Poland's representation at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2017

Discover Polish artists at the UK's largest international festival of new and experimental music





Jacek Sienkiewicz Plays Bohdan Mazurek

18 November, 11.30pm
Bates Mill Photographic Studio
Colne Road
Huddersfield HD1 3ER

For Jacek Sienkiewicz, Polish pioneer and master of minimal techno Bohdan Mazurek remains the most fascinating and inspiring Polish Radio Experimental Studio composer. In fact, most of Mazurek’s compositions are characterised not only by very sophisticated synthesised sound aesthetics but also by distinct anticipations of more popular electronic music genres, such as ambient or intelligent dance music. Sienkiewicz decides not to simply revitalise works of the old master by means of  sampling and remixing – instead, he recreates original Mazurek’s sound world in his own compositions and thereby bridges different definitions, eras and generations of electronic music.
PRES@60 is co-curated by Michał Libera, Michał Mendyk and Daniel Muzyczuk and co-financed by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute

Polish Radio Choir

19 November, 3pm
Huddersfield Town Hall
Corporation Street
Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Prized for the rich sound and vibrancy of its quietly ecstatic performances, the Polish Radio Choir makes its hcmf// debut with a programme of premieres, including two new works by Dai Fujikura. Co-commissioned by hcmf//, Sawasawa is a continuation of Zawazawa, Fujikura’s 2016 piece for the Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo, written in collaboration with poet Harry Ross and combining Japanese onomatopoeia with English text. Works by Wojtek Blecharz and Agata Zubel – two of the most exciting composers to have emerged from the Polish music scene in recent years – complete the programme.

Małe Instrumenty Play Kartacz

20 November, 1pm
Huddersfield Art Gallery
Princess Alexandra Walk
Huddersfield HD1 2SU

The most legendary Polish electronic piece of music, Study on One Cymbal Stroke by Włodzimierz Kotoński in an upside-down version. In 1957 realized in PRES by the use of then enigmatic electronic instruments; now performed live on toy and self-made instruments by polish explorers and constructors of Małe Instrumenty.


21 November, 5pm
St Paul's Hall
University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield HD1 3DH

In 2009, the Polish/Swedish/Japanese noise maverick Zbigniew Karkowski composed a monumental vocal-electronic piece for the Gęba vocal ensemble, a unique mark within the genre receiving its UK premiere at hcmf// 2017. Sonically related pieces from Polish Radio Experimental Studio’s Krzysztof Knittel and Gęba vocal ensemble’s director, Baskak, will supplement the darkness.

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