Polish Exploratory Music in London: Two Day Festival


22 - 23 November , 8pm
18 - 22 Ashwin Street
London E8 3DL
Tickets: £6 advance/ £7 on the door/ £10 festival pass
Book online


Two-day festival of exploratory music and trans-idiomatic improvisation with some of the most interesting and vibrant musical agitator’s from the Polish underground.

 Many of these artists featured in Biba Kopf’s article ‘Poland’s Hidden Reverse’ in the July 2010 issue of the WIRE magazine.

Listen to a special podcast on 17 November from 8 to 9pm on Resonance 104.4FM. You can also tune online at www.resonancefm.com



DAY ONE: 22 November 2010


Tomasz Choloniewski, Denis Kolokol and Mikolaj Palosz perform Boguslaw Schaeffer's "Symphony, Electronic Music", a piece composed in Polish Radio's Experimental Studio in 1964. The old electronic score will be performed totally acoustically by three young musicians from Krakow and Warsaw.

Tomasz Choloniewski - drums, percussion

Denis Kolokol - voice

Mikolaj Palosz - cello

ZENIAL (electronics)

The project of Lukasz Szalankiewicz - historian, sound desinger and contemporary electronic music composer. Szalankiewicz is a member of the Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music (PSeME) and has participated in many international festivals (in Europe, USA, China and South America), curated sound art events in various festivals and CCA's in Poland. His practice extends to research audiovisuals performance and interactive installations.

To find out more visit www.zenial.audiotong.net


ROBERT PIOTROWICZ (analogue synthesizer, electronics)

Piotrowicz is a sound artist, composer and improviser, playing contemporary electro-acoustic music and through-composed noise. His main tools as an instrumentalist are modular synth and guitar. He's an experienced improviser, working with world's top artists. He’s composed/created numerous solo projects (recordings, performances), interdisciplinary projects (scores for theatre plays, literary and radio projects) and abstract sound installations and participated in many art events around the world.

Piotrowicz is the co-founder and curator of the Musica Genera label/festival since 1999 and has many other contemporary sound art festivals and projects in Poland and abroad.

To find out more visit www.robertpiotrowicz.net


DAY TWO: 23 November 2010

Emiter, Mikolaj Palosz, Tomasz Choloniewski, Denis Kolokol play improvised solo and duo sets


Emiter is the solo project of Marcin Dymiter (electronics, guitar, generator, loops, tape) who has previously played in such bands as Ewa Braun, Mapa, and Mordy. He has worked with musicians engaged with jazz, electronics and the avant-garde such as Paul Wirkus, Rosa Arruti, Rob Mazurek, Le Quan Ninh, John Butcher, Axel Dorner, and Andrew Sharpley. He has also composed for off's theaters, works with visual artists and performs live to silent films.

As Emiter he has published eight Cds where he experiments with transforming the sounds and tones that accompany our life. Dymiter searches for inspiration in the world around us and believes that music is everywhere and composing it is a never ending process.

To find out more visit www.emiter.art.pl



Polosz is a freelance cellist, contemporary music performer and improviser. He graduated from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw with Kazimierz Michalik and Andrzej Bauer. He has won prizes at music competitions including the Penderecki International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Cracow and Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Warsaw. 

He is also a member of Netherlands-based Cello Octet Amsterdam (formerly Conjunto Ibérico) and Warsaw CELLONET Group. His solo album ‘Cellovator’ with contemporary compositions and improvisations has been released recently by DUX label.

To find out more visit www.cellovator.com/Mikołaj_Pałosz/home.html



Kolokol is a composer and performer of electronic and electro-acoustic music, specialising in interactive music systems. In 2006 and 2007 he was the main person behind the international festival Replica (Almaty KZ) for experimental music. He started his own musical activity in 2006 and has been collaborating with Alexander Chikmakov in the duo theVolume for guitar and computer.

He was artist in residence in 2008 at the Studio for Electroacoustic Music (SME) of the Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland and at CalArts in 2009. He has made music for theatre but primarily works solo and in theVolume duo. He also occasionally takes part in "Orkiestra ElektroNova" of Studio Muzyki Elektroakustycznej (SME), Kraków PL.

As a solo artist he combines non-intersecting and opposing elements: interactive performance with algorithmic composition, granular synthesis with sound poetry, etc. He mainly works with his own voice as a pure material for electronic alterations. The live performances are usually strong and loud, always highly emotional, but playful and not without a sense of humor.

To find out more visit www.myspace.com/deniskolokol


For more information listen to Biba Kopf's radio programme  "The Strangeness of Existence" on Radio Joy.

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