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Anna Maria Jopek and Kroke, photo: Dominik Musiałek

The events held in March as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Hong Kong International Film Festival will provide Hong Kong residents with a unique opportunity to encounter with Polish literature, jazz and classical music as well as animation. The artists to perform in Hong Kong include: Maciej Fortuna, Kroke, Anna Maria Jopek and Mariusz Wilczyński.

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EABS, photo: bandcamp.com

Wrocław-based group playing jazz inspired by hip-hop. They compose, improvise and use not only typical jazz instruments but also a record player. They paid tribute to Miles Davis and Krzysztof Komeda.

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Kuba Więcek, photo: Filip Błażejowski/Warner Music/promotional materials

Saxophonist and composer performing with the top artists of world jazz. His album Another Raindrop, recorded in a trio with Michał Barański and Łukasz Żyta, was released in the prestigious Polish Jazz series. Więcek is the first debutant in this edition since 28 years and the youngest one in its history.

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Official logo of the POLSKA100 programme, photo: Adam Mickiewicz Institute

The year 2018 will mark the centenary of Poland’s independence. It is a special moment for Polish culture, which, despite a difficult history, remained free and creative.

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Grzegorz Karnas, photo: Maciej Głowiński

At the turn of November and December 2017, Grzegorz Karnas Formula gave a series of concerts in China, Malaysia and Indonesia. Polish vocalist also conducted workshops for Asian students in all three countries. The tour was a part of the Jazz Po Polsku project promoting independent Polish music worldwide.

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Marek Napiórkowski, photo: Rafał Masłow

2017’s second Jazz Po Polsku China tour kicked off at the turn of September and October. The lineup included bands such as Rafał Sarnecki Sextet, Marek Napiórkowski Sextet, Paweł Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Trio, Michał Milczarek Trio and Kuba Cichocki Quartet who gave concerts in 14 Chinese cities.

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Stanisław Słowiński, photo: Michał Łepecki

We talk with Stanisław Słowiński, jazz violinist and frontman of the Stanisław Słowiński Quintet few days before the band's departure for their second tour of China.

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Stanisław Słowiński, photo: Maciej Stachowicz

July 2017 saw the Stanisław Słowiński Quintet back on tour in China. The Kraków-based band gave seven concerts in Lanzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an. The shows were a part of the Jazz Po Polsku project and the Season of Culture – a programme of the Chinese Ministry of Culture.

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Robotobibok, photo: Artur Majewski / promo materials

Robotobibok may not exist anymore, but the band’s imprint on the Polish music scene – not only the albums they’ve recorded, but also several important bands where former members of Robotobibok perform now – still lives on.

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Rafał Sarnecki, photo: Maciej Głowiński / Jazz Po Polsku

In early December 2016 jazz guitarist Rafał Sarnecki gave a concert tour in Malaysia. His Polish/Malaysian quintet performed at Penang Island Jazz Festival and in Kuala Lumpur. Performances were held as part of the Jazz Po Polsku project promoting Polish jazz in the international area.

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Rafał Sarnecki, photo: John Guillemin

At the turn of September and October 2016, JAZZ PO POLSKU returned to China with 25 concerts of Rafał Sarnecki, Grzegorz Karnas, Nikola Kołodziejczyk, Stanisław Słowiński and their bands.

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Jazzpospolita, photo: Maciej Głowiński

In Jazzpospolita’s music there is a clash between rock and jazz, power and lyricism. The band's melodic, clear songs were complemented by their energy at concerts even at the start of their career. Improvisation and, with time, more and more melancholy, burst into the orderly structures of their music.

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Michał Milczarek, photo: press release

At the turn of April and May 2016, Michał Milczarek Trio gave a concert tour in Vietnam. One of the most interesting young bands on the Polish jazz scene performed twice at the Hue Festival and in local clubs.

From workers’ dances to techno in post-industrial halls – the history of partying in Poland is a worthwhile read.

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The New York Jazz Quartet performing at Hybrydy club in the 50s, photo: Marek A. Karewicz / Forum

During the 20th century, the history of Polish music was not written exclusively by Poles. A revolution in Polish jazz was started by refugees from Nazi Germany. Later on, the children of Greek communists would form girl groups and prog-rock bands. Take an eye-opening look back at these overlooked musical histories.

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