The Teraz Poliż artistic group inaugurates Teatr Studio's new Off Studio with a taste of what the alternative stage will bring in the coming season. "A Dress with a Small Hole" is a play about four women preparing themselves (and one another) for the roles of courtesan, geisha, mistress and prostitute shows how far they will go to win the attentions of one man - yet all the while it manages to bring issues of femininity and feminism to the public forum through the medium of theatre... Read more »about: Teraz Poliż Opens the Off Studio Season
Andrzej Pieczyński directs a moving solo performance written by Anna Burzyńska. At an audition, the protagonist - an imitator of sounds - reveals a deep-seated family tragedy. Molested by his father in his childhood, is he speaking about his real experiences, or is he just merely trying to raise the jury's interest with his story? Marzena Wieczorek tells the painful story through the use of props and expression... Read more »about: Anna Burzyńska's "Scream" on Stage
For passengers from across the eastern border, Białystok is still a window looking out onto the West. Igor Przybylski's latest project is a multimedia intervention into the train station's visual information system, with a variety of projections on railway "themes" across Europe. Three screens may turn into an interesting virtual experience for passengers awaiting their trains at the Białystok central station, depicting three main colours in multifarious scenes and sounds from distant stations, gathered during the artist's "virtual journey" across the continent... Read more »about: Igor Przybylski: Białystok Station
The Two-day festival of exploratory music and trans-idiomatic improvisation presents some of the most interesting and vibrant musical movers and shakers from the Polish underground. The first day boasts Tomasz Chołoniewski (drums, percussion), Denis Kolokol (voice) and Mikołaj Pałosz (cello) performing Bogusław Schaeffer's "Symphony, Electronic Music", a piece originally composed in Polish Radio's Experimental Studio in 1964... Read more »about: Polish Exploratory Music in London
Leszek Możdżer and Krzesimir, Randy Crawford, Joe Sample and Joe Lovano are a few of the international jazz music stars set to perform in Wrocław at this major musical event
"Randy Crawford has worked with some giants on the jazz scene, while Sample is a pianist who has maintained a consistency of style throughout his whole career", states Igor Pietraszewski, a member of the festival's artistic board.
In turn, Zbigniew Czwojda - also on the board - says of Lovano, "he represents the benchmark of tenor saxophone playing, and his appearance in Wrocław will act as the start of his European concert tour this year".
The 47th Jazz on the Odra festival will also feature a concert by the European Jazz Ensemble. The group is comprised of some of the finest musicians in Germany, France and England. Polish trumpeter Piotr Wojtasik also makes an appearance with the group. Leszek Możdżer and Krzesimir Dębski perform a collaborative project.
As is traditional, the festival commences with an open competition for individuality in jazz. As artistic board member Wojciech Siwek points out, the competition concert has been the main part of the festival since it first started running. "These days it is not, comparatively speaking, the most significant concert of the event, although we do attach a great deal of importance to it".
This year, the competition's organizers have received twenty-four applications. They include soloists, ensembles, and a choir of seventeen singers. Nine of the original twenty-four have made it through to the final.
The festival closes with a big band concert entitled "Polish Jazz Gala", led by Czwojda, and featuring performances from singer Carmen Moreno, guitarist Jarosław Śmietana, pianist Wojciech Karolak and trumpeter Piotr Wojtasik.
Jazz on the Odra - Programme of Events:
March 2, 2011
IMPART Arts Centre, 13:00 Open competition for jazz individualities, with the Wierba & Schmidt Quintet and special guest Piotr Baron.
March 3, 2011
IMPART Arts Centre, 19:00 Randy Crawford and the Joe Sample Trio
IMPART Arts Centre, 21:30 Kuba Stankiewicz and Maciej Sikała Zbigniew Lewandowski and the Free Bop Project, with special guest Robert MajewskiFunky Groove
March 4, 2011
IMPART Arts Centre, 18:00 European Jazz Ensemble: Stan Sulzmann, Alan Skidmore, Gerd Dudek, Nicolas Simion (saxophones); Matthias Schriefl, Piotr Wojtasik (trumpets); Rob van den Broeck (piano); Ali Haurand (double bass); Clark Tracey (drums) and Joe Lovano "Us Five": Joe Lovano (saxophone); James Weidman (piano); Petar Slavov (double bass); Otis Brown III, Francisco Mela (drums)
IMPART Arts Centre, 22:30
Adam Pierończyk/Komeda: Adam Pierończyk, Greg Osby (saxophones); Nelson Veras (guitar); Sławomir Kurkiewicz (double bass); Łukasz Żyta (drums); special guest: Greg Osby and Vibraslap & Janusz Szrom.
March 5, 2011
IMPART Arts Centre, 18:00 Christian Scott Quintet: Christian Andre Scott (trumpet); Louis Fouche (alto saxophone); Matthew Thomas Wyatt Stevens (guitar); Jamire Anwar Williams (drums); Kristopher Keith Funn (double bass) and Leszek Możdżer & Krzesimir Dębski: Zohar Fresco (drums); Adam Skrzypek (double bass); Piotr Dziubek (accordion).
IMPART Arts Centre, 22:30 David Mussay Cuban Ensemble plays Nat King Cole "En Espanol": David Murray (leader, tenor saxophone); Roman Filiu O"Reilly (alto saxophone); Ariel Bringuez Ruiz (tenor saxophone); Mario Morejon, Jorge Miguel Vistel Serrano (trumpets); Denis Cuni Rodriguez (trombone); Pepe Rivero (piano); Reinier Elizarde (double bass); Georvis Pico Milan (drums); Yuvi Aguillar Rojas (percussion) and The Bennie Maupin Ensemble: Bennie Maupin (clarinet, saxophone, flute); Dariusz Oleszkiewicz (double bass); Daryl Munyungo Jackson (percussion); Michael Stephans (drums).
March 6, 2011
Centre of Jewish Culture and Education in the White Stork Synagogue ("Synagoga pod Białym Bocianem"), 16:00 Zohar Fresco Trio, featuring Daniel Zamir (saxophone) & Nitay Hershkovitz (piano) with special guest Leszek Możdżer
IMPART Arts Centre, 18:00 Polish Jazz Gala – Big Band Festival, led by Zbigniew Czwojda, together with Carmen Moreno, Anna Serafińska, Wojciech Karolak, Jarosław Śmietana, Piotr Wojtasik.
Exhibition "Three Minutes for Jazz" - Lechosław Carnelli Opening: March 3, 17:00 IMPART Gallery, free entry
"Jazzgraficology" - exhibition by Robert Żytyński opening: 3 March, 17:00 NaDole Gallery, free entry
The 47th Jazz on the Odra Festival takes place in Wrocław from March 2 until March 6, 2011.
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Andrzej Wajda, the legendary Polish director passed away a year ago on 9th October 2016. Below we present one of his last interviews, where he discussed the release of his long-awaited film about the artist Władysław Strzemiński, his thoughts on why the audience is so important in filmmaking, and how decades in cinema didn’t quench his thirst for freedom. Read more »about: I Don’t Make Films for Myself: An Interview with Andrzej Wajda
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