The XVIII Festival “Old and Young, or Jazz in Krakow” 2022

May 24, 2022 at 20.00

Manga Museum of Japanese Art and Technology

Joey Calderazzo and John Battucci

Joey Calderazzo – piano

John Battiucci – double voice

/ The only concert in Poland as part of the European Tour /

Joey Calderazzo and John Patitucci belong to the category of outstanding musicians who perform well as well as both leaders and sidemani. (After all, Calderazza’s piano solos filled with musical cues and jokes played the Branford Marsalis quartet, including Wayne Shorter’s excellent Battiucci bass.) Now, for the first time, they’re embarking on a world tour as a duo. As part of this tour, they will appear at the only concert in Poland, in Krakow.

While pianist Joey Calderazzo has been chosen by Michael Bricker, Branford Marsalis, Jack DeJonnet and Dave Holland for their bands, it would be a mistake to overlook his thirteen albums as he proved to be a valiant composer and conductor. In his own projects, Calderazzo turns into a tireless explorer for whom independence is the criterion, improvisation is key, and swing is an absolute must.

The name John Patitucci has long been associated with jazz lovers not only with artist names like Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Stan Getz, but also with a wide range of his own recordings. Whether Patitucci opts for a double voice or a six-stringed voice, his respect for history combined with a progressive approach is always evident. His latest album, Soul of the Bass, is a complete confirmation of that. The album contains Bach, Spirits, and R’n’B, and Patitucci proves that if a teacher plays bass, he can make an entire band in any genre. “I believe that with age, sounds and feelings come first in any music. And when you express yourself with clarity and consistency, a certain purity is created that can draw the listener into communication,” says Battiucci. He intends to put these words into practice in a new joint project that he will present with Joey Calderazzo in Krakow.

May 29 20.00

Manga Museum of Japanese Art and Technology

part and

Julia Amirova Trio – “Roots” / the first show /

Julia Amirova – piano

Mikuwaj Sekura – Double Vocal

Patrick Jagda – drums

Talented pianist Julia Amirova, born in Kyiv, has lived in Krakow since 2014, she graduated from the Kyiv Conservatory of Music. Glera, Kyiv National University of Film and Television Theater and Academy of Music in Krakow in a jazz piano class. She has won many competitions, and she was also awarded a creative scholarship from the city of Krakow. The band was formed in 2018, when pianist Julia Amirova, bassist Mikowaj Sikora and drummer Patrick Jagda met at the Academy of Music in Krakow.

In the spring of 2021, the first album of the Amirova Trio band, “Roots”, was released. The program consists of 4 traditional Polish and 4 Ukrainian songs arranged for a jazz trio. The repertoire includes Grove songs, lyrics, as well as quick dance compositions. Contemporary arrangements and jazz harmony allow for a new interpretation of Slavic folklore, but the traditions and distinctive elements of ethnic music are preserved and together they create a unique atmosphere and mood.

part two

SZYMON MIKA INTERNATIONAL feat. Oscar Turok and Yumi Eto’o

Simon Mica – guitar

Yumi Ito (Switzerland) – vocals

Oskar Turok (Slovakia) – trumpet

Max Mucha – Double Bass

Peter Somos (Hungary / Poland) – drums

Szymon Mika International is a project started by one of Europe’s most prominent guitarists, whose music breaks the genre framework, and whose unique and refined sound distinguishes itself on the international scene. The international group unites musicians of diverse origins, cultures and artistic backgrounds. Apart from the trio that Mika performs every day (Max Mucha – double bass, Péter Somos – drums), the project includes: Yumi Ito – singer of Polish – Japanese origin living in Switzerland, winner of the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival and Oscar Török – trumpeter Slovakian known in Poland, among others, for performances with artists such as Leszek Możdżer or Iva Bittová. During the concert, the band will perform unreleased songs and compositions from Mika-Ito’s duo “Ekual” album, which was released in October 2021, garnering excellent reviews from critics.

May 30, 2022 at 20.00

Manga Museum of Japanese Art and Technology

RGG /20 years of group artwork /

Łukasz Ojdana – piano

Maciej Garbowski – Double Bass

Krzysztof Gradziuk – drums

The performance of the RGG trio at the Starzy i Młodzi festival, i.e. jazz in Krakow, is related to the jubilee of 20 years of artistic activity. Thus, the composition continues in the series of concerts that present sectional material – from the album “Szymanowski”, through “Aura” and “Memento”, to the latest “Mysterious Monuments On The Moon”.

RGG holds a special place on the board of more than a dozen nationally recognized jazz piano trios. Founded in 2001, it has been operating since 2013: Łukasz Ojdana (piano), Maciej Garbowski (double bass), Krzysztof Gradziuk (drums). All three are graduates of the Jazz Conservatory of the Katowice Music Academy. They are musicians of great experience, with achievements underlined by awards, distinction, and scholarships. Their interests extend far beyond jazz and music, they are artists with a unique and rare awareness of what they do and the purpose they pursue. It is clear that it falls not only into jazz, but also into contemporary improvised music of European origin.

RGG is a group of perfectionists who treat a single sound, the method of extracting it, and the context of the sound as a value in itself. Formation music escapes ratings because band members avoid easy, quick fixes and obvious repertoire. Łukasz Ojdana, Maciej Garbowski and Krzysztof Gradziuk created their own vision of a musical space of unprecedented consistency and stubbornness, which clearly transcends the boundaries of jazz. Musicians don’t throw all their trump cards in the balance, they don’t take part in jazz races, and they expect us, the listeners, to add or explain the rest ourselves.

May 31 20.30

Peace Art Club, May. Szywska 12

“Jazz Depots”

Young artists – students of the Academy of Music in Krakow and graduates of the Krakow School of Jazz and Folk Music – will present their own projects.

Nikita Abramenko Trio

Nikita Abramenko – guitar

Krzysztof Missona – Double Bass

Tymoteusz Huget – Drums

AMKP Quadruple Saxophone

Kisja Bijok – Soprano saxophone

Philip Ogorzacic – tenor saxophone

Filip Szostek – baritone saxophone

Adrian Szymański – Alto saxophone

percussion section:
Filip Gąsiorowski – Piano
Krzysztof Missona – Double Bass
Tymoteusz Huget – Drums

hospitable: the professor. Richard Krauchuk – alto saxophone

Ida Zielińska – vocals
Alessio Zuca – piano
Marcin Chatis – double voice
Nikodem Wikieł – Drums

Ida Zielińska – vocals

Philip Zostik – alto saxophone

Michał Girguś – guitar

Clara Liska – piano

Marcin Chatis – double voice

Nikodem Wikieł – Drums

the tickets:


Technical and educational association “Jazz Krakow”


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