STEIM at Warsaw Autumn Festival 09


STEIM will have a special program at this year’s Warsaw Autumn Festival, featuring Alex Nowtiz, dj sniff and Evan Parker/Joel Ryan duo.

Date, Place, Time:
Saturday, September 19, 2009 at ‘Fabryka Trzciny’ Arts Centre 22.30h

Alex Nowitz – voicescapes, Angelus Novus II (fragments), Angelus Novus III (fragments), Studies for Self-Portrait, I am that merry wanderer of the night
dj sniff – Turntable Reconstructions
Evan Parker & Joel Ryan – improvisation

About the Festival:
The ‘Warsaw Autumn’ (Warszawska Jesie?) is a festival with a long history, an enormous tradition, and can be called a witness to history. It is the only festival in Poland on an international scale and with an international status, dedicated to contemporary music. For many years, it was the only event of this kind in Central and Eastern Europe. It is still, however, a living organism: it develops and thrives to the extent that the Polish cultural budget and the general state of music allow it to. The Festival is organized by the Polish Composers’ Union (Zwi?zek Kompozytorów Polskich). The Repertoire Committee, which is in turn appointed by the Board of the Union, determines the program of each particular festival.

The Festival was created in 1956, during the thaw that followed years of Stalinist dictatorship. Even though the government quickly left the democratization course, the Festival continued without interruption (with two exceptions) during the entire communist era – its finances were secured by the state (up to this day, its main source of funding comes from public funds). Only recently has the new economic and social situation of a country working its way to prosperity threatened the financial stability of the ‘Warsaw Autumn’. Nevertheless, the Festival still plays an essential role in shaping contemporary culture in Poland…. (text taken from website)

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