The sound of avant-garde

MEAKULTURA Foundation received a Poznan City Hall grant to realize a series of meetings related to the theory and practice of musical avant-garde of the twentieth century. It took place in October and November 2013 in Poznan’s Kluboksięgarnia Glosna under the name “Brzmienia awangardy”.

The guests of Kluboksięgarnia were artists, musicologists and cultural experts (prof. Krzysztof Moraczewski, prof. Lidia Zielińska, Dobromiła Jaskot, Ewa Schreiber, Katarzyna Taborowska, Rafał Zapała and Anna Zielińska). They talked in a straightforward way, among others, on the issues of electronic music, concrete music, happenings or soundscapes. Each meeting was crowned by a brief musical performance. Dr. Karolina Golinowska, a graduate of the Poznan cultural studies was the originator of the project.

Music of the twentieth century avant-garde happens to be often considered as incomprehensible, too experimental and interesting only for a narrow circle of researchers of musical culture. However, its specific sound and achievements form elements out of which contemporary music and popular culture seems to take continual inspiration. Avant-garde artists of the twentieth century were characterized by vast openness to unconventional sounds, formal experiments or unexplored spaces of sounds. We also wish to inject that openness into citizens of Poznan by offering them a series of meetings “"odczarowujący" mit "trudnej i niezrozumiałej muzyki.”” Youth / Students / Adults should also be educated about the genealogy of contemporary music and be familiarized with the beginnings of modern music. They should be able to see the incredible originality and freedom of action that characterize its creators. Building a cultural capital in young and adult people cannot only refer to what is currently available and created. Exploring the cultural history makes contemporary culture much more varied and interesting.

10.10.2013, the beginnings

Theory: dr hab. Krzysztof Moraczewski – An employee of “Zakład Badań nad Kulturą Artystyczną” of the UAM’s Department of Culture in Poznan. He deals with the issues concerning the theory and the history of the artistic culture with particular emphasis on the musical culture and on the problems concerning the methodology of the humanities. The author of a book “Sztuka muzyczna jako dziedzina kultury”

Practice: Sepia Ensemble soloists: It is a band specialized in a contemporary music performance. It was created in 2012 on the initiative of Artur Kroschel and Rafał Zapała, and it consists of students of higher years, and graduates of the Paderewski’s Academy of Music in Poznan, which are connected by special interest and passion for performing contemporary music. The band organizes concerts in Poznan University, as well as in "non-standard" places where the climate favors the reception of new music. The band's repertoire has works by Polish composers and it also performs scores of particularly interesting creators from all over the world. In December 2012 the band realized two projects for the Cage’s Year, which consisted of the works of the American artist. In October, the band will perform at two concerts at the International Festival "Musicacoustica" in Beijing, where it will perform works by Polish composers with electronics and Witold Lutoslawski pieces.

24.10.2013, soundscapes

Theory: dr Ewa Schreiber, PhD in musicology, master’s degree in philosophy and music critic. The author of the book “Muzyka i metafora. Koncepcje kompozytorskie Pierre’a Schaeffera, Raymonda Murraya Schafera i Gérarda Griseya” (Warsaw 2012) awarded by the National Cultural Centre. She works at Adam Mickiewicz’s University.

Practice: Dobromiła Jaskot, a composer, PhD in musical arts, multimedia and interactive artist referring to natural soundscapes, exposing a human voice and new, unconventional ways of its use.

07.11.2013, HAPPENING

Theory: dr Rafał Zapała, composer, lecturer at the Department of Composition, and Electroacoustic Music Studios employee at the Academy of Music in Poznan. He is interested in live electronics, referring also to the borders of dance music. He creates experimental sound-art projects and collaborates with visual artists and fashion designers. He also creates music for theater.

Practice: Anna Zielińska, a violinist, specializes in performing music of the twentieth and twenty-first century. She made several dozens of Polish and world premieres of solo and electronics works. She also presented many Polish pieces, abroad. She plays improvised music. She has performed, among others in: Chile, France, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Israel, Indonesia, China, Palestine, Cuba, Ukraine and Taiwan. (

24.11.2013, ELEKTRONIKA

Theory: prof. Lidia Zielińska, composer specialized in electroacoustic music. She runs the Electroacoustic Music Studio at the Academy of Music in Poznan. The author of numerous publications and lectures on contemporary Polish music, electroacoustic music, history of experimental music, sound ecology and traditional Japanese music, with which she had performed many times at the invitation of universities in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Practice: Katarzyna Taborowska, composer and violinist, a student of Boguslaw Schaeffer and Lidia Zielinska. She is interested in electroacoustic music, improvised music, live electronics, and various combinations of music with video. Her pieces have been performed at many festivals of contemporary music, among others: Poznan Musical Spring, Warsaw Autumn Festival or the Festival of Electronic and Computer Music Acousmania.
Conduct of meetings: dr Karolina Golinowska

Project coordinators: dr Karolina Golinowska, dr Ewa Schreiber /MEAKULTURA Foundation/ and Natalia Dolata-Golczak /Kluboksięgarnia GŁOŚNA/


The project was executed with the support of the City of Poznan / within the framework of "Małe Granty" grant-aid.

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