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Sacrum Profanum Festiwal

September 2019 Monday


The Małopolska Garden of Arts



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Phill Niblock – Exploratory, Rhine version of “Looking for Daniel” for orchestra, performed in a rendition for 5 string quartets (2019) 23’ [Polish premiere]

Tanya Tagaq – Sivunittinni* for string quartet (2016) 9’

Éliane Radigue – Occam II for violin provided by Silvia Tarozzi (2012) 18’ [Polish premiere]

Lucia Dlugoszewski – Disparate Stairway Radical Other^ for string quartet (1995) 21’ [Polish premiere]


  • Irvine Arditti - violin
  •  Arditti Quartet

* Sivunittinni by Tanya Tagaq is a piece commissioned by the Kronos Performing Arts Association in connection with the "Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire" project, which was made a reality thanks to the involvement of many bold partners, including Carnegie Hall.

^ Notes thanks to dr Libby Smigel  and US Congress Library with help of Katherine Duke and Erick Hawkins Dance Company. Under license of Erick Hawkins Dance Foundation, Inc

The Arditti Quartet constantly return to the Sacrum Profanum Festival because the musicians love the challenges that we give them. Together we are going to discover our limits of perception and endurance. Two giants of minimalism, in two completely different projects. Phill Niblock, an expert in microtones and drone music in a monumental piece for orchestra (in a rendition for 5 string quartets) and Éliane Radigue – French artist drawing inspiration from nature, presenting light, airy and wavy music from the OCCAM series. In a solo piece for violin, presented orally and taught during joint workshops devoted to achieving and presenting sound desired by the composer. Exactly as Radigue herself does. The artist not only allows, but also encourages others to give her pieces, which she dedicates to specific musicians and other interpreters.

The programme also features Sivunittinni, composed by Tanya Tagaq for the Kronos Quartet for the band’s 50th years of artistic activity. The work was composed in the form of a recorded vocal, which was then transcribed into a score. Tagaq is an Inuit throat singer, who creates unique kind of pop music. She was featured as one of the “instruments” on Björk’s Medúlla, she also collaborated with Mike Patton on her solo album Auk/Blood.

Among the avant-garde Polish artists, the festival will present the works of Lucia Dlugoszewski, an artist active in the United States – a composer whose work is completely unknown in our country. Only after last year’s efforts was it possible to find the scores of the composer, who passed away in 2000 – they will be published soon. Thanks to this, the Sacrum Profanum Festival will feature three of her compositions, including a string quartet arranged by the Arditti Quartet.


The Małopolska Garden of Arts

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The Małopolska Garden of Arts is a place, where the cultural life of the Kraków’s young artistic set blossom under a shared roof. Modern ballet, contemporary theatre forms, audio and video arts, concerts, and all and any other artistic pursuits find their home here. The building of MGA introduced new spatial order to the old backyards and ruined buildings in Rajska and...