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Auguścik will sing Lutosławski

Saturday, 23 March 2013
Angel’s voice, improvisations full of flame and music of grand sound – it is how one could describe in brief the style of the jazz vocalist, Grażyna Auguścik. If not for the fact that the artist does not limit herself to one genre. Two years ago she undertook the interpretation of music by Chopin and this year she is reinterpreting another great composer from our musical history – Witold Lutosławski.

She began her musical career in Poland, but gained international recognition in Chicago. After her first record “Sunrise Sunset”, released still in Poland, she enrolled at the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. She graduated from the school with honors in 1992 and was presented with her diploma by Phil Collins and Al Jarreau. The rest of the story of her artistic road is not a secret anymore. The artist quickly won the hearts of the American audience, while critics there hailed her one of the most interesting figures of the international jazz scene. “Jazz Times” wrote about her: “She’s a music machine!”. And they were right because Auguścik not only is a great vocalist, a strong leader of ensembles which she conducts, but also a great composer, arranger and… producer. Since 1994 she has been living, creating and concerting in Chicago. That is also where she runs her own record label.

Still, she never forgets about her roots. Just like three years ago when we celebrated 200th birth anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin. The jubilee celebrations brought one interesting, unconventional project, the author of which was Auguścik herself. The concert inaugurating international celebrations of the Chopin Year took place at the Millennium Park in Chicago gathering an audience of 10,000 and was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as one of the best concerts of the past thirty years (!).

This time Auguścik is reaching for the works of Witold Lutosławski, whose 100th birth anniversary we celebrate this year. The idea is based on folk-jazz interpretations of Lutosławski’s early works, in which he himself was inspired by Polish folk. The food for the musical pursuits was provided by the compositions from the 1940s and 1950s, their number including: “Dance Preludes” (1955), “Bucolics” (1952), “Little Suite” (1951), “Concerto for Orchestra” (1954) and “Ten Polish Dances” (1953).
Grażyna Auguścik will be accompanied by Jan Smoczyński’s jazz trio, Janusz Prusinowski’s folk trio and Atom String Quartet which is famous for its fantastic jazz elaborations of classical music. The concert will take place on Sunday (March 24th) at 7.30 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio, within the 17th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival.

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