Jazz Notes: Jazztopad Festival Presents Its Third Annual Best of Polish Jazz Bash
By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, June 15 2017
For the past thirteen years, the Jazztopad Festival has taken place at the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Poland. It’s commissioned genre-stretching new works as well as given young musicians the opportunity to perform for large crowds. Some of its live shows have been recorded by ECM Records (i.e., Terje Rypdal’s 2009 concert with the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic) and Blue Note Records (Charles Lloyd’s live performance of the 2013 festival commission, Wild Man Dance). To bring its impressive contemporary jazz contributions to light in the U.S., Jazztopad has come to the States on its third annual tour (including New York as well as Washington, DC and this year even out as far west as British Columbia at outposts in Vancouver and Victoria) that presents an array of top-tier jazz groups at various clubs.
The series, presented in part by the National Forum of Music and Polish Cultural Institute New York (in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center), will set up shop at such NYC venues as JALC’s Dizzy’s, Joe’s Pub, The Jazz Gallery and Brooklyn’s National Sawdust. Taken all together, the Jazztopad Festival constitutes the first large-scale U.S. exposure to adventurous Polish jazz. Below, a schedule of five days of Polish jazz at NYC clubs. Included is the June 25 premiere of a new piece by Mark Feldsman, commissioned by Jazztopad.
June 21-22: Stryjo, Wójcinski/Szmanda Quartet (Dizzy’s)
June 23: Marcin Masecki featuring Jerzy Rogiewicz: Ragtime (Joe’s Pub)
June 24: Wójcinski/Szmanda Quartet with New Yrok cellist Erik Friedlander (The Jazz Gallery)
June 25 (matinee): Lutoslawski Quartet with Brooklyn-based violinist Mark Feldman and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier (National Sawdust)
Cover: Wójciński / Szmańda Quartet: (l. to r.) pianist Szymon Wójciński, bassist Ksawery Wójciński, trumpeter Maurycy Wójciński, and drummer Krzysztof Szmańda; courtesy of organization.