The Bridges is an project initiated by Muzyka Centrum Art Society from Krakow in 2003 in form of international cooperation with London Sinfonietta, Association Musik fuer Heute from Hannover and Centre Grame from Lyon. The project brings
together presentation of outstanding new music works with education activities with youth and children.
The workshops led by artists from the project partners organisations are based on composition rules derived
from modern music works. These rules serve the young people to create their own music. The famous new music
virtuoso orchestra, The London Sinfonietta has been the pioneer and leading authority in new music education
for many years. Their achievements are documented on their website:
The French and German project partners: Grame from Lyon (www.grame.fr
and Musik fuer heute from Hannover (www.DasNeueEnsemble.de
also gained much experience in similar activities. The results of their work prove that often people who have
never been to a new music concert can learn to appreciate even very complex music, which is far from what
is offered to them by popular culture and traditional music education. The project partners aim at creating
an international forum for new music artists involved in education activities and their intention is to
continue the project by organizing concerts, workshops, seminars and conferences.
The project is addressed many peolpe: amateurs, music lovers and wide public but also to teachers, institutions
of music and general education and culture authorities as well. They are taking part in concerts, lectures
and discussions on the project partners education activities. The meetings and discussion should help people
and organizations involved in the promotion of modern music.
In the 2003/2004 concert season the following Bridges events took place:
workshop led by Das Neue Ensemble (Musik f. heute) with children from Krakow in June, September
and November, 2003.
the Bridges Festival in Krakow in November, 2003 with performances by musicians from the project
partners organisations, conferences and presentations.
London Sinfonietta concert in Queen Elizabeth Hall in London with the first performance of Harrison
Birtwistle's Theseus Game. The event is a part of Londons Sinfonietta education project
Concerts, workshops and conferences in January, 2004 in Hannover with all the project partners.
First Polish performance of Pierre Boulez Sur Incises by Das Neue Ensemble in Krakow (February, 2004).
Concerts and workshops with young people from Krakow and Lyon led by Grame musicians from November,
2003 to March, 2004.
Documentation of the Bridges education activities.
The documentation includes the composition games used in the Bridges workshops with music examples and works
created by young people. It helps everyone interested in such activities and encourage international
co-operation. The Muzyka Centrum Art Society invites to the participation in the project. Information:
; tel/fax (+4812) 6362910 (Krzysztof Kwiatkowski - the Bridges project manager).
Presentations and discussions at the "Bridges" Festival on 12 and 13 November in Krakow:
two sessions with London Sinfonietta education officers: presentation of education projects, films
(documenting, among other, the realisation by children of the Oliver Knussen opera Where
the Wild Things are), recorded and live music examples, information for people willing to take part
in education projects, workshop for music teachers.
conferences and presentations by Julie Robert (Grame), Stephan Meier (Musik f. heute), Lidia Zielinska
(composer associated with Children Art Centre in Poznan), Bryan Wolf (Stockhausen assistant, who
also teaches electronic music to non-musicians)
Discussion about the presentations. Suggestions concerning the further "Bridges" activities
and the possible forms of co-operation between musicians, composers, students, schools, scholars, artists
involved in other than music art forms, journalists and organizations.
European Modern Orchestra
started in December 2005 as a continuation of Bridges project
The European Modern Orchestra project consisted of internationally
prepared concerts performed together by musicians from the project
co-organisers countries. The newly formed Muzyka Centrum Orchestra
based in Cracow joined their forces with young musicians from Algoritmo
Ensemble (Italy), Das Neue Ensemble (Germany) and Grame (France). Each
co-production concert was led by a conductor from the project
co-organiser country and included soloists from Italy, France, Germany
- The project started with Contemporary Italian Music Days in
Cracow (11-17 December, 2005). The programme consisted of carefully
selected works by most important Italian composers of the post II World
War period such as Battistelli, Berio, Castiglioni, Clementi, Fedele,
Lombardi, Nono, Scelsi, Sciarrino, Stroppa and others. Most of the
works were first Polish performances. The young Cracow musicians
performed together with Italians under the direction of conductor Marco
Angius and with Alvise Vidolin as sound projectionist. The other
concerts presented top Italian and Polish new music performers:
flutists Mario Caroli and Roberto Fabbriciani, Algoritmo Ensemble from
Rome, singer Agata Zubel from Wroclaw, oboe player Mariusz Pedzialek
and Camerata Silesia singers ensemble from Katowice.
- On 30 April, 2006 Muzyka Centrum Orchestra performed in
Hannover together with Das Neue Ensemble under conductor Stephan Meier
and with German and Polish soloists. The programme included, among
other, first performance of Baclars - Concerto for Clarinet and
Two Ensembles written especially for the European Modern Orchestra
project by Boguslaw Schaeffer. The concert was repeated in Cracow on 28
- On 7 May, 2006 Muzyka Centrum-Grame co-production concert took
place in Cracow. The programe included, among other, works commissioned
by Grame with Franck Bedrossian, Pedro Amaral and Robert Pascal. Young
musicians had the occasion to perform with the world leading new music
viola player Christophe Desjardins.
- The concert with Salvatore Sciarrino masterpiece Quaderno di strada
at the Warsaw Autumn Festival on September 25 was considered by many
critics and a large part of the audience as a best concert of the
festival, which for 50 years has been considered as one of most
important new music events in Europe. The work was played by joined
forces of Muzyka Centrum Orchestra and Algoritmo Ensemble with
conductor Marco Angius and baritone singer Otto Katzamaier. At the same
festival the Cracow performance of Luigi Nono Das atmende Klarsein,
which took place at the Italian Days in December, 2005, was repeated
with the Camerata Silesia (Poland), Roberto Fabbriciani and Alvise
Vidolin (Italy) and the collaboration of the musicians found its
continuation with the performance of the same work in the Italian
Feltre (29 October, 2006) and the further planned performances.
- The three concerts in-between September 28 - 30 were the significant part of the project at the Academy of Music in Krakow:
Centrum Orchestra with Udo Grimm - clarinet and Stephan Meier -
conductor on September 28 performed music by D.Jaskot, P.Mykietyn,
W.Lutoslawski, B.Schaeffer and L.Zielinska.
- On September
29 Polish-German Ensemble with Sascha Armbruster - tenor sax, Sabine
Schneider - soprano, Ruediger Bohn - conductor, realized the concert
with the music of V.Baltakas, A.Szczetynski, B.A.Zimmermann, J.Wozny
- The concert by Christophe Desjardins and Muzyka Centrum
Orchestra soloist at the Lyon Conservatory on 22 October, 2006 was the
last part of the main programm of European Modern Orchestra project.
- The project gave to the young musicians from the countries of
the co-organisers of the project, a chance to perform together with
European most outstanding musicians and the artistic results achieved
were praised in reviews of the project events. What we consider as the
project biggest success is that international co-production of high
quality new music performances started by the European Modern Orchestra
project will find its continuation in the future.
Muzyka Centrum Art Society
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tel/fax: (+4812) 2676195