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International Ambient Festival 2016

The International Ambient Festival is a realisation of an idea of a coherent, somehow stylistically hermetic event which goes against all superficiality in the process of creation and reception of art. We want to present genres and artists whose art cannot be treated with indifference, who present art that needs total mental and emotional commitment from the audience.

Our festival draws inspiration from music that does not only have to be listened to – very often it has to be heard first. The art presented there is more of a feast for the soul, rather than the body, important within a social context, since it creates a unique space for meeting young artists, who are fully aware of their artistic, avant-garde roots with their listeners, who are often looking for the elements of cultural identity that are rich in quality.

Programme of the 7th International Ambient Festival:


02.12.2016, Gothic Hall (Purkyniego 1, Wrocław), 8:00 p.m.
Julianna Barwick
Grzegorz Bojanek

03.12.2016, Gothic Hall (Purkyniego 1, Wrocław), 8:00 p.m.
The Sight Below
Christoph Berg
Piotr Cisak & Freeze

04.12.2016, White Stork Synagogue (Włodkowica 5a, Wrocław), 7:00 p.m.
Greg Haines
Masayoshi Fujita
Maciek Szymczuk

Tickets are also available at, as well as from points of sale in Empik, Media Markt and Saturn stores.

3-day pass: 95 PLN
One-day tickets: 40 PLN (in advance), 50 PLN (during the Festival)

You can find out more at
The festival is organised by FORMATY Club in Wrocław
as part of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 event programme.

The invited artists:
Julianna Barwick is an American musician who was born in Louisiana and currently lives in Brooklyn.  Her music is built around multiple loops and layers of her voice. Barwick, who credits a rural, church choir upbringing for her sound, begins most tracks with a single phrase or refrain, then uses a loop station and the occasional piano or percussive instrument to build the song into a swirling mass of lush, ambient folk. Her latest album – Will – was released via Dead Oceans on May 6, 2016.

The Sight Below is an alias of Rafael Anton Irisarri, an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, curator, producer and interdisciplinary artist. While critically acclaimed for his contributions to the post-minimalist, drone and ambient music scenes, Irisarri strives towards a sound that exists between “an undifferentiated welter of classical, electronica, pop & techno.” (Pitchfork, USA) The Sight Below’s live performances are centred on bowed electric guitar textures, deep pulsing bass tones, effect pedals/units and electronic percussion.  Back home in Seattle, Irisarri curates and produces Substrata Festival: an advanced sound and interdisciplinary art event started in 2011 focusing on varying perspectives of scale though the use of sound, composition and visuals.

Greg Haines is an English composer and musician whose work exists in the unexplored territories between delay-heavy, tape-saturated, dub-influenced studio sessions, and excursions into modern classical music and more traditional composition. After many years living in Berlin, Greg now lives in the Italian countryside. He continues to travel, record and perform around the world. Recent experiments in the studio led to the Greg Gives Peter Space EP with Peter Broderick, released on Erased Tapes in 2014.

Masayoshi Fujita is a Japanese vibraphonist and composer based in Berlin. Masayoshi first learned how to play the drums, followed by extensive vibraphone training to craft and play his own, mostly jazz and electronic-influenced compositions. Determined not to stick to traditional vibraphone styles or techniques, Masayoshi started to prepare his instrument with pieces of metal, strips of foil and other objects in the search for new possibilities with the instrument. The resulting new sounds help to expand the vibraphone spectrum without eroding the instrument’s intrinsic character. His recent collaboration with German electronic musician Jan Jelinek received a lot of attention from experimental music fans around the world on recommendation by UK-based The Wire

Christoph Berg is a composer and a musician. He currently lives and works in Berlin, where he focuses on fragile acoustic chamber music compositions that can be recorded and performed as a one-man ensemble. Besides, he is member of several collaborative projects, joins friends on tour to help performing their works every now and again and works as a studio musician, he also releases his music as Field Rotation.

Ebauche is the pseudonym for Alex Leonard, an Irish electronic music producer, known for creating a wide array of textured electronic sounds, from serene ambient to chaotic, densely-layered EDM. Ebauche has been featured by John Kelly on RTE Radio 1’s “Mystery Train”, and has played live shows and festivals alongside notable artists and bands, such as Biosphere, Harald Grosskopf, Frog Pocket, Ambulance, Sunken Foal, Hrvatski, and Lakker. His most recent album, Adrift, was featured on Ambient Music Guide’s list of the Best Ambient Albums of 2015. The name “Ebauche” has a double meaning, first of them being a French word meaning “a rough sketch”, also appropriated by watch makers to denote “an incomplete or unassembled watch movement and its associated components”.
 This name is directly tied to Ebauche’s musical output: The watch movement refers to his ambient sounds, played at 60 BPM to calm and relax the listener. Similarly, “a rough sketch” hints at Ebauche’s darker electronic side: rough and mangled beats competing with sublime layers of noise, distortion, and subtle melodies.

Grzegorz Bojanek is an artist who creates and promotes Polish experimental and electronic music in Poland and around the world, and a co-founder of Polish-Chinese “ChoP” project with Zen Lu, focused on the search in the area of ambient music. He also collaborated with Isaac Julien, British film director and author. The music, written by Grzegorz Bojanek and Zen Lu, was used in his 9-screen piece titled Ten Thousand Waves, as well as in Better Life, which was warmly received on the 67th Venice Film Festival. Both artists were invited by Julien to perform live soundtrack for Better Life during the 8th Art Biennale in Shanghai – 2010:  Rehearsal. In the last 7 years Grzegorz kept returning to China, where he took part in multiple concert tours and the ChoP Festival, gave lectures about Polish electronic and experimental music and created background music for silent films. Also in 2012 he recorded As Far As It Seems together with Piotr Michałowski, released by a well-known New York-based OHM Resistance label.  Grzegorz also works with artists hidden behind the Cloud Ensemble project (Michel Banabila, Machinefabriek, etc.). Apart from that, Grzegorz collaborates with many labels such as Preserved Sound (PL), Etalabel (PL), Twice Removed (Australia), Dynamophone (USA).  His latest album – Warm Winter Music – was released in 2014 by a boutique US-based Twin Springs Tapes cassette label. Currently he is working on a follow-up album with Piotr Michałowski, as well as several solo projects. The musician has been featured at many festivals, such as Unsound Festival (PL), Shanghai Electronic Music Week (CN), Ambient Festival in Gorlice (PL), Ambient Park in Białystok (PL), and Firmament Festival in Kielce (PL).

OPOLLO is a power-ambient/drone project centred around Jarek Leskiewicz, a musician from Opole. The project started as a duet, but soon streamlined into a solo endeavour and serves as an outlet for Jarek's infatuation with space, film soundtracks and ambient/experimental classics. OPOLLO has been floating around for years, but until now has only released a handful of tracks on-line as well as a demo-like album called Rover Tracks. In 2015 OPOLLO finally released its enigmatic debut – the Stone Tapes LP on the Polish label NEW NIHILISM. Jarek Leśkiewicz is currently hard at work on follow-up album titled Secret Towers.

Piotr Cisak & Freeze
Piotr Cisak – Author of Prima-Materia blog, later the name was reused for the Radiofonia programme in 2011/12. He performed in Germany, Austria, France and Albania and was featured on Audioriver Festival, Ambient Park and Tauron Nowa Muzyka. His music was ranked on the “100 Best Albums of 2015” list by Chicago-based Avant Music News and published by labels from the USA, Canada, Portugal, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Denmark, Austria, Germany and Russia.

Krzysztof Ostrowski – Freeze
A musician and producer of broadly understood electronic music from Bydgoszcz. Together with Tomek Skof, he founded Soundscape Mirror – an audio-visual duet, where he is responsible for creating a wide variety of sounds. His stage name – Freeze – is reserved for improvised techno sets with dub and experimental character.

Maciek Szymczuk
Born in 1972. In his wide area of interest, he makes music with different people under many different names. As MACIEK SZYMCZUK he weaves together ambient, world music and experimental electronics into an atmospheric music midway dream and consciousness. Among the most important records are Dilmun (2002), Mik-Musik for Piano, Choir and Orchestra (2003, Mik-Musik), Echoes (2005, Simple Logic Rec.), Looking For Shooting Stars (2005, Simple Logic Rec.), Ways (2011, Zoharum), Clouds (2013, Zoharum), Music For Cassandra (2015, Zoharum). As AABZU with Zenial (Łukasz Szałankiewicz) they try to put together their multifarious interests into a colourful musical mixture that takes the listener to an exotic trip. The most important records of AABZU are Shape of Lost Things (2005, Simple Logic Rec.), Rambo (2010, AudioTong), There is no other God than Rambo! (2012, Zoharum), It Came From Outer Space (2014, Zoharum).  As ANOTHER ONE together with Kuba Łuka they express their passions in creating a fierce and energetic cocktail in which dynamic rhythms weaves with wild parts of the guitar and keyboard into an one of the kind trance. Among their most important records are Possessed (2005, Salut Rec.) and ZIIIIIING! (2016, Sun For Everyone).

Bartosz Dziadosz graduated philosophy at the University of Silesia in Katowice. In 2005 he founded the PLEQ project. It represents an experimental trend in electronic music, that combines elements of genres like drone, ambient, abstract glitch and modern classical in its compositions. He released records on many labels around the world, including Progressive From (Japan), taâlem (France) and Infraction Records (USA).  He is the curator of the Moscow Dronarivm label (which published, among others, Christoph Berg, Marsen Jules, Pjusk, Machinefabriek), and several charity compilations (A Silent Swaying Breath, Just a Moment – Audio Gourmet Netlabel). He also participated in many charity compilations (Various – Touched – Music for Macmillan Cancer Support, Various – ...  And Darkness Came (Headphone Commute), where he found himself with artists like Max Richter, Autechre, Nils Frahm, Future Sound Of London and others). His adventure with theatre started with a radio play at the Old Theatre in Krakow, based on the idea of Krzysiek Zarzecki. Currently the artist collaborates with Tomek Śpiewak, Wiktor Rubin and Michał Borczuch.


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