BAŁDYCH Adam |PL|

Adam Bałdych – violinist, composer. At the age of 16 started performing internationally (Germany, Poland, Serbia, Hungary, Indonesia, Spain, France, USA). First called “a child prodigy” evolved to being named one of the most interesting jazz violinists in Europe, the only Polish Artist awarded with ECHO JAZZ. He is an ACT MUSIC recording Artist, where he released his last four albums and appeared as sideman on some others too. Among the musicians Adam Bałdych has worked with, there are not only extremely appreciated jazz musicians: Jim Beard, Iiro Rantala, Leszek Możdżer, Billy Cobham, Aaron Parks, Jacob Karlzon, Lars Danielsson, Joachim Kühn and Michel Portal, but also artists famous in pop music (Mika Urbaniak, L.U.C) and classical music (Paweł Hendrich, Andrzej Bauer, Cezary Duchnowski, Royal String Quartet). Adam Bałdych recently focused also on composing for bigger bands too (“Mozaika”, “ANTIPHONA”, “Pamiętniki”) for different orchestral ensembles and rhythm section.

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BROZA David |IL|

Israel’s superstar, a singer and lyrics writer, David Broza, is one of the most dynamic and charismatic artists. His music, particularly the very spontaneous guitar playing, drawing from the rhythms of flamenco and rock&roll – mirrors the combination of three countries in which he was growing up: Israel, Spain, and England. He performed with Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, and Van Morrison.

As the artist, he is well-known for his involvement in the humanitarian projects, mostly focused on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Since 1977, when his hit “Yihye Tov” was first aired on the radio, David Broza has been promoting the message of peace. In 2013, he started to work on the project that brought together Palestinian and Israeli Muslims which resulted in the album “East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem.”

An influential musician, passionate peace advocate and innovator of the music industry, he is much admired and truly inspires his audience with the honest message and musical charm.

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DAHL KNUDSEN Kenneth |DK|

Kenneth Dahl Knudsen – Danish composer, double bass player, and bandleader. Despite his young age, Kenneth played and worked with J. Scofield, G. Hekselman, D. Oatts, J. Frahm, E. Christopher, J. Blake, J. Shaw or P. AkLaffe. He has been appreciated by the critics, received multiple awards and most importantly, has been loved by the audience. So far, three of his records have been released – the contemporary European Jazz with Scandinavian roots and a massive dosage of improvisation. His most recent album has been recognized as TOP 20 best Jazz albums of the year according to UK Vibe. During Singer’s Warsaw Festival, Kenneth will present the material from his latest album “TÉTÉ.”

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JAZZ BAND MŁYNARSKI – MASECKI |PL|

An excellent pianist, Marcin Masecki has joined forces with Jan Emil Młynarski and together they launched a band that resorts to the old tradition of Polish jazz bands that performed between the two world wars. Jazz Band’s repertoire includes swing compositions that are mostly unknown today. There will also be several unique tangos played, the music that made Polish composers famous around the world. The whole venture focuses on the spirit of Adam Aston, a well-known, prewar Polish popular singer, Henryk Wars, the most important Polish prewar pianist, arranger and composer as well as Jerzy Petersburski and brother Artur and Henryk Gold. Marcin and Janek seem to compensate for the lost chance of the whole generation of Polish popular artists who in the most prosperous time of their careers had to run away, fight, die, emigrate orphaning Polish popular beyt music without any consolation. Marcin’s arrangements and Janek’s voice give the compositions a breath of fresh air making the music more up to date and functional, for dancing and for thrills.

JINTA-LA-MVTA |JP|

Jinta-la-Mvta is a Tokio-based band founded by Okuma Wataru and Miwazow. On the musical basis, which in their case is the contemporary street music “chin-dong” and “jinta” (marching bands), the group mixes in its original pot popular music from every corner of the world, with a particular interest in klezmer and Balkan music. In Japan, Okuma is one of the most unique clarinet players and a frontman of the groundbreaking experimental band Cicala-Mvta which was named the “epicenter of the Tokio underground scene” and “the one and only Japanese world music.” Miwazow is known as the modern virtuoso of chin-dong drums and recently has raised interest because of her performance of Brecht and Yiddish songs full of her usual dynamic expression.

Line up: Wataru Okuma (clarinet etc.), Miwazow (chin-dong, koto, vocal), Yoshiaki Sato (accordion), Gideon Juckes (tuba), Fumi Watanabe (drums)

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LEMMER Yaakov |US|

Yaakov ‘Yanky’ Lemmer – world-famous cantor of the young generation. He started his career as the solo artists of Behtel Choir, supervised by Benzion Miller. As an internationally recognized artist, he has been performing for audiences around the globe. In addition, he also took part in many festivals in Europe. His versatile repertoire includes works representing Yiddish culture, but also opera, Broadway and other compositions.

 

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ORKIESTRA ADRIA |PL|

ADRIA Orchestra, its line-up, and sound idiom go back to the bands that in the period between the two world wars performed in the bars and revue show theatres in Warsaw and the name can be traced back to the pre-war Adria.

Adria Orchestra’s program includes the works composed by Władysław Szpilman and Jerzy Petersburski, the legendary composers, authors of many unforgettable songs that have become part of the history of the culture of the 20th c. Poland and the world. Jerzy Petersburski has also co-founded, together with Artur Gold, the orchestra modeled upon the foreign ensembles that specialized in dance and tango music – one of the first of the kind in Poland, which played an important role in the music life of Warsaw in the 1920s. It became famous because of the performance in the dance bars of the pre-war Warsaw.

The songs will be perfomed by, among others, Lala Czaplicka, a vocalist, and singer, gifted with a unique voice with velvety timbre, daughter of Jerzy Czaplicki, a world-famous singer who in the 1930s sung and recorded with Petersburski and Gold’s orchestras performing in the legendary Warsaw restaurant called Adria. The piano will be played by the outstanding pianist, composer, comedian, Jerzy Petersburski Junior – the son of the famous composer. Adria Orchestra brings together the leading artists, musicians, soloists, interpreters of tango, swing, and jazz.

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PIFARÉLY Dominique |FR|

Dominique Pifarély – outstanding violinist, improviser, composer. Comprehensive and active, he has been playing the violin since the time he was 6 years old. After the classical musical education, when he was still very young, he took an interest in rock, jazz, and improvisation. Quickly, he became a very appreciated and recognized soloist. He co-created Sclavis-Pifarély Acoustic Quartet, Deadeles band, in which he continues to perform today and the multiple trios and quartets as well as literary shows. In 2000, he founded Sclavis-Pifarély Acoustic Quartet, the band in which he is a leader and composer. He regularly performs in Europe and the United States, Canada, Japan, Inia, as well as Latin America, Middle East, and Africa. He is also the teacher of the master classes.

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SHEPHERD Merlin |UK|

Merlin Shepherd’s clarinet provides the perfect foil for his deep musicality. Whether he’s playing traditional Klezmer with the Sound&Light Cinematic Duo or wild ecstatic music with his quintet Hamsa or with Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars and Boban Marcovic, or free-form wailing with Aaron Alexander’s Midrash Mish-Mosh, his music is a powerful and emotional force that redefines the instrument.

His unique musical voice can be experienced on his debut solo CD of original material, Intimate Hopes & Terrors, a unique collaboration with 10 of the top Klezmer musicians from the former Soviet Union.

Has been Musical Director for The Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London. He was also Klezmer Advisor for the Royal Shakespeare Company for their 1992 production of Anski’s The Dybbuk. Composed scores for numerous dance and theatre companies. He is now working internationally with his quintet Hamsa.

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SHEPHERD Polina |RU/UK|

Whilst living in Kazan (capital of Tatarstan, Russia) and studying at the State Academy, Polina joined Russia′s first klezmer band after Perestroika, Simcha and toured in dark Soviet theatres, to Boris Yeltsin and to the World in 1998-2002.

She is one of the first generation of musicians of the Yiddish revival scene in Eastern Europe: acting as a programme director, educator and performer she has been involved in festivals, conferences and seminars in Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany, Britain, the USA, Brazil.

Now living in Britain, Polina leads three choirs and continues to tour internationally as a Yiddish and Russian singer. About 100 compositions including music for theatre shows, large scale choir compositions, settings for Yiddish poems are performed by soloists and choirs all over the world.

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SKLAMBERG Lorin |US|

Lorin Sklamberg – lead singer of the Grammy winning Klezmatics, a leading exponent of Yiddish song and traditional Jewish vocal techniques.

The legendary music critic Robert Christgau has described Lorin Sklamberg’s voice as “transcendent, ethereal and sensual,” … Since the creation of the Klezmatics, Sklamberg has continued to find his voice and apply it to a number of disciplines. He has also worked for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research for almost 25 years, currently as its Sound Archivist. For 14 years he was the coordinator of KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program, and cofounded Living Traditions.

Lorin can be heard on some 50 CDs, and also composes and performs for film, dance, stage and circus, produces recordings, and teaches and lectures from Sao Paulo to London, from Paris to Kiev and St. Petersburg…

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SMOCZYŃSKI Mateusz|PL|

Mateusz Smoczyński performed on the most important jazz stages of the world. Recognized as the jazz violinist of 2017 by the Jazz Forum magazine. Co-founder of Atom String Quartet, for four years, he was the first violinist of the legendary, 2 Grammy Award winner, the Turtle Island Quartet. He is also the winner of the 1st prize of the 2nd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Contest in 2016.

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WOWAKIN Trio |PL|

WoWaKin Trio has been founded two years ago but has already received several awards (Nowa Tradycja’16 and Folkowe Mikołajki’16) and performed on many festivals. Paula Kinaszewska’s band specializes in folk music combining folk sounds and modern arrangements. She conveys energetic mixture based on the traditional music (musicians draw from real-life musicians, visiting villages and learning from the older generation of friendly musicians and singers) but it is strongly contemporary – free, improvised and bold. Every performance charms the audience with naturalness and sincere message. An amazing dancing energy sweeps and inspires everyone for a crazy “whirling” to the rhythms of various dances, such as oberek, polka, mazurek, kujawiak and the Jewish songs.

 

WYROSTEK Marcin & CORAZON |PL|

Marcin Wyrostek & CORAZON was founded out of a fascination with Argentinian and Latin American music which inspired the musicians to compose tangos according to their own jazz and musical arrangements. As a result, in 2010 “Magia del Tango” was released reaching the status of the triple platinum record. At first, the band’s repertoire was based on Astor Piazzola and Richard Galiano’s works. Balkan fascinations of the rhythmic section led to recording an ethnic-folk album “Coloriage” in 2011 (double platinum). The effect of the fusion of musical desires was the album released in 2015 “For Alice” which was Marcin’s recap of his previous music-related experience, including multiple performances with chamber and philharmonic orchestras. Today, the band’s repertoire includes also the works from Marcin Wyrostek’s latest record “Polacc” completing the prior international repertoire with the music rooted in Poland. The album combines both the works inspired by Polish traditional music, film music, Jewish music and Polish folk dances as well as great masters’ works.

Feat.: Marcin Jajkiewicz (vocals), Marcin Wyrostek (accordion), Mateusz Adamczyk (violin), Daniel Popiałkiewicz (guitar), Agnieszka Haase-Rendchen (piano), Piotr Zaufal (bass guitar), Krzysztof Nowakowski (percussion instruments)

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KOMOROWSKA Maja |PL|

Maja Komorowska – stage and movie actress, a graduate of Warsaw’s Theater Academy. She worked in Teatr Groteska in Kraków, with Jerzy Grotowski in Teatr 13 Rzędów in Opole and Teatr Laboratorium in Wrocław. She also played on Wrocław’s stages in Teatr Polski and Teatr Współczesny. Since 1972, she has been working in Teatr Współczesny in Warsaw. She worked with the master of cinema, such as Andrzej Wajda, Tadeusz Konwicki, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Krzysztof Zanussi and Istvan Szabo. In love with poetry, Maja Komorowska frequently meets with her audience and presents poems written by the greatest Polish poets. She is also known for her involvement in social affairs, during the martial law in Poland she worked in the Primate’s Social Council and the Committee for the Political Prisoners and their Families. She is one of the most appreciated and loved Polish actresses.

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KERNER Kimba|US|

Kimba Kerner was born in Philadelphia but has been traveling whole her life. She received her first diploma from Parsons School of Design in New York. Currently, she works on her Ph.D. in Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts combining the techniques of ceramics and graphics.

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KOSSOWSKA Hanna

Hanna Kossowska – visual artist, actress, teacher and mashgicha, that is the keeper of the kosher in the Warsaw Jewish Commune (checks whether the meals are prepared according to the kosher rules).

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SZYC Etel

Etel Szyc – actress, teacher of the Jewish culture, works in the Jewish school Lauder-Morasha in Warsaw, she has been carrying out workshops for children and adults throughout the country.

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DAJBOR Rafał

Actor, journalist, president of Drugi Plan Foundation, which he founded and editor of the website www.mariuszgorczynski.pl. Cooperates with the editorial “Stolica”, “Słowo żydowskie”, “Południe. Głos Warszawiaków” and the portal Warszawa.pl.

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KRAKOWSKI Andrzej

Director, movie producer, teacher, graphic artist who has written 18 movie screenplays and several books.

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Photo: Renata Pajchel

SZYMANIAK Karolina

Dr Karolina Szymaniak –  researcher, translator, and Yiddish instructor, Assistant Professor at the Department of Jewish Studies (University of Wroclaw) and at the Jewish Historical Institute, where she heads the Yiddish Language Unit. A long-time collaborator of the Center for Yiddish Culture in Warsaw. She has taught Yiddish and modern Jewish cultures in Poland and across Europe, in France, Lithuania, Ukraine and Israel. Author and editor of several books and numerous articles about Yiddish avant-garde and modernism, gender studies, and Jewish Polish cultural relations. Her recent book, an edition of Rachel Auerbach’s ghetto writings, was awarded the 2016 “Polityka” best Historical Book Award, in the category: editions of historical sources.

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Photo: Monika Szabłowska-Zaręba