„Music for Sólaris“ is an ambitious project that celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Kraków writer Stanislaw Lem’s novel Solaris.
It tells the story of a man who arrives at a distant planet to study the ocean covering its surface, a mysterious gigantic intelligence that brings painful and repressed memories into physical being.
Written for twenty-nine string players, two percussionists, prepared piano, guitars and electronics by Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason and performed with Sinfonietta Cracovia, „Music for Sólaris“ also draws inspiration from the Andrei Tarkovsky film adaptation, to create a narrative of sound that is an exploration of an interior cosmos.
Music for Solaris | We don’t need other worlds
The performance features 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. „Music for Sólaris“ was has been released as CD and vinyl as an album by the Icelandic label Bedroom Community.
This is a unique opportunity to see and hear this piece performed with Sinfonietta Cracovia, Krakow’s Royal orchestra, which features on the album and developed the work with the composers from the very beginning.
Ben Frost & Daniel Bjarnason | simulacra II
After „Music for Solaris“, the Sinfonietta Cracovia will play the pieces „Chaconne“ (2005) by Krzysztof Penderecki, „Trzy utwory w dawnym stylu“ (1963) by Henryk Górecki and the mesmerizing short meditation „Spiegel im Spiegel“ (1978) by Arvo Pärt.
„Music for Solaris“ was commissioned by Unsound Krakow 2010, and has already been performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, the Bela Bartok National Concert Hall in Budapest, and the Reykyavik Arts Festival.
This event is recommended by Digital in Berlin! We are giving away 1 x 2 tickets. Just send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Solaris” as the subject.
Ben Frost, Daniel Bjarnason & Sinfonietta Cracovia – Music For Solaris LIVE
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | 20:00 CET
Volksbühne | Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz | 10178 Berlin/Mitte