Bogusław Schaeffer – Howl wg poematu Allena Ginsberga

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked – these are the first words of Allen Ginsberg’s legendary poem Howl, used by Bogusław Schaeffer in his unique score. Krzysztof Knittel thus commented on the concert entitled ‘sono-sphere-of-the-word’: Are open scores a form of opposition to the white collars and bow ties of serialism? Is repetitive music meant to oppose dodecaphony? What was the influence of the beat generation on transformations in contemporary music? And the impact of the hippie movement, of the slogan ‘make love not war’, and sexual freedom? Of Far-Eastern systems of thought, such as Buddhism and Hinduism? Possibly also of anarchism? Was marihuana pitted against the morning coffee-with-toast? The urge to protest against the establishment and rat race – could it be that these factors impacted new music in the 1950s and 60s? When did the first open and graphic scores appear? Where do intuitive music and free improvisation come from?

Piotr Bikont, voice

John Tilbury, piano

Eddie Prévost, Jacek Kochan, percussion

Maniucha Bikont, Włodzimierz Kiniorski, actors, saxophones

Rafał Mazur, acoustic bass guitar

Marcin Dymiter, electronics

The Festival Orchestra 
Krzysztof Knittel, conductor

20.10.2008 / Warsaw, The Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Laboratory Hall
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