Three years ago the festival gained a new face: at its basis there were such assumptions as the ordering of songs for young and established composers, the support of young musicians, inviting the biggest stars of jazz (and convince them to prepare special projects), building a strong international brand through the festival participation on international platforms and projects, organizing workshops with leading jazz musicians and creating unique designs that could be heard only on the festival.

Till now, the festival has hosted Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Kenny Wheeler and Gary Peacock. The songs were written by: John Surman, Terje Rypdal and Kenny Wheeler and by brilliant young Polish musicians – Piotr Damasiewicz and Nikola Kołodziejczyk.

Jazztopad Festival was also a prestigious group of five major European festivals in the project Take Five Europe (addressed to the most talented musicians of the younger generation). For three years, the festival has been also supporting the rising stars of jazz in the international platform JazzPlaysEurope.

This year’s edition is a natural continuation of the process that began three years ago.


The biggest concert event will be of course the concert of legendary Sonny Rollins. This fall, the giant of jazz will play only in four European cities! It is an honour that Jazztopad Wroclaw and the festival belong to this small group.

An eminent American pianist Fred Hersch is going to perform for the first time in Poland. He specially wrote new arrangements for jazz trio and chamber orchestra.

For the third time one can hear a jazz score JazzPlaysEurope laboratory work, which this year will work in Amsterdam.  In Poland it will be represented by Michał Bryndal.

One can also see two very intimate evenings: long-term companion duo of Miles Davis – Dave Liebman with Richie Bairachem and an outstanding Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson with Jon Falt. Both concerts will be their only concerts in Europe.

Last weekend there will be a kind of marathon, held as part of the Culture Season of NRW (North Rhine and Westphalia) in Poland 2011/12. The project of 24 Run: what’s in the fridge?” will fill different places in the center of Wroclaw for 24 hours  with the jazz from Germany and Poland. Its culmination there will be three concerts in Wroclaw Philharmonic: Invisible Change, Maciej Obara Quartet and the final premiere of the composition of Uri Caine  for Lutosławski Quartet.

Source: Jazztopad

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