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Sacrum Profanum Festiwal

October 2017 Sunday


ICE Kraków Congress Centre: The Auditorium Hall


African Repercussion

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The programme of African American music, generously seasoned with Minimalism, was originally prepared by the musicians for Steve Reich’s 80th birthday celebrations last year. The works recall 1970 which marked a breakthrough in the composer’s inspirations: during a stay in Ghana, Reich studied with Alorwoyie and learned about local music techniques and polyrhythms, which he went on to implement in his own works. Drumming was the first composition he completed after his return from Africa; we will hear it in an expanded interpretation, intertwining elements of traditional African music. The concert African Repercussions introduces listeners to how African culture inspired Reich to make the extraordinary transformation in his work and music, eventually reaching far beyond Reich’s own body of work and even all of American Minimalism. Hearing his compositions performed on original African instruments, accompanied by traditional dances and put in context of local music, makes the listeners feel like they’ve finally come home.


Gideon Alorwoyie – traditional African music
Steve Reich – Four Organs (1970)
Gideon Alorwoyie – traditional African music
Steve Reich – Drumming Part One (1970-71)
Steve Reich – Music for Pieces of Wood (1973) [for two drum sets version, arr. David Cossin]
Gideon Alorwoyie – traditional African music

Gideon Alorwoyie – percussion instruments
Gideon Alorwoyie’s ensemble
Mantra Percussion


ICE Kraków Congress Centre: The Auditorium Hall

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The centre is a modern world class building, meeting the requirements of international congress organisations, as well as the highest acoustic and stage mechanics standards. The building has been designed in such a way as to host various types of congresses, conferences, concerts, theatrical shows, exhibitions and other prestigious cultural and social events. The high standard of the building place it among the most desired and exclusive congress centres in Europe.