julien Ottavi is involved in research and creative work, combining sound art, real-time video, new technologies and body performances. Since 1997, he develops a composition work using voice and its transformation through computer. His practices is not limited to the art spheres but crosses different fields from technological development to philosophy / theoretical research, biomimetic analysis & experimentation. Since many years he reflects on the relations between experimental practices and collective practices within the creation of autonomous collective groups, putting in question the authorship strategy of the “art ideology”. | apo33.org/noise/doku.php |

BETTINA WENZEL composes and develops vocal pieces and intermedia performances. Her compositions are a constant endeavour into vocal sounds, that reach beyond the limitations of the human voice. 2006 and 2016 Artist-in-Residence at Hotel Pupik, Austria. 2009 six-months Artist-in-Residence by Kunststiftung NRW and Goetheinstitut in Mumbai, India. 2016 Artist-in-Residence in Mexico DF, for a site-specific work at pre-Columbian Cuicuilco Pyramid, Alumnos 47. www.wenzelvoice.de  | soundcloud.com/bettina-wenzel |



PAWEŁ ROMAŃCZUK – born 1975, musician, composer, since 2006 continues researches in the field of unusual sound sources. Founder and leader of Małe Instrumenty (Small Instruments) ensemble, created to realize own artistic needs. He wrote music for movies, theatres. Builds own instruments, sound constructions and installations. In 2010, he wrote the very first study of the history of toy piano. Next book appeared in 2013, as the textbook “Home experiments with musical instruments” released together with the album Małe Instrumenty “Samoróbka” (do-it-yourself), dedicated to education in the field of self-building experimental musical instruments.


PETR VRBA His unrelenting explorations of non-idiomatic improvisation using trumpets, clarinet, vibrating speakers, egg cutters etc., made him one of the most active experimental musicians in Prague these days. His most intensive collaboration arose from meeting with American musician/composer George Cremaschi (doublebass, electronics) with whom they established Prague Improvisation Orchestra, Los Amargados duo, an international dance-visual-music project Arthuur etc. In 2013 they released “Villa K” album and 2014 “Los Amargados with Susanna Gartmayer”, limited MC with comics. In 2010 Petr became one of the founding members of improvisation ensemble IQ+1 which released in 2011 highly acclaimed CD “tváří v tvář” and in 2013 IQ+1 (released by Polí5), album which was nominated for Czech Vinyla Prize 2013. In 2011 he constituted Yanagi duo with Korean experimenter Ryu Hankil (alarm clock, typewriters). During past years he started and still continues many projects among others: Criticón duo (with Tomás Gris), Doppeltrio (with Maja Osojnik and Matija Schellander), Junk & the Beast (with Veronika Mayer), 2 horses too many (with Patrik Pelikán). Among others Petr has recorded or played with musicians like Tiziana Bertoncini, Xavier Charles, Isabelle Duthoit, Kai Fagaschinski, Franz Hautzinger, Chris Heenan, Susanna Gartmayer, Matthew Goodheart, Irene Kepl, dd Kern, Christof Kurzmann, Thomas Lehn, Ava Mendoza, Seijiro Murayama, Ivan Palacký, Matija Schellander, Ingrid Schmoliner, Jaroslav Šťastný (aka Peter Graham), Miro Tóth, Michael Zerang. Since 2010 he curates the musical programme of Communication Space Školská 28. Since 1994 he plays as a DJ at Radio 1 in Prague, and was also a temporary student of gamelan music at Institute of Art of Indonesia in Yogyakarta (1997-1998).| www.vrrrba.cz |