contrapunkt The Music of Poland – Mazurka to Metal

Jagoda Szmytka
Jagoda Szmytka | Photo: Andoz Krishnadas

Avant-garde from right next-door: For its contrapunkt series, the Goethe-Institut will explore the new music scene in Poland. A concert and a discussion broadcast live on BR-Klassik radio aim to reveal the diversity among a young generation of artists and celebrate the anniversary year of the Polish–German Treaty of Good Neighbourship.

Two events offer occasions to take a look at the cultural landscape of our neighbouring country: Wrocław is this year’s European Capital of Culture and 2016 is also the 25th anniversary of the Polish-German Treaty of Good Neighbourship and Friendly Cooperation.
This latest edition of contrapunkt will launch with a concert by Gośka Isphording (cembalo/sampler), Eva Zöllner (accordion), Steffen Ahrens (guitar) and Caleb Salgado (contrabass). They will perform works by contemporary Polish composers such as Hanna Kulenty, Zygmunt Krauze, Aleksander Tansman, Tadeusz Wielecki and Jagoda Szmytka.

Following the concert, Jagoda Szmytka and Tadeusz Wielecki will talk with Georg Blochmann, the director of the Goethe-Institut Warsaw since 2012, about the present circumstances of young musicians and artists in Poland. What challenges do Polish musicians face today? Where do they envision creative possibilities? And what opportunities does the present music landscape offer young musicians?
With her work, Jagoda Szmytka stands for “social compositions” that can make the social space of music resonate. Her compositions for the “eyes, ears and mind” combine high and pop culture, philosophy and social reality. Tadeusz Wielecki deals with intuitive music in his improvisational ensemble the Mud Cavaliers. In addition, he has been head of the Warsaw Autumn festival since 1999.
The discussion will be broadcast live on BR-Klassik radio: Thursday, 28 of April, 2016; 9 p.m. - 10 p.m.