Maria Kesiak

Maria’s research project aims to define the roots of stillness in contemporary music, its forms, meaning and significance in the works of chosen composers in order to determine the existence of a silence idiom.

She is seeking answers to a question of whether silence can be perceived as a creative axiom, and, as a result, if it can become the composers’ raison d’être.

Her research is focused on the connection between silence and spirituality in order to define a term of spiritual silence in 20th and 21st-century music, when silence is ‘louder’ than sound in its spiritual meaning and leads to a poignant journey towards sacrum.

Maria is planning to undertake a comprehensive interpretation and evaluation of works of chosen composers (including Sir John Tavener, Roxanna Panufnik and Paweł Łukaszewski) with particular emphasis on their multicultural and universalistic context.