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Sacrum Profanum 2024


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Egidija Medekšaitė – Oscillum for cello and electronics (2008) 12’ [Polish premiere]

Rytis Mažulis – Canon Super Slendro for string quartet (2009) 5’ [Polish premiere]

Antanas Rekašius – Fluorescences for cello and synthesizer (1981) 10’ [Polish premiere]

Julius Aglinskas – ... for string quartet (2016) 8’ [Polish premiere]

Jurgis Mačiūnas – Homage to Philip Corner, rendition for cello and piano (1962) 4′ [Polish premiere]

Zbigniew Karkowski – Field for quartet and tape (2006) 20’


• Apartment House

Referring directly to the neighbourhood, in the coming years we want to bring the music of Eastern European countries closer to our audiences. After last year’s celebration of the centenary of Polish independence, we want to share this common joy with Lithuania, which celebrated its anniversary alongside us. Four of the programmes were created as part of an artistic residence, in cooperation with the outstanding cellist Anton Lukoszevieze. This is one of these programmes. The artist returns to the festival with his Apartment House ensemble. The programme of their concert will include representatives of Fluxus or the avant-garde, composers drawing upon various sources, which are impossible to classify and categorise, such as Antanas Rekašius and Jurgis Mačiūnas. We will also have an opportunity to listen to Lithuanian minimalists of two generations, radical Rytis Mažulis, romantic Julius Aglinskas and Egidija Medekšaitė, who bases her works on a texture and well-developed sound.

Once again, we are going to burden the festival audience with the works by Zbigniew Karkowski. The composer from Krakow, a graduate of the local Academy of Music, was a composer valued for his imagination and uncompromising approach. He was active mainly on the experimental music scene, he also improvised and created sound art. Karkowski willingly used the stochastic procedures, characteristic of Xenakis. Two years ago, at the 15th edition of the Festival showcased the results of his collaboration with Berlin-based Zeitkratzer, and in 2018, the composition Doing by not Doing was interpreted by GGR Betong – Swedish chamber noise orchestra. In a word, these were LOUD concerts and were met with great acclaim. In 2019, we will also discover Field, a new piece composed in cooperation with the Apartment House string quartet.

We also recommend the ENCUBMRANCE concert, in which Anton Lukoszevieze and Zespół Wokalny Gęba will perform two compositions by Karkowski.



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Cricoteka organises exhibitions, symposia, performances, workshops, and meetings, at the same time publishing materials devoted to Kantor’s art. Its home is the former power plant of Podgórze “wrapped” in a modern construction. The exhibition halls are suspended over the roof of the historical building, and the café situated on the top floor commands a panorama of the city,...