61st IFCM "Warsaw Autumn"

On the 100th anniversary of Polish independence, the Warsaw Autumn Festival explores the relationship between modern music and the reality it addresses. Modern music and the public cause, as a community and civic medium, an expression of personal and social identity. The programme of this year’s Warsaw Autumn is framed by the words of Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Józef Piłsudskiego in Rafał Augustyn and Cezary Duchnowski’s text-and-sound composition, which will open the Festival, and Louis Andriessen’s De Staat (The Republic), a legendary treatise on statehood and power, with texts from Plato’s Republic, which will closure Warsaw Autumn.

Musical works, stage music, music theatre, intermedia, electronics, traditional and new instruments, improvisation, installations, and film. The third edition of Warsaw Autumn Hits the Club and the eighth of Little Warsaw Autumn. Plus our traditional meetings with composers, and the second edition of workshops for young composers and internet radio broadcasts.

The several dozen festival works will include Agata Zubel’s opera Bildebeschreibung, Paweł Mykietyn’s multimedia show for electronics and symphony orchestra Herr Thaddäus, Piotr Peszat’s multimedia composition The Artist’s Way, Andrzej Krzanowski’s legendary Programme V, Trond Reinholdtsen’s music theatre Ø – Episode 6 and Wojtek Blecharz new opera’s. We shall feature many first performances and Warsaw Autumn commissions, including works by from Michał Nejtek, Aleksander Nowak, Anna Zawadzka-Gołosz, Rafał Ryterski, Krzysztof Wołek, Wojciech Błażejczyk, Mateusza Ryczka, Zbigniew Bargielski and Piotr Tabakiernik.

Special features will include Stefan Prins, Bernhard Lang, Trond Reinholdtsen and Agata Zubel.

Experience also the civic art of Andrzej Bieżan in the installation Piano For All and Barykada (realised by Komuna Warszawa Theatre) and other fringe events—a retrospective of this major alternative music artist and political contester of the 1970s and 1980s.

Our performers this year will include the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk, the Polish National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Katowice led by Etienne Siebens, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra led by Wiktor Kociuban, Klangforum Wien under Titus Engel, the EWCM with Rüdiger Bohn, the New Music Orchestra with Szymon Bywalec, Ensemble Recherche, Black Page Orchestra, Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble, Kwartludium, proMODERN, as well as soloists such as Gareth Davies (bass clarinet), Kakushin Nishihara (biwa), Stephane Ginsburg (piano and multimedia) i Frederike Möller (piano).

Concerts will be held at our traditional venues as well as new ones: the Warsaw Philharmonic, Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio, ATM Studio, TR Warszawa, Nowy Theatre, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, barStudio, Powidoki – the Modern Art Museum, Museum of Warsaw, Sculpture Park in Królikarnia, Kordegarda Gallery, and the Austrian Culture Forum.