During the concert "Chopin for five pianos" five young Polish pianists will perform jazz interpretations of selected pieces by Fryderyk Chopin...
Beijing, 3.11.2011, 6.11.2011
The fact that Chopin is a great composer, like the fact that his music can be interpreted in thousands of ways is no longer an object of discussion today. In other words, the music of Chopin is on the one hand very inspiring, on the other is extremely graceful subject matter for the interpretive vision of a liberated artist. Chopin festivals and dozens of CDs, including jazz and rock, are a clear confirmation of this thesis. "Chopin for Five Pianos" is an innovative interpretation of Chopin's music, and the unusual and unexpected medium - five pianos - is a grand proof of the great skills and of the maturity of Slawek Jaskulke, the creator of the project. The producer of this undertaking initiated by Krzysztof Galkowski is the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Collaborating with Slawek Jaskulke, in the project are: Katarzyna Borek - one of the most outstanding classic pianists of the young generation as well as three Polish instrumentalists with jazz inclinations: Pawel Kaczmarczyk，Joanna Duda and Pawel Tomaszewski.
Slawek Jaskulke in this highly ambitious and sophisticated form initiates a clash of two worlds - classics and jazz. Based on the riches of his own imagination, he engages in an ambitious dialogue with Chopin's music. He enriches it with his personal reflections, interprets with his own unconventional arrangements, and finally uses it as a springboard to create new compositions. The artistic vision and musical concept of the whole project is based on strong creative foundations of individualities of five outstanding pianists. The official premiere of the project took place on 12th September 2010 at the Wolrd EXPO in Shanghai.
Sławek Jaskułke (born 1979)
One of the most original talents of Polish jazz of the decade. Pianist, arranger, record producer, member of the Zbigniew Namysłowski Quartet. Composer of piano, orchestral, theater and film music. Jaskulke has already played on the world's biggest stages, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Symphony Hall in Chicago, International Performing Arts Centre in Moscow and Munich Philharmonic. He has taken part in world's largest festivals, including North Sea Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Fest, Red Sea Jazz festival. He has performed in dozens of countries around the world and on almost all continents. In 2006 he represented Poland at the Music Beyond Borders Festival in Hong Kong, which resulted in his solo album "Jaskułke - Hong Kong". In September 2010 he appeared at the World EXPO in Shanghai, presenting a premiere of a specially prepared project "Chopin for Five Pianos".
Katarzyna Borek (born 1980)
One of the greatest classical pianists of the young generation, winner of many international piano competitions, among others Gent, Bolzano, Gottingen, Moscow, and "Young New Talents 2009" in Belgium.
Paweł Kaczmarczyk (born 1984)
One of the greatest jazz pianists of the young generation. Composer, soloist and sideman. Winner of many international competitions, scholarship holder of the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage. He leads his own band Audiofeeling. He records for ACT in Germany.
Joanna Duda (born 1983)
A graduate of the Academy of Music in Gdansk, a student of pianist Michal Tokaj. Currently, apart from her own Super Extra 3jo, she is also co-creator of the Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, Afrokolektyw and Auaua.
Paweł Tomaszewski (born 1983)
Pianist, composer, arranger, producer. Teacher at the Music Academy in Katowice (Jazz & Pop Music Department). Winner of many international jazz competitions. He has worked with a wide range of musicians, including Dean Brown, Michael Urbaniak.
Date: 3rd, 6th November 2011
Venue: Forbidden City Concert Hall (FCCH), Peking University Centennial Hall, Beijing
Organizers: Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing, Poly Forbidden City Theatre Management
"Chopin for Five Pianos" concerts in Beijing are organised as part of I, CULTURE - the International Cultural Programme of the Polish EU Presidency co-ordinated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. For more information on the Programme, see: culture.pl.