The Festival is a place of confrontation with the work by "Polish Jazz Chopin" and "music icon", as well as a meeting place for Polish and European creators, working in different media, who are inspired by his work. The attractive programme educates and popularizes music by performances by well known artists and new talents.
Tomasz Stańko (twice), Michał Urbaniak, Urszula Dudziak, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Jerzy Milian (jazz and poetry), Leszek Możdżer (twice), Andrzej Jagodziński, Lena Ledoff, Kattorna, Motion Trio, Paweł Kaczmarczyk, Adam Bałdych, Marcin Wasilewski, Piotr Baron, Andrzej Olejniczak, Vladislav Adzik Sendecki, Krzesimir Dębski performed at the previous editions of the Festival with their special projects and premiere concerts.
Stars of the prestigious European recording companies like ECM Records and ACT Music – Bobo Stenson, Ketil Bjornstad, Tore Brunborg, Radio String Quartet Vienna, Tord Gustavsen also participated in the Festival.
Known film directors, movie critics and journalists: Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Janusz Morgenstern, Andrzej Bukowiecki, Tomasz Tłuczkiewicz, Paweł Brodowski, Paweł Sztompke, Janusz Wróblewski took part in the Festival as well.
Previous editions of the festiwal were at: Ujazdowski Castle Museum, W. Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio and Polin Museum of the history of Polish Jews.
Krzysztof Komeda Trzciński. The most famous Polish jazz and film music composer, whose work gained worldwide recognition and fame. In just eleven years he created music for 70 Polish and foreign films. A pianist, one of the most prominent representatives of the Polish school of jazz, had a huge impact on the modern Polish and European music. Died in Warsaw on 23 April 1969.
22nd April 2017, 6 PM
Special concert - Janusz Olejniczak & Atom String Quartet – „Komeda”
Janusz Olejniczak – piano Atom String Quartet:
Dawid Lubowicz - violin
Mateusz Smoczyński - violin
Michał Zaborski - viola
Krzysztof Lenczowski - cello
First time in Warsaw and second time in Poland, Janusz Olejniczak, world class pianist, will prezent his vision of Krzysztof Komeda music. An unprecedented event in classical and jazz music. Janusz Olejniczak, a piano master and outstanding interpreter of Chopin’ works, in awe of Komeda’s compositions arranged them in a classic manner like pieces by the romantic masters. Varsavians will have a chance to admire the outcome for a first time.
Janusz Olejniczakis well known in Poland and abroad as a great interpreter of Fryderyk Chopin’s music. He played in the best concert halls in all European countries, Japan, Australia, North and South America and Cuba. He performer under: Witold Rowicki, Kazimierz Kord, Jerzy Maksymiuk and Charles Dutoit.
In 1970 he placed sixth in the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and two years later he placed fourth in the Alfredo Casella Piano Competition in Naples. From 1971 to 1973, he studied in Paris under Constantine Schmaeling and Witold Małcużyński, and returned to Poland thereafter to study in the Higher State School of Music in Warsaw under Barbara Hesse-Bukowska. He completed his post-graduate studies from 1977 to 1978 in Essen under Victor Merzhanov and Paul Badura-Skoda.
Janusz Olejniczak taught classes at the Academy of Music in Kraków, has held piano master's classes in China, Canada and Japan. He also has sat on judging panels of national and international piano competitions. The artist portrayed Chopin, in Andrzej Żuławski's film The Blue Note, performed music in Roman Polanski's film The Pianist, and in Jerzy Antczak’s film Chopin, desire for love.
For his achievements and contribution into the Polish culture he was awarded Order of Polonia Restituta Cross and Golden Medal Gloria Artis.
Atom String Quartet is one of the most intriguing string quartets in the world and one of the best jazz groups in Poland. They combine quartet abilities with improvisational skills and play their own compositions which sound very original and modern due to the unusual line –up. Fade In, Places and AtomSPHERE are the titles of their albums. Musicians are of ten invited to participate in the recordings of other artists, so we can hear them on: Zakopower („Drugie pół”), Cezariusz Gadzina („The Fifth Element”), Rafał Grząka („Atom Accordion Quintet”), Grażyna Auguścik („Inspired by Lutosławski”), Tomasz Wendt („Behind The Strings”).
This great quartet gained fame and received many awards like: Fryderyki 2012, 2013,2016, Grand Prix Jazz Melomani 2015, Mateusz – prize given by the 3rd radio programme. It is constantly present on international stages and festivals: Berliner Jazztage, Jazz Baltica, Leipziger Jazztage, Katara European Jazz Festival, Festival Veranos de la Villa Madrid, Manchester Jazz Festival, Jazzycolors Festival Paris, Salzburger Festspiele.
They worked with: Branford Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Gil Goldstein, Vladislav „Adzik” Sendecki, Mino Cinelu, Leszek Możdżer, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Anna Maria Jopek, Marek Moś, Kayah, Aga Zaryan, Krzysztof Herdzin, Andrzej Smolik etc.
Komeda pieces were arranged by: Miłosz Wośko, Krzysztof Lenczowski and Mateusz Smoczyński.
22nd April 2017, 8 PM
Concert by Oleś Brothers & Christopher Dell – “Komeda Ahead”
Christopher Dell – vibraphone
Marcin Oleś – bass
Bartłomiej Oleś – drums
Ahead Trio is an international ensemble of outstanding composers, music masters and improvisers. Polish and German artists interpret music by Krzysztof Komeda, a legendary Polish jazzman. Their interpretation has a new, original, emotional and expressive dimension that was based on the traditional jazz and contemporary music.
The project by Oleś brothers was realized with Christopher Dell, one of the most renown European vibraphone players. This interesting project was commisioned by the Berliner JazzFest and remains unique as an only work for a vibraphone and rhythm section which is based on Krzysztof Komeda music.
Christopher Dell is one of the most creative German improvisers. Vibraphone master and composer, graduate of the prestigious schools in Rotterdam, Berklee and Kaiserslautern. He is a recipient of Gary Burton award, Deutche Schallplattenpreis and many others. Cooperates with jazz greats like: Benny Golson, Lee Konitz, Peter Erskine, Tomasz Stanko ,Theo Jorgensmann, Lars Daniellson and Albert Mangelsdorf.
Marcin Oleś a bass player and a composer and Bartłomiej Oleś music producer and a drummer were named the greatest Polish jazz treasure of the 21st century. In 2016 they were named the Jazz Performer of the Year by JazzPRESS and Jazz FM radio.
They have been composing for over 10 years with jazz as a base and a vantage point. They create many project, accompany many jazz stars and were called a rhythym dream team by a magazine JazzZeitung. On a long list of musicians they have worked with we can find: Kenny Werner, David Murray, Rob Brown, Chris Speed, Erik Friedlander, Rudi Mahall and William Parkera.
Many of their recordings were named the best jazz album of the year. Marcin Oleś composes for the National Theatre in Warsaw, TV theatre, Slowacki theatre in Cracow, Witkacy theatre in Zakopane and Wspólczesny theatre in Wrocław. Both musicians performer at: Montreux Jazz Festivalin Switzerlandi, Jazz En Nord and Jazz D'OR in France.
Photo exhibition – "Komeda through the lens of Marek Karewicz"
"Polish Jazz Posters" – from the collection of the Warsaw Jazz Museum
Marek Karewicz is one of the best known photographers who specializes in photo of jazz and rock musicians. A graduate of PWST in Lodz, member of the Polish Photographers Society, recipient of a honorary title Niven by F.I.A.P. In his archives which contain 2 million photos we can see the history of Polish rock, beat and a great portrait collection of both domestic and international jazz stars. He is an author of over 1500 album covers and his works were exhibited worldwide.
Warsaw Jazz Museumis a third one of the kind in Europe and 12th in the Word. It was opened in 2011 at the Polish YMCA, M.Konopnickiej street in Warsaw. A historic site where L.Tyrmand lived and wrote his „Dziennik 1954” and” Zły” and where in 1946 the first post war jazz jam session took place. Urszula Dudziak is the ambasador of the museum. The collection includes works by artists who are known as „ the Polish poster school „ such as: Rafał Olbiński, Andrzej Pągowski, Radosław Szaybo, Jan Sawka, Jerzy Duda Gracz, Waldemar Świerzy and Andrzej Mleczko.
21 kwietnia 2018
Warszawa, Studio Koncertowe Polskiego Radia im. W. Lutosławskiego