As dusk will fall, the “Night Bells” will close the festival programme with the appearance of Polish carillonneur Monika Kaźmierczak and a jazz trio. Kaźmierczak is well familiar to the audiences in Klaipėda through her participation in previous editions of the Klaipėda Carillon Festival. Educated as a choral conductor, music theorist and carillonneur, she has won prizes in several international carillon competitions and performed regularly in Poland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Belgium, the United States and elsewhere. She currently teaches carillon at the Stanislaw Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdansk and is also active as programmer of many events dedicated to carillon music in Gdansk, including the annual carillon festival – the only event of this kind in Poland. As a matter of interest, Gdansk boasts as many as three sets of carillon bells: one in the tower of St. Catherine Church (50 bells), the second in the tower of the Main Town Hall (37 bells), and the third one called ‘Gdańsk’ is a mobile carillon (48 bells).
By way of introduction to the programme that will close the 7th Klaipėda Carillon Festival Kaźmierczak told that her collaboration with the jazz trio began last year at the Gdansk Carillon Festival. “We decided that in our program we will mostly improvise on already existing pieces, such as Ludus Modalis by Geert D’hollander – a set of studies composed for carillon. They leave quite a space for improvisations. We will also play some improvisations on well-known Polish and Lithuanian folk tunes, add some improvisations to the piece by Loreta Narvilaitė and play a piece of Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz, written as her reaction on the pandemium.”