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Sacrum Profanum 2023



The Małopolska Garden of Arts


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Paweł Romańczuk – Metals* (2019) 30’ [world premiere]

Artur Zagajewski – POWERBIT! (to excerpts from Dorota Masłowska’s Inni ludzie)* (2019) 30’ [world premiere]


  • Artur Zagajewski – voice
  • Małe Instrumenty

* commissioned by the Sacrum Profanum Festival

Artur Zagajewski is one of the most appreciated and distinguished Polish composers, who never ceases in his search for a dialogue of his music with other fields of art and with pop culture in general. The best examples of this are Opera about Poland, created in cooperation with Piotr Stasik and Steel-Eyed for two punk rock voices and a number of other instruments. Sacrum Profanum commissioned Zagajewski to write a piece illustrating fragments of Dorota Masłowska’s Inni ludzie. After going with Lem, he once again draws upon great Polish literature. The author is famous for her brilliant observations and insightful analysis of Polish reality, written in an unmistakable language. Ordering music to a literary text every year is already a tradition of this festival, as befits Krakow – UNESCO City of Literature.

The composition will be created for an unusual line-up of Małe Instrumenty. Paweł Romańczuk, the founder of the band, keeps looking for unusual sources of sound. According to the artist, the fundamental sense of building instruments is to develop a wider spectrum of sound, to discover the non-obvious aspects of sounds. In the programme commissioned by the festival, he will refer to two specific sound characteristics – the heritage of the Experimental Studio of Polish Radio and Harry Bertoia’s Sonambient sound sculptures.


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...