Jazz interpretations and inspirations based on the music of Karłowicz and Young Poland artists in the best modern performances.

The intention of artists was to make a creative response to the classic performances of the works of Karłowicz and other composers, based on free interpretations and unusual arrangements of their most brilliant works.

I.J.Paderewski „Album Tatrzański op 12.”

Performed: Paweł Kaczmarczyk  Trio, Polish Brass, conductor Sebastian Perłowski
Arrangements: Paweł Kaczmarczyk,  Sebastian Perłowski ( 2015)

Project Presentation 2014 :

M. Karłowicz “Odrodzenie” (“Rebirth”) e-moll symphony, op. 7 (1902)

Performed: Paweł Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Trio, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, conductor Sebastian Perłowski
Arrangements:  Sebastian Perłowski, Paulina Porszke ( 2014)

M. Karłowicz Bianca da Molena, symphonic prologue to the drama entitled “Biała gołąbka” (“White Dove”) by J. Nowiński, op. 6, (1899)
Performed: Kamil Skicki
Arrangements: Kamil Skicki, Sebastian Perłowski ( 2014)

M. Karłowicz A-dur violin concert, op. 8, (1902),
Performed: Adam Bałdych, Paweł Dobrowolski, Michał Kapczuk, Polish Brass, conductor Sebastian Perłowski
Arrangements: Adam Bałdych, Sebastian Perłowski ( 2014)


Expression on theme Karłowicz for guitar and string orchestra. „The composition was inspired,, Lithuanian Rhapsody” by M. Karłowicz.

Performed: Artur Majewski, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, conductor Sebastian Perłowski

Arrangements: Artur Majewski. The Winner of the Karlowicz I International Composers Competition

Artur Majewski

A graduate of Jazz and Pop Music department in the class of composition and music arrangement in Music Academy in Katowice. He’s a musician, a guitarist, a composer, an arranger, an educator. He takes inspiration from the broadly understood world of music and among his masters are the names of Bach, Holst, Szostakowicz, Lutosławski, Joe Pass, Pat Metheny and Joe Satriani. Film Music plays a big role in Majewski’s artisticworld and he especially appreciates such composers as James Horner, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Wojciech Kilar. Majewski’s compositions form a uniquesynthesis of classical music, jazz and rock.The artist has produced such worksof art as I Symphony, classical guitar concert and the orchestra concert, a lot of string orchestra works, big band, combo bands, choirs, solo works for piano and guitar (,,Simple Impressions for Guitar solo”). Majewski has cooperated with a few orchestras and theatres. where he performed his music and prepared arrangements.

Kamil Skicki

Kamil SkickiKamil started to play the violin at his father’s prompting when he was only five years old. (his father is a clarinettist) He gave his first performance in the Cracow’s concert hall when we was in the kindergarten. He has perfect pitch and he started to look for non-classical musical inspirations in his early teenagerhood. Apart from classical music his inspirations include jazz, opera, musicals, film, pop and other music genres.

Kamil performes on the stages of various musical theatres and concert halls throughout Poland. Kamil is also a semi-finalist of IVth edition of ‚Poland’s got talent’ TV show. Kamil is also a composer and producer. He describes himself ‚I’m just simply being me’.

Sebastian Perłowski

Sebastian PerłowskiSebastian Perłowski graduated with honours from the Departments of Opera and Symphonic Conducting in the class of Professor Jan Wincent Hawel and Composition in the class of Assistant Professor Dariusz Janus in the Jazz Institute of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. He polished up his skills under the tutelage of Jorma Panula, Jin Wang, Adrian Gnam and Yuri Simonov. He is the finalist International Conducting Competition at Lisboa andheis the winner of the third prize at the International Competition for Conductors in Bucharest.In 2013 he was also nominated by music critics, journalists and the public for the awards „Best Conductor of the Krakow Opera last five years.”

In 2014 he won International Conducting Competition in Georgia in USA. In 2014 he won also International Conducting Contest in Cordoba – Spain.

Sebastian Perłowski as the only not Asian qualified in 2014, for the second International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music in Hong Kong, organized by cooperating with each other the greatest music conservatories in Asia. Jury,  prominent professors of Chinese decided that Perłowski went to the semifinals and received a Special Conducting Prize from the Commission.

Under The Jazztopad Festival, the first in the history of Polish member of the Europe Jazz Network (EJN) he has collaborated with world jazz personalities such Teri Rypdal, John Hébert, Eric McPherson and Fred Hersch, during their performances leading symphony orchestra. He won also the 2nd prize at the Krzysztof Komeda International Composition Competition.

At the moment, he is leading the Composition and Arranging and Big-Band class and teaching such subjects as Counterpoint, Instrumentation, Contemporary Composition Techniques and the Directions in the 20th Century Music in the Jazz Institute of the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice.

Paulina Porszke

Student of composition and arrangement at the Music Academy in Katowice in Sebastian Perłowski’s class, currently continues to study at the Music Academy in Gdańsk under the supervision of Leszek Kułakowski. She started to take piano lessons at the age of 5, just to undertake music education at the music school in Rybnik two years later. Educating at music school, she gained numerous awards in piano competitions, like (…). She has the absolute pitch. For 6 years she was a member of a vocal band, where she practiced soul, R’n’B and jazz music. Over the years she reached more and more success on stage of vocal. Among all the awards, the greatest honors was recording a few Abba’s songs for the “Mamma Mia Kids” project in 2009 and a Grand Prix at the “Talizman Sukcesu” international festival in Bielsko-Biała two years later. She wrote her first songs at the age of 13, however, the innocent composing turned into a big passion which she tried to develop more and more. The turning point in her compositional development was undertaking the composing lessons before college from Sebastian Perłowski, who she owes all her education in the field of composition and arrangement.

Adam Bałdych

Without any doubt is the greatest living jazz violinist. One can expect everything from him.
Ulrich Olshausen/Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Adam BałdychBy many music critics considered a hope and master of jazz violin worldwide. By the audience appreciated for his personality, image and fresh approach to music. Adam Bałdych redefines violin as an instrument. His music is inspired by his roots and corresponds to contemporary trends.

First called „a child prodigy” evolved to being named one of the most interesting jazz violinists in Europe performing with great polish and american artists (Jim Beard, Iiro Rantala, Taylor Eigsti, Jacob Karlzon, John Benitez, Grażyna Auguścik, Paulonho Garcia, NDR Big Band, Rene Van Helsdingen, Mika Urbaniak or Luluk Purwanto).

Expelled from music school for inappropriate behavior and jazz aspirations, few years later Adam got scholarship at Berklee College of Music and graduated with honors jazz department at Music Academy in Katowice (Poland).

Adam is the winner of ECHO Jazz 2013 – the most important German music award bestowed on artists by the German music industry; Gazeta Wyborcza, Radio Zachód and TVP poll – „Ale Sztuka”, Grand Prix Jazz Melomani 2011 in the Jazz Hope category and Grand Prix Jazz Melomani 2012 as Artist of the Year. Adam is the award-winner of Cultural Lubuskie Marshal for the promotion of the region in Poland and abroad and also almost every major jazz competitions in Poland. Adam was also nominated for the FRYDERYK Prize in 2013 as an Artist of The Year in Jazz.

Paweł Dobrowolski

Paweł DobrowolskiPaweł Dobrowolski – percussionist. He graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Department of Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Since 2006 he has been a member of the Anna Maria Jopek Band. He had the opportunity to perform and collaborate with artists such as: Nigel Kennedy, Anna Maria Jopek, Richard Bona, Mino Cinelu, Makoto Ozone, Michał Urbaniak, Urszula Dudziak, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Janusz Muniak, Tomasz Szukalski, Wojciech Karolak, Zbigniew Wegehaupt, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Krzysztof Herdzin or Krzesimir Dębski. He won the FRYDERYK for the best jazz album of the year „Assymetry” with Zbigniew Namysłowski Quintet.

He has performed at many festivals all over the world and had the opportunity to play on many prestigious venues such as: Royal Albert Hall in London or Olympia in Paris.

Michał Kapczuk

Michał KapczukMichał Kapczuk – bassist, graduate of the Jazz Department at the Chopin Music School in Warsaw and the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. Kapczuk’s projects have been awarded numerous awards in Poland and abroad.

His individual mentions and awards include “Tarnów Jazz Contest 2008″, “Krokus Jazz Festival Jelenia Góra 2009″ and “Jazz Nad Odrą Wrocław 2010″. He is the recipiend of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage’s „Young Poland” grant. Kapczuk performed in various prestigious festivals in Poland as well as France, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Belgium, Holland, Spain, and Germany.

Polish Brass

Polish BrassZespół POLISH BRASS to: 5 trąbek, 4 waltornie, 4 puzony, 2 tuby, 3 perkusje. Zespół pragnie nawiązywać do znanych dużych zespołów brasowych z Europy i świata takich jak German Brass, London Brass czy Spain Brass.

Tak duża obsada instrumentalna pozwala wykonywać muzykę różnego rodzaju od kanonów muzyki barokowej, przez klasykę, romantyzm do muzyki współczesnej pisanej specjalnie na takie składy przez takich kompozytorów jak Urlich Nels czy Eric Ewazen.

Zespół doskonale brzmi grając zarówno muzykę klasyczną jak i rozrywkową. Pełny skład oraz pozwalają wykonywać bez problemu muzykę big-bandową. Takie kompozycje jak Take the ’a’ Train, St. Louis Blues czy Pink Panther wsparte na rozszerzonej sekcji perkusji dają oszołamiające wrażenie akustyczne.

Paweł Kaczmarczyk

Listening to the way Paweł Kaczmarczyk gets sounds out of the keys, we can understand what full-blooded, completely engaged jazz piano playing is all about.
Howard Reich/Chicago Tribune

Paweł KaczmarczykThe artist’s third album „Complexity in Simplicity”, issued by the prestigious label ACT Music, opened the door to an international career for the pianist. The album was recognized as “Album of The Year”, and Paweł Kaczmarczyk named “Pianist of The Year” (JAZZ FORUM).

Winner of the “Gazeta Wyborcza’s Cultural Flights” award, in the “Artist of The Year 2009” category, and recipient of the Jazz Music Lovers’ Grand Prix “Jazz Oscars” in the New Hope, Artist and Album of The Year categories.
Twice nominated for a “FRYDERYK” award, in the Jazz Musician of The Year and Phonographic Debut of The Year categories.

Actively performs in every part of the world, including Europe, the USA, India, Africa, Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. Has appeared and worked with many world-renowned artists, including Lee Konitz, Jon Christensen, Mino Cinelu, Emil Mangelsdorff, Poogie Bell, Hadrien Feraud, Eivind Aarset, Arild Andersen, Theodosii Spassov, Janusz Muniak, Piotr Wojtasik, Adam Pierończyk, and Zbigniew Namysłowski, among others.

Beethoven Academy Orchestra

Orkiestra Akademii BeethovenowskiejFounded in year 2003. It is composed of students and graduates of European music academies, such as Academy of Music in Cracow, Hochschule Für Musik Und Darstellede Kunst in Stuttgart, Hochschule Für Musik in Karlsruhe and Royal Music Conservatoire in Brussels. The Orchestra operates under the management of prominent conductors: Gabriel Chmura, Krzysztof Penderecki, Maciej Tworek and Michał Nesterowicz. It also cooperates with the soloists from the younger generation: Wojciech Pławner, Łukasz Długosz, So-Ock Kim, Bartosz Koziak, Katarzyn Duda and others. The Orchestra has already recorded eight albums, including, among others, for the DUX Poland, Centaur Reccord USA, Le Foxx Music and Universal Music record labels. At present, the Orchestra plays concerts both within the country and abroad, carrying out the concert tour promoting the “Jeszcze Polska Muzyka” series.


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