SLOT is a polyphony. It's an attempt to get in tune with others, common sounds and joy when you manage to create harmony. There are also some moments of cacophony – we are diverse, each of us sounds different. Music and sounds are very important at SLOT – not just because they fill all the stages – also because listening to other voices and tones is one of the main values of the festival. Silence is also important. Although seemingly absent from SLOT, when you find it, you can hear what matters most!
AUDIO LIVE PRODUCTION
turn 3 / D4 / 20 people / level 2
Have you ever wondered, while looking at a stage during a concert, how all the microphones and cables work together to create those great sounds? Or maybe you've already had an opportunity to work with sound production and want to do it even better?
Jim Stembel – has been training audio engineers and conducting seminars for sound technician teams for the past 10 years.
- DRUMS DIFFERENTLY
Basics of djembe: individually and in a band. The technique, rhythmics and melodies with notation. Towards the end of workshop series there's a jam session planned to prepare us for the final presentation.
Sławomir Cichy – multi-instrumentalist involved in many Polish and international music projects. Music teacher, cultural events manager.
- UNSUNG CHOIR
Vocal workshops for the deaf, the musical and others. This year – a consistent group for four days. Body, movement, voice, presence. Creativity, courage, freedom. We listen, look inwards, release, give voice. Fun – a constant.
Bartosz Ignacy Wrona – he has been listening, creating, telling and massaging for years. He moves a lot and tries to move others.
During this workshop you will learn how to get a basic sound out of a didgeridoo, how to modulate it, and you'll get a chance to master some basic ways to create rhythms. I will also introduce you to the circular breathing technique.
Maria Wilkirska – she has been playing didgeridoo for 4 years, she has gained her knowledge and learnt the technique from Michał Esz and Marta Sapierzyńska.
- PCV FLUTE
The overtone flute – what is it and how does it sound? This workshop is a chance to get acquainted with the instrument and its properties and an opportunity to make your own flute in the chosen key.
Tomek Tatarynkiewicz – a physicist by education, currently working as a carpenter in Denmark. He started making flutes motivated by his own need to posses an instrument, he self-taught the art by experimenting.
- BASS GUITAR
We will introduce you to the secrets of playing the bass - from the easiest to the most sophisticated. From extracting the first sounds to rumbling and recording, as well as the basics of the equipment. You don't need to have a guitar with you!
Daniel Dębniak – guitar player, for 19 years a member of the OX band; they give concerts together all around Poland and have released several albums. He collaborates with other bands as well.
The participants of the workshop will create instruments used to summon rain. The workshops require patience and commitment for minimum of 2 or 3 days. It seems the summer will be hot!
Katarzyna i Kuba Zajączkowscy – involved with SLOT for many years, rain sticks construction and playing specialists.
- A SONG CIRCLE
Voice - a beautiful instrument always at hand for every one of us. Every day we will learn and sing songs from different corners of Poland and the world. We will also learn the basics of voice emission.
Magdalena Iwińska –a Music Academy graduate. She founded Dom Głosu ("The Voice House"), where she conducts individual classes and regular workshops on vocal performance. She also teaches at the Krakow Art Foundation.
- FROM THE SOURCE – white voice singing technique
Singing has always been a natural form of human expression and has always been bringing joy to the singer. The white voice technique, which we will learn during these workshops, releases the natural beauty and freedom residing within us.
Katarzyna Firla – has been conducting music workshops, giving concerts and traveling for the past 20 years in search of the sources and various forms of music.
- RHYTHM IN EVERYTHING
We will set the body and movement art in motion, we will search for rhythms in everything and create new structures. We will also learn some improvisation techniques – including scat.
Katarzyna Bazgier – a graduate of studies in musicology and the Wroclaw School of Jazz, a student of Polish philology, teaches music, improvises and discovers new vocal techniques.
- TRADITIONAL SONGS OF EASTERN MAZOVIA
Collective singing of ritual (funeral, wedding, harvesting) and lyrical songs, collected during field studies in the Eastern Mazovia. Learning in line with the rural tradition – chanting songs by the instructors and gradual joining in by the learners.
Julia Biczysko i Marcin Kuliński – ethnomusicological researchers, members of the ethnographic band "Pieśni do śmierci" ("Songs to Death"), co-creators of the album "Liwiec – vocal traditions of Eastern Mazovia".
- EASTERN MULTIVOCAL SONGS
Participants will learn elements of the white voice emission technique. We will perform polyphonic Slavic songs from the East with a band created during the workshop meetings
Katarzyna Martynuska, Natalia Olenderek – singers, for years they have been involved in both performing music and conducting workshops. In 2016 their workshop "Lemko songs" took SLOT by storm.
Song writing may be easier than you think. Learn what do professionals pay attention to and try to create your own piece. With an instrument or without it – come!
Kamil Rzońca – guitar player and song-writer. Making music for 15 years.
- PULSE OF RHYTHM
We will try to go back to the times when singing was an indispensable, regular part of daily routine, just as much as eating. With the help of unusual experimental techniques, the participants will create improvised music.
Krzysztof Kołodziński – self-educated musician, inspires others leading the Pulse of Rhythm in Wrocław and a course on music theory. Member of one of the choirs of Wrocław.
- OVER-TONE AND THROAT SINGING
Overtone singing, fry-singing, throat singing – introduction and explanation of the techniques, practice. We will open the voice through various vocal techniques from around the world.
Michał Szerląg – musician, singing teacher, he has been practicing overtone singing for 10 years, creates his original methods of working with the voice.