The project Circle of Arts Orchestra has been created by the director of the Polish Circles of Art Festival Wojciech Majewski. He invited the composer, leader and visionary of Polish jazz – Wojciech Konikiewicz to collect a super band of Polish Jazz. The concerts in China will be the premiere of this project, to which the leader invited the Polish jazz elite.
For years, the leader of the band Wojciech Konikiewicz has been creating music based on both idioms of jazz and Polish ethnic tradition as well as contemporary classical music. He is also inspired by the music of other cultures – Asian or African. In 2016, he successfully presented his jazz interpretations of Polish and Chinese folk music with his Chinese trio. In 2017 he made an ambitious project inspired by Korean poetry, combining Polish, Korean and traditional Polish music – The Warsaw – Seoul Bridge, which was also well received, presented at the Jarasum Jazz festival and concert tour around the country. Konikiewicz is also a highly-regarded creator of film and theater music as well as electronic and contemporary music. All in trends and inspirations focus in the author’s concept of music, which the artist will present in Circle of Arts Orchestra. It will be modern Polish jazz based on spatial and refined sound, with emotional and supportive character skills of the musicians.
Marcin Lamch is a double bass player, graduate of the Marcin Józef Żebrowski Music School Complex in Częstochowa and the University of Silesia. Founder of the KaPeLa Trio, with which, together with guitarist Janusz “Yanina” Iwański, he recorded three albums and gave numerous concerts at festivals in Poland and abroad. Since the very beginning, the trio received praise from both critics and listeners, giving them a chance to work with other groups, such as Tribute to Miles Davis Orchestra or Chromosomos. In 2003, KaPeLa Trio released an album with the renowned free-jazz trumpeter Andrzej Przybielski. The following summer they worked with the duo Lipnicka&Porter, Martyna Jakubowicz and VooVoo. They have ongoing collaborations with Antonina Krzysztoń, Stanisław Soyka and Jarosław Śmietana. Additionally, Marcin Lamch has written music for the theatre plays „Polowanie na łosia” i „Kohelet, czyli świt doczekany”. Music producer and arranger.
Drummer, graduated from the Music Academy in Katowice and also Music Academy in Cracow. Related mostly to Cracovian jazz scene. Winner of numerous prizes in international music competitions like Getxo Jazz Festival (Spain), Jazz Juniors (Cracow), Jazz nad Odra (Wroclaw), Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa, Tarnow International Jazz Contest. Awarded with the “Mloda Polska 2016” scholarship granted by the Ministry of Culture for outstanding musical achievements. He also received the “Andel” award for the Best Jazz Album in Czech Republic in 2012 with the Inner Spaces band and nomination for the “Fryderyk” award for the “Phonographic Jazz Debut of the Year 2017” in Poland with Kajetan Borowski Trio. He is an improviser working with the cream of the Polish jazz musicians. He has performed around the world in countries like: China, Egypt, Turkey, Russia, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, France,, Spain and Ireland.
Trumpeter, born in Croatia, but living in Poland since the age of 8. He studied at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk. Member of the NSI quartet, he received many favourable reviews from critics in the jazz scene in Poland after releasing the album “Introducing NSI” and winning the 36th Jazz Juniors competition. Cyprian Baszyński performed alongside Marcin Pospieszalski, Piotr Baron, Frank Parker, Joachim Mencel, Wojciech Groborz, Jan Plicha, Paweł Kaczmarczyk and Zbigniew Namysłowski.
Composer, saxophonist, arranger. He has a characteristic expressive sound, paired with a virtuoso playing technique. He tries to couple distant genres and sounds in an unconventional way. In 2011 his Maciej Kądziela Quartet won the Grand Prix at the Jazz on the Odra Festival. Thanks to the Nordea Fonden scholarship he left to study in New York in 2014. Maciej Kądziela currently lives and works in Copenhagen. He gave concerts in Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus and Germany.