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Krakow’s Sacrum Profanum festival opens next month

Now running over six days, this year's festival pays tribute to Moondog and Julius Eastman

This year's Sacrum Profanum line-up includes Aaron Turner, Aidan Baker, Alvin Lucier, Apartment House, Arditti Quartet, Eliane Radigue, Jennifer Walshe, Lubomyr Melnyk, Oren Ambarchi, Raphael Roginski and more. The six day event also pays tribute to the works of Moondog and Julius Eastman through a series of special concerts scattered throughout the programme.

These include guitarist Roginski, Natalia Przybysz and Širom playing Moondog’s “Maybe”, “Paris” and “All Is Loneliness”, among other works; The SEM Ensemble conducted by Petr Kotik and Joseph Kubera on piano performing Eastman’s Macle, Joy Boy, Our Father and John Cage's Song Books I; Quiet Music Ensemble will be presenting Polish premieres of David Toop’s Night Leaves Breathing, Alvin Lucier’s Shadow Lines, Rishin Singh’s Zamówieniem, Jennifer Walshe’s Dordán and An Ghléacht, and Pauline Oliveros’s The Mystery Beyond Matter; and Africa Express will perform Terry Riley's In C.

“This year during Sacrum Profanum, everything is important: from its dense, internally linked, aesthetically diversified programme, through a multitude of venues scattered around Nowa Huta, Kazimierz, Podgórze and Ludwinów, up to its intensified formula,” says the festival’s curator Krzysztof Pietraszewski. “The festival is shorter – it lasts six days, but it offers twice as many concerts compared to the previous year. The opening day and the weekend days abound with four concerts each, and two concerts are planned for every other day. In total, the programme offers 20 concerts for all those who are in for intensity and the festival celebration. If you ever lost track reading a longer column or lost your temper in the third season of Twin Peaks, just take the challenge and go to a few hours-long meditational gig, listen to an hour-long minimalist composition. Test your perception! Do you prefer shorter forms? Do not miss the almost singing opening and a musical tribute to Moondog.”

Tickets cost 250zł. More information can be found at their website.