Jewish Music Days 2020 ONLINE

We intended to meet by the monument of Moses at the Museum courtyard in September. It has became difficult due to the pandemic. Therefore, on account of the support of numerous Partners and Institutions, we are moving Jewish Music Days to the internet. Two online concerts are being prepared for you.

Actually, they will be two premiere video releases presenting wonderful instrumental and vocal music. We will also show a piece of beautiful Szczecin. We are going to recall the atmosphere of peaceful evenings that we remember from previous editions. The first video will be a meeting with instrumental music. We will reach to the sources of Jewish carnivalesque mood and see how it became the basis for classical and contemporary music. The second video will sound with vocals accompanied by organ. In the next part of New Synagogue Music project our thoughts will return to Szczecin pre-war street called Zielony Szaniec and to the beautiful house of prayer that used to stand there.

The premiere broadcasts will be held at The National Museum in Szczecin profiles and at "Mam w sobie kulturę” on facebook.com. 

See you soon!

 

CONCERT „KLEZMER TRADITION”
Saturday, September 19th 2020, 7:00 P.M.
Video premiere at facebook.com/muzeum.szczecin

Nowadays, violin and clarinet are inseparably connected with the issue of Jewish music. Before they took on their contemporary shapes, Jewish musicians played mainly on shawls - pipes with side holes and a double tuner. As instrumental music was banned in synagogues until the nineteenth century as a sign of mourning after the destroyed Jerusalem Temple, Klezmers appeared on secular occasions. Unlike previous editions, this time we decided to reach for the Klezmer heritage to analyse the history of this music and its transformation. It turned out that old melodies are combined not only with Arabian or Balkan climates, but their echoes can be heard even... in Gregorian chant. In the first concert, we will initially go back in time and listen to traditional Jewish melodies, and after a while find out how they have survived in different songs to this day.

Performers:
"Dance of Fire” quartet:
Grzegorz Tobis – clarinet, percussion, arrangements
Waldemar Żarów – clarinet, bassethorn
Piotr Wybraniec – clarinet
Tomasz Żymła – bass clarinet

 

 

CONCERT "NEW SYNBAGOGUE MUSIC: ARNO NADEL”
Sunday, September 20th 2020, 7:00 P.M.
Video premiere at facebook.com/muzeum.szczecin

WIthin New Synagogue Music concert a year ago we racalled the figure of the most important synagogue music composer Louisa Lewandowski, who created music commissioned by, among others, Jewish Commune in Szczecin. This year we discover Arno Nadel - composer, musicologist, philosopher, populariser, organist, poet and painter. He was born in Vilnius, educated in Königsberg, lived in Berlin and visited Szczecin. His music is the result of many thoughts about the world, God, human and identity. The unusual style is a combination of traditional melodies with modern music language. Arno Nadel made full use of all the possibilities of the organ, the cantor and the choir - he believed that only Jewish synagogue (that is, sacred) music was true Jewish music. Believing in goodness, truth and beauty to the end, he died in Auschwitz, and his music did not resound in Szczecin until now.

Performers:
Isidoro Abramowicz – cantor
Jakub Stefek – organ
Cantus Delicium vocal band
Tomasz Szutkowski – director

 

 

 ARTISTS:

Dance of Fire – the first clarinet quartet in Poland specialising in music originating form the sources. It is a laureate of the 20th International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam. Its members are graduates of the Music Academy in Katowice and musicians of leading Polish orchestras. They joined in 2014 to pursue a passion for traditional music, seeking new colours and means of expression. This created a fiery mix of classic technique and folk energy.

Isidoro Abramowicz – cantor of the Synagogue at Pestalozzistrasse in Berlin, music director of the Jewish Community in Berlin, head of cantor studies at Abraham Geiger Kolleg in Berlin. Currently, one of the most recognizable Jewish cantors in the world. He was associated with Jewish life in Scandinavia, Israel and also his home country Argentina. In addition to the duties of a cantor, his great passion is tango - we hope that in this field we will be able to host him in Szczecin in the future.

Jakub Stefek –lecturer at the Art Academy in Szczecin and a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Since 2018, he has been again associated with his hometown of Szczecin, where he has run a number of projects and cooperated with the M. Karłowicz Philharmonic. The need to prepare announcements for the concerts of Jewish Music Days resulted in the subject of his doctoral thesis on Jewish organs and literature on this instrument in synagogues.

Cantus Delicium vocal band – the choir formed as a parish band has grown over time into a group of young people full of passion and ambition. The initial repertoire, based mainly on songs in Latin, was enriched with church, folk and entertainment music. Tomasz Szutkowski, the dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Szczecin, is the conductor. Cantus Delicium under his leadership has already won an impressive number of awards at competitions in Poland and Europe.

 

ORGANIZAER
Fundacja SPOT.ON ART

CO-ORGANIZER
The National Museum in Szczecin

MAIN PARTNER
Abraham Geiger Kolleg w Poczdamie
Narodowe Centrum Kultury

EVENT CO0FINANCED BY Miasto Szczecin

FINANCIAL SUPPORT Fundacja Współpracy Polsko-Niemieckiej

SUPPORTING PARTNERS
Zarząd Morskich Portów Szczecin i Świnoujście S.A
Radunix 

 

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