08/04/2021 Thursday

Mokotów celebrates 105th anniversary of joining Warsaw with live stream concert

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To mark the anniversary of Mokotów disctrict joining Warsaw, 105 years ago this month, a special concert of interwar songs is being streamed online this evening, performed by Poland’s leading pre-war Polish jazz group, the Młynarski-Masecki Jazz Band.

Co-founder of the band, world-renowned pianist Marcin Masecki is perhaps best known for his music for Paweł Pawlikowski’s 2018 film, ‘Cold War’.

During the interwar period, Mokotów district was known as a recreational and cultural heartland of Warsaw and the concert will feature modern renditions and arrangements of classic songs from the 1920s and 30s and evoke the atmosphere and spirit of the district’s heyday.

Included amongst them will be well known songs like ‘Warszawa moja Warszawo’ (‘Warsaw my Warsaw’) written and composed by the era’s finest composers and song writers Henryk Wars, Julian Tuwim, Marian Hemar, Alfred Melodyst, Andrzej Włast and Zygmunt Karasiński.

The performers of the event, the Młynarski-Masecki Jazz Band, take their inspiration from interwar Polish music and artists like Adam Aston, Poland’s most eminent pre-war singer, and seek to recreate the songs and music of the period in new arrangements.

The concert is being organised by the Mokotów district Council and its mayor and will be performed live at the KADR Cultural Centre in Warsaw, from where it will be streamed live at 8pm on the Facebook and Youtube channels of Mokotów district Council. Urząd Dzielnicy Mokotów m.st. Warszawy | Facebook