Dominik Karski

Dominik Karski (Poland/Australia) is an author whose work relies on close col-laboration with various performers of contemporary art music. In 2012 Karski acquired a doctoral degree from the University of Melbourne. His works have been performed at numerous international events, including festivals in Poland (Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova), the UK (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival), Netherlands (Gaudeamus Music Week), Iceland (Festival Frum), and Australia (Totally Huge New Music Festival). In his compositions, Karski focuses on the relationship between the performer and instrument as the primary source of musical substance. Recordings of his works have been released in Australia, Austria, Canada, Poland, Sweden, and Great Britain; the most important of these is his single-author CD with pieces for flute, recorded by the Flute o’clock ensemble (Poland, 2016).

open cluster M45 for amplified bass flute (2003)
The title of the piece refers to the Pleiades, an open star cluster in the con-stellation of Taurus. The piece constitutes a cluster moving through time and comprising different elements combined in various ways in order to generate a continually transforming but also consistent movement of sound characteristics and qualities. As a whole, the piece continuously develops through a progres-sive flow of quick actions. The sound material articulated on the instrument is frequently combined with the use of voice, which may symbolise a gentle echo of ancient times and beings.