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The metaphysics of the drone
Add date: Thursday, 30 July 2015

Having won the Golden Globe and having been nominated for an Oscar for his music for The Theory of Everything - a film about the life of Stephen Hawking, he captured the attention of the entire world. However, connoisseurs of neo-classical music have admired his achievements for nearly fifteen years. Among them there are participants in the Sacrum Profanum festival, where he has already been a guest. This time Jóhann Jóhannsson will arrive in Krakow in order to celebrate... a drone mass.

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In the jungle of noises
Add date: Thursday, 23 July 2015

They are fascinated with making music from extraordinary sounds. Matmos' recordings include compilations of noises produced during surgical procedures, and Sō Percussion even tried to play... a cactus. It is, therefore, not surprising that both of these groups will perform together at the Sacrum Profanum festival on the 17th of September in order to pay tribute to John Cage, a pioneer in using unconventional sounds in music, in the programme entitled We Are All Going In Different Directions.

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Humanised Chopin
Add date: Thursday, 16 July 2015

‘My music doesn’t have much in common with classical music today. ... I use classical instruments and I use some classical theory, but I mean, so does pop music, and so does almost every music. So no, I don’t think so. But I don’t mind if other people do,’ laughs Ólafur Arnalds in his interview for Drowned In Sound when asked if he considers himself a classical musician.Already this declaration shows that Arnalds’ interpretations of Chopin’s compositions will sound really unusual at the Sacrum Profanum Festival on the 16th of September.

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Your question for... Jóhann Jóhannsson
Add date: Wednesday, 15 July 2015

A real treat for fans of Jóhann Jóhannsson! Do you want to know what Jóhann is currently working on? Do you wish to learn about his music inspirations? Are you willing to find out which songs he listens to most often at the moment? Now you have the unique opportunity to ask him these and other questions!

We will pick out 10 of the most interesting questions from your comments, and present them to the artist. Soon after, an interview will show up on our website. We look forward to your comments!

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In the natural rhythm
Add date: Thursday, 9 July 2015

‘I think it’s a generational thing. There have been enough generations of the classical institutions, rock and jazz co-existing, so it was just a matter of time; a lot happens by osmosis and eventually the lines start to blur. It’s like, OK, the landscape has changed,’ declares Richard Reed Parry in an interview for Sinfini Music. It is, therefore, not surprising that one of the members of the famous indie rock band Arcade Fire will perform pieces from his experimental album Music for Heart and Breath on the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow on the 15th of September.

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Classics with rock energy
Add date: Thursday, 2 July 2015

The American band The National is one of the most important rock bands of recent years. I had tears in my eyes through their whole concert, says one of their fans. This deep emotionality can also be found in the solo compositions of the band's guitarist Bryce Dessner, which he will present on the 14th of September during the Sacrum Profanum festival.

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Sounds guided by instinct
Add date: Thursday, 25 June 2015

“We're always frustrated when people say our music is 'difficult'. We don't see it like that. I think this music is really hopeful”said Jack Barnett, the frontman of British group These New Puritans about their latest album, Field of Reeds, the live performance of which will open this year's edition of the Sacrum Profanum Festival on 13th September.

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Musical rites of passage. Announcing the Sacrum Profanum 2015 programme
Add date: Monday, 15 June 2015

This year’s Sacrum Profanum festival will be exceptional. On the one hand, it will close the cycle composed of the last three editions, the main idea of which was the interplay of contemporary music with electronic avant-garde and alternative, and on the other – it will determine the perspective of future editions of the festival, which will be dominated by masterpieces of the twentieth century and most ambitious new classics. The programme spanning these two points will also have room for the presentation of outstanding personalities from the world of popular music, whose ambitions far exceed its limits, as well as the unveiling of artistic possibilities inherent in the creative reinterpretation of classical pieces by experimental artists.

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