Jarek Kostka, an unconventionaland, versatile jazz pianist, arranger, organist, composer and teacher. On the one hand a musician consciously employing the output of the previous epochs , but on the other hand a restless seeker of inspiration in various cultural realms (Afro-Cuban folk). Graduated from Academy of music in Poznan in music theory faculty.
An author of music for theatre plays, among other things “Kuku na muniu, czyli przeprosiny śmierci” for Fredro Theatre of Drama (Teatr Dramatyczny im. Fredry) in Gniezno.
A composer and arranger of choral music for such ensembles as Affabre Concinui, Collegium Cantorum Chamber Choir (Chór Kameralny Collegium Cantorum) and Adam Mickiewicz University Chamber Choir in Poznań (Chór Kameralny Uniwersytetu Adama Mickiewicza).
A tutor of music improvisation in Second Grade School of Music in Poznan and a teacher of music composition.
A founder and artistic director of such bands as: After Four, Con Alma and Combo Latino. A originator and arranger of projects, such as: Hildegard of Bingen, Nordic Jazz Project, Chopin Profanum, Komeda Intensive Silence, Flamenco Meets Jazz, Sequences. An arranger and artistic director of big-band on The Festival of The Song for Children and Youth in Chodziez.
He was honoured to have worked with many well-known artists such as The Platters, Joe Wiliams, UrszulaDudziak, Michał Urbaniak, Hanna Banaszak, GrażynaŁobaszewska, Piotr Schultz, Ewa Uryga. He also performed for the president of the USA.
A counsellor and collaborator of the young generation of Polish jazz vocalists KatarzynaStankowska i Natalia Pastewska who are prize-winners of vocal jazz festivals in Zamość. He has been composing for them, giving precious tips, sharing his knowledge, musical imagination and experience (a frequent accompanist at jazz workshop in Chorzów).
A collaborator with Royal Caribbean International, Cunard and Silver Sea as a band leader.
A participant of countless projects of Workshop and Promotion Studio GRA (Studio Szkoleń i Promocji GRA) who enriches anti-stress, creativity and personal development trainings with his music and creativity.