The beating heart of Gaudeamus is the Gaudeamus Award. Four composers have been nominated this year for this coveted prize and their music can be heard during various concerts. They have also written brand-new music especially for the festival. This concert features the music that Annika Socolofsky and Matthew Ricketts wrote for accordion/clarinet duo Zöllner-Roche.
‘Silience’ is a word coined by writer John Koening for everyday, unnoticed excellence. Award-nominated Annika Socolofsky used the word as the starting point for her piece The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: silience, an ode to the powerful way in which her fellow citizens of Boulder, Colorado responded to the shooting of March 22, 2021. Lucent by Award nominee Matthew Ricketts is a glowing, almost luminescent piece that sets poet Joshua Clover’s poetry to music without using the lyrics literally.
Annika Socolofsky - The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: Silience
Matthew Ricketts - Lucent
Pawel Malinowski - (new work) (in collaboration with Adam Mickiewicz Institute)
Heather Roche - clarinet
Eva Zöllner - accordion