KALAKARA

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KALAKARA is an ensemble of instrumental performing theatre. Starting from a solid formation of contemporary classical music, the performers of KALAKARA explore the expressive potential of the contemporary musical language in a performance context.
The research done by Anna Sowa (composer), Margherita Berlanda (accordionist) and Dorota Jasinska (violinist) stems from the creation of theatrical language where Sound and Movement are united in a single discourse.

KALAKARA came together officially in 2020, but has been active since 2018 (“Seh, do, yek…!” is the first musical theatre work developed by the group). 
In 2019, KALAKARA was among the winners of the SUPERNOVA call for the Pergine Festival with the instrumental theatre piece, “Étouffe (in – udibile)”. In 2020, the same Pergine Festival commissioned a new piece from the group (“Close up”, to be premièred in July 2020).

KALAKARA is supported by the cultural association ANOMALIA (Baselga di Pinè TN – Italy).

Anna Sowa is a young recognised Polish composer with a broad scope of activities on the field of contemporary art. She presented her pieces during Musica Moderna sessions and Festival Musica Privata in Łódź, Woche Neue Musik in Essen, Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau/Bauhaus and during the concerts “_like a sunny polish day” in Baselga di Piné in Italy. The composer cooperated with Off Harnam Group and their joint project Roots was presented among others at Harnam’s Anniversary Concert in Łódź and during the FRU Festival (Polish Festival Improvisation Contact in 2012). In February 2013, her piece The quintet was used for making choreographies by participants of the National Competition of Movement Interpretations, which took place during the 3rd Meetings with Eurhythmics (Radom). Her piece entitled Lass mich heraus ordered by Kölner Gesellschaft für Neue Musik was presented as part of the project Béton Brut & Bruits in Köln and afterwards in Musikhochschule Münster (2018). Her works were also performed at the National Eurhythmics Festival Exchange of ideas in Lusławice (Poland), The National Competition of Movement Interpretation in Dobczyce (Poland), the Touch the Theatre festival in Łódź, Royal Arcades of Art in Warsaw Royal Castle, the Nowowiejski na Nowo festival in Radom. She has collaborated with a visual artist Xiaole Zhang. Their sound installations Dwelling and Erwartung were shown as part of a summer project Künstlerstadt Kalbe, while the installation Receiver not found was presented at C.A.R. contemporary art ruhr in Essen (2018). Moreover, Anna created music for the spectacle The Maids based on Jean Genet’s drama, which was shown by members of Pro Dance Theatre during the Touch the Theatre Festival in Łódź. Anna Sowa is awarded by Witold Lutosławski Association with a special scholarship founded by the Lutosławski’s family.

www.annasowa.eu

Margherita Berlanda is an Italian accordionist. Investigation using different aesthetics and artistic expressions plays a central role in her personal research and leads her approach to the performance field.
She has performed for internationally known festivals like International Koper Biennial, Donaueschingen Musiktagen, PactaSOUNDZone Milan, Pergine Festival, SpazioMusica Festival, Musica Insieme Panicale Festival (in cooperation with Ernst von Siemens Stiftung), Cembalo und anderen Tasteninstrumente – Akademie der Künste Berlin and cooperates with Fondazione Haydn Stiftung – OPER.A 20.21 Festival of Haydn Orchester von Bozen und Trient. Shanghai International Culture & Arts Institute recently promoted Alambic Duo chinese tournée (among the stages: Grand Theater Ningbo, Kungmin Teather, Concert Hall Harbin, Development Area Teather Dalian). Of particular interest is the activity with Alambic Duo, the contemporary music ensemble Azione_Improvvisa, the Dúo Pérez – Berlanda.
Some of her interpretations have been broadcast by Radio Vaticana, Bayerische Rundfunk, RAI Slovenia and recorded for the labels GiutArt (together with Azione_Improvvisa) and Stradivarius.

www.margheritaberlanda.com

Dorota Jasinska represents a large artistic background, connecting influences of Polish, Italian and Russian violin school.
She graduated from the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan (Poland) and the Giuseppe Tartini Music State Conservatory (Italy). In 2011 she was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci scholarship to continue her musical education at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. 
As a young creator of culture and for her musical achievements she received a special scholarship from the Marshal of the West Pomeranian in Poland (2013). She has collaborated with a composer and visual artist Ivan Penov. The artists presented a cycle of concerts “Homage to Luigi Nono” in Poland and Italy (2015/2016). In 2019 Dorota Jasinska was awarded the Adam Mickiewicz Institute Scholarship ”Polska 100” financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of  Poland for promoting Polish culture and cultural exchange between artists, creators and institutions worldwide. Dorota’s performing experience includes chamber music recitals as well as cooperation with string and symphonic orchestras. Her musical interests mainly concentrate on contemporary art with its interdisciplinary character, also on a ground of creation.

Artistic residence, Centrum Kultury Wilanów, Warszawa, Poland
I’m not alone, I’m with the mountains/ documentary by KOTTOMfilms – Elena Goatelli and Angel Esteban/ Trento Film Festival, Italy
Artistic residence, Anomalia contemporary arts lab, Baselga di Pinè, Italy
Étouffe music theatre piece for accordion, violin and electronics, Casa Museo Hotel alla Corona, Montagnaga di Pinè, TN Italy
Étouffe music theatre piece for accordion, violin and electronics. Premiere, Pergine Festival, Ex Rimessa delle Carrozze, TN Italy
Artistic residence, Anomalia contemporary arts lab, Baselga di Pinè TN Italy
Seh, do, yek…! for accordion, violin, electronics. Premiere, Sala Esposizioni Centro Congressi Baselga di Pinè TN Italy