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Bartek Wąsik / photo Bartek Szmigulski
GalleryBartek Wąsik / photo Bartek Szmigulski

Peacefully, deliberately and while listening to you inner self – that is the only hint from Arvo Pärt as to how to perform "Für Alina", the short piece that will be the axis of the concert, the film screenings and the opening of tomorrows 8th Nostalgia Festival Poznań. The short piano piece was written in 1978 for an eighteen year old young woman, the daughter of a friend, when she was leaving for London to study. Just as she had once embarked on a journey to discover a new world in a different city, the same way Arvo Pärt turns a new leaf in the history of music, incorporating a completely new technique he named “tintinnabuli”.

This year’s edition of the Nostalgia Festival Poznań will last until Saturday and is dedicated to the memory of Ph. D. Jan Kulczyk. His death immersed us in sadness and sorrow for the loss of such a magnificent personality. We will remember him not only as a patron of art, a master in business and visionary but most of all as a good man.

The first opportunity to get to know the work of Arvo Pärt and his technique "tintinnabuli" will be the meeting session with Andrzej Bauer, Jakub Jakowicz, Bartek Wąsik and the musicians from the Royal String Quartet which will be led by the film and music critic Jan Topolski. After the talk there will be a film screening of Dorian Supina’s documentary "24 preludes for a fugue" where among recordings of rehearsals, talks and meetings we will hear the most famous pieces of the Estonian composer. Later that evening the piece "Für Alina" will echo through the film "The Banishment" by Andrey Zvyagintsev.

I’m not capable of anticipating what will come to my mind before the show. I have several variants which I will try to show. But what will come out of it, I never know. All the pieces I play are crafted in a way to make you fall into some kind of trance. It would be great if the audience felt that and didn’t fight it. Sometimes it happens to me too when playing "Für Alina" for the eighteenth time in a row – I forget what hour it is, what day of the week. Things just vanish. – this is how Bartek Wąsik, the pianist and curator of the evening , announces the concert in his interview with Kajetan Kurkiewicz for "Gazeta Wyborcza". Together with Andrzej Bauer, Jakub Jakowicz and the Royal String Quartet they will inaugurate the Nostaliga Festival with a concert in the Poznań Fara Church.