Polish Exploratory Music in London: Two Day Festival

Robert Piotrowicz

MONDAY 22 November 2010 &
TUESDAY 23 November 2010


Door Times : 8pm

Tickets : £6 advance / £7 on the door / £10 festival pass


Two-day festival of exploratory music and trans-idiomatic improvisation with some of the most interesting and vibrant musical agitator’s from the Polish underground.

Many of these artists featured in Biba Kopf’s article ‘Poland’s Hidden Reverse’ in the July 2010 issue of the WIRE magazine.


DAY ONE: 22 November 2010


Tomasz Choloniewski and Mikolaj Palosz perform Boguslaw Schaeffer's "Symphony, Electronic Music", a piece composed in Polish Radio's Experimental Studio in 1964. The old electronic score will be performed totally acoustically by three young musicians from Krakow and Warsaw.

Tomasz Choloniewski - drums, percussion
Mikolaj Palosz - cello

ZENIAL (electronics)

The project of Lukasz Szalankiewicz - historian, sound desinger and contemporary electronic music composer. Szalankiewicz is a member of the Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music (PSeME) and has participated in many international festivals (in Europe, USA, China and South America), curated sound art events in various festivals and CCA's in Poland. His practice extends to research audiovisuals performance and interactive installations.

Zenial website

ROBERT PIOTROWICZ (analogue synthesizer, electronics)

Piotrowicz is a sound artist, composer and improviser, playing contemporary electro-acoustic music and through-composed noise. His main tools as an instrumentalist are modular synth and guitar. He's an experienced improviser, working with world's top artists. He’s composed/created numerous solo projects (recordings, performances), interdisciplinary projects (scores for theatre plays , literary and radio projects) and abstract sound installations and participated in many art events around the world.
Piotrowicz is the co-founder and curator of the Musica Genera label/festival since 1999 and has many other contemporary sound art festivals and projects in Poland and abroad.

Robert Piotrowicz website
Robert Piotrowicz on myspace


Tomek Chołoniewski (1977). Percussionist. Completed his studies with the highest note at the Academy of Music in Kraków. His interests are particularly focused on improvised music and cooperate with many improvising musicians and dancers. He has composed music for the animated movies of Marta Pajek. He also teaches percussion in music school, and runs musical workshops for children at the Children's University in Krakow.

DAY TWO: 23 November 2010

Emiter, Mikolaj Palosz, Tomasz Choloniewski, play improvised solo and duo sets


Emiter is the solo project of Marcin Dymiter (electronics, guitar, generator, loops, tape) who has previously played in such bands as Ewa Braun, Mapa, and Mordy. He has worked with musicians engaged with jazz, electronics and the avant-garde such as Paul Wirkus, Rosa Arruti, Rob Mazurek, Le Quan Ninh, John Butcher, Axel Dorner, and Andrew Sharpley. He has also composed for off's theaters, works with visual artists and performs live to silent films.

As Emiter he has published eight Cds where he experiments with transforming the sounds and tones that accompany our life. Dymiter searches for inspiration in the world around us and believes that music is everywhere and composing it is a never ending process.

Emiter website


Polosz is a freelance cellist, contemporary music performer and improviser. He graduated from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw with Kazimierz Michalik and Andrzej Bauer. He has won prizes at music competitions including the Penderecki International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Cracow and Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Warsaw.

He is also a member of Netherlands-based Cello Octet Amsterdam (formerly Conjunto Ibérico) and Warsaw CELLONET Group. His solo album ‘Cellovator’ with contemporary compositions and improvisations has been released recently by DUX label.

Mikolaj Palosz website


"Call it improvised music for the performance is actually improvised. Call it noise for my computer is not well tempered. Call it boring electronic music if you prefer Strauss. I call it improvised concrete music, because my attitude towards the musical material and music creation comes from this world. And from pop music!" Trzewiczek is an open source evangelist and software developer. His activities focus around open government, information design, multimedia programming education and ChucK programming. At the moment he works as a developer in open source live-electronics software project - IntegraLive and is preparing software for Polish census data visualization.


Listen to Biba Kopf’s radio programme ‘The Strangeness of Existence’ on Radio Joy

'The strangeness of existence: Polish Visions in sound from Witkacy to Scianka' is a heightened audio reverberation of Biba Kopf's journey from Warsaw to Krakow tracing roots back to the Solidarity movement of the 1980s, via indigenous variations of post-punk, No Wave, and avant garde sounds'.

Polish Cultural Institute

Please note: Denis Kolokol will no longer be performing at this festival. Sorry!