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Jazz at the Museum: Henryk Wars – Songbook

A concert promoting a new CD, Henryk Wars – Songbook, by two prominent Polish jazz musicians: pianist Bogdan Hołownia and bassist Wojciech Pulcyn.

The material prepared is the fruit of their longstanding fascination with the work of interwar composers as well as their common stage practice.

From the CD description: The choice of a minimal instrumental ensemble (piano, bass) was very conscious, because the beautiful, harmonious fusion of the sound of these two instruments allows one to fully appreciate the masterfully, carefully woven melodic line, and to take pleasure in the incredible details of the extraordinarily beautiful harmony. These values are emphasized by an effect of acoustic concentration. The use of these devices made it possible to create a record that brings solace, peace and authentic feeling… The CD should appeal to audiences of all ages.

LISTEN TO A FRAGMENT OF THE ALBUM

Tickets: regular price – 15 PLN, reduced price – 10 PLN

Bogdan Hołownia - pianist, often called the Romantic of the piano

A native of Toruń, it is there that he began his music education. In the early 1990s, he studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston with Ray Santisi and Laszlo Gardony. His first serious experiences with jazz can be traced to the Jan “Ptaszyn” Wróblewski quartet. He then worked with Janusz Muniak, Adam Kawończyk, Janusz Kozłowski, Marcin Jahr, Krzysztof Mróz, Bronek Harasiuk and Kazimierz Jonkisz, amongst others.

In the United States he worked with Dave Clark, Skipp Hadden, George Zonce, Larry Kohut, Jeff Stitely, Bronek Suchanek, Grażyna Auguścik, Jerzy Głód, Michał Urbaniak and Urszula Dudziak. After returning to Poland, he played with Lora Szafran, Ewa Bem, Jorgos Skolias, Tomasz Szukalski, Jerzy Skalski, Marek Jakubowski and Patryk Pilasiewicz.

Laureate of the Grand Prix Jazz “Melomani” in 2002 in the “Jazz Oscar” Artist of the Year category.

Wojciech Pulcyn – bassist

A graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (jazz department), and of the Post-Secondary Jazz School in Warsaw, where he studied with Prof. Z. Wegehaupt.

In 2000, he composed music to the play Transatlatic for the Montownia Theater. He has also worked for the National Theater in Warsaw.

He has worked with K. Jonkisz, J. “Ptaszyn” Wróblewski, J. Muniak, A. Dutkiewicz, P. Baron, P. “Bocianem” Cieślikowski, B. Hołownia, R. Majewski, R. Borowski, Iza Zając, J. Skowron, E. Kulm, K. Wolinski. He has also performed with I. Demirer and Charles Gayle, Gianni Basso, M. Urbaniak, Duffy Jackson, Marlon Simon and Bobby Watson.