Opus Jazz Club 7th Polska Jazz Festival at Opus
Polska Jazz Festival returns to Opus Jazz Club for the 7th consecutive year, giving a special sample of the ever-changing Polish jazz scene with some of its greatest performers between 7th to 9th of November.
Kamil Piotrowicz Sextet
Thursday, 7 November 2019 from 20:00
Opus Jazz Club
Kamil Piotrowicz Sextet was established by Polish pianist and composer of the young jazz generation, Kamil Piotrowicz. The band released two albums, Popular Music (2016) and Product Placement (2018), both nominated for the Polish Phonographic Academy’s Fryderyk award - the Polish equivalent of a Grammy. The secound album, which was performed at the Jazzhead! music market, too, became really succesfull from the point of view of critics and the audience, too.
The renowned Polish magazine JazzPRESS wrote about the new album, that “while Popular Music was a show of Piotrowicz as a composer, by now the musician has become a charismatic bandleader, drawing inspiration from the possibilities provided by his colleagues.This is an uncompromising attempt to define your own language of music without genre boundaries."
Kasia Pietrzko Trio
Friday, 8 November 2019 from 20:00
Opus Jazz Club
It is no exaggeration to declare that Kasia Pietrzko is one of Poland’s most talented young pianist, who switched from classical music to jazz after an encounter with Aaron Parks in New York. Her debut album, Forthright Stories, was released in December 2017 and was immediately nominated for the prestigious Fryderyk Award, highlighting her sincere, heartfelt play and her receptivity to new musical trends. Pietrzko’s complex compositions carry the traditions of renowned piano trios such as the Brad Mehldau Trio or the Esbjörn Svensson Trio, but she feels at home in the more abstract world of Kenny Werner as well, and it is impossible to break away from her lyrical improvisations.
The other two member of the trio, Andrzej Święs és Piotr Budniak are also important musicians of the Polish jazz. They worked with internationally famous artistsaround the world. They became well-known caracthers of the Polish music as members of some important Polish jazz bands.
Saturday, 10 November 2019 from 20:00
Opus Jazz Club
20:00 - 20:50 Entropia Ensemble
21:00 - 21:50 Marcin Pater Trio
“Entropy despite all appearances is not chaos – it's freedom in chaos and chaos in freedom.” That's the motto of Entropia Ensemble, a quartet formed in 2016 in Łódź. They turn chaos into strength, forming their stylistically diverse compositions to highly individual, distinct and accessible creations in an endless search for their own self. The first album of the quartet, released in 2018, is a proof of the musical consciousness and maturity of these four young musicians - Dariusz Stanisławski, Marcel Baliński, Kacper Kaźmierski és Rafal Różałski. It shows youthful energy, passion and most of all, the immense joy of playing together.
Marcin Pater Trio is a group of three friends, alumni of the Faculty of Jazz and Popular Music of Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. The idea of forming the trio was born on initiative of the vibraphonist Marcin Pater. Their music is characterized by light and lilting melodies played by the vibraphone, which as leading instrument gives them an original sound, making the band quite unconventional.
Trio has won the Grand Prix at the Jazz Juniors Contest in 2018 in Cracow, Poland. They have won both the first prize as well as the best composition for their piece, Take Down at the Sibiu Jazz Contest in Romania. Additionally, they were honored with the first place on RCK PRO Jazz Festival in Kołobrzeg, Poland, and they were finalists of the B-Jazz International Contest in Leuven, Belgium.