Musica Electronica Nova (MEN) in an unusual edition entitled Growing inscribes itself into the motto of Wrocław European Capital of Culture 2016 – Spaces for Beauty. For the first time, the MEN festival will sound and grow in the new halls of the National Forum of Music.
The programme is themed around the idea of breeding and coming into existence, so unequivocally communicated in the installation of Jean-Luc Hervé, changing a part of the concrete square in front of the NFM into verdure growing with music.
The installation is related to a concert by the most famous ensemble specialising in contemporary music, Paris’s Ensemble Intercontemporain, founded in 1972 by Pierre Boulez. The concert scheduled for 21 May is a special event, as the extraordinary ensemble, on their only second visit to Poland, will perform the world premiere of the work commissioned by them from Agata Zubel, a Wrocław-based composer now already enjoying international fame. The programme also features compositions by the great Edgar Varèse and Yan Maresz, acclaimed all over the world for years.
On Friday, May 20th, we will listen to the fantastic NFM Wrocław Philharmonic under Michał Klauza in a repertoire combining electronics with the sound of big symphony orchestra. The concept envisages presenting various ways the two elements interact – from electronics accompanying the orchestra, recorded on a carrier (Höller) for processing acoustic sounds in real time (Mitterer) to the use of a sampler with bites of various – sometimes weaved into the orchestral textures with a sense of humour and virtuosity – sounds we know from everyday life. During the concert we will listen to works by composers of various generations, natives of four different regions of Europe, including Kraków. Kraków will be represented by two young composers – Piotr Roemer and Szymon Stanisław Strzelec, who have co-written a new composition for MEN 216.
MEN 2016 will also offer a series of events of Sound Cinema, the project accompanying the festival for several editions now. As part of ECC Wrocław 2016, composers from many parts of Europe have been invited to create city soundscapes. And thus Wrocław will host the sound images of Warsaw, Kraków, San Sebastian, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Oslo, Tallin, Vilnius, in addition to a musical portrait of Wrocław itself. The sessions created for children and adults will open you up to new perspectives on how various places in Europe sound – both big metropolises and areas lesser known and more mysterious. This way we realise one of the main assumptions of Musica Electronica Nova: to make the unknown familiar and contribute to growing interest in contemporary music. The sessions of Sound Cinema are planned from 19-22 May.
MEN 2016 creates for everyone an opportunity to try and be creative: during the concert on Sunday May 22nd the Estonian artist Tarmo Johannes will engage the audience into an interactive sound game.
Hone your senses. Join us!
Elżbieta Sikora, Artistic Director