Summer School 2023

New works by Adriana Minu, Christine Cornwell, Golnaz Shariatzadeh, Piotr Peszat and Craig Scott. Coproduction Gaudeamus, Warwaw Autumn and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Necessity, that is how we can succinctly sum up this program of the Nadar Summer School in collaboration with DE SINGEL, Gaudeamus, Warwaw Autumn and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Necessity for a festival to program unknown young composers to keep its finger on the pulse of what is going on in society today. Necessity for an ensemble to keep looking for new talent, fresh ideas and new forms of collaboration. Necessity for Iranian Golnaz Shariatzadeh and Polish Piotr Peszat to speak out, metaphorically or otherwise, about the political situation in their country today. Necessity for England’s Christine Cornwell and Romanian Adriana Minu to explore the hierarchical relationship between composer and musician through a co-creation process. Necessity for Scotsman Craig Scott to build his own instruments from economic reality, seeking the tension between the human and the mechanical.


  • Craig Scott: Mechanisations for guitar, piano, percussion and live electronics
  • Golnaz Shariatzadeh: fabric of sorrow.mouth sweat engine bodies for alto flute, clarinet, cello, tape and experimental animation
  • Adriana Minu and Cristine Cornwell: Between you and me is a joint composition by Adriana Minu and Christine Cornwell and a collection of individual musical pleasures
  • Piotr Peszat: PEnderSZATch Rising for chamber ensemble, audio playback, live-electronics, live-video & lights

With a background in Jazz and Improvised music – performer, composer and creative technologist Craig Scott (b.1987, Scotland) creates sound works for human and non-human performers. Using handmade analogue hardware, robotics, modified obsolete audio technology and improvising human musicians to explore the disquieting tension that exists between human and machine made music.

A fluid architecture made from hair and skin, swallows peoples’ pain and turns them into ethereal spaces. At its core, sit the grieving mothers weaving a fabric of light that feeds the building.

This fabric begins with a strand of hair that runs through the building, becomes the mother’s umbilical cord and strengthens the bodies through the narrow alleys.

Dedicated to those who have lost their lives in the ongoing Iranian revolution

Regarding the scene with the eye: Many Iranian women have been shot in one eye during the protests.

“PEnderSZATch Rising” by Piotr Peszat is a multimedia piece based on a paragraph concept, i.e. is constructed from several segments and choices that are structured in a question-and-answer form.

What happens when musicians go to heaven? Do they have a choice? Can they hear angel music? Do they meet god? only one?

Behind every piece of music there’s thousands of hours of intimacy. Intimacy in vibrating air, in bodies, in between instruments and bodies, in ravenous outbursts, in momentary thoughts, in leftover candy wrappers on music stands. We stay with it all, we escape it sometimes. ‘Between you and me’ is a collection of individual musical pleasures assembled by Christine and Adriana from the intimacies of their collaboration with each other and the musicians of Nadar ensemble.

A coproduction of Nadar Ensemble, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Warsaw Autumn and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Thanks to deSingel, Instytut Adama Mickiewicza, Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland

‘between you and me’
fabric of sorrow.mouth sweat engine bodies
PEnderSZATch Rising