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The compositions of Elliott Carter sound best set against the cityscape of New York. Within this cityscape, we will listen to the stories of one of the most celebrated and interesting composers of the past century, recorded in a musical documentary called A Labyrinth of Time. The image of Elliott Carter will be enhanced with a discussion about his oeuvre and about twentieth-century music and the contradictions that existed within it. The meeting will be led by musicologist and curator Antoni Beksiak. The other speakers will be Agata Kwiecińska, a journalist from Program 2 Polskiego Radia, and Krzysztof Moraczewski of the Institute of Cultural Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University.

Later, at the Dominican Fathers church, we will listen to pianist Maciej Grzybowski, a four-time nominee for the Paszporty Polityki Award, performing Elliott Carter’s Sonata and Night Fantasies, works that are considered the milestones of the composer’s oeuvre. Maciej Grzybowski will juxtapose these avant-garde pieces with the ascetical sounds of Tigran Mansurian’s piano compositions inspired by Armenian music.

Finally, late at night, Braden King’s film Here will be shown at the Malta Foundation. Here is a road movie crossed with melodrama and comedy, shown at a charmingly lazy pace, featuring ambient music and overexposed shots. The journey will change the characters’ lives, and perhaps, even the lives of some viewers.