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HENDRIX PIANO Warsaw's Artur Dutkiewicz Trio

Location: Forum der Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf, Berliner Allee 33
Starting date: 2011-06-12

On Sunday, 12th of June 2011, in Düsseldorf, one of the biggest jazz festivals in Germany – Düsseldorfer Jazz Rally – will host a live concert from one of Poland's most eminent jazz pianists, Artur Dutkiewicz and his trio, completed by: Paweł Puszczało- double bass, and Łukasz Żyta – percussion.

The concert will be the presentation of the musicians' latest CD,  Hendrix piano, the first recording in jazz history fully dedicated to the music by rock legend, Jimmy Hendrix, arranged for piano trio. Although Artur Dutkiewicz Trio has been interpreting Hendrix's music since 2001, only last year (2010) have the musicians decided to record it. They clothed the cult rock riffs in subtle jazz interpretations. What impresses the most about them is the extraordinary harmony, as well as the understanding of the original message conveyed by the legendary guitarist.

This extraordinary concert the performance of Artur Dutkiewicz and his band promises to be, will take place thanks to the long-term collaboration of the Polish Institute in Düsseldorf (www.polnisches-institut.de) and the Düsseldorfer Jazz Rally (http://www.duesseldorfer-jazzrally.de), as well as the partnership between the City of Warsaw, the capital of the German state of NRW – Düsseldorf, and Stołeczna Estrada.

In 2010, Artur Dutkiewicz was named one of the five best musicians of the year in the  Jazz Top poll carried out by the Jazz Forum magazine, alongside Tomasz Stańko, Michał Urbaniak, Jarosław Śmietan and Leszek Możdżer. Also his band, Artur Dutkiewicz Trio, was considered one of the five best jazz bands and their album Hendrix Piano is getting excellent reviews. Dutkiewicz is one of the few pianists who also do solo improvisations (http://www.arturdutkiewicz.pl/).


Chopin au Jardin du Luxemburg 2011

Location: Paris
Starting date: 2011-06-19

 

Chopin's music will once again fill the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris!

On June 19, the inauguration of the second edition of project “Chopin au Jardin du Luxemburg” will take place. For six consecutive weeks, in Paris, in the city garden surrounding the Senate, one of the most beautiful locations on the Seine, Frédéric Chopin's compositions will be resounding, interpreted by notable Warsaw artists.

Usually, it is Warsaw that models itself on Paris. In the case of the Jardin du Luxembourg concerts, the inspiration came from the summer piano recitals, held for the past 52 years in Royal Baths Park in Warsaw. The idea to move the concerts with the repertoire from the great Polish composer who spent half his life in the French capital, was met with great interest.  
Last year – the Chopin Year – was the perfect opportunity to present such a series of outdoor concerts which proved a huge success already in the first part. Altogether, the musical encounters with Chopin gathered tens of thousands of Parisians.
We hope that also this year, music lovers will come to the garden spontaneously... and with their own chairs!

This year's edition of Chopin au Jardin du Luxemburg will present such eminent performers as: Wojciech Świtała, Karol Radziwonowicz, Julia Kociuban, Paweł Wakarecy and Mateusz Kołakowski.


Chopin on the Great Wall of China

Starting date: 2011-04-29

We've had Egyptian pyramids, now it's time for yet another spectacular place that heard Chopin's music. In the last week of April, Polish artists came to the Great Wall of China with the project  Rock Loves Chopin.
Polish artists travelled to Beijing at the invitation of the organisers of the Meet in Beijing Arts Festival and Chaoyang International Pop Music, held since 2004. Many music groups played during the concert week, having arrived from the UK, Australia, Sweden, Ireland and China. Polish musicians performed during the inauguration of the festival, captivating the public with the unusual interpretation of Chopin's music. The Rock Loves Chopin project and the performing artists (among them Jacek Królik, Ryszard Sygitowicz, Marek Raduli, Iwona Tober) were applauded at the Chaoyang stadium by a several-thousand strong audience.


After the success at the festival, we've managed to make our dream come true and play Chopin's music in another place visible from space, says Andrzej Matusiak, Director at  Stołeczna Estrada. Next day, together with the musicians, we were standing on the Great Wall of China. It was as emotional as when we played at the Giza pyramids in Semptember, he adds..
Interestingly enough, the giant stage at the stadium that hosted the Beijing festival, had the shape of a pyramid. Perhaps this element of the Egyptian culture will be part of the coming presentations of the Rock Loves Chopin project…

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