This year’s Sonica Festival edition brings five concert evenings. We’ll be plunging straight into the heart of the main theme of this year’s festival, nature, right at the opening concert. Sonica will be showcasing an up-and-coming new voice in contemporary Polish classical music, an artist fusing electronics with folklore. The fifth Sonica Classics, in collaboration with Cankarjev Dom, proudly presents the Polish cellist Resina. Her self-titled album, released last year on Fat Cat’s 130701 label, has been described as ‘a tribute to nature’. The droning landscapes of her compositions are accentuated by bursts of sound that shimmer and weave around the listeners. Raw, organic sounds and lush atmospheres exploring Poland through an intuitive and experimental approach to the cello.
The audiovisual evening will feature a double concert, organized in collaboration with the Slovenian Cinematheque and Kino Šiška. The Cinematheque will host the audiovisual concert Centaure, based on the album with the same title by Franck Vigroux. The post-apocalyptic road movie uses intense audiovisuals to explore themes of natural decay and Earth without humans. The evening will continue at Kino Šiška with a piano interpretation of quantum physics entitled Quantum music, courtesy of Serbian duo LP.
On Thursday the festival concert program will move to Pritličje, where the exiciting Turkish experimental duo FezayaFirar will take us on a journey to outer space.
The festival’s central concert will feature the legendary duo Flanger, who returned last year with the album Lollopy Dripper and a new, fresh live act that allows the audience to admire the masters at work from up close. The concert will open with a solo performance by one half of the duo and a prolific artist in his own right, AtomTM (also known as Atom Heart, Señor Coconut) and the duo Warrego Valles, presenting new material from their upcoming record and setting the mood for the club evening to follow. The club evening will once again take place at the ROG Concert hall, with producers Machine Woman (recently signed to Ninja Tune) and Ziúr (recently signed to Planet Mu), two of the most exciting names from the new generation of Berlin techno. We will conclude the festival with a concert by Jan Jelinek, supported by Battle-ax on viola and electronics in the newly renovated Švicarija.
The Scapes exhibition (spaces – landscapes – escape) looks for parallels between landscape painting and contemporary artists that work with modern technology. Motors, programs, audio and lighting equipment are tools that artists use to mimic nature and create replica landscapes of the world around them: audio recordings by which we can discern images of underwater habitats, photo manipulated landscapes, mechanical replicas of natural sound systems, poetical sonic musings on time and impermanence. Increasingly more, nature is becoming a sinister antagonist, a foreign landscape that invades our bodies just as we invade it, rendering the positions of observer and observing imitator untenable. The works displayed at the Scapes exhibition can be interpreted in many different ways, but we are particularly interested in whether we can interpret their observation and imitation as ways to take a quieter stance towards nature, as if they sought the last remaining fragments of a primal connection to nature as a place of escape.