Between 29 November and 3 December in Art Education Centre in Gdansk in Nowy Port another 5-day workshop for Polish and foreign musicians was held. It was organised in cooperation with a local artistic association “Nasiono”. The artists inspired by the atmosphere and surrounding of Nowy Port district composed unique music material which then was performed live at the concert in Gdansk
The programme of the workshop was curated and co-created by a famous singer and guitar player from Australia, Hugo Race and a multi instrumentalist from Tricity – Karol Schwarz (KSAS) – the head of Nasiono Records. Moreover 6 musicians from Poland were invited to take part in the workshop: both those on the threshold of their musical breakthrough and artists with more considerable experience. Adrian Kondratowicz (Ze Velocipedes) – drums, Przemysław Bartoś (Ze Velocipedes, The Fruitcakes) – bass guitar, Paweł Swiernalis (Lord & The Liar) – guitar, vocals, Mateusz Franczak (Daktari) – saxophone, Marta Tykarska (C4030) – trumpet, Michał Peschke (C4030) – percussion.
The main idea behind the workshop was to create an international instrumental collective Pure Phase Ensemble that composed the music material to be presented to the public at SpaceFest! festival at Klub Żak venue in Gdansk. Through workshop improvisation the musicians arrived at a joint artistic vision whichresulted in a set of unique songs. The live material from the concert is going to be recorded and then published on a CD in 2016.
The project realised by Laznia CCA and Nasiono Association – „SpaceFest!” – proves that music activities should not only provide a short span entertainment, but they should also educate, integrate, entwine with fine arts and performance. They should also create conditions for an exchange of experience between young and more experienced artists. On the other hand, setting the workshops and concerts in the area of the Lower Town or Nowy Port districts helps to revitalise these places, activate its citizens, make the area more attractive culture-wise for the outsiders – people from different quarters of Gdansk or even from other cities. The participants get familiar with Laznia CCA’s activities and at the samme time get to know the revitalised district better.
The SpaceFest! festival is organised by Nasiono Association in cooperation with Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art and with the support of the City of Gdańsk. The workshop is realised by Laznia CCA in the framework of the Outdoor Gallery of The City of Gdansk project supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.