Carpathian New Wave, vol.1 / ALEKSANDER WNUK
workshop + performance

Carpathian New Wave

FEBRUARY 15-16, Presov, Slovakia

– Workshop #1 / 18-21 [LINK]
– Workshop #2 / 11:30-13:30
– Workshop #3 / 17:30-18:30
– Performance / 20 [LINK]

Program for the performance:
– Georges Aperghis Graffitis for solo percussionist (1980)
– Georges Aperghis Zig-Bang New Wave Version for a group of hanging out people (2019)
– Francois Sarhan Situation 7: Imagination for two performers (2015), with Elia Moretti
– Rolf Wallin Scratch for amplified Balloon (1995)

CARPATHIAN NEW WAVE is a series of sound workshops and performances of contemporary artists from the Carpathian region. The first artist will be Aleksander Wnuk, a polish percussion player who is developing his specific research on the performativity of sound and body as a performer / musician.

The workshop and the performance are focused on the distinctive style of organizing the quasi-theatrical aspects of instrumental performance by the musical parameters. It is a sensibility and spirit of the individual performer, and his personality, that drive the dramaturgy and ambience, yet it is all within space of the composition that is pre-determined by the composer. The greatest composer of this language is Georges Aperghis.

The workshop will be divided in two parts:
1. Introduction on the idea of this language of performativity (15.02)
2. Arranging the piece (15-16.02)

The piece shall be a small choice of short texts from Aperghis’ book Zig-Bang. Texts will be translated into music and arranged into the quasi-theatrical situation. The worksop will need the amount of people interested in cooperating in this style.
However, it will be necessary to have musical instruments, so local musicians are welcome, but definitely not only (the instrument can be anything). The texts would be sent prior the workshop date to those who are interested, in order to make them familiar with the situation. The workshop will be focused on the plurality of personal approaches and imaginations of the participants.
The exact quasi-theatrical situations will be arranged on spot, yet the general idea, including solo performer, will already be pre-determined. The result will become the part of the performance on the February 16th. Or it will become the stage arrangement of the whole evening show, within which the solo pieces and some small solo moments will occur.

In order to participate to the workshop is necessary to attend to the three parts. Participation is free, reservation is necessary.
To reserve your participation, or ask any further information, please write to the address

Produced by Matróna and Združenie Wave.
Carpathian New Wave is supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.



Performances at 3rd Tehran Contemporary Music Festival


It is my great pleasure to share the news about my participation in the 3rd Tehran Contemporary Music Festival, which will take place in the capital of Iran, in the period of April 21-27.

Moreover, it is my honour to give the Iranian first performances of all the performed works.

My participation in the festival includes two concerts.
The first is more a standard percussion concert including classics of the repertoir for multipercussion and vibraphone, and a work by Iranian composer, which looks like this:


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The second concert is an instrumental performance based on my neverending search for the personal performativity in music including, in short, own arrangements of Aperghis’ texts Zig-Bang and works with limited or no instruments.



18:00, Rudaki Hall

Iannis Xenakis Rebonds A, for percussion (1987-89)
Philippe Hurel Loops II, for vibraphone (2002)
Georges Aperghis Graffitis, for a percussionist (1980)
Nader Mashayekhi The sky is nowhere the same colour, for crotales (2000)
Iannis Xenakis Rebonds B, for percussion (1987-89)


15:00, Black Box: Hafex Hall

Thierry de Mey Silence must be, for a conductor solo (2002)
Georges Aperghis Zig-Bang: Ses muscles, a performance (arr. Wnuk 2018)
Matthew Shlomowitz Hi-Hat and me, for solo percussionist (2010)
François Sarhan Homework, for Body-percussion (2008)
Georges Aperghis Zig-Bang: Suis celui, a performance (arr. Wnuk 2016/18)
Pierluigi Billone Mani.Gonxha, for two Tibethan temple bowls (2012)
Rolf Wallin Scratch, for amplified balloon (1991)


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Recital Scena Supernova 12.04


Zapraszam na taki koncert!

Dwa ekscentryczne performansy muzyczne Aperghisa ze zbioru jego tekstów do spektakli muzycznych Zig-Bang, we własnej aranżacji. Dalej, krótka historyjka nieskomplikowanej relacji pomiędzy człowiekiem a Hi-hatem, pióra Shlomowitza. Ponadto dwie kompozycje klasyczne w repertuarze współczesnego perkusisty, czyli Rebonds Xenakisa na multipercussion i wirtuozowski Loops Hurela na wibrafon. I na koniec, jak już bywało, libertyński Scratch z balonem Wallina.

Czas: 12.04 / g. 20:00

Miejsce: Scena Supernova / Gazowa 21 / Kraków

Wstęp: 15 pln


  • Georges Aperghis Zig-Bang: Ses muscles
  • Matthew Schlomowitz Hi-hat and me
  • Iannis Xenakis Rebonds
  • Philippe Hurel Loops II
  • Georges Aperghis Zig-Bang: Suis celui
  • Rolf Wallin Scratch

I invite you to the concert such as this one:

Two eccentric performance works by Aperghis from his book of texts Zig-Bang (in own arrangement). Then, a short story of uncomplicated relationship between a man and a Hi-Hat, by Shlomowitz. Also, two classics in the percussionists’ repertoir – multipercussion piece Rebonds by Xenakis and virtuoso vibraphone work Loops by Hurel. All that concluded, not for the first time, with the libertine Scratch with a balloon by Wallin.

Time: 12.04 / g. 20:00

Place: Scena Supernova / Gazowa 21 / Cracow

Entry: 15 pln


  • Georges Aperghis Zig-Bang: Ses muscles
  • Matthew Schlomowitz Hi-hat and me
  • Iannis Xenakis Rebonds
  • Philippe Hurel Loops II
  • Georges Aperghis Zig-Bang: Suis celui
  • Rolf Wallin Scratch

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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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Fotorelacja z Festiwalu Poznańska Wiosna Muzyczna / Photoreport from Poznan Music Spring Festival

Jeden z ważniejszych festiwali muzycznych w Polsce w tym roku już za nami. Serdecznie zapraszam do obejrzenia fotorelacji z mojego solowego recitalu oraz z koncertu Wrocławskiego Trio Perkusyjnego, które miały miejsce w ramach 46. Międzynarodowego Festiwalu Muzyki Współczesnej Poznańska Wiosna Muzyczna.

One of the biggest music festivals in Poland is over this year. I encourage you to see the photoreport from my solo recital and the Wroclaw Percussion Trio concert. Both have taken place during the 46. International Festival of Contemporary Music Poznan Music Spring.

All pictures by Agata Ożarowska-Nowicka

Solo recital program: Thierry De Mey Silence must be, Philippe Manoury Solo de Vibraphone, Pierluigi Billone Mani. Gonxha, Piotr Peszat Jenny’s Soul. Or Dirk’s?, Rolf Wallin Scratch.

Wroclaw Percussion Trio program: Anna Porzyc π works, Stanisław Krupowicz Conversation, Piotr Komorowski Circles, Georges Aperghis Zig-Bang (our own compilation and arrangement).

Trio: Aleksandra Gołaj, Michał Jedynak, Aleksander Wnuk.

Audycja z Poznańskiej Wiosny Muzycznej w Radio Afera

mani. gonxha (billone)
fot. Agata Ożarowska-Nowicka

Serdecznie zapraszam do wysłuchania, lub ponownego wysłuchania, audycji radiowej Tomasza Misiaka z cyklu Muzyka Nieuczesana, na antenie Radio Afera, której gościem była Monika Pasiecznik, z dnia 30 marca.

Rozmawiali oni o pierwszych dniach 46. Międzynarodowego Festiwalu Muzyki Współczesnej Poznańska Wiosna Muzyczna, także o moim recitalu z dnia 28 marca, który miałem przyjemność zaprezentować przemiłej widowni festiwalowej. Ale nie tylko tym, wiec zachęcam do odsłuchania całości.


Poniżej link do strony z pozostałymi audycjami z cyklu.

LINK do Muzyka Nieuczesana.