As a jazz pianist and organist at the same time, when playing baroque music, I discovered that Bach is Jazz - there is no need to change much - as his music swings naturally!

Is not basso continuo a baroque "rythm section"? And the author's identity as an artist and composer? Improvisation, interchangeability of instruments, intimacy - these are not only similarities - this is pure unity and harmony!

Altough Bach is present at any given moment on this CD, he would be very surprised to hear how much he influenced and inspired us...

 

Musicians:
Jarek Kostka
Jan Adamczewski
Piotr "Max" Wiśniewski
Waldemar Franczyk


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Pieces on the CD:
1. Jesu bleibet meine Freude
2. Preludium et fuge c minor
3. Bouree
4. Arie
5. Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme
6. Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ
7. Toccata et fuga d minor
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Jazz Contra Bach - Bouree

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Jazz Contra Bach - Jesu Bleibet Meine Freude

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Jazz Contra Bach - Toccata Et Fuga

After a few years spent on thinking about the compositions of Fryderyk Chopin, there emerged in us the temptation to come to grips with his works. The 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth was a good occasion and pretext to put the idea into life, although it was not the only reason since Chopin’s music was so inspiring and deeply rooted in us. Chopin is “sacrum” and hence we took it seriously and did our best in using all our knowledge, talent and experience.

The author of  ”CHOPIN PROFANUM” is our pianist and leader Jarosław Kostka who arranged all the pieces on which we based and created some open forms without limiting free jazz narration. Though all rhythmical and melody details of Chopin’s compositions were defined, his music is still a “written improvisation”. This improvisation is rooted in Polish folk and XVIIth and XVIIIth century European music. Chopin frequently referred to both of these traditions. He is also commonly known to have been a very skillful improviser.

Can this freedom in creating musical matter, so natural for jazz, be a bridge connecting classical music and jazz? Isn’t it a good idea to play Chopin in a jazz style? Let our CD “CHOPIN PROFANUM” be the answer to the above question. While working on it we introduced some changes of rhythm, harmony and phrasing. The project is not only our tribute to the great Polish composer, but also our wish for showing the fact that his music is timeless, supranational and thought-provoking.

 

 



Musicians:
Jarek Kostka
Jan Adamczewski
Jakub Olejnik
Przemysław Jarosz

Pieces on the CD:
Mazurek C-dur (Mazurka C major) op.67 nr 3
Mazurek a-moll (Mazurka A minor) op. 17 nr 4
Preludium As-dur (Prelude A-flat major) op.24 nr 17
Preludium e-moll (Prelude E minor) op. 24 nr 4
Mazurek fis-moll (Mazurka F-sharp minor) op. 59 nr 3
Mazurek a-moll (Mazurka A minor) op.68 nr 2
Etiuda E-dur (Etude A major) op. 10 nr 3
Fantaisie Impromptus cis-moll (C-sharp minor) op. 66
Preludium Fis-dur (Prelude F-sharp major) op. 24 nr 13
Mazurek F-dur (Mazurka F major) op. 68 nr 3


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Mazurek a-moll op.17 nr 4

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Preludium As-dur op.24 nr 17

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Mazurek fis-moll op. 59 nr 3



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Mazurek C-dur op.67 nr 3, Koncert promocyjny w Wadze Miejskiej w Poznaniu
Jarek Kostka, Jan Adamczewski, Jakub Olejnik, Przemysław Jarosz

 

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Walc h-moll

Jarek Kostka - fortepian, Piotr Max Wiśniewski - kontrabas,
Jan Adamczewski - saksofon, Waldemar Franczyk - perkusja

Largo z Fantazja-Impromptu cis-moll
Jarek Kostka - fortepian, Piotr Max Wiśniewski - kontrabas,
Jan Adamczewski - saksofon, Waldemar Franczyk - perkusja

Etiuda E-dur op. 10 nr 3
Koncert promocyjny w Wadze Miejskiej w Poznaniu
Jarek Kostka, Jan Adamczewski, Jakub Olejnik, Przemysław Jarosz

Mazurek F-dur op. 68 nr 3
Koncert promocyjny w Wadze Miejskiej w Poznaniu
Jarek Kostka, Jan Adamczewski, Jakub Olejnik, Przemysław Jarosz

Mazurek a-moll op.68 nr 2
Koncert promocyjny w Wadze Miejskiej w Poznaniu
Jarek Kostka, Jan Adamczewski, Jakub Olejnik, Przemysław Jarosz

Mazurek a-moll op.68 nr 2
Koncert promocyjny w Wadze Miejskiej w Poznaniu
Jarek Kostka, Jan Adamczewski, Jakub Olejnik, Przemysław Jarosz

We would like to introduce a new and  interesting music project of Polish jazzmen gathered around Jarosław Kostka - pianist, arranger and author of the concept. On the wave of success of the album "Chopin Profanum" published in 2010 in tribute to Chopin, the artist searched for new ideas in the musical legacy of Edvard Grieg. When analyzing his work, he turned his attention towards the Norwegian folk music, from which Edward Grieg drew his inspirations - after all, this is the reason why Grieg is called by Polish musicologists the "Chopin of the North".

Confirming timeliness of the adage known to Chopin and Grieg - "The music draws from another existing music," Jarek Kostka reached into "Per Gynt" suite and songs, orchestral pieces and piano by Edvard Grieg. He made a selection, some musical pieces were deliberately shortened and he pulled out of them this "something special", which is required for the impulse to jazz improvisation. And so it was created some musical material which bacame the base for further transformations and sound exploration.


And so it was created some musical material which bacame the base for further transformations and sound exploration. All this is a tribute to the next, great Romantic from the North.
"Nordic Jazz Project" is another, just more mature and creative stage of the author of "Chopin Profanum."
Moderation and lyricism of Grieg deeply moves musical sensitivity in many musicians and opens for them and for the listeners a wide range of artistic experiences.

The band consists of:
Jarek Kostka - piano
Jan Adamczewski - saxophones
Bartek Kucz - bass
Mirek Kaminski - drums


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Edvard Grieg - Arietta

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Edvard Grieg - Ballad op. 65 nr 5

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Edvard Grieg - In the Hall of the Mountain King

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Edvard Grieg - Pieśń Solveigi



foyer d’art” / Dirk Paßehl / www.foyer-d-art.de
Jarek Kostka - piano, Piotr Max Wiśniewski - bas,
Jan Adamczewski - sax, Waldemar Franczyk - drums

"Intensive Silence" is a tribute to Krzysztof KomedaTrzciński for his 80th birthday anniversary. This tragically and prematurely died artist paved the way for the so-called "Polish School of Jazz". In the sixties of the twentieth century, despite the "Iron Curtain", "Polish School of Jazz" wasa novelty and maintained a very high standard being very stylistic and innovative as well as having an impact on music in Europe and even in the world!

Krzysztof Komeda created the original Polish "cool" - a style, which after his death had an influence on development of international jazz scene and avant-garde of the 70s centered mainly around ECM publisher. He owed it all to his talent and extraordinary musical intuition and imagination. "Intensive Silence" is an art project with Komeda’s musical pieces, carefully selectedand arranged by pianist and composer - JarosławKostka. Beside his work, once performed by Komeda’s sextet and quintet, Jarosław Kostka also used his film music, even though the composer regarded filmmaking entirely independently.

Music in this "Intensive Silence" project is filled with composer’s spirit. Artists gathered around the project are aware of the uniqueness of his style. Komeda’s compositions are not only improvisational material, but also broader forms based on classical principles of construction, meaning and theme exposure, its culmination and unfolding. Faithful to Komeda’s principle: "Few words - few notes" musicians approachthe idea of "dramatic lyrism" by expressing strong emotions with minimum means.

Inspiration and approach model to Komeda’s music our musicians took from Tomasz Stańko, who had the opportunity to work directly with the Master, and after his death he cultivated this so-called "Komeda’s cool style".

Duet Con Alma to wyjątkowo oryginalne spotkanie flamenco z jazzem. Spotkanie takie nie ma w zasadzie pierwowzoru, jest jedyne w swoim rodzaju.

Flamenco to muzyka ludowa Andaluzji, mylnie kiedyś kojarzona z muzyką całej Hiszpanii. Jest całkowicie hermetyczną sztuką i bardzo rzadko wchodzi w fuzję z innymi stylami.

Duet Con Alma tworzą Jarek Kostka – wybitny pianista jazzowy i Przemysław Hałuszczak - wybitny gitarzysta flamenco. Muzycy znają się długo, a ich działalność muzyczna dowodzi, że za sprawą wyobraźni, można dokonać wyjątkowo ciekawego połączenia dwóch zupełnie różnych gatunków muzycznych. Grają razem od roku, a dzięki takiemu połączeniu przeżywają razem niesamowitą przygodę w świecie muzyki.

Duet zaprasza gościnnie trzeciego muzyka – perkusistę (cajon).





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Malaguena



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Tico, tico



The new musical idea coming from three musicians from Poznan is my another activity on the border of different styles. It is a balance between the sacred and the profane - it is a jazz improvisation based on themes taken from the liturgy of the Roman - Catholic Church.

The leading material in the project are sequences - according to some musicologists - the first fully copyright singing of the Church in Western Europe.

Generally it can be said that the common feature of all sequences is their rhythm, which imposes text - religious but not biblical. Rhythm and folk sequence opened the way and brought popularity of later composed church and christian songs.

Repeatability of so called "folk rhymes," (as they're sometimes maliciously called by their opponents - especially in Rome) can cause a kind of trance. It is a sort of religious and spiritual contemplation, where next to the text the recurring musical themes are the main power.

This musical form for us today might be simple, but the simplicity of it inspires - especially jazz improvisers.

Jarek Kostka - organ, piano, artistic concept
Jan Adamczewski - saxophones
Andrzej Mazurek - percussion instruments
in Musical Project  "Sequences"



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Bogurodzica - live

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Victime Paschali Laudes - live

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Veni Sancte Spiritus - live