A trip by train inspired Andrzej Panufnik to write the string sextet Trains of Thoughts. Most of the instruments play staccato throughout the piece, imitating the repetitive sound of train wagons.
The young and beautiful violinist Guro Kleven Hagen recalls how as a little girl he envied her friend who was taking violin lessons. She easily persuaded her parents to enrol her at a music school; they are musicians too, but they play wind instruments. They did not oppose to her choosing the violin though, being aware of the rich repertoire for this instrument.
‘Sensitivity to music, precision of performance, but also – perhaps above all – being responsive to the sounds around you with which your playing should be harmonised. The balance between individuality and collective playing. Delete the word ‘music’, and this description would be appropriate for a good football team, watched by spell-bound fans as the ball moves precisely from one player to another to reach the goal in the end. Instead of the goal, we have our audience’s ears. Let’s make as many precise, beautiful and heart-throbbing sounds as possible fly right into them!’ This is how Adam Klocek, artistic director of Youth Polish Philharmonic, describes his young musicians.
Nate Wooley – a firecracker from the New York new music scene , hailed by the critics as one of the most unusual trumpeters around today. He comes to Wrocław with his excellent Quintet and that will perform a premiere Psalms from Hell with a cello quartet and the soprano Megan Schubert.
Golden Quartet is a living legend, and its high priest is Wadada Leo Smith, trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, visionary, and a finalist in the Pulitzer Prize, whose refined musical idiom is the embodiment of the Chicago avant-garde past and present. His new piece Solidarity is to be premiered during this year’s Jazztopad.