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Trans / Avant-gardes - 60th International Festival of Contemporary Music çWarsaw Autumn"
15 September 2017 (Friday) - 23 September 2017
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The Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music celebrates its jubilee 60th edition! In fact, its older: it was created in 1956, but 1957 and 1982 editions of did not take place, in the latter case as a protest against martial law.
This jubilee is a special incentive not only to reflect on the past, the Festival’s tradition, memorable concerts and characters. We shall indeed return to the great successes and breakthrough moments of the past, but shall also address the issue that is central to the identity of Warsaw Autumn: the phenomenon of the a v a n t – g a r d e.

The first Warsaw Autumns surely "knew" what avant-garde was. Our 60th edition shall look at the "troubled" avant-garde. Hence the keyword and theme of this jubilee festival: Trans / Avant-gardes: the avant-garde in transgression, in movement and in trance. An avant-garde so transformed from its past guises that it becomes invisible but remains relevant: in radical approaches, in seeking the new, in transcending the state of things, in reordering the old, in the continuous effort to identify modern man. The programme of the 60th Warsaw Autumn throws a bridge between selected artistic issues such as they were "yesterday", in the time of the first Warsaw Autumns, and as they are today.

Those issues, deemed important for Warsaw Autumn’s identity by the Programme Committee chaired by Jerzy Kornowicz, include the phenomenon of sonorism, the orchestra, the string quartet, song, instrumental theatre, electronics, and multimedia. Further topics include percussion (notably through the continuous presence of Les Percussions de Strasbourg, throughout the history of Warsaw Autumn) and the accordion. Yet another is Ukrainian music.
In this way, Warsaw Autumn renews its historical role as an important meeting point and exchange of artistic ideas in Central and Eastern Europe. We shall hear works of composers of the generation that joined musical life at the time of the first Autumns: Tadeusz Baird, Wojciech Kilar, Andrzej Dobrowolski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bogusław Schaeffer, Luigi Nono and Isang Yun.

The musical languages of these authors will be contrasted with those of the young and middle generation, such as Pierre Jodlowski, Tadeusz Wielecki, Christophe Bertrand, Alexander Schubert, Brigitta Muntendorf, Johannes Kreidler, and Artur Zagajewski. We shall hear Gérard Grisey’s "legendary Le noir de l’étoile", a remembrance of the memorable 46th Warsaw Autumn in 2003, when another work by the same composer was performed, the visionary Quatre chants "pour franchir le seuil", played by Court-Circuit. That performance, was greeted with silence by the entire audience followed by a minutes-long standing ovation, revealling Grisey to the Polish audiences.
At the opening concert of this year’s 60th Warsaw Autumn, Grisey’s "Le noir de l’étoile" will meet another important composition, Georg Friedrich Haas’s "Dark Dreams", as well as Tansy Davies’s "Forest and circulatio" by Artur Zagajewski, awarded the main prize at this year’s 64th UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers.

Source: Organizer