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7th edition of Tauron Musica Electronica Nova

19–22 May 2016, Wrocław
National Forum of Music / Narodowe Forum Muzyki

This year’s unique edition of Musica Electronica Nova [MEN], titled Growing, fits into the motto of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016: Spaces for Beauty. For the first time, the festival will sound and grow in the new halls of the NFM.The 4-day-long special edition of the festival combines electronica with the sound of symphonic orchestra, a chamber ensemble and urban space. Thanks to the composers’ innovative approach, the electronic medium will sprout in NFM concert halls, as well as on the Wolności Square. The Sound Cinema will present musical cityscapes, while the undeniably precise L’Ensemble InterContemporain from Paris and the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will perform on stage.

The programme of the festival was constructed around the idea of creation and conception which will be expressly presented by the installation created by Jean-Luc Hervé changing some of the concrete-covered space around the NFM into greenery, growing with the music. The installation is connected with the concert by the most famous ensemble specialising in performing contemporary music, the Ensemble Intercontemporain from Paris, established in 1972 by Pierre Boulez. The concert, planned for 21st May, will be a special event—during their second concert in Poland, this exceptional ensemble will play a première performance of a piece written specially for them by the world-famous composer from Wrocław, Agata Zubel. Apart from the piece, the audience will have an opportunity to hear the compositions by the great Edgar Varèse and the renowned Yan Maresz.

On Friday, 20th May, we will hear the fantastic NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra led by Michał Klauza. The artists will present a repertoire combining electronica with the sound of a large symphonic orchestra. The idea of the project is to show and present the interaction of the two elements, ranging from electronic music played from a medium accompanying the orchestra (Höller), to real-time sound processing (Mitterer) and using a sampler with various programmed samples collected from everyday life sounds, masterfully and wittily interspersed with the orchestra in the piece composed by Simon Steen Andersen. During the concert, we will hear pieces by composers of all generations originating from four geographic regions of Europe, including Kraków, represented by two young composers—Piotr Roemer and Szymon Stanisław Strzelec—who collaborated on a piece for the festival.

The Sound Cinema project, which accompanied the MEN festival for many editions to date, will also offer an ample selection of works. Many composers from all parts of Europe were invited to create musical cityscapes of their cities. Thanks to that, we are going to see and hear the musical cityscapes of Warsaw, Kraków, San Sebastian, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Oslo, Tallinn and Vilnius—of course, we are also going to present the musical cityscape of Wrocław. The sessions for children and for adults will open a gate to new understanding of the sounds and music from various parts of Europe—large agglomerations and more mysterious and unknown areas alike. Thus, we effect one of the main assumptions of the Musica Electronica Nova Festival—to make the unknown more accessible and to promote interest in contemporary music. The Sound Cinema sessions are planned for 19–22 May 2016.

The 2016 edition of MEN will give everyone an opportunity to try their hand at creating music. The concert on Sunday, 22nd May will be an interactive sound game, conducted by Estonian artist, Tarmo Johannes. 

It is time to sharpen your senses. Come and join us.
Elżbieta Sikora, Artistic Director

Details: H E R E

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