Polish Experimental Studio Revisited

 

 

December 13th, Cafe Oto, London
18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
17.00 Presentation of original recordings and scores; discussion
20.00 Concert (2 sets)
Organized and curated by Michał Libera [Foundation 4.99]
Supported by Arts Council, Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Foundation 4.99

Acoustic versions electronic compositions from Polish Experimental Studio scored by Denis Kolokol

Performers:
Phil Durrant, violin, laptop [UK]
Mikołaj Pałosz, cello [PL]
Eddie Prévost, percussion instruments [UK]
Maciej Śledziecki, guitar [PL]
John Tilbury, piano [UK]

Composers:
Bohdan Mazurek, Bozetti; Epizody; Esperienca
Krzysztof Penderecki, Psalmus
Eugeniusz Rudnik, Dixi; Collage
Bogusław Schaeffer, Assembalage, Howl [fragments], Symfonia elektroniczna, Antiphona

Polish Experimental Studio was among the first institution of the kind in the world. Established in 1957 by Józef Patkowski as a department of the Polish Radio, Studio quickly became a central point in polish electronic music. 50-ies and 60-ies were its most vibrant times; Bogusław Schaeffer, Włodzimierz Kotoński, Tomasz Sikorski, Krzysztof Penderecki and many others were composing the first polish electronic pieces, often as a collaboration with directors of animated films. These were also the days of intense cultural exchange with other countries (John Tilbury for example was a close collaborator of Tomasz Sikorski). Over the last two last decades situation of the studio became a huge mystery. Semi-opened, it ceased to publish anything and made the classical recordings almost unavailable. There is a hope for change if the plans of Bôłt. New Music in Eastern Europe label will become reality.
In 2007 Michał Libera organized an unofficial 50th Anniversary of the Studio inviting Frederic Blondy, Piotr Bukowski, Karol Koszniec, DJ Lenar, Raphael Rogiński and Dagna Sadkowska to recreate electronic pieces for live setting. Their perspectives were different – few of them tried to represented technological processes in improvisations; others kept the original form or structure or worked on developing a given material. Experimental Studio Revisited in London is a step further. Denis Kolokol prepared scores based on his interpretation of the pieces to be performed in London by Phil Durrant, Maciej Śledzicki, Mikołaj Pałosz, Eddie Prévost, John Tilbury. Each one of them will also present his own solo version of the proposed pieces. The final piece will be “Symfonia”, a graphic score by Bogusław Schaeffer designed for sound engineer.

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