What Do We See When We Are Listening? ACOUSMATIC MUSIC from ANAKLASIS

What Do We See When We Are Listening? ACOUSMATIC MUSIC from ANAKLASIS

29 / 04 / 2021

Marcin Stańczyk, pupil of, among others, Zygmunt Krauze and Ivan Fedele, has won prizes in many international composers’ competitions, including (as the only Pole) the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award, Japan’s most prestigious prize in the field of composition. He is an artist who both seeks and finds solutions, asks questions and provides us with answers.

The four works that make up this 2CD programme originated in reflection on the essence and the perception of music. Some Drops, composed for an itinerant trumpet and an orchestra being rained upon, puts our senses to the test. We can never be sure where and how far from us the source of sound is located. Blind Walk, premiered at the Venice Biennale, is played to a blindfolded audience and comments on the difference between listening only with the ears and perceiving a concert with all the senses. Similar ideas gave rise to Sursounds, a piece about ‘what is above the sounds’. This extraordinary piece from the borderland between waking and dreaming fuses recognisable concrete sounds with abstract ambient music. Unseen, about the search for happiness, was inspired by the summer solstice and the rituals associated with that time. The performers of this unique music contained on the new ANAKLASIS album are all new music celebrities: original singer and equally outstanding composer Agata Zubel; the double-bell trumpet player Marco Blaauw, as well as world-famous ensembles: E-MEX, Musikfabrik and the Lutosławski Quartet.

Put on the record and close your eyes. What do you see?

As of 29th April, the 2CD album ACOUSMATIC MUSIC will be available for purchase at PWM’s brick-and-mortar bookshop, at,, as well as the other best music shops and bookstores, online services, and the virtual shop of the empik chain.

The album has been recorded and released in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.


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