“Waves (Eugeniusz Rudnik in memoriam)” and “radio quartet for electricity and complementary sounds”
Radio station: Polish Radio
Venue/s of the event: The Władysław Szpilman Studio of Polish Radio
audio stream: + (January 17th from … till … GMT)
Concert date: 10/01/2020
Waves (Eugeniusz Rudnik in memoriam)
In 2020 Polish Radio celebrates its 95th anniversary. Compositions commissioned on that occasion by Polish Radio 2 are not only the gifts for that jubilee, but also contain radio accents. The piece Waves (Eugeniusz Rudnik in memoriam) for electronics by Sławomir Kupczak in the basic construction principle refers to characteristic sound aura of the 1960s and “harmonic” structures that had been derived from the created in 1967 in the Polish Radio Experimental Studio composition Dixi for tape by Eugeniusz Rudnik. Very important role during creation of the piece had the title of the Rudnik’s piece. It comes from the biblical Book of Ezekiel: Dixi et salvavi animam meam dixi et salvavi animam meam(I said and saved my soul). This is composer’s tribute to an outstanding sound engineer, creator of ars acustica pieces, sound artist and radio personality.
Sławomir Kupczak (b. 1979)
Born in 1979 in Wrocław, studied composition nad computer music as well as theatre and film music at the city’s Karol Lipiński Music Academy. His works represented the Polish Radio at the International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music in Rome (2004), International Rostrum of Composers in Paris (2006, in the young composers category) and the Palma Ars Acustica in Berlin (2015). He composes solo, chamber, symphony, electroacoustic, film, and stage music, including pieces for such artists as Agata Zubel (Akwaforta for female vocals, ocarinas, recorder, tape and computer, 2002, Et cetera for vocals, wind instruments, string quartet and computer, 2005, Diva for soprano and string quartet, 2019), Andrzej Bauer, Cezary Duchnowski, Cikada String Quartet, Tech-no Orchestra. He has received commissions from the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw, Warsaw Autumn, Polish Society for Contemporary Music, ISCM World Music Days in Wrocław, NeoQuartet, Foundation 4.99, city of Wrocław, Polish Composers’ Union, Polish Radio Experimental Studio, Friends of Warsaw Autumn Foundation (with financial support from the Ernst von Siemens Foundation). His works have been performed at leading European and Polish festivals, including Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova, Sacrum Profanum (monographic concert), Audio Art, Premieres Festival, Contrasts (Ukraine), The Other Space (Moscow), Ohren auf Europa – Biennale der Neuen Musik (Düsseldorf), Velvet Curtain (Lviv), Synthèse (Bourges), Polska!Year (Great Britain), Sonorities Festival (Belfast), and Prix Italia. 66. International Rostrum of Composers held in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina (May 14–18.2019) chose Halny for electronics and improvising flutist (2017) as a recommended work.
Radio quartet for electricity and complementary sounds
Due to the 95th anniversary of Polish Radio Cezary Duchnowski played on old lamp radio receivers and computer. In his notes composer says that radio is a milestone in the evolution of human communication. Like every great invention, it brought a lot of good, but it also became a weapon in the struggle for influence, money and power. In the piece played four old radio receivers and a computer as interlocutor and reinterpreter. The content of the composition is everything in between, i.e. broadly understood noise.
Cezary Duchnowski (b. 1971)
Born in 1971 in Elbląg, composer and pianist. He studied composition with Leszek Wisłocki at the Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław. He was one of the initiators of the Computer Composition Studio at this Academy, where he currently teaches computer music and composition.
He has held scholarships from the Friends of the Warsaw Autumn Foundation, Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Experimentalstudio der Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung des SWR in Freiburg i. Br., and the Ernst von Siemens Foundation. He is the winner of numerous awards, including at the International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music in Rome for Monada III (2004) and the Gaudeamus Interpreters’ Competition for contemporary music performers in the Netherlands (2005). He writes chamber and symphonic works, lm and theatre music. He also creates multimedia projects, interactive improvised and paramusical projects. Since many years, he has focused on electroacoustic music. In the ElettroVoce duo with Agata Zubel he develops projects for voice and electronics.
As a great promoter of improvised music, he eagerly collaborates with jazz musicians and other artists for whom live music-making is a life’s passion. With Paweł Hendrich and Sławomir Kupczak, he founded Phonos ek Mechanes, an ensemble performing “human electronics,” a special type of improvised electronic music in which computers are controlled by acoustic instruments.