Kompopolex live @ WRO

WRO Art Center / December 9 and 10, 8:00 PM

Two concerts of the Wroclaw ensemble KOMPOPOLEX will be among one of the last events of the 19. Media Art Biennale WRO 2021 REVERSO. Aleksandra Gołaj (percussion), Rafał Łuc (accordion) and Jacek Sotomski (computers/video) will perform the latest works of leading contemporary music composers. Ensemble KOMPOPOLEX is a trio based in Wrocław specialising in new music. They perform pieces that are engaged and engaging, often leaving their instruments in favour of cables, keyboards, dance or singing.

In the programme:

December 9:
Piotr Peszat – Untitled Folder #3 (for three performers, audio playback, video)
Jennifer Walshe – EVERYTHING YOU OWN HAS BEEN TAKEN TO A DEPOT SOMEWHERE, (for three performers,)
Aleksandra Gryka – Plastic (3 samplers)

December 10:
Agata Zemla – Simona (SPDS, accordion, bio-instruments, electronics)
Rafał Ryterski – Breathe (3 samplers & light)
Neo Hülcker – we speak (performative piece for 3 oral speakers)
Jorge Sanchez-Chiong – SALT WATER (electronics & video)


Ensemble KOMPOPOLEX was established in 2017 and specializes in new music. The trio consists of Aleksandra Gołaj, Rafał Łuc and Jacek Sotomski. They perform engaged and engaging pieces, often abandon their instruments in favor of cables, keyboards, dance and singing. So far, they have performed at the Warsaw Autumn, Sacrum Profanum, Musica Polonica Nova and Musica Electronica Nova festivals.

Aleksandra Gołaj is a percussionist of NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber musician she regurarly performs in contemporary music festivals, such as MUSMA, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova, ISCM World Music Days 2014, Poznań Music Spring, Music on Summits, Warsaw Autumn. During 2015-2018 she was a lecturer at Academy of Music in Wrocław. She is engaged in outreach projects in order to raise music awareness for youth people and takes part in pilotage programme of Lower Silesia Music Association to implement brass orchestra classes at schools.

Rafał Łuc, musician, accordionist. Graduated Royal Academy of Music in London, Musikene in San Sebastian and Academy of Music in Wrocław, where is teaches at the moment.
He performs around the world, solo, as a chamber musician and with orchestras such as BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Aurora Orchestra, Rambert Dance Company, NFM Philharmonic Orchestra. He has made more than 80 world premieres and Polish premieres enriching the accordion repertoire. Rafał’s recordings can be found on 10 CDs. Neil Fisher from “The Times” labelled him as an artist who performes with “deep engagement with the expressive potential of his instrument”.

Pieces by Jacek Sotomski have been performed in festivals such as World Music Days, Warsaw Autumn, BIFEM in Bendigo (Australia), Ostrava Music Days, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova; as a musician he performed at Festival Licences in Paris, Ring Ring in Belgrade, Cinemascope in Minsk. In 2018 he has been nominated to Polish music environment award called Coryphaeus of Polish Music as a Discovery of the Year section. In 2011 he established duo sultan hagavik with Mikołaj Laskowski, which won OFF stream award of Stage Song Review in Wrocław two years later.

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