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Open lecture “Abstraction in science and art”


Open lecture “Abstraction in science and art”

The lecture took place on Saturday, February 24th at 4 p.m. at our school. It was all about science and jazz.

The lecture was given by Maciej Lewenstein – professor of physics and a true global citizen. Lewenstein is a distinguished Polish scholar, one of the most frequently quoted physicists in the world. His achievements and international academic career make him a figure that may well serve as a model for modern Polish science. Together with Tomasz Stańko, he created “Projekt Barcelona”, a Polish and Spanish artistic project with jazz, poetry and science in the background. He is the author of an excellent book titled “Polish Jazz Recordings and Beyond” dedicated to Polish jazz, intended to popularize authors of Polish jazz music worldwide.

The speaker discussed the formal concept of math-based abstraction and explain the notion of modelling in physics as a process of abstraction from detail to essence. He presented examples, ranging from a simple pendulum to quantum simulators. Next, he discussed the subject of abstraction in visual arts: from realism to impressionism, cubism, abstractionism and, finally, abstract expressionism.

With fragments of works, he illustrated contemporary trends in music, using the example of jazz: from harmonious swing to modal jazz, free jazz, finishing on total improvisation.

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After the lecture we invited our guests to join us for the improvised music concert by Jerzy Mazzoll and Sebastian Mac.

Jerzy Mazzoll – bass clarinet virtuoso, drawing deeply from the tradition of Polish improvisers and composers of contemporary music of mid 20th century. He was one of the originators of a so called “yass” revolution in Polish jazz, however, he departed from this stream, creating the idea of Arhythmic perfection and he started dealing with the European aspect of improvisation in art. The long list of Mazzoll’s collaborators (among others, Derek Bailey, Django Bates, Peter Brötzmann and Kazik Staszewski) was recently extended with new ones: Skalpel duo, Marcin Dymiter, Jerzy Przeździecki and Micromelancolie. The last Mazzoll’s project is MazzSacre and album + released in Spring 2015.

Sebastian Mac – a guitarist and a producer, who creates in the trend of experimental music, mainly electroacoustic and improvised music. An author of film and theatre music. He has worked, among others, with Jerzy Mazzoll, Zdzisław Piernik, Mikołaj Pałosz, Paulina Owczarek, Tomek Chołoniewski, Rafał Mazur, Krakow Improvisers Orchestra, Krzysztof Cybulski, Robert Knuth, Trever Hagen, Jan Bernad, Dorota Porowska, Jewgienij Korniag, Paweł Miśkiewicz.

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