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We present the second part of reportage from the 13th Sacrum Profanum!
Add date: Thursday, 8 October 2015

The second part of the 13th Sacrum Profanum reportage is here! You can now relive the magical "Chopin Project", experimental "We Are All Going In Different Directions" and mystical "Drone Mass". We'll hear from Ólafur Arnalds, Alice Sara Ott, Martin Schmidt (Matmos), Josh Quillen (Sō Percussion), Jóhann Jóhannsson and the festival's Artistic Director Filip Berkowicz. Don't miss it!

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Here is the first part of the reportage from the 13th Sacrum Profanum!
Add date: Thursday, 1 October 2015

Here is the first part of the reportage from the 13th Sacrum Profanum Festival! André de Ridder, Jack Barnett (These New Puritans), Bryce Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), and Filip Berkowicz - Artistic Director of the festival talk about indie-classical concerts. Take a look!

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From mysticism to destruction
Add date: Monday, 21 September 2015

The 13th edition of Sacrum Profanum is slowly becoming history. This year’s festival provided all kinds of unforgettable memories, not only musical. Seven days, eight concerts, over 150 artists from 10 countries, 6 discussion panels, almost 5,000 viewers in 3 ICE Krakow halls, 830 musical instrument and… one cactus. While the concerts we watch amaze or delight us, we sometimes forget the main idea of the festival, which is represented clearly in its name. This edition reminded us of it in a very expressive way, connecting a high level of art with attractiveness of visuals and sounds.

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Into the Light
Add date: Saturday, 19 September 2015

At the dawn of its history, contemporary music unequivocally rejected metaphysics. Standing in opposition to the classics, which were saturated with spirituality, it focused on the here and now. That is, for a time. Towards the end of the 20th century, such composers as Arvo Pärt and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki brought back the spiritual aspect to contemporary music. Jóhann Jóhannsson is an admirer of their work, and it is no surprised that he decided to take on metaphysics. The effect was the Drone Mass oratorio, which we heard yesterday at the Sacrum Profanum festival.

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Techno for a cactus and bottles
Add date: Friday, 18 September 2015

When John Cage presented his first compositions, the more conservative critics rent their robes, audiences ostentatiously left concert halls and exchanges of opinions were quite heated, even leading to fights among the members of the audience. Yesterday, American group Sō Percussion and their guests, Cenk Ergün and Martin Schmidt from Matmos, performed a set of John Cage works complemented by their own compositions. At the end of the concert, the audience surged to their feet and rewarded them with thunderous applause. What can we say – what was once avant-garde has today become the classical.

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Don’t be afraid of beauty
Add date: Thursday, 17 September 2015

Frederic Chopin was a pop star of his time. His compositions were known by all music enthusiasts, his concerts were enthusiastically greeted, women were crazy about him and he was a frequent guest at salons. It is in this convention, so close to modernity, that Icelandic composer and producer Ólafur Arnalds, in collaboration with German pianist Alice Sara Ott, decided to bring the work of the Polish genius closer to the audiences. The effect was to be expected – the Theatrical Hall of ICE Krakow was bursting at the seams yesterday.

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To the rhythm of the human organism
Add date: Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Critics of the avant-garde contemporary music accuse it of losing itself in excessive abstraction, being out of touch with life, man and the real world. American multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry decided to disprove all these theories. For this purpose, he composed Music for Heart and Breath. The performance of the work during last night’s concert as part of the Sacrum Profanum festival showed that the human breath and heartbeat can be the basic element of contemporary music. Where then is the supposed being out of touch with real life?

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Between trance and solace
Add date: Tuesday, 15 September 2015

When the American band The National played concerts in Poland, the concert venues were always bursting at the seams. It was a similar situation yesterday, at the Sacrum Profanum Festival, when the guitarist of the renowned band, Bryce Dessner, presented his own compositions. It was the Polish premiere live performance of the pieces.

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