‘Artist-in-Residence’: Sepia Ensemble with the Lower Silesian Philharmonic in Jelenia Góra

Apr 11, 2018

The current residence of Sepia Ensemble has been organised by the Filharmonia Dolnośląska (Lower Silesian Philharmonic) in the city of Jelenia Góra. The next concerts of the residence programme are scheduled for 11 and 12 April.

The ensemble’s residence commenced with a concert on 19 January earlier this year, in which they presented the world premiere performance of Tomasz Citak’s Sinfonia concertante for violin, oboe, trombone, cello, piano and orchestra. On 11 April at 11 am, the players will take part in an educational concert held in the Lower Silesian Philharmonic’s Stefan Strahl Concert Hall performing excerpts from the following longer works: One jubilee rag for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano by Jacek Grudzień; Frank O'Hara on the phone by Andrew Hamilton; Ceci n'est pas une Balle for body percussion by Compagnie Kahlua; Kołysanki dla dzieci by Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska; Five pieces for trombone and piano by Ernst Křenek; and Musical Games for 5 performers by Włodzimierz Kotoński.

The final concert of the residence will take place at the Sala Zdrojowego Teatru Animacji in Jelenia Góra on 12 April at 7 pm. It will be part of a concert series called ‘Philharmonic Thursdays at the Spa with Contemporary Chamber Music’ and will feature Marcel Chyrzyński’s Betelgeuse for violin, cello and piano; Bartosz Smorągiewicz’s Rozrywkowe mazurki for violin and cello (both written for the ‘Composing Commissions’ programme); Compagnie Kahlua’s Ceci n'est pas une Balle for body percussion; Wencheng Qin’s Sun shadow VII for piccolo, oboe, clarinet and percussion; Paweł Mykietyn’s U Radka for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano; as well as Eugeniusz Knapik’s Trio for clarinet, violin and piano.

Discounted tickets are available for the concert on 12 April. More information about this concert can be found at http://filharmonia.jgora.pl/zdrojowy-czwartek-z-filharmonia,51/zdrojowy-czwartek-z-filharmonia-wspolczesnie-kameralnie,2589?did=2963

The following line-up of musicians will appear during both concerts:

Aleksandra Dzwonkowska – percussion
Paulina Graś-Łukaszewska – flute
Szymon Józwiak – clarinet
Wojciech Jeliński – trombone
Piotr Banyś – trombone
Olga Winkowska – violin
Anna Szmatoła – violoncello
Tomasz Sośniak – piano
Paulina Kończal – oboe

Sepia Ensemble

The ensemble specialises in the performance of contemporary music. It was founded in the city of Poznań in 2012 by Artur Kroschel and Rafał Zapała, its artistic directors. The ensemble gathers together musicians who share a strong passion for the performance of the latest repertoire. The virtuoso musicians may perform within a variety of different scorings, from solo to large ensembles. They have been engaged in numerous artistic projects, including two performances at the Electroacoustic Music Festival ‘Musicacoustica-Beijing’ in the capital of China, organisation of Cage Year concerts, multiple performances as the ensemble-in-residence at the Contemporary Music Festival ‘Poznańska Wiosna Muzyczna’ (since 2013) and participation in their own ‘Zooming’ concept, a cycle of concerts dedicated to contemporary music composed in different countries (Estonia, Luxembourg, Ireland) since 2014. The musicians have also appeared during the successive editions of the International Composers’ Forum in Poznań, at the Estonian Music Days in Tallinn, the Randfestspiele Zepernick in Berlin-Zepernick, the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin and the Witold Lutosławski Studio in Warsaw. The ensemble have appeared at a number of cultural institutions, but they also perform music in some untypical locales, where the acoustic sound is juxtaposed with electronics. Sepia Ensemble perform works written by Polish composers and continuously enrich their repertoire with music composed by exceptionally compelling artists from around the world. The members of the ensemble also appear individually taking part in a wide variety of festivals and venues, such as the Edinburgh Festival, Warsaw Autumn, ‘Łańcuch’ Festival’, Marathon V - Festival for Young Contemporary Music in Vienna, Wratislavia Cantans, Świętokrzyskie Dni Muzyki – Muzyka z Prądem, Music in Old Cracow and Transatlantyk Festival. Some of them have also played with I, Culture Orchestra.