Kwartludium - Crème de la crème of the Polish musical avant-garde

Espace Senghor (Brussels)

The KWARTLUDIUM ensemble has made its niche within contemporary classical music and perfectly reflects the incredible self-control of a generation now in its thirties.

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Without a shadow of a doubt, we can consider Kwartludium as one of the best Polish groups in its field. Incidentally, this is why it is the guest of honour at the fifth LOOP festival (Loop V), which is dedicated to acoustic contemporary music, and over the course of which the Forum des Compositeurs (Composers’ Forum)  will celebrate its 10th anniversary. The ensemble will present the latest works by Polish composers from their generation: Jagoda Szmytka (born in 1982), Sławomir Wojciechowski (born in 1971), Wojciech Ziemowit Zych (born in 1976) and Artur Zagajewski (born in 1978). Kwartludium will also be showcasing visual work and the ‘graphic scores’ of young Belgian artists Ann Eysermans and Christophe Guiraud.

The composer Jagoda Szmytka, who composed a work specially to mark the occasion, will be present alongside the musicians. Find out more about her background, her musical creations and her world on her site 



First part (45min):
1. Wojciech Ziemowit Zych - Stale obecna tesknota
2. Jagoda Szmytka - Sky me, type me
3. Artur Zagajewski - EC 13
4. Slawomir Wojciechowski - The rope of sands

Pause (20min)

Second part (45min):
1. Gilles Gobert
2. Christophe Guiaud
3. Ann Eysermans
4. Polish visual artists: Pola Dwurnik _- Obiekt; Adam X - Elementy stylu osmiornicowego; Rafal Bujnowski - Kosmos; Twozywo - Strach ktory wije struktury; Adam Okrasko  - Kolumna nr 10; Karol Radziszewski - Bez tytulu; Adam Witkowski - Prawda nie zawiera wskazowek

The group Kwartludium came into being in 2002, by fusing together young graduates from three Music Academies: Warsaw, Bydgoszcz and Gdańsk. The group’s name comes from the first work of Bartosz Kowalski-Banasewicz, written for the group. The group focuses on performing works by young Polish composers, such as Aleksandra Gryka, Marzena Komsta, Bartosz Kowalski-Banasewicz, Seweryn Ścibior, Adam Falkiewicz, Aleksander Kościów, Mikołaj Majkusiak and Wojciech Ziemowit Zych as well as artists from previous generations, like Aleksander Lasoń, Krzysztof Knittel or Lowrence Moss (USA).
Improvided contemporary music – now there’s something that has pride of place in what the group gets up to. Kwartludium’s repertoire includes the graphic and intuitive compositions of the best representatives of new music, in particular Stockhausen, Bergstroem-Nielsen, Cardew, Stark, Wolf, Rasmusen or Detoni.
In 2007, the group benefited from the scholarship programme ‘Młoda Polska’ (Young Poland) awarded by the Ministry for Culture and National Heritage.
In January 2008, the group’s first album was released, made and edited by the record label DUX. Their latest album, which is their third, will soon be out. It will feature the graphic compositions of Aleksandra Gryka, Sławomir Wojciechowski, Dariusz Przybylski and Krzysztof Knittel. The record will also be graced by the presence of Danish composers with whom the group collaborated at the Copenhagen Open Form FEstival: Carl Bergstrom-Nielsen, Henrik E. Rasmussen and Regin Petersen.
Kwartludium is involved in the music projects RE:NEW MUSIC and NEW AUDIENCES, within the framework of which 30 European groups involved in new music will join forces to develop new conceptions of concerts. The quest to reach out to new audiences, opening up to new forms of presenting contemporary art and educational initiatives are the objectives pursued by the group, in which Kwartludium was invited to take part and supervise the project’s work.

Dagna Sadkowska – violon
Michał Górczyński – clarnet and bass clarnet
Paweł Nowicki – percussions
Piotr Nowicki – piano


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