64. „Warszawska Jesień”
Ladies and Gentlemen, this year’s Warsaw Autumn will be immersed in space and time; in sounds, signs, and symbols. It will enable you to experience the complexity, diversity, ambiguity, and polyphony.
Thrown into deep water, we apparently not only lose weight but also orientation. Then, intense and deep feeling comes, real as touch. Immersed in space, we experience it like divergent circles on the water: from inner hearing, corporality, rooms full of sounds, the noise of streets and the city: the world resounds from many places simultaneously. Immersion in time generates a continuous „now”. We hear echoes of public life, a build-up of information material, history with its pivotal moments and formative social events.
This year’s Warsaw Autumn is composed of concerts, opera and paraoperatic forms, musical shows, installations, performances, public space action, meetings, composers’ workshops and Autumn Radio programmes. We present the works of over 60 composers and authors, with special appearances by Ash Fure, Elżbieta Sikora, and Krzysztof Knittel. In three festival bands: the main Warsaw Autumn, Warsaw Autumn Hits the Club, and Little Warsaw Autumn, as well as fringe events. Below is a summary of the Festival’s highlights. The full programme, together with our brand new website, will be presented in early August. We look forward to seeing you at the events—the more so as they will take place in real life, not only online. On 17 September, the periscope goes down and for a good nine days, Warsaw Autumn will submerge into the depths of intriguing sounds. See you there!
Director of the Festival
The concert hall listeners as well as those following our internet streaming shall be surrounded by sounds emanating not only from the stage but also various points in the audience, notably at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra opening concert, directed by Vincent Kozlovsky with works by Mark Applebaum, Ash Fure, Elżbieta Sikora, and Agaty Zubel, as well as the final concert with the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra under the baton of Robertas Šervenikas, featuring works by Matthias Kranebitter, Artur Zagajewski, Lidia Zielińska, and Wojciech Ziemowit Zych.
We shall go out into the cityscape for the open-air concert–performance on the Grochów Bridgehead, with music and musical action scripted by Krzysztof Knittel and four soundwalks: musical proms through four districts of Warsaw, events designed by Krzysztof Marciniak and Joanna Zabłocka.
Immersion time, history, the relationship of the individual versus political and cultural oppression are the topics of Pierre Jodlowski’s opera, dedicated to Polish cryptologists who broke the German Enigma codes during World War II. Another central character of this opera is the English mathematic genius Alan Turing, who coordinated the team that worked on the British copy of Enigma. The opera shall be presented by Nadar Ensemble and soloists. It is a coproduction of Warsaw Autumn, IRCAM – Centre Pompidou and SWR Donaueschinger Musiktage.
History and memory are the threads running through Krzysztof Knittel’s Voices, composed to poems by Jan Polkowski and evoking the Gdańsk revolts of December 1970. Polish destinies according to Cyprian Kamil Norwid are embedded into the new electroacoustic work by Elżbieta Sikora, inspired by radio features. Sounds and vibes of social life are the sound matrix of Marek Chołoniewski’s new electroacoustic work, which will see its first performance. These three compositions will be featured at the concert of Chain Ensemble directed by Andrzej Bauer.
In the compositions of Aleksander Nowak and Mikołaj Laskowski, real time intertwines with literary time and the writings of Stanisław Lem. They shall be part of a presentation of Polish composers’ works created in the context of the cooperation between the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the famous Austrian ensemble Klangforum Wien; other compositions are by Cezary Duchnowski, Lars Petter Hagen, and Olga Neuwirth. Wojciech Błażejczyk’s opera The Bunker. Fake Opera also has literary contexts: it is inspired by the work of Franz Kafka but also speaks about contemporary fake speech and manipulated information present in the public domain. This musical show will be directed by Waldemar Raźniak and performed by soloists and the Hashtag Ensemble under the baton of Lilianna Krych.
In this year’s Warsaw Autumn, we focus on non-narrative and objectual musical forms, which invite a “being in sound” rather than following a musical discourse. This is notably the case of the concert of Hand Werk ensemble, with works that expand sonority with phonic objects and “electronic items” by Kuba Krzewiński, Luís Antunes Pena, Sabrina Schroeder, SukJu Na, and Manos Tsangaris featured in Warsaw’s new musical space at Rakowiecka Street. An over hour-long immersion into time and musical microevents is featured in Éliane Radigue’s Transamorem Transmortem, spatialised at the ATM Studio. We shall also be thrown into time in The Magic Mountain, or a pathological opera installation by Adam Dudek and Tadeusz Wielecki.
Identity and stances versus reality are the thread of events: Even Forms, a collective continuation of feminine forms from last Warsaw Autumn’s, authored by Dobromiła Jaskot, Katarzyna Krzewińska, Paweł Malinowski, Jacek Sotomski, Mateusz Śmigasiewicz, and Marta Śniady with a dramaturgy by Hubert Sulima, as well as the musical show We’re Here, featuring works by Wojtek Blecharz, Óscar Escudero, Ash Fure, Sara Glojnarić, Laure M. Hiendl, Neo Hülcker, Rafał Ryterski, and Josh Spear, written by Beniamin Bukowski and directed by Katarzyna Kalwat. Both concerts touch upon privacy, human relationships, and their musical expression.
For the 19th time, Warsaw Autumn will host the Polish–German European Workshop for Contemporary Music orchestra, the second year in a row with the participation of young musicians linked to the Fryderyk Chopin Music University and the Chopin University Modern Ensemble. The programme will include works by Morton Feldman, Matthias Krüger, Monika Szpyrka, and Nina Šenk, with soloists Klaudiusz Baran and Eva Resch and conductor Rüdiger Bohn. Aleksandra Gryka, Clara Iannotta, Helmut Lachenmann and Sky Macklay are the composers featured by Jack Quartet.
We look forward to welcoming you at the Pardon, To Tu club for the Warsaw Autumn Hits the Club and events of Little Warsaw Autumn. This latter thread of our festival is targeted at children aged 2 to 12 (and not only!) and this year, features works of composers present also in our main programme, in order to showcase their creative versatility. Warsaw Autumn will be further enriched by interesting fringe events, including the Warsaw Autumn and the Iron Curtain conference organised by the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences; a monographic concert of the grande dame of the European musical scene; Doina Rotaru organised by the Romanian Institute; the premiere of The Doll, authored and directed by Michał Zdunik at the Komuna Warszawa Theatre; the #Elektrofonia concert featuring new electronic music by students and graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music; the concert of Sinfonia Varsovia String Quintet; and Performance no. 7 for Sounds dedicated to the music of Roman Haubenstock-Ramati.
Authors and creative groups whose works will have their world (**) and Polish (*) premieres as well as Warsaw Autumn commissions (WJ) include, in alphabetical order: Mark Applebaum*, Magdalena Barszcz / Maximiliano Bober / Aleksandra Chciuk / Gustaw Gliwiński / Aleksandra Kowalczyk / Kuba Krzewiński / Krzysztof Marciniak / Mikołaj Ratajczak / Izabela Smelczyńska / Aneta Stefańska / Mateusz Śmigasiewicz / Sławomir Wojciechowski – sound walks** (WJ), Aleksandra Bilińska** (WJ), Marek Chołoniewski** (WJ), Wojtek Blecharz, Wojciech Błażejczyk** (WJ), Cezary Duchnowski*, Adam Dudek / Tadeusz Wielecki** – installation, Óscar Escudero**, Morton Feldman*, Mirosław Filonik / Tadeusz Sudnik**, Ash Fure*, Sara Glojnarić**, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Aleksandra Gryka**, Lars Petter Haagen*, Laure M. Hiendl* , Neo Hülcker*, Clara Iannotta*, Dobromiła Jaskot / Katarzyna Krzewińska / Paweł Malinowski / Marta Śniady / Mateusz Śmigasiewicz / Jacek Sotomski – collective composition** (WJ), Pierre Jodlowski** (WJ and Compagnie éOle, IRCAM–Centre Pompidou, Philharmonie de Paris), Krzysztof Knittel** (WJ), Matthias Kranebitter** (WJ and Wien Modern), Matthias Krüger*, Kuba Krzewiński** (WJ), Helmut Lachenmann, Mikołaj Laskowski**, Sky Macklay*, Rafał Mazur, Horacy Muszyński** (WJ), Olga Neuwirth**, Aleksander Nowak*, Luís Antunes Pena, Éliane Radigue*, Rafał Ryterski** (WJ), Giacinto Scelsi, Sabrina Schroeder, Salvatore Sciarrino, Elżbieta Sikora** (WJ), Josh Spear**, SukJu Na*, Monika Szpyrka** (WJ), Nina Šenk*, Manos Tsangaris, Bartek Wąsik**, Artur Zagajewski, Agata Zubel*, Lidia Zielińska**, Wojciech Ziemowit Zych** (WJ and Warsaw Philharmonic), and Wacław Zimpel.
Performers of this year’s Warsaw Autumn will include the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Katowice, Klangforum Wien, European Workshop for Contemporary Music ensemble, Nadar Ensemble, Chain Ensemble, Hashtag Ensemble, Hand Werk, Jack Quartet, Kwadrofonik and Formy Żeńskie, as well as conductors Vincent Kozlovsky, Bas Wiegers, Andrzej Bauer, Lilianna Krych, Rüdiger Bohn, Robertas Šervenikas, and soloists Klaudiusz Baran, Joanna Freszel, Marta Grzywacz, Agata Zubel, Barbara Kinga Majewska, Eva Resch, Renata Guzik, Michał Górczyński, and Bartłomiej Duś.
We shall be present in many venues throughout Warsaw: the Warsaw Philharmonic, Fryderyk Chopin Music University, ATM Studio, Garnizon Sztuki, Komuna Warszawa Theatre, Pardon To Tu, Praga Museum, Nowy Świat Muzyki, Centre for Contemporary Art, State Music School Complex No. 1, and the open-air space of the Grochów Birdgehead, public spaces in the centre of Warsaw as well as Żoliborz, Wola, and Praga districts. Festival events are broadcast on the internet.
This year’s Warsaw Autumn is the fruit of cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Literature Institute, Wien Modern and Donaueschingen Musiktage festivals, IRCAM, German Music Council, ULYSSES festivals network, Warsaw Philharmonic, Fryderyk Chopin Music University, Polish Radio Programme 2 and 3, Komuna Warszawa Theatre, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Pardon, To Tu club, and Austrian Cultural Forum.
The Festival’s programme is subject to change.