Polish Musical Avant-Garde of the 20th Century 2019

Polish Musical Avant-Garde of the 20th Century #2 is a project initiated by the In Situ Contemporary Art Foundation and Sanatorium of Sound Festival/Sokołowsko. It aims to present the music of Polish contemporary composers within the international stage.

The Polish Music Avant-Garde of the 20th Century 2# shows another group of Polish contemporary composers belonging to the avant-garde of the ’70s, who create as well as perform electroacoustic music, composers such as: Włodzimierz Kotoński, Elżbieta Sikora, Krzysztof Knittel and Marek Chołoniewski. Thus we aim at continuing our cooperation with the most important centers of new music in the world. The concerts will be accompanied by a multimedia exhibition referring the series “Rhythmic Lines”, 1923-1951, by Wacław Szpakowski.

Composers themselves – Krzysztof Knittel, Marek Chołoniewski, and also young Polish artists, such as: Teoniki Rożynek, Barbara Kinga Majewska, Gerard Lebik, were invited to interpret the compositions.

The project will be presented in France, Germany and the Czech Republic to continue the string of activities concerning international cooperation, which the Sanatorium of Sound platform has initiated and followed. The Polish artists will be joined by artists ass​​ociated with international centers to help strengthen and develop 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 2018-2022, as part of the “Cultural Bridges” subsidy program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.




26.10.2019 | NANTES, FRANCE | Musique Avant-gardiste polonaises du XXème siècle

Plateforme Intermédia, La Fabrique, boulevard Leon Bureau
19.00 Exhibition Opening | 20.30 Concert  |Organiser: Appo 33/Contemporary Art Foundation In Situ





1. Włodzimierz Kotoński “Aela – the play of aleatoric structures on one harmonic sound,​ ​electronic music” (1970)
Gerard Lebik – computer, objects

2. Elżbieta Sikora „On the line” (1992)
Teoniki Rożynek

3. Krzysztof Knittel „Black Water, White Water, Old Stream” (1983)
Krzysztof Knittel

4. Krzysztof Knittel „free_fot_(m)_macwin_4″ (2019)
Jenny Pickett, Teoniki Rożynek, Gerard Lebik

5. Multimed​​ia exhibition interpreting the cycle “Rhythmic Lines” 1923-1951 “by Wacław Szpakowski.
execution: Gerard Lebik

Artists: Krzysztof Knittel, Teoniki Rożynek, Gerard Lebik, Jenny Pickett

> APO33 website |Facebook event <<








6.12.2019 | PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC | Polská hudební avantgarda 20. století

Punctum, Krásova 803/27, 130 00 Praha 3-Žižkov, Czechy
19:00 |
 Organiser: Stimul festival / Contemporary Art Foundation In Situ





1. Włodzimierz Kotoński “Aela – the play of aleatoric structures on one harmonic sound, electronic music” (1970)
Gerard Lebik – computer, objects

2. Elżbieta Sikora „On the line” (1992)
Barbara Kinga Majewska – sopran, electronics

3. Marek Chołoniewski „Waves for brain waves, electromagnetic fields, electronics and video” (2014)
Marek Chołoniewski – computer, objects

4. Krzysztof Knittel „Norcet 2”

5. Veronika Svobodova

6.​ ​Multimedia exhibition interpreting the cycle “Rhythmic Lines” 1923-1951 “by Wacław Szpakowski
execution: Gerard Lebik

Artists: Barbara Kinga Majewska, Marek Chołoniewski, Gerard Lebik, Veronika Svobodova

> Punctum website |Facebook event <<







17.12.2019 | KOLONIA, NIEMCY | Cologne at Alte Feuerwache Halle

Melchiorstr 3, 50670 Col​​ogne
20:00 | Organizator: Georg Dietzler/gerngesehen.de/Fundacja Sztuki Współczesnej In Situ





1. Włodzimierz Kotoński “Aela – the play of aleatoric structures on one harmonic sound, electronic music” (1970)
Gerard Lebik – computer, objects

2. Elżbieta Sikora „On the line” (1992)
Barbara Kinga Majewska – sopran, electronics

3. Marek Chołoniewski „Waves for brain waves, electromagnetic fields, electronics and video” (2014)
Marek Chołoniewski – computer, objects

4. Krzysztof Knittel “Norcet 2”

5. Duo Scheinleistung/VA (Britta Fehrmann & hans w. koch) “S2  = P2  + Q2 oder S = U · I” (2019)  

6. Multimedia exhibition interpreting the cycle “Rhythmic Lines” 1923-1951 “by Wacław Szpakowski.
execution: Gerard Lebik

Artists: Barbara Kinga Majewska, Marek Chołoniewski, Gerard Lebik, hans w. koch, Britta Fehrmann

> gerngesehen website |Facebook event <<








Project coordination: Zuzanna Fogtt, Katarzyna Królikowska


>>> 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/ |


KRZYSZTOF KNITTEL – composer, co-founder of improvised music groups, including the KEW Composers’ Group (1973-76), the Independent Electroacoustic Music Studio (1982-84), ‘Pociąg Towarowy’ – ‘Freight Train’ (set up in 1986), the European Improvisation Orchestra (1996-98), the CH&K&K Group (founded in 1999) and ‘Kawalerowie Błotni’ – ‘Mud Cavaliers’ (set up in 2003). Born in Warsaw in 1947, he studied at the Departments of Sound Engineering and of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory of the Fryderyk Chopin State Higher School of Music in Warsaw. Since 1973 he collaborated with the Experimental Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw. In 1978 he worked at The Center of the Creative and Performing Arts w Buffalo, USA. He composes symphonic, choral, chamber, stage, electro-acoustic and computer works, the music for ballet, theatre and film, he creates also sound installations. He has performed his works in most of the European countries, Asia, North and South Americas. His discography includes over 50 records. During martial law he was active in the circles of independent culture. After 1989 he co-founded the Audio-Art Festival at the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, he served as director of the Warsaw Autumn Festival, he created Ad Libitum festival. In 1999-2003 he was the president of the Polish Composers’ Union and from 2005 to 2017 he served as the president of the Polish Music Council. Since 2014 he is a member of the board of the European Music Council. He is professor emeritus of the Fryderyk Chopin Music University, he teached also at the music academies in Łódź and Kraków. His honours include the Solidarity Prize for the String Quartet (1985), the Award of the Polish Composers’ Union (2003), the Cyprian Kamil Norwid Artistic Award (2003), the ‘Gloria Artis’ Silver Medal of Merit for Culture ((2005). He was also awarded by the Foundation for Contemporary Performing Arts in New York (1998). | krzysztofknittel.com/en/ |


TEONIKI ROŻYNEK – born in 1991 in Cracow, she currently lives in Warsaw where she is studying at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in the composition class of Krzysztof Baculewski. She has participated in composition courses and masterclasses, notably at Warsaw Autumn (2017), Synthetis in Radziejowice (2017), and the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2016). She writes instrumental, electroacoustic, and electronic music. Her works have been presented notably during fringe events of the Warsaw Autumn Festival (2016 and 2017), a concert organised in Cracow in cooperation with the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne (2016), KRA – Kravín Rural Arts / Hranice u Malce(2016), Musica Electronica Nova festival in Wrocław (2017), Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (2017), and PLATO in Ostrava (2018).  She has participated in performances, film productions, and theatre shows. In 2017, she composed music for Hymn to Love directed by Marta Górnicka at the Polski Theatre in Poznań; the music was awarded at the Divine Comedy Festival in Cracow. She has also composed the soundtrack for the full-length film Tower. A Bright Day directed by Jagoda Szelc (multiaward winner at the Polish Feature Film Festival in Gdynia and O Camera International Independent Cinema Festival in Cracow). For her music for the stage play November directed by Tomasz Węgorzewski (Aleksander Fredro Theatre in Gniezno), she was commended by the Artistic Committee of the Live Classic Festival. She has also worked with Katarzyna Kozyra for her latest performance, Chorus from the Ark of Covenant in Uppsala. www.soundcloud.com/teonikirozynek|


MAREK CHOŁONIEWSKI – born 1953, in Krakow, studied organ (with L.Werner), theory of music and composition (with B.Schaeffer) and electronic music (with J.Patkowski) at the Krakow Academy of Music. Since 2000 the director of the Electro–acoustic Music Studio at the Academy of Music in Kraków and since 2012 the director of Audiosphere Lab at the Intermedia Department at the Fine Arts Academy in Krakow. Founder and co-founder of many groups and societies: Muzyka Centrum Art Society, Freight Train, Studio MCH, DoubleMark, CH&K&K, mc2 duo, Infinity Quartett, Kinetic Trio, dizzy kinetics. Choloniewski writes instrumental, electroacoustic, music for theater, film and radio, author of sound and video installations, audio–visual, outdoor and net projects. A world renown lecturer, composer, sound artist and live art performer. He has been giving concerts, workshops and lectures in Europe, North and South America as well as Asia. Author, founder, artistic director, coordinator and cooperator of many international projects: “audio art” series (1987), Audio Art Festival (1993–), International Workshops for New Music Cracow / Stuttgart (1993–), Internationale Akademie für Neue Komposition und Audio Art in Tirol (1993–), Silent Films with Music Live (1994–), Global Mix (1998-), Art Boat (2000–), GPS–Art (2000–), Ensemble Spiel (2003), Bridges and European Modern Orchestra (2003), Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music (2005–), Integra (2005–2011), Polish Sound Art in China, Chinese Sound Art in Poland (2006–2011), PAFME (2006–), European Course for Musical Composition and Technologies (2006–2008), Festival for Polish Culture in Luxembourg (2008–2010), dizzy kinetics concert tours in South America (2007–). He received Honorable Award of the Polish Composers Union, Award of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as well as the Independent Project grant of the CEC ArtsLink in New York. Since 2008 he is the Secretary, and since 2011 the President of the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (ICEM/CIME). | www.studiomch.art.pl |
JENNY PICKETT – her practice crosses: sculpture, sound, drawing, video, interactivity and performance. This plurality of mediums garner layers of meaning, she often explores her subject through the influences of sound upon the gaze and visa versa, altering both sonic and visual counterparts, asking the viewer rethink their encounter with the oeuvre. Pickett’s preoccupation lies at the point at which technology (new or ancient) becomes the landscape or the body by accumulating their prior states, our prior norms. Jenny Pickett is a member of the artists’ collective and cultural project APO33.



VERONIKA SVOBODOVA – her approach to working with sound unmistakably reveals links to theater scenography, the art of installations and performance. In her work she connects space, time, and situations. What is important is not the sound itself but rather the way it is created in the scene. Often, this is a direct response to specific locations in the landscape or architectural spaces. Svobodová  graduated from the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theater of the Faculty of Performing Arts at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.



hans w. koch (b. 1962) is a Cologne-based composer, performer, and sound artist. As an artist hans w. koch is eagerly interested with obvious, but not immediately obvious. in general he looks on art as a form of thought in different materials. he favours conceptual approaches: more thought, less material. the result may be scores, performances or installations, but also daydreams or no results at all. since 2016 he is professor of sound at the academy of media arts, cologne. | www.hans-w-koch.net |




BRITTA FEHRMANN works as a data scientist searching for regularities, patterns, significances, deviations, contradictions, absurdities in their delivered datasets. Artistically, society functions as a dataset: By picking up, analyzing, categorizing, mapping or simply thinking ahead, social phenomena are usually reinterpreted in serial photo works or case studies, but also in installations, videos or sound.

Duo Scheinleistung (VA) has been launched by Britta Fehrmann and hans w. koch in 2016. The duo oscillates apparent power (VA) between several phases and generates an intense sound current: S 2  = P 2  + Q 2