Unsound Festival New York starts Wednesday April 6th with Unsound's largest event to date - the festival’s official opening - at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Presented with Sacrum Profanum, Unsound’s sister festival from Krakow, and organized by the Krakow Festival Office with support of the Krakow City Council, this official Unsound Festival opening night event will feature the USA debut of “We Don’t Need Other Worlds. We Need Mirrors - Music for Solaris.”
Developed and commissioned for Unsound, Music For Solaris is an ambitious project that celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Krakow writer Stanislaw Lem’s novel Solaris. Written for twenty-nine string players, two percussionists, prepared piano, guitars and electronics by Ben Frost (Australia / Iceland) and Daníel Bjarnason (Iceland) in collaboration with one of Poland's leading orchestras, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Music for Solaris also draws inspiration from the Andrei Tarkovsky film adaptation. The performance will be enhanced by the film manipulations of Brian Eno and Nick Robertson, drawing on moments from the original Tarkovsky film to create a visual parallel to the music composition process. This project has been strongly supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as one of the leading projects of the Polish Presidency of the EU, which starts on July 1st 2011. An album of Music For Solaris will be released this year on the Bedroom Community label. The New York performance of Music For Solaris is presented with additional support from the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.
Setting the ground for “Music For Solaris,” Sinfonietta Cracovia will perform the music of Krzysztof Penderecki, one of Poland's greatest living contemporary composers, as well as the music of perhaps the most popular modern composer today, New York's own Steve Reich. This opening segment was curated by Sacrum Profanum to celebrate and preview the theme of their upcoming September 2011 festival in Krakow devoted to American minimalist music including many works by Reich.