LutosAir Quintet once again introduces the music lovers to the intriguing world of chamber music intended for wind instruments. This time, the musicians invite you to an unusual meeting with a variety of compositions written for line-up with bass clarinet. You will be treated to works by four composers of various nationalities. In the jungle of different currents and stylistics from the last century, every listener will certainly find something attractive for himself.
From the beginning, members of the LutosAir Quintet have confirmed their comprehensive performance skills. Their each performance is characterised by a varied and interestingly tailored program, presenting the most interesting works for wind ensemble. Wind ensemble may mean different things depending not only on the number of performers, but also on the instruments used. Thanks to Tomasz Żymła, bass clarinet will join LutosAir Quintet tonight. This artist, who specializes in playing this extremely difficult instrument, is known for his many international successes. The clarinettist feels at home in a diverse repertoire, including also contemporary music, which he is always eager to perform, collaborating as a soloist with ensembles focused on advocacy of new music. The unquestionable virtuoso talent of Żymła is proved not only by concert successes but also by achievements at numerous prestigious competitions. The artist is, among others, the laureate of the American Protégé International Woodwinds and Brass Competition, which led him to a significant debut at New York's Carnegie Hall.
The programme features two pieces for wind sextet. One of them will be the composition of one of the most famous Czech composers, Leoš Janáček. The suite with the graceful title Mládí ("Youth") was first performed – sadly in an incomplete version – in October 1924 to celebrate the composer's 70th birthday anniversary. The ceremony took place in the monastery school, of which Janáček was a graduate. It is not without reason that this work appeared at the anniversary. The starting point for writing the suite was the previously composed March of the Blue Uniforms ("blue uniforms" was how the students of the said Brno school were nicknamed because of the characteristic blue uniforms worn by them). The Janáček work is undoubtedly in contrast to the colourful and brilliant composition of Jean Françaix – the Sextet, created in 1991, which is the last chamber work of the artist, and at the same time one of many intended for wind ensemble. During the April concert, Tomasz Żymła will perform together with LutosAir Quintet not only as a chamber musician, but also present a spectrum of wind sounds in solo compositions by two composers of 20th-century music – Britain’s William Sweeney and Korea’s Isang Yun, the latter associated with the German music scene.