• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • 14 July 2017

    As part of the Copenhagen Jazz Festival programme, a mini festival “Polish-Danish Jazz Days” was held, summing up more than 10 years of cooperation and exchange between Polish and Danish jazz musicans.

    The mini festival began on 10th of July in Koncertkirken. Five Polish-Danish ensembles – Jachna/Tarwid/Karch, TOM Trio, K.R.A.N., Taste Of The World and Radek Wośko Atlantic Quartet – played concerts for the large audience.


    The second day of the festival started with the screening of Henning Carlsen film “People meet and sweet music is born in their hearts”. It is one for four films of this Danish director’s filmography with music score written by a Polish jazzman Krzysztof Komeda. This cooperation was a result of Komeda earlier concerts in Scandinavia in the 1950s and 1960s, which proved to be an enormous success and ended up in numerous Polish-Scandinavian projects. Krzysztof Komeda was one of the most famous Polish jazz composers, whose short and tragically ended life was filled with playing and composing music. He is best known for his over 40 music scores to the films, the most famous of them are Roman Polanski “Knife in the water” and “Rosemary’s Baby”.


    During the following discussion panel Polish musicians, including Marek Kądziela, Tomasz Licak and Radek Wośko, acquainted the audience with their experience of studying at the Danish music academies. When Poland joined the European Union, it opened for the young musicians an opportunity to study in one of the chosen member states. Several of them decided to go studying to Denmark. They all emphasized that the most important factor that convinced them to stay at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Odense was the openness of the teachers / tutors to their musical search and work, encouraging them to undertake it, and supporting throughout the way. That was also the reason why they started to encourage young people from Poland, thinking about jazz education, to study in Denmark. The incentive was so convincing, that it resulted in a ‘wave’ of Polish students, which brought fruits in establishment of several Polish-Danish ensembles.


    The evening ended with the band of Polish and Danish musicians – Radek Wośko, Marek Kądziela, Maciej Kądziela, Tomasz Licak, Tomasz Dąbrowski and Richard Anderson – playing their own compositions arranged especially for this concert.


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