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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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Sacrum Profanum appreciated by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage!
Add date: Friday, 20 March 2015

The Krakow Festival Office will be granted the amount of PLN 4,180,000 from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Polish Film Institute. ‘It’s fantastic news!We are happy that Krakow and our work has been appreciated by the Ministry once again,’ says Izabela Helbin, the director of the Krakow Festival Office.‘We make consistent efforts to obtain external funds that help us to develop and improve the projects and events organised by us.’

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Jagoda Szmytka and the Bloody Cherries
Add date: Friday, 27 February 2015

We present Bloody Cherries - the latest album of Jagoda Szmytka, whose work has enriched the 9th edition of the Sacrum Profanum Festival. The artist is the first Polish composer published by WERGO. Launched in the second half of January 2015, the project is one of the most interesting proposals for the beginning of the year for any enthusiast of our festival. The result of Jagoda Szmytka's work is pieces she herself determines as revolving around the subject of the body (sound, music, instrument). They were largely performed by the Ensemble Garage from Cologne, featuring percussionist Agnieszka Koprowska-Born and pianist Małgorzata Walentynowicz. They are enriched with a characteristic language of various kinds of electronically enhanced surface noise.

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Sacrum Profanum in Munoludy 2014 contest
Add date: Monday, 26 January 2015

This year's edition of the Sacrum Profanum Festival was nominated for the Polish Club Scene Award in Munoludy 2014 – the Polish nationwide contest announced by the Muno.pl music web portal.

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Sacrum Profanum appreciated by Polityka!
Add date: Wednesday, 17 December 2014

In the new issue of the Polityka weekly, in her private summary of the ending year, Dorota Szwarcman lists the Sacrum Profanum Festival with Kronos Quartet Residency as one of the most important events of 2014 in the Classical Music category. Thank you!

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NOT I by Agata Zubel praised by The New Yorker
Add date: Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Agata Zubel’s album Not I has been listed among the top ten recordings of 2014 by The New Yorker magazine! The album comprises four compositions performed by Klangforum Wien conducted by Clement Power: Labirynt (Labyrinth) – based on Wisława Szymborska’s poetry, Aforyzmy na Miłosza (Aphorisms on Miłosz) based on poetry by Czesław Miłosz, Not I by Samuel Beckett, and Shades of Ice, the only instrumental piece. Musicians are accompanied by vocal parts performed by the composer.

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No Artist Can Be Indifferent to Folk Culture
Add date: Wednesday, 26 November 2014

“I try to undertake tasks which are not too easy. My record is devoted to reflections on the oberek, a traditional Polish folk dance. Studing the oberek let me distinguish the most important characteristics of this dance form and put them in a new context” – says Piotr Orzechowski to Paweł Gzyl in an interview published in the Dziennik Polski daily, revealing what the process of making his new album 15 Studies for the Oberek looked like, where his inspirations were drawn from and why he – an artist known for contemporary music – got enchanted with Polish folklore.

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