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Agata Zubel
photo by Tomasz Kulak
Polish Music: The Open Borders Generation
Agata Zubel: Soprano
Malgorzata Walentynowicz: Piano
Illinois Modern Ensemble
Stephen Andrew Taylor: Conductor

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - Sunday, November 16, 2014


Tickets: Free admission  

Wednesday, November 12, 7:30pm

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Tryon Festival Theatre

500 S Goodwin Ave

Urbana, IL 61801

tel. (217) 333-6280

Friday, November 14, 8:00pm

University of Louisville, School of Music

Margaret Comstock Concert Hall

Louisville, KY 40292

tel. (502) 852-6907

Sunday, November 16, 8:30pm

Frequency Series


3111 N Western Ave

Chicago, IL 60618


Pawel Hendrich - Emergon for large ensemble and electronics

Agata Zubel - Not I for soprano, ensemble and electronics

Ewa Trebacz - Minotaur for horn and electronics

Cezary Duchnowski  1 5 1, 2 4 2, 3 3 3 for violin, cello and electronics

Krzysztof Wolek - Motions, Stases for piano and large ensemble

Polish and American musicians join forces to present music by a selection of Polish composers born in the 1970s. This generation of artists can be called the Open Borders Generationthe first generation of artists to live their entire professional lives following the end of Communism in 1989. Poland's newly open borders allowed these young musicians to continue their education abroad, broadening their experiences and exposing them to a large multidimensional range of musical cultures. Access to new technology allowed for experimentation with new aesthetics and new mediums. This is why the music of this newest generation of Polish composers is characterized by a multitude of individual musical languages, the courage to speak in one's own voice, a consciousness of creating an independent aesthetic and an awareness of the advantages and risks of their artistic choices.

The concerts will present four artists from Poland and two Polish composers currently living and working in the United States. The project is curated by the composer and performer Krzysztof Wolek, who is currently Professor of Music Composition and Director of the University of Louisville New Music Festival in Louisville, KY. He will be joined by composer and soprano Agata Zubel, composer, improviser and pianist Cezary Duchnowski and composer and improviser Pawel Hendrich at the University of Louisville New Music Festival from November 5 to 9. They will perform together at the Electronic and Improvised Music Concert and Agata Zubel will also perform her own Cascando for soprano and chamber ensemble with the University of Louisville performance faculty. Each composer will give masterclasses and lectures to University of Louisville students. After the festival, they will be joined by pianist Malgorzata Walentynowicz, winner of the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition, to perform three concerts with the Illinois Modern Ensemble of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, conducted by Stephen Taylor.

The program will feature Not I by Agata Zubel, performed by the composer herself, 151 242 333 for violin, cello and live electronics by Cezary Duchnowski, Emergon for large ensemble and electronics by Pawel Hendrich, Minotaur for horn and electronics by Ewa Trebacz and Motions, Stases for piano and large ensemble by Krzysztof Wolek. All these compositions have been commissioned and performed by highly respected contemporary music ensembles at the most important new music festivals around the world. Although the November concerts will showcase only a small number of artists selected from dozens of equally talented composers born in the 1970s and currently active in the Polish contemporary music scene, the high quality and varied landscape of their work demonstrates how changes in the political and social environment can bring about a creative transformation and greater individualism in art. The concert will provide a fascinating insight into the artistic and creative potential of a generation of composers who will shape the future of the Polish and international contemporary music scene in the coming decades.

These concerts are presented by the Polish Cultural Institute New York and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago in partnership with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the University of Louisville, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Constellation in Chicago, and the Kosciuszko Foundation. Media partnership provided by Louisville Public Media

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