It is not the first and not the last time the Philharmonic stage will be taken over by grooves, beats and syncopes performed by talented young people from the State Music School of the First Degree (PSM) and the Music Schools Complex in Szczecin (ZSM). Szczecin Young Percussion i.e. the "Szczecin young drum", is a project created on the initiative of Dariusz Jagiełło, a musician of the Philharmonic in Szczecin and a teacher of PSM and ZSM percussion classes. Many young percussionists started out in this ensemble, and today they are artistically successful or simply work in the profession, which, at a time when talented young people land in call centers, is also a great success.
This time, we will also hear soloists, the band Hob-beats Duo, which has been active since 2002. It is made up by Magdalena Kordylasińska-Pękala and Miłosz Pękala. This is the only active ensemble of this type in Poland. In addition to percussion compositions, in there are also transcripts (e.g. "Alborada del gracioso" by M. Ravel, "Goldberg Variations" by J.S. Bach) and songs specially written for them (“Passacaglia” and "Concerto for two percussions and orchestra” by "Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, :Retourning Sounds for Magda & Milosz" by Miłosz Bembinow).
In this year's program of "young drum" we will hear, among others, "Gainsborough," popular in the percussion world of quintet of Thomas Gauger, and "Easy Beats" by Danish composer Pera Nørgård (born 1932), a student of Nadia Boulanger. Moreover, there will be a piece of an artist famous for the vibrancy, a Serbo-German composer Jovan Nebojsy Zivkovic, of a perverse title "Trio per Uno". If you talk about "bar instruments”, then there is also a place in the show for marimba "Marimba Spiritual" by Minoru Miki. The composition is a tribute to the legend of Japanese marimba Keiko Abe (propagator of this instrument). In the repertoire of the chamber music concert with a percussion playing the main role there is also a piece entitled "Table music" by Belgian musician and filmmaker Thierry de May.
One thing is certain: these young people did not start ... from Bach. At the beginning there was the rhythm – it's obvious.
Mikołaj Rykowski PhD
Musicologist and clarinetist, doctorate, and associate at the Department Music Theory at the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. Author of a book and numerous articles devoted to the phenomenon of Harmoniemusik – the 18th-century practice of brass bands. Co-author of the scripts "Speaking concerts" and author of the spoken introductions to philharmonic concerts in Szczecin, Poznań, Bydgoszcz and Łódź.