I want to revive the spirit of jazz

Wednesday, 23 January 2013
“Musicians in Poland play what Americans did several decades ago. It’s a nightmare. These people work in museums. I have no intention of being a museologist (…) I want to revive the spirit of jazz, abandon academic music. I am waiting for a confrontation”, says Piotr Orzechowski in an interview with Dawid Karpiuk (Newsweek, 21-27 January 2013).
Piotr Orzechowski is one of the most award-winning jazz musicians of the younger generation. Born 1990 in Kraków to a family with musical traditions, he is now a third year student at the Academy of Music in Kraków. November 2012 saw the release of Pianohooligan’s debut solo album, Experiment: Penderecki , which is a tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki’s music. The album features arrangements and works inspired by the composer’s work. The material was recorded in Switzerland; it was one of the awards that Piotr Orzechowski received for winning first prize at the Montreux Jazz Solo Piano – one of the most prestigious jazz competitions in the world.
He tells about his meeting with Krzysztof Penderecki:
I had an idea to play his music. Filip Berkowicz arranged a meeting. Krzysztof Penderecki was very curious what this might bring. He does not compose for piano, and was a bit surprised that these large forms can be transferred in this way.
He announces:
Some day I will prepare a very broad project, I will do something that the masses will understand. But I have to find the right people, the musical warriors with whom we will smash this system to pieces.
For more, see Newsweek, 21-27 January 2013

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