20:00 TR Warszawa
Barbara Kinga Majewska and Royal String Quartet
Philip Glass - String Quartet No. 3 „Mishima”
John Zorn - Pandora’s Box
Steve Reich - Different Trains
The American minimalisms attracts not only connoisseurs of contemporary music, as it has already become part of popular culture and constitutes the intermedia space which is common to various art forms. Philip Glass’s III String Quartet (1985) comprises fragments of the soundtrack to a biopic by Paul Schrader, based on the life of the Japanese writer Mishima: "A Life in Four Chapters". In his Different Trains (1988) Steve Reich returns to his memories of a Jewish boy, who, during the II World War, used to travel by train from New York to Los Angeles. In the work instruments dialogue with recordings, including memories of the Holocaust survivors for whom the sound of wheels of the train meant quite a different destination. The creator of Radical Jewish Culture and a jazz icon – John Zorn in his ‘classic’ pieces frequently refers to the aesthetic of the Viennese School of the early 20th century. Pandora’s Box (2013) is a vocal firework exemplifying these influences.
BARBARA KINGA MAJEWSKA
Vocalist, lyricist, publicist, promoter of projects devoted to contemporary music. She graduated from vocal studies and music pedagogy at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, studied solo singing at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm and musicology at Warsaw University. Winner of prestigious scholarship programmes, participant at numerous master courses. She took part in the first performance of Victory Over the Sun by Sławomir Wojciechowski (National Opera – Project „P”) and Paweł Mykietyn’s The Magic Mountain. She has made premiere performances of pieces by numerous Polish young generation composers. First Prize winner of the first edition of the Polish Music Critics Competition ‘Kropka’.