jazzahead! presents Poland as its partner country this year. Tonight and ove rthe course of the following two weeks, it's all about Polish culture and music. Poland, with its exciting contemporary art and culture scene, offers a lot to discover! We start with these great artists in the festival:
Warsaw Village Band
They are one of the most successful ensembles in Eastern Europe, beyond mainstream, and even in the year of their 20th anniversary, the Warsaw Village Band is still heating up the audience. Musical tradition meets contemporary, in a style between folk dance tunes, ballads and traditional Polish songs with excursions in electronic music. The Warsaw Village Band has toured internationally and musically it is both for rockers and lovers of traditional music - and yet anything backward facing.
Magda Sobzak (voc, dulc), Sylvia Swiatkowska (vln, vla, zuka, voc), Ewa Walecka (vln, hurdy gurdy, voc), Pawel Mazurczak (db), Maciej Szajkowksi (fr-d, perc), Piotr Glinski (big drum, perc), Milosz Gawrylkiewicz (tpt, flgn)
Marcin Masecki (* 1982) is what can only be called "bustling": a versatile artist between jazz and classical music, a wonderful pianist, festival maker and bandleader. Together with drummer Jerzy Rogiewicz, he shows his ragtime program in Bremen, bringing with him the music of James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Eubie Blake and their Polish colleagues Henry Wars and Jerzy Peterburski.
Marcin Masecki (p), Jerzy Rogiewicz (dr)
Klancyk are the pioneers of the impro theatre in Poland and masters when it comes to taking the audience on a journey.
Their story began in 2005 at the Theater Academy in Warsaw, where they developed their form of impromptu. Klancyk have also been performing internationally, e.g. in the USA.