On the global music map Poland is a goldmine of violinist and pianists, both classical and jazz. So I was quite surprised to read about a brilliant guitar player from Poland in the professional British magazine “Guitarist”.
Released to mark the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, Michał Urbaniak’s latest album corals some of the biggest names in the world of jazz.
The first movie to feature sound, The Jazz Singer has now been turned into a new musical, directed by Wojciech Kościelniak with original libretto and score by Mariusz Obijalski.
The Polish jazz scene has always had a long list of great musicians. That hasn’t changed and today’s Polish jazz, as well as encompassing traditional, modern, and avant-garde strands, is led by some serious young talent.
Passing away in Warsaw last week at the age of 85, Rosław Szaybo designed over two thousand covers for some of the world’s top artists including Miles Davis, Elton John, Santana, Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Marley.
This week Dan is blown away after hearing the Atom String Quartet performing live. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last either.
We used to look up to our political leaders. Then we idolized the artists. Our search for the next Paderewski may be a long one. These days they don’t make men of that class and authority. Or maybe we just don’t need them anymore?
A doctor by training, Komeda invented modern jazz in Poland in the 50s, when the country was completely isolated from Western music, and was on the verge of international recognition with his compositions for Roman Polański’s early films.
In this week’s column, Dan Wyszogrodzki says that one of the most life-defining questions you can ask yourself is how far you would go for music. He also has the answer.
Adam Bałdych is a virtuoso with amazing technique, but what makes his music unique is its depth and lyricism. He also continually crosses the border between jazz and classical. Like there is no border.