niedziela, 15 listopada 2015


Grand Ensemble

6-channel sound installation 
PrzełomyNational Museum in Szczecin

Michał Libera, recordings, found footage, montage
Ralf Meinz, sound design

Premiere: 17/12/2015

Commissioned by Piotr Wysocki for permanent exhibition in National Museum, Szczecin (room to be shared with Grzegorz Hańderek). Installation material consists of field recordings and found footage only, all related to what the French neatly call Grand Ensemble

sobota, 17 października 2015


The one and only

John Tilbury, Grand Tour, Poland, October 2015

14/10, Kraków, Unsound Festival
John Tilbury / Robert Piotrowicz

15/10, Łódź, Muzeum Sztuki
John Tilbury / Samuel Beckett / Celine Condorelli / Wojtek Traczyk

27/10, Warszawa, Studio PR im. W. Lutosławskiego (20.30)
John Tilbury / Zygmunt Krauze / Szabolcs Esztenyi / Hubert Zemler 
Morton Feldman (Three Pianos), Terry Riley (Keyboard Studies), Cornelius Cardew (Solo with Accompaniment), Tomasz Sikorski (Zertreutes Hinauschauen, Echoes II), Zygmunt Krauze (Stone Music, One Piano Eight Hands), Christian Wolff (Tilbury 3)
program may change slightly

30/10, Warszawa, Muzeum Rzeźby im. X. Dunikowskiego (18.00)
John Tilbury / Hubert Zemler improv
John Tilbury plays Morton Feldman (Palais de Mari)

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środa, 9 września 2015

Tyto Alba on Tour

Tyto Alba LIVE

Michał Libera: voice, text, concept, composition
Martin Küchen: saxophone
Ralf Meinz: sound design, electronics
Barbara Kinga Majewska: voice

September dates: 

21st: Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej, Warszawa
22nd: Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź
24th: Galeria na Czystej, Wrocław
25th: Centrum Amarant, Poznań
26th: TBC, Berlin
27th: Teater Alabtross, Goteborg (part of Tilde project)

more details soon

released on Bolt Records

A bit too depresing for me
Frans de Waard

Sound essay "Tyto Alba", initially conceived as studio album now is reworked for live performance or a modest chamber opera for a saxophonist, sound designer, two readers and a number of “caged tape-birds”. It is a sonic take on melancholia, the sounds of melancholia, the hearing of melancholia, obsessions and pains, pleasures and loops of melancholia; a landscape with Max Ernst, Alvin Lucier, Walter Marchetti, Michel Serres, W.G. Sebald, Giorgio Agamben, Rainer Maria Rilke, Georges Perec, Javier Marías and many more.


The notion of melancholia covers a vast semantic territory from art history to global politics to most intimate and idiosyncratic psycho-geographies. It tends to be more vibrant in times of transition, even if only imagined, and it is far from coincidence that last decades witnessed „Rings of Saturn” by W.G. Sebald, „Melancholy: Genius and Madness in Art” exhibition in Neue Nationalgalerie or world awards winning „Melancholia” by Lars von Trier. The visual and conceptual realms of melancholia are well rooted in our collective representations. Yet until now, it has never been a subject of a thorough audio-analysis. "Tyto Alba" is a unique inquiry into sounds of melancholia. More than that, it shows that it is an inevitably aural phenomena, which only through sound can reveal some of its features.

"Tyto Alba" has been conceived as a theoretical research and a recording studio experiment which resulted in a sound essay published by a leading contemporary music label, Bôłt Records. Blurring the edges between sound genres, it is a horspiel and a reading; a piece of electroacoustic music as well as plunderphonics; an attempt at sound portraits or simply a collection of songs. All in all, it remains a sonic take on melancholia. But forget weepy piano music and sad boys' songs. The sound of melancholia is extreme and obsessive. It is painful and pleasureable. Apathy and self-dismissal come not from weary music but from sonic hallucinations, acousmatic sounds and alien voices arriving at a special mode of hearing. In one of the footnotes of „Stanzas”, Giorgio Agamben points out that the well known melancholic posture of a man leaning his head against the hand is actually an attempt to get away from suffering of his ringing ear. This observation is the main coordinate of the piece's development. It departs from melancholic listening which turns women into birds and was portrayed in the opening chapter of W.G. Sebald's „Rings of Saturn”. From there on, the leading voice of the performance imperceptibly meanders between reading, commenting, quoting and misleading the tale – an interpretation of the Sebald's initial intuitions. Narration wriggles from Auguste Rodin to Bedřich Smetana, from Georges Perec to Alvin Lucier. Their music and words are accompanied by hundreds of found footage samples bringing together laryngological patients, paranormal voices, death rattles, monaural beats, tinnitus sounds but most of all birds, in particular barn owls. They are all mirrored by saxophone playing by the one and only – Martin Küchen.

Live performance of "Tyto Alba" heads for an overwhelming and immersive seance in which all the aforementioned sounds merge and collide to form an audio phantasy of melancholic listening, a room-full of sound in which a listener loses a sense of space - designed by one more one and only sound engineer in Europe, Ralf Meinz.

piątek, 4 września 2015


Alessandro Facchini / Michał Libera / Ralf Meinz 

08/09/2015 (Tuesday)

The only day the three of us meet in the same town and by some coincidence it is Warsaw. 
We decided to celebrate. 
Post-Smutaz DJ duo with a great guest from Tubingen playing vinyls, CDs, mp3 files, maybe waves as well as digital sound generators.
There's gonna be depression, noise and beauty. 
I think. 
We'll see. 

Weekend passed and resulted in a different triangle.  
An update. Ralf had to stay in Germany. Piotr Kurek will come. 
Smutaż after Smutaż, apparently.
One night only.

Alessandro Facchini / Piotr Kurek / Michał Libera 

08/09/2015 (Tuesday)

wtorek, 9 czerwca 2015



Raphael Rogiński
John Coltrane and Langston Hughes
African mystic music

Official release concert: 16/06/2015, Pardon To Tu 20.30
CD will be available at promotional price

1. Blue Train
2. Equinox
3. Lonnie's Lament
4. Walkers With The Dawn
5. Mr. P. C.
6. Countdown
7. The Negro Speaks Of Rivers
8. Grand Central
9. Seraphic Light
10. Naima

Guitars by Raphael Rogiński
Voice by Natalia Przybysz

Compositions by John Coltrane (1-3, 5-6, 8-10) and Raphael Rogiński (4, 7)
Poems by Langston Hughes

Recorded by Zofia Moruś
Mastered by Sebastian Witkowski
Produced by Michal Libera
Cover art work by Aleksandra Waliszewska
Layout by Piotr Bukowski

Published by Bôlt Records
Distributed by Monotype Records

Populista is a CD series curated by Michal Libera for Bôlt Records

poniedziałek, 1 czerwca 2015

Voice-over | Prague Quadriennale

Michał Libera & Wojtek Ziemilski

Prague Quadriennale
Charles Bridge, Prague

People reading out loud, together, on the street.

Such a simple form of collective demonstration. Perhaps the purest way of expressing common will and the most basic strategy of claiming the space. Being together, acting together and wanting together - naivety to the extent of being suspicious if not embarrassing. And rare.

It did happen, in Poznań. People stood together and they read. Nothing more. It was a public reading of the text of Rodrigo Garcia’s performance "Golgotha Picnic" and a protest against censorship. But these readings were also a claiming of a space, and a performative gesture of speaking-to-possess. At the same time, the taking over was executed as a theatrical performance with the use of the most ephemeral tool - voice.

The disturbance in the public sphere by an act so modest seems symptomatic. It reveals the background of the question "who owns the public space". How does the space become owned, even possessed and fixed with content? What are the strategies of spreading the message and reaching the others? And who are the others? How efficient - performative if you like - can people get with their voices? Can they reach universality? Can voice strategies become universal?

"Voice-over", a city tour and a live presentation, will form a two-chapter performative tale on owning, possessing and appropriating the space. The execution by Wojtek Ziemilski and Michał Libera will use techniques of reenactment, impersonation, playback and different forms of electrical and acoustical amplification to highlight the importance and ambiguity of the voice in claiming the space. Playing with the idea of voice as the ultimate human property, a signature and a proof of reality, they will explore the agency of the speakers (in the double meaning of the term). Referring to the neutrality and transparency of the air – voice's medium – they will deal with the politics and proxemics of open spaces.

The walk in the city will relate to owning and possessing and take as its stage one of the most crowded spots in Prague - the square in front of St. Salvador church. Can we take any of the Golgotha Picnic Poznań voice strategies and use them in this particular environment? Once in the conference space, this question will become a more private and intimate one.

sobota, 16 maja 2015

CALVINO in Torun | Sluchalnia

CALVINO opera & radio play
in framework of SŁUCHALNIA

curated by Małgorzata Burzyńska

CSW Znaki Czasu 

21.00: DOMINIK KARSKI / PAWEŁ KRZACZKOWSKI, Między nimi a wiecznością nie było więcej niż minuta i pół

Concept inspired by Italo Calvino: Dominik Karski, Paweł Krzaczkowski, Michał Libera
Music: Dominik Karski
Libretto: Paweł Krzaczkowski
Performance: Flute O'Clock
Tape: Alessandro Facchini, Wiktor Milczarek
Scenography: Paweł Modzelewski
Voice: Paweł Krzaczkowski 

more here

22.00: _KELO & MICHAŁ LIBERA, Invisible City

Live mix of recordings and composition by _Kelo & Michał Libera 

Composition is based on text by Italo Calvino adapted by Michał Libera and read by Cédric Degrange, Roberta Deambrosi, Barbara Kinga Majewska, Daniel Muzyczuk, Léna Pellandini-Simányi, Agnieszka Tarasiuk, Cédric Van Der Poel, Wojtek Ziemilski, Wojtek Zrałek-Kossakowski.

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