I began recording this album four years ago but the root of this music comes from a much more distant past. I wouldn’t create “Kaczmarczyk vs Paderewski: Tatra” without the “Album tatrzanskie” from 1884 on which Ignacy Jan Paderewski interpreted Polish highlanders’ songs. His six-part suite written for 2 and 4 hands was however only a starting point of my LP on which you’ll hear no less than 21 musicians.
“Tatra” AD 2018 includes also not six but nine tracks so this is not only an adaptation of the original but also its extension. And even though the Polish element is still very present you’ll find a lot more different spices in the mixture. I won’t however ruin you the pleasure (hopefully) and let you know what I had in mind. It would be great to hear from you one day, what you had in mind when listening to this LP.
A jazz pianist and composer with impressive achievements and even more impressive plans. He has recorded five very well-received albums and participated in many more projects as a sideman. The albums released to date have brought him numerous awards and distinctions, such as:
– a nomination to the Fryderyk award (Poland’s most prestigious music prize)
– six wins in the Jazz Forum magazine’s Jazz Top contest
– five “Jazz Oscars” at the Grand Prix Jazz Melomani gala
– the Mateusz statue awarded by Polish Radio Three
– Kulturalne Odloty Gazety Wyborczej award given by one of Poland’s top daily paper in the Artist of The Year category
Paweł doesn’t like to pigenhole his sound and aims to avoid any boxes. “I want my music to move people – not only deeply, emotionally but also literally and physically. I want to grab my listeners out of their chairs and give them something they will not forget right after leaving my concert or turning off an album.” Paweł Kaczmarczyk
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Born in 1860, Paderewski was one of the greatest pianists of his time. He performed for Queen Victoria, toured the world, and his work “Manru” is the only opera composed by a Pole ever to be staged at the New York Metropolitan Opera. Later on, Paderewski began to get seriously involved in politics. His work contributed to the inclusion of the creation of an independent Poland among the famous 14 points of the President Woodrow Wilson’s peace program.
During the First World War, the artist’s international prestige allowed him to collect a huge sum (20 million Swiss francs) for the General Committee to Aid War Victims in Poland, which was established in cooperation with Henryk Sienkiewicz. Paderewski’s arrival in Poznań on December 26, 1918, prompted the outbreak of the Wielkopolska Uprising, which resulted in the majority of the Prussian partition territory being included in the new Poland. Shortly thereafter, Paderewski took the post of prime minister as well as the minister of foreign affairs. He was one of the signatories of the Treaty of Versailles.
Sunday, November 25, 2018, Kalisz
Centrum Kultury i Sztuki
Address: ul. Łazienna 6, Kalisz, Poland