In the course of the Concert Season “Convivium Musicum 17/18”, on May 6th at the Old Assembly, Duo Aliada was presented to the audience in Kragujevac. The Wiener Musikverein said it best “Duo Aliada consists of two ‘outstandingly talented and creative musicians’, namely saxophonist Michał Knot and accordionist Bogdan Laketic”. As a Grand Prix winner at the Fidelio Wettbewerb in Vienna and the “Artist of the Year 2014” prize, sponsored by HFP Steuerberater Wien, Duo Aliada became an integral part of the repertoire at the most important concert halls from New York’s Carnegie Hall to St. Petersburg. The combination of these two instruments, saxophone and accordion, which is rarely found in music literature, is innovative refreshment for both the professional and the wider audience. The program they presented to the audience in Kragujevac was designed as a music trip called East-West, including composers from Poland, Russia, Hungary, Norway, Germany and America.
The work of the Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, Dance preludes, with which the Duo Aliada presented themselves at the beginning of the concert, has pointed attention to the remarkable effects in the frequent rhythmic changes of Polish folklore and also the effective interpretation of these artists. Edward Grieg’s Lyrical Pieces, originally written for piano, in a brand-new compilation of the lavish tone of saxophone and dynamic accordion tone, contributed to the significance and artistic beauty of the transcription. The Russian Dance from Petrushka, by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, was a real musical firework, followed by the original work written for the Duo Aliada, by Tomasz Skweres, entitled Coffin ship and premiered in Vienna. Popular Romanian Folk Dances by Bela Bartok, with an extraordinary arrangement and energetic, yet at the same time sophisticated interpretation, once again won the audience. Children’s Songs by the American jazz pianist Chick Corea, took us to a new genre of the 20th century and a new continent, where the saxophone reached its affirmation. With composition by George Gershwin Three preludes, Duo Aliada confirmed all their artistic epithets: virtuosity, sensibility and stylish refinement.
Author: Violeta Vasiljevic, Translation: Ljubica Guzvic
Photo: Milos Dasic