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About Festival

m graficzka-01After its first, successful edition, “Level 320 - Krzysztof Penderecki International Festival” is about to bloom! The final concert of this year’s “Multimedia Art Encounters” Festival will be conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki, the Patron of the Festival, and held in the House of Music and Dance in Zabrze on 30th of October 2014.

The remarkably modern and interesting form of the concert, namely the dance and music performance, combined with the use of so-called “new media”, result in making the avant-garde music of the Festival Patron, confronted with modern methods of art visual communication, become more dynamic and accessible also for younger listeners. For the first time in the history Krzysztof Penderecki’s Emanations for 2 orchestras will be expanded into a large-scale performance involving also the choreography, visualization and the play of lights created by recently successful Daniel Stryjecki.


Day 1 - Painted with the sound

m graficzka-02-01Anyone who joined last year’s underground journey to the world of sounds knows that Level 320 – Krzysztof Penderecki International Festival in Zabrze focuses on multimedia, arts synergy and interdisciplinary approach. It would not function otherwise since the festival venue determines the distinctive attitude towards music. 320 meters below the ground, the traditional concert hall acoustics is replaced by the echo of mining machinery used there some years ago.

Such scenery creates a background for an event, in which – thanks to its organisers - the regular light has been superseded by the blaze of colours dancing on the ceiling of the “Guido” mine new concert hall, the newest tablets are used along with musical instruments, double bass stands next to tubaphone made of…PVC pipes, and the music, perceived so far as difficult and inaccessible, suddenly becomes obvious and innovative as if it was placed in the classical music literature ages ago, together with the works of Mozart and Chopin.  




BF120402 5269-Kopie-350x524Born on November 23, 1933, in Dębica, Poland, Krzysztof Penderecki began studying composition under Franciszek Skolyszewski. He later studied at the Krakow Conservatory under Artur Malawski and Stanislaw Wiechowicz and graduated in 1958. He was then appointed as a professor at the Conservatory. Between 1966 and 1968, Penderecki was a lecturer at the Volkwang Hochschule für Musik in Essen, Germany. In 1968, he received a grant from the German Academic Exchange Organisation — DAAD. He was appointed rector of the Krakow Conservatory in 1972.
Krzysztof Penderecki's first public appearance on an international level was in 1959 at the Warsaw Autumn Festival. There he performed Strophen, one of three works for which he received first prizes at the 2nd National Young Composers Competition. The other two works were Psalms of David and Emanations.

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