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Wroclaw Guitar Festival is the most notable event in November in Wroclaw. It is the most attractive festival on the Polish guitar stage and one of the most interesting in the world. The festival presents various styles of music related directly or indirectly to the guitar: it seduces with the beauty of classical guitar , fascinates with the flamenco dancing and singing, moves with crazy Latin rhythms and brings the endless and energy of jazz music. This diversity, combined with a high artistic level, attracts lovers of guitar music from Poland and Europe, and their circle from year to year grows.
The 14-year history of the festival is created by the most outstanding musicians from all over the world: including Paco de Lucia, Tommy Emmanuel, Joscho Stephan, John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Jesse Cook, Louis Winsberg, Martin Taylor, Gene Bertoncini, Aniello Desiderio, Tomatito, Canizares, Rafael Cortes, Rolf Lislevand , Zoran Dukić, Jorge Morel, Pavel Steidl, Marcin Dylla, Mark Pasieczny, Marek Napiórkowski, Arthur Lesicki, Wojtek Pilichowski Kurzak and Alexander, Anna Maria Jopek, Dorota Miskiewicz, Krzesimir Debski, Group MoCarta. Since the beginning of the guitar festival in Wrocław it was Krzysztof Pelech, its founder and artistic director, who was responsible for the its artistic programme.
This year Paco de Lucía will come to Wroclaw. He will perform with a band on 27 November in the Centennial Hall for a spectacular ending of the Festival. In addition, another representative of flamenco from Spain – Carlos Pinan, will begin the event in Impart Art Centre together with Preston Reed, who plays in fingerstyle technique (like Tommy Emmanuel), Antonio Forcione, called “Jimi Hendrix of acoustic guitar,” and many other great musicians of international importance. The festival will start on 18 and end on 27 November.
Source: Gitara Wroclaw
The coming 47th Wroclaw’s Jazz Festival “Jazz nad Odrą” will last 5 days – from 2nd March till 6th March 2011. Its organizers are planning to invite very famous musicians, such as: a saxophonist Joe Lovano from US Five, a trumpeter Christian Scott, David Murray with Cuban Ensemble Plays Nat King Cole “En Español”, Zohar Fresco, Bennie Maupin with Dariusz Oleszkiewicz, and also European Jazz Ensemble and Leszek Możdżer with Krzesimir Dębski. An important part of the festival is, like every year, the competition that will be added splendor by the band “Wierba and Schmidt Quintet” consisting of the winners of the previous contest edition. Gala of Polish Jazz will end the festival.
Wroclaw’s Jazz Festival “Jazz nad Odrą” is next to “Jazz Jamboree” and Cracow’s “Zaduszki Jazzowe” one of the most famous and one of the oldest Polish jazz festivals. It started in 1964 in a very popular student’s club “Pałacyk”. From the beginning it was a very important festival in Poland. The festival is the beginning of professional career for the winners of the competition or for those who have been noticed by its jury or critics. It’s enough to give such names as: Włodzimierz Nahorny, Zbigniew Seifert, Krzesimir Dębski, Jarosław Śmietana, Janusz Strobel, Piotr Baron, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Tomasz Szukalski, Andrzej Zaucha, Ewa Bem. Over the years the formula of the festival has changed – a lot of European and world jazz musicians have taken part in the festival but the competition has still existed. Here is a list of some participants of the festival: Pat Metheny, Paco deLucia, Al diMeola, Kenny Garret, Dave Holland, Tooth Thielemans, Diana Krall, David Sanborn, Ron Carter, Lizz Wright, Patricia Barber.