The field of artistic research in music has recently witnessed an increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary projects. The interstitial space where cultures can meet and communicate has become a favourite centrepiece especially for artists who strive for a synthesis of their diverse influences into a personal creative outcome. Composition occupies a privileged position in this discourse, as it allows the artistic researcher to blend different elements at the primary level of the conception of the musical work itself.
Between 2016 and 2022, a series of four concerts, one CD recording, and a written doctoral thesis have formed the tangible body of my research project, carried out within the framework of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. The many paths this research has disclosed and developed constitutes the invisible system of interlaced threads that outlives the project, having become a permanent part of my music making.
This exposition offers an insight into Polska Travels through the audio, video, and written material produced during the studies I carried out both within the framework of established research fields and in the exploration of their intersections. Nordic folk traditions, Western art music, and a range of different musical genres and cultural fields are spun to weave a dynamic, ever-changing "musical home", voicing the urge to embrace a broad concept of contemporary music, embedded in an increasingly interconnected cultural world.
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