Spring is in full bloom and another Night of Museums is just around the corner! As part of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk, we prepared an interesting programme to accompany this event. On Saturday, 16 May, it is worth taking a trip to Nowy Port. At 6 pm, at the entrance to Łaźnia CAE we are going to begin exploring this unique, historical district guided by the motto “Nowy Port Speaks”. After the eventful walk we planned a concert. T’ien Lai – an organic and synthetic dance quartet – is going to play on the yard of Łaźnia CAE.
After last year’s trips around Dolne Miasto, Stare Przedmieście and Olszynka, this year we would like to invite you to the inauguration of the new cycle – this time, to Nowy Port. Looking at previous locations, Nowy Port seems to be their natural continuation. Like Dolne Miasto, it is situated outside the typical tourist routes and, despite its peripheral location, it has a lot to offer – even though it may not be an obvious choice. This is not the end of the similarities. For years, the district has had a bad reputation and earned a label of a dangerous and shabby place, which was to influence its perception – and the dismissive treatment of what it has to offer – for years to come
- It probably won’t come as a surprise if I say that beautiful things, moments and situations are to be found in Nowy Port. For it is first of all a picturesque district. It combines the idyllic nature of areas situated by the water with a working class background and bourgeois elegance. It is here, rather than in the tourist heart of Gdańsk, that it’s easiest to pretend that life is a film, because practically every street and every square are a ready-made set design that do not need additional tricks or embellishments. Finally – this is basically a city within a city, proud and separate, distinguished not only by its architecture, but also by its inhabitants, tales, stories and urban legends – says guide Karolina Pochwatka.
We hope this is enough to convince you to join our trip, where we will aim to discover at least some of Nowy Port’s forgotten faces.
When: 16 may 2015, 6 pm
Where: meeting at the entrance of Łaźnia CAE, ul. Strajku Dokerów 5, Gdańsk – Nowy Port
Guide: Karolina Pochwatka
CONCERT: T`IEN LAI
T’ien Lai was formed in 2012 by Łukasz Jędrzejczak (So Slow, Alameda 5) and Kuba Ziołek (Stara Rzeka, Innercity Ensemble) as a result of looking for new formulas of meditative electronic and electroacoustic music. Their debut album Da’at released in 2013 by Monotype Records was characterised by the sound of old Śnieżka radio sets that were manufactured in communist Poland. On the album, they were transformed using guitar effects and layered with synthesiser loops. These adventures culminated in two critically acclaimed concerts at the Unsound Festival in Krakow (2012) and Strefa Monotype in Warsaw (2014).
The duo recorded its second album RHTHM, which is going to be released in the autumn of 2015 as a summary of playing with pulsating music and exploring various dimensions of rhythm. Music on RHTHM will be more lively and energetic – this results from the musicians’ involvement in Alameda 5 and Innercity Ensemble.
In early 2015 T’ien Lai became a quartet. The band was joined by Rafał Kołacki (Hati, Innercity Ensemble, Mammoth Ulthana) and Mikołaj Zieliński (Alameda 3, Alameda 5, Rara) on African percussion and percussive instruments. Jędrzejczak and Ziołek returned to purely synthetic sounds, which are contrasted with the organic sound of percussion during concerts. Consequently, their music oscillates between quasi-shamanic trances, raw, almost industrial rhythmic electronica and pastiches of contemporary techno. The quartet plays and improvises live, without the use of computers.
When: 16 May 2015, 8 pm
Where: yard of Łaźnia CAE, ul. Strajku Dokerów 5, Gdańsk – Nowy Port