Otwórz Uszy #4 MINIMAL

Otwórz Uszy Tu i teraz #4 minimalizm

Zapraszam na czwarte wydanie Otwórz Uszy – tu i teraz. Tym razem MINIMALIZM.

23.02.2018 / 18:00 / Ośrodek Kultury im. C. K. Norwida / Kraków

Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble:

Michał Lazar, gitara / Aleksander Wnuk, perkusja / Bartosz Sałdan, perkusja

W programie Louis Andriessen Workers Union, Steve Reich Nagoya Marimbas (wersja gitara-wibrafon), Wayne Siegel 42nd Street Rondo, Godfrey Reggio Koyaanisqatsi (fragmenty filmu z muzyką Philipa Glassa)


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Workin’ Progress #2


12 lutego 2018, godz. 18.00
Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie / Sala Koncertowa

Koncert na zakończenie Laboratorium Kompozycji Workin’Progress 2

w programie:

Franco Donatoni Arpège
Michał Lazar Łyżka
Olgierd Juzala-Deprati Kaligrafie
Oktawia Pączkowska Multitude of Glittering Prisms
Leonardo Rizzo Un Venerdì
Salvatore Sciarrino Il tempo con l’obelisco


Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble
Małgorzata Mikulska – flet
Tomasz Sowa – klarnet
Martyna Zakrzewska -fortepian
Jakub Gucik – wiolonczela
Wiktor Krzak – fagot
Paulina Woś – skrzypce
Gabriela Biel – altówka
Bartosz Sałdan – perkusja
Aleksander Wnuk – perkusja
Michał Lazar – gitara
Mateusz Rusowicz – dyrygent
Piotr Peszat – media, koordynator

Organizator: Katedra Kompozycji

wstęp wolny

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Context: Popular! #1 in picture

The first episode of CONTEXT: POPULAR! in picture.

Happened at the Audio Art Festival, on November 23, 2017 in Cracow, PL. [link]

Pictures by Mikołaj Zając

Context: Popular!

Context: Popular!

MATTHEW SHLOMOWITZ and his music performed in Cracow!


TIME: November 23, 18:00

PLACE: Concert Hall of the Music Academy in Cracow

At the 25. AUDIO ART FESTIVAL [link]


Here I present a concert concept named CONTEXT: POPULAR!

It’s made up by four members of Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble – Martyna Zakrzewska, Bartosz Sałdan, Michał Lazar and myself. Here is a short program note:

The spine of this program is a phenomenon of employing and adapting styles, contents, and instruments, widely recognized as belonging to popular genres, into classical contemporary music. Interesting is the role and identity of the performers in search for reasonable balance of distinctive qualities.

Tags: popculture, mass media, garage bands, rock, metal, pop



Matthew Shlomowitz Logic Rock, for electric guitar and drum-kit (2013) – Polish premiere (Lazar / Wnuk)

Artur Zagajewski Mechanofaktura, for violin, bass clarinet, percussion, piano/synthesizer (2015) (Mglej / Borowicz / Sałdan / Zakrzewska)

Matthew Shlomowitz Popular Context Vol. 6, for vibraphone, drum-kit and sampler keyboard (2013) – Polish premiere (Wnuk / Sałdan / Zakrzewska)


All performers:

Martyna Zakrzewska, piano, sampler keyboard, synthesizer, performance

Aleksander Wnuk, drum-kit, vibraphone, performance

Bartosz Sałdan, percussion, drum-kit

Michał Lazar, electric guitar

Barbara Mglej, violin

Barbara Borowicz, bass clarinet


Sound reaalization: Przemek Kunda, Łukasz Zięba (Warsaw)


Matthew Shlomowitz’s LECTURE

I also invite you to the meeting with composer himself, which will be a part of Audio Art music workshops.

TIME: November 22, at 15:00

PLACE: Studio A6, Music Academy in Cracow

Organized by the Composition Department.


See you!!!

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WARSAW AUTUMN 2017 appearances

The 60th Anniversary Warsaw Autumn Festival is coming soon!


I most happily wish to invite to three of the concerts at which I will have a privilege to perform, both solo and chamber.

SEPTEMBER  15: Graphic scores – launch of Glissando contemporary music magazine, issue #32: record

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Me performing Mani.Gonxha by Pierluigi Billone

The concert is organized by 4.99 Foundation, and beside myself the wonderful performers such as Barbara Kinga Majewska, Małgorzata Walentynowicz and ETC Group will make the evening run.

At the same time I will encourage to read the Glissando issue #32 which will also include an article about Billone’s score record titled Mani.Gonxha, communicability and implication.

Time: 23:59 / Place: Theater Studio, Warsaw, Poland

SEPTEMBER 18: Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble (Musicians’ Community Contemporary Ensemble)

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Johannes Kreidler Der Weg der Verzweiflung” (Hegel) ist der chromatische *
Christophe Bertrand Aus *
Bogusław Schaeffer Non-stop
Jacek Sotomski Thanks, Leszek **
Brigitta Muntendorf shivers on speed *
Alexander Schubert Point Ones *

** first performance
* first Polish performance

Ensemble: Barbara Mglej – violin, Paulina Woś-Gucik – violin, Gabriela Biel – viola, Jakub Gucik – cello, Martyna Zakrzewska – piano, MIDI, Bartosz Sałdan – percussion, Aleksander Wnuk – percussion, Małgorzata Mikulska – flute, Michał Górczyński – clarinet (guest), Tomasz Stolarczyk – trombone (guest), Michał Lazar – guitar, Piotr Peszat – media, Mateusz Rusowicz – conductor

Time: 19:30 / Place: National Philharmonic Chamber Hall, Warsaw, Poland

SEPTEMBER 22: gen~.rate: zoomed – concert of composers’ group gen~.rate

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Me performing:

Loïc Destremau Faulty Waterwork, for solo performer, water box, tools and live-electronics

Teoniki Rożynek The most satisfying music, for two percussionists and electronics (first performance) – with Michał Jedynak

This concert is organised by composers’ group gen~.rate.

Time: 22:30 / Place: Frederic Chopin University of Music, Warsaw, Poland


Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Improv

Zapraszam na nową(?) formę aktywności Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble.
Spółdzielnia będzie improwizować!
Będziemy to robić w artystycznie kameralnej i przytulnej Galerii i!
A to jest kolejna okazja do spotkania i rozmowy o tym i owym.
Oferujemy też coś dobrego, pozamuzycznego.

Piątek 9.06.2017, g. 19:00

Galeria i!, Józefińska 21, Kraków

Paulina Owczarek (KIO), saksofony
Jakub Gucik, wiolonczela
Aleksander Wnuk, perkusja
Michał Lazar, gitara
Wiktor Krzak, fagot

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Musical graffiti for pianos and percussion

There was a concert one day, and it has started like this:

On the May 31, 2016 we got the nice opportunity to perform enormous program consisting of music for two pianists and two pecussionists, and a piano-percussion duo. It is always obliging to prepare and present classics. And that concert, and the whole process, was such experience. Truly, Bartok’s Sonata does not need any comment on its historic significance, nor on delight of playing it.

Fantasmagoria, Serocki’s duo is a remarkable instance of Polish sonorism, and probably one if the greatest works for piano and percussion ever composed. Hope we have rised to the occasion, enhancing rich sonic universe with our DuoEgo driving force and vigor.

While the first part of the show was around 40 minutes of physicality-demanding  music, in the second part we have done our best to bring the public to a completely paralel universe of soundscape by performing another absolute classic. Crumb’s Music of a summer evening, an over 40 minutes work from his Makrokosmos, is undeniably one of the most touching artistic journey. Enjoy!

Clips courtesy of Cultura Animi.

The concert has taken place in The Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio in Warsaw, on the May 31, 2016, during the festival Trzy-Czte-Ry.


Martyna Zakrzewska, piano

Aleksandra Świgut, piano

Aleksander Wnuk, percussion

Bartosz Sałdan, percussion

Program: Bela Bartok Sonata for two pianos and percussion, Kazimierz Serocki Fantasmagoria, George Crumb Music for a summer evening (Makrokosmos III).

Thank you Martyna, Ola and Bartek. You are indescribably marvelous!

Most sincere regards to Maciej Grzybowski.