SzaZa Plays Polanski
New Sounds from Poland

Concert

November 28, 2014 / 20:00

Pera Film hosts Polish duo SzaZa for a special concert, held in paralel to the film program Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.

From all Roman Polanski’s works, his short films have probably the least exposure. Between 1958-1962, as a student of the National Film School in Łódź, Polanski created a series of short films, from playful technique exercises like “Murder” (1957) and “A Toothful Smile”, through metaphorical “Break Up the Dance” (1957) and “Mammals” (1962) to “Two Men and a Wardrobe” (1958), which brought Polanski international acclaim. These etudes display the glimpses of surreal, often dark style Polanski would explore in his later works, as well as his narrative genius and relentless search for the truth about human nature, regardless of the cruelty and viciousness he may uncover. SzaZa - Szamburski / Zakrocki has created a very dynamic soundtrack conversing with these images, showing how important music and sound can be in a film. By referencing Krzysztof Komeda compositions and the original music that was used in these shorts SzaZa creates a new and unique narrative field.

SzaZa's (Paweł Szamburski / Patryk Zakrocki duo) music is a unique blending of seemingly opposite extremes - of noise and silence, pop and contemporary chamber, beauty and ugliness, of sophisticated wisdom and pure, naive thoughtlessness. Szamburski and Zakrocki create music for theatre, film, silent movies and contemporary dance.They are multi-instrumentalists, improvisers and promoters of culture who have been active on the Warsaw improvised music and independent art scene since 1999.

Murder, 1957, 1’30’’
A Toothful Smile, 1957, 1’27’’
Break Up the Dance, 1957, 7’38’’
Two Men and a Wardrobe, 1958, 15’
When Angels Fall, 1959, 22’
The Lamp, 1959, 7’50’’

Admission is with reduced museum entrance ticket (8 TL). The concert is free of admissions for Friends of Pera Museum. Space is limited, drop in.

Concerts are presented on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of Poland-Turkey diplomatic relations.

Temporary Exhibition

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Orientalism in Polish Art

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Baby King

Baby King

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Soothsayer Serenades I Serenades to the Sun by Kornelia Binicewicz

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