The Nostalgia Festival Poznań is a musical project which had its first edition in 2007, and has to date, attracted a wide group of followers. The festival’s main goal is to present to the Polish audience a contemporary circle of sensitive artists, most of whom are associated with ECM Records. Their music reaches to their national roots, for instance in Armenia, Estonia or Ukraine, and smoothly merges these with contemporary motifs to create a new world-class quality. The programme of Nostalgia Festival Poznań 2014 was based on an intercultural dialogue between the compositions of two masters: Tigran Mansurian – an Armenian celebrating his 75th birthday this year and Elliot Carter – an American who died in 2012 at the age of 103.
‘When I found out that my music would be juxtaposed with Elliott Carter’s compositions during the festival, I was shocked,’ said Tigran Mansurian at the beginning of Nostalgia Festival Poznań. During the three festival concerts and meetings, and six film shows, we presented two diverse musical trends from two very distant parts of the world: Armenia and the USA. Below, some of the participants share their impressions of the seventh Nostalgia Festival Poznań.
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