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Sacrum Profanum Festiwal

September 2019 Saturday


The Małopolska Garden of Arts


Bodies of Noise

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Laure M. Hiendl – We called it utopia for piano and percussion quartet, electronics and video (2019) 10’ [Polish premiere]

Angélica Castelló – Bodies of Noise* for two pianos, two sets of percussion instruments, cassette players, radio and electronics (2019) 20’ [world premiere]

Patrick Higgins Three Lines of Flight*  for two pianos and two sets of percussion instruments (2019) 40’ [world premiere]


•    Angélica Castelló – electronics
•    Kwadrofonik

* commissioned by the Sacrum Profanum Festival

The unusual line-up of Kwadrofonik is a challenge that should be used as an opportunity to commission new compositions. We are glad that the ensemble will finally play at the Sacrum Profanum Festival and on this occasion, we have commissioned two compositions dedicated to this Warsaw-based quartet. They are not alien to experimentation with non-academic music, so we invited artists who feel great not only in new compositions, but also in alternative, improvised and experimental music.

Patrick Higgins – the founder and leader of ZS, who composes music that takes American concert halls by storm, and Angélica Castelló – Mexican composer and sound artist, who focuses simultaneously on complexity and delicacy, as well as dreams and subconsciousness. She has recorded for labels such as Mikroton Recordings and Warsaw-based Monotype Records. In her composition for Kwadrofonik, she is going to use cassette players, radios and electronics, which she is going to play live.

The concert programme will be complemented by We called it utopia, in which Laure M. Hiendl explores the spaces between instruments and electronics, electronics as an instrument, extended presence and frozen past. Electronics serves as a portal for an instrument to move it to another category and change its capabilities.

We also recommend the DOSSIER concert, featuring Patrick Higgins performing his latest works solo.


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...