Courtesy of Sacrum Profanum
Sacrum Profanum is a unique event on Poland’s cultural landscape. Organizers attempt to blur the lines between art and entertainment, inviting musicians from both the contemporary and alternative music scenes.
The festival prides itself on bringing together the most ambitious, experimental alternative acts and combining them with icons of contemporary music. This year, music written by artists such as Frank Zappa, Brian Eno and Aphex Twin will be reinvented by others.
One example of the festival’s formula will be a concert called “Polish Icons,” in which artists from cutting-edge electronic-music labels including Ninja Tune and Warp will perform unique arrangements of music written by Polish composer Witold Lutosławski.
Other notable concerts include the Frankfurt-based Ensemble Modern contemporary music chamber group, which will re-imagine Frank Zappa’s compositions, and the New York-based Alarm Will Sound chamber orchestra playing the heavy electronic sounds of Aphex Twin on live instruments.
Also, Italian ensemble Sentieri selvaggi, directed by charismatic conductor Carlo Boccadoro, will present a program entitled “Americana,” in which it will play standards from US composers Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson and Michael Daugherty.
The festival was first held in 2003 and in its short history has gained worldwide recognition. It has been hailed by such publications as The Wall Street Journal and BBC Music Magazine as a must-see. In 2011, Steve Reich and Krzysztof Penderecki performed in New York’s Lincoln Center in an “international edition” of the event.
Ticket prices start at zł.66
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