Concert series The New Music Orchestra

The New Music Orchestra

New Music Orchestra (OMN) – founded in 1996 by Aleksander Lasoń, it is the oldest Polish ensemble that specialises in modern music. Since 2006, it has been directed by Szymon Bywalec and earned a reputation of an ensemble which can play the most difficult and challenging modern scores. Since its founding, OMN has commissioned works from contemporary composers, presented them during important music events in Poland and abroad, and recorded them on CDs. It has produced almost 150 world premieres and a large number of Polish premieres of the most outstanding works of modern music.

What is new music? Is it the opposite of "old" or "early" music, its continuation and extension of tradition, or rather a definite act of rebellion and breaking off from the past? Why do we have "new music" in the first place? Didn't they only play new things at the times of Bach and Mozart? So, what has changed that we willingly go back to "museum pieces"?

The whole surrounding world has changed. As a result of scientific, technological and communication development, more has happened in the world over the past ten years than it did over 500 years in the Middle Ages. These days, specialisation is so developed that the man in the street can hardly understand quarks, gravitons, and other notions of physics, or complicated integrated circuits in devices we use every day, such as mobile phones or computers. Nevertheless, we all make use of innovations developed by pioneers.

A composer is in a way a researcher or a lonely wanderer. They often go to places which nobody has visited before – such is their task. Their music is a result of sensitive perception of the surrounding world and their mental (or maybe spiritual) inside. The present times are extremely interesting, yet full of tensions, dilemmas, quests. Artistic quests are often an attempt to reach the crux of the matter, whatever it may be.

 

date details
27.OCT
sunday
18:00
24.NOV
sunday
18:00
15.DEC
sunday
18:00
12.JAN
sunday
18:00
15.MAR
sunday
18:00