On 11 November 2015 (Poland’s National Independence Day) Anna Maria Jopek is performing special concert in Wrocław (Narodowe Forum Muzyki, 19:00).
She is going to present Polanna Project with the great musicians: Maria POMIANOWSKA, Adam STRUG, Mateusz POSPIESZALSKI, Piotr NAZARUK, Marek NAPIÓRKOWSKI , Rafał KWIATKOWSKI, Krzysztof HERDZIN, Paweł DOBROWOLSKI. Guest appearance: STANISŁAW SOYKA.
Polanna – a neologism coined to describe AMJ’s music that derives directly from the Polish traditional and classical music. AMJ sings and improvises drawing inspiration from the works of Chopin, Moniuszko, Szymanowski and even of renaissance Wenceslas from Szamotuły. It is her attempt to reach the essence of the Slavic soul in music. AMJ collides modal nostalgia with feisty Polish dance rhythms. The combination triggers jazz improvisation and gives the listener a chance of discovering universal space of eclectic sound, beyond time and borders. Her desire is that they transcend their native culture, reaching the world in ways that genres such as Brazilian Bossa Nova have done. She sees it as a musical code that is deciphered and known worldwide, a musical convention which inspires people everywhere. Polanna not only impresses with its originality, it also depicts what AMJ considers most beautiful in the musical tradition of her homeland.
One of the greatest figures of the jazz world, the saxophonist and composer Branford Marsalis, will star in the anniversary edition of the BMW Jazz Club. He is to appear with a new and surprising repertoire during three concerts: on 3 December in Bielsko Cultural Centre, on 4 December at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw, and on 7 December in the Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin. Tickets go on sale today.
Prepared especially for the tenth edition of the BMW Jazz Club is a premiere project called “Bezgranicznie”. Branford Marsalis and the excellent Polish musicians will create a jazz superband which will interpret Polish classical, jazz, and folk music. Branford Marsalis is an artist combining different climates and styles: jazz, classical, and world music. He earned broad popularity with the famous opening note and the solo in the “Englishman in New York”. – He is an uncompromising musician, curious about the world, who accepts challenges. An artist I won’t hesitate to call epoch-making. Nobody in the world is a better match for the phrase: “Bezgranicznie” [Limitlessly] – says Marcin Kydrynski, the originator of the concert. – “B” – like “Limitlessly”. No limits, no borders, no divisions, no prejudice, no complexes, no fear. “B” – like Branford.
Artists known from previous editions of the BMW Jazz Club as well as new guests will appear on stage on the occasion of the jubilee. Anna Maria Jopek, who also supervises the artistic aspect of the project, will perform on stage. The Jazz superband will be co-created by: Mino Cinelu, Maria Pomianowska, Adam Strug, Atom String Quartet, Marcin Wasilewski, Robert Kubiszyn and Pedro Nazaruk. Stanislaw Soyka will join the ensemble in the Grand Theatre.
When, together with Anna Maria Jopek, we began to think about the the BMW Jazz Club jubilee, the dream choice was Branford Marsalis – adds Marcin Kydrynski. – This brilliant musician had previously worked with Ania on the “ID” album and responded immediately to the new proposal, but set a condition that we propose a repertoire to him, surprise him and throw him an artistic challenge.
The creators of the evening do not want to reveal any more details about the repertoire. We only know that the theme of the “Bezgranicznie” concert will be Polish compositions. Krzysztof Herdzin is charge of arrangements. The rest remains a surprise.
We are pleased to invite you to three exclusive concerts:
December 3, 2015 – Bielsko-Biala, Bielskie Centrum Kultury, 7 PM
December 4, 2015 – Warszawa, Teatr Wielki – Opera Narodowa, 8 PM
December 7, 2015 – Szczecin, Filharmonia Szczecin, 8 PM
MORE INFO ON: www.bmwjazzclub.pl