Atom String Quartet feat. Vladyslav `Adzik` Sendecki
The cooperation between Atom String Quartet and Vladyslav “Adzik” Sendecki, recognised by New York Village Voice as one of the world’s top five jazz pianists, began in 2012 with a concert during Jazz in den Ministergärten festival in Berlin. Its climax was a joint performance during the last day of Jazz Baltica festival in 2013, where the quintet was accompanied by: the legendary Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, Christian von Kaphengst on bass, and Wolfgang Haffner on drums. The artists performed together also during Leipziger Jazztage festival as well as in NDR’s headquarters in Hamburg. Polish melodics and lyricism of the improvisation are characteristic elements of the artists’ music. The repertoire includes “Le Jardin Oublié”, a series of compositions by the Sendecki brothers: Stefan and Vladyslav. The compositions are described as stylistically diverse open forms – from romantic postmodernism, through spacious ballad sound, to energetic improvisations, filled with picturesque Slavic music, in which tradition meets with 21st century romanticism. During their concerts the musicians also use Krzysztof Komeda’s themes and also Atom String Quartet member’s compositions: “Zakopane” by Mateusz Smoczyński or “Winter Song” by Krzysztof Lenczowski, as well as pieces by Polish composers, e.g. Karol Szymanowski.
Dorota Miśkiewicz Piano.pl
The most beautiful polish songs performed by over a dozen of greatests Polish pianists of different generations: Leszek Możdżer, Marcin Wasilewski, Włodzimierz Nahorny, Piotr Orzechowski, Dominik Wania among others. The pianists and the singer are acompanied by Atom String Quartet.
Zakopower & Atom String Quartet
Meeting between two Polish musical entities: The Folk-Rock group Zakopower, which takes its name form the southern Polish town of Zakopane, the capital of the Polish Highlanders, and the Jazz / Classical Atom String Quartet, one of Poland’s most revered and prolific music makers in the last decade.
NFM Leopoldinum Soloist String Trio
The ensemble was created by the NFM Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra’s leaders: Christian Danowicz (violin), Michał Micker (viola) and Marcin Misiak (cello).
Musicians are laureates of some competitions in Poland and abroad and were studying in Warsaw, Wroclaw, Berlin, Los Angeles, Vienna and Touluse. They were also scholars at the Reina Sofia School in Madrid working under the direction of Günter Pichler, violinist and chamber musician, for many years prymarius of the famous Alban Berg Quartet. All have doctoral degrees and are faculty members at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw.
The trio performs regularly during the National Forum of Music season, at the Leo Festival, they also performed in Madrid, Hanover and Thonon in France. In October 2014 the ensemble will play during the World Music Days in Wroclaw. The ensemble recorded albums with music of Reger, Schubert, Mozart and two Faure’s quartets with pianist Anna Rutkowska-Schock.
Natalia Kukulska and Atom String Quartet
Their repertoire consists of pieces from Natalia Kukulska’s newest record (premiere in February 2015), which have been rearranged by the quartet. It is a meeting of two music worlds: jazz-classic-improvised and pop-alternative, which create a unique blend of music styles and aesthetics.
Małgorzata Hutek – Psalmy (Psalms)
Małgorzata Hutek – voice
Dominik Wania – piano
Atom String Quartet
Atom String Quartet and chamber orchestra
In the concert’s program there are Atom String Quartet’s compositions arranged for quartet and chamber orchestra, e.g. “Manhattan Island” by Mateusz Smoczyński, “Iława” by Krzysztof Lenczowski, “Too Late” by Michał Zaborski, as well as “Za wcześnie” by Dawid Lubowicz, all of them arranged by their composers.
Voices of the Mountains
“Voices of the Mountains” is a music project which shows how the Polish mountains landscape, the highlanders’ music and tradition influenced Polish renowned composers (Chopin, Szymanowski, Górecki, and Kilar). The repertoire is rich in traditional highlanders’ melodies, but also includes a jazz composition – “Zakopane”, inspired by the music of Polish mountains. The music is illustrated with photos made by the Polish composer Mieczysław Karłowicz’s between 1902 and 1909 and with other images from the archives of Centralny Ośrodek Turystyki Górskiej PTTK in Cracow.
Idea, scenario: Waldemar Dąbrowski, Janusz Olejniczak, Jolanta Trykacz
Music management: Janusz Olejniczak
Arrangements: Jan Smoczyński
Executive producer and project coordinator: 2T Vision Promotion sp. z o.o.
Jerzy Maksymiuk – conductor
Janusz Olejniczak – piano Jan Smoczyński – piano, korg Sebastian Karpiel-Bułecka Highlander’s Quartet Atom String Quartet NEO String Quartet Jan Młynarski – drums Michał Barański – bass Program: 1. Traditional highlanders’ melodies 2. Piano Concerto – by Wojciech Kilar 3. Lulaj (Lullaby) – by Frederic Chopin 4. Piano Concerto op. 40 – by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki 5. Traditional highlanders’ melodies 6. Mazurka op. 50 nr 1 – by Karol Szymanowski 7. Mazurka op. 50 nr 2 – by. Karol Szymanowski 8. Zakopane – by Mateusz Smoczyński 9. Orawa –by Wojciech Kilar
Grażyna Auguścik Orchestar – Inspired by Lutosławski
Grażyna Auguścik Orchestar – “Inspired by Lutosławski” was recorded with a group of renowned Polish artists. The mysterious word ORCHESTAR represents three bands: Jan Smoczyński Trio, Atom String Quartet and Janusz Prusinowski Trio. The record consists of Jan Smoczyński’s compositions, inspired by Witold Lutosławski’s works, in which he used elements of Polish folk music. Witold Lutosławski’s folk motifs are processed by the three bands according to classic, jazz and folk aesthetics. Grażyna Auguścik, who sings with each band, uses a variety of vocal techniques adequate to the given style. The most intriguing moments are those, when all musicians play together, making new, innovative music, which still corresponds to original Witold Lutosławski’s compositions and his folk inspirations.
Grażyna Auguścik Jan Smoczyński Trio Janusz Prusinowski Trio Atom String Quartet:
Owiesek (Tryptyk I) – (Oat – Triptych I) Taneczne 4 – (Dancing 4) Taneczne 3 – (Dancing 3) Lasowiak – (Lasowiak) Róża –(Rose) Przyjechał Jasio – (Jasio came) A w tej studni (Tryptyk II) – (In the well – Triptych II) Hurra Polka – (Hurra Polka) Zawierucha – (Storm) Bąk – (Bumblebee) Fujarka – (Pipe) Kukułeczka (Tryptyk III) – (Cuckoo – Triptych III)
Grzech Piotrowski World Orchestra
Grzech Piotrowski World Orchestra reaches back to the roots of music. To world music, ancient improvisation from the times when there was no music notation. When knowledge was passed on by fathers to sons, continuing music traditions of many generations. Despite civilisation development, music is the only universal language on Earth. It is the language of souls, which we all know subconsciously. Its beauty can move anybody, regardless of religious beliefs, continent or wealth.
World Orchestra uses extraordinary instruments. The musicians play “the long forgotten instruments”. The sound of a symphonic orchestra is enriched with: Armenian duduk, Bulgarian kaval, Moldavian dulcimer, Bashkirian kurai, lyre, harp, Finnish kantele, zither, Tunisian oud or udu. Vocal techniques used by e.g. Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer, Bulgarian Voices Angelite, Sainkho Namtchylak or Sinikka Langeland date from vocal traditions used by ancient singers from Bulgaria (white voice), Lapland (joik), Tuva, Mongolia, Japan, Norway (throath singing). A world scale curiosity are the instruments of a Norwegian drummer – Terje Isungset, who is famous for playing instruments made of ice (ice music). In World Orchestra he plays handmade percussion instruments, made of wood and stone. In the orchestra even the popular saxophone (Grzech Piotrowski) is the rare “twisted” type from 1918.
Atom String Quartet’s musicians are leaders of the orchestra’s groups.
String Big Band
The project’s main objective is to transform the form and language of a big band into those of a string orchestra. The program includes the greatest American big bands’ hits arranged by Krzysztof Herdzin and performed by Sinfonia Viva orchestra with Atom String Quartet’s musicians as soloists.
This is what Krzysztof Herdzin says about the String Big Band:
“My idea was to join the two worlds (seemingly distant, but in fact only seemingly): chamber and big band music, to create a universal language, bringing joy to philharmonic music lovers and jazz club goers. The most beautiful themes from Duke Ellington’s or Glen Miller’s bands gained new quality. Without drums, without brasses, they still carry away with their glamour, intensive rhythm, or a different type of lyricism, typical to Tchaikovsky or Ravel”.
In July 2013, during a concert series “Koncerty w Trójce”, a CD was released with a live recording of a concert, which took place in The Agnieszka Osiecka Music Studio of Polish Radio.
Cezariusz Gadzina & Atom String Quartet
Saxophone and sring quartet, all composition written by Cezariusz Gadzina, except The Fifth Element, by Krzysztof Lenczowski, and Metamorphoses of Leaves, Evocation of Roots, Fragility of Flowers, by Dawid Lubowicz, Mateusz Smoczyński, Michał Zaborski, Krzysztof Lenczowski, Cezariusz Gadzina