16 Fractals for 4 Ensembles

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“Making conscious choices by designing links within the theater of life – this is the function of art according to the young Polish composer Adam Łukawski, who studies with Richard Ayres and Willem Jeths at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Fractal no 7 is a part of a brand new sixteen-part cycle, in which the underlying form principle of mathematical fractals leads to an infinite spiral. The composer considers the shape of these pieces as the imitation of our universe, because the listener can only perceive a fragment of the whole structure. There are four groups on stage: a traditional wind quintet, a ‘glass’ quintet and another percussive ‘quintet’. Each group plays for itself and has little to no interaction with the other ensembles. The note material for all groups consists of sixteen elements that the composer returns according to self-imposed mathematical rules. Łukawski elaborates on the techniques of limited aleatoricism and coordination technique developed by the American composers John Cage and Christian Wolff and his compatriot Witold Lutosławski.” ~ Michel Khalifa (translation from Dutch by Adam Łukawski)

Fractal no 7:

Fractal no 13: