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Time for Jazz
June 25, 2008   
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Iwona Strzelczyk-Wojciechowska and Krzysztof Wojciechowski, the organizers and producers of the Jazz in the Old Town festival, talk to Anna Borkowska. The couple own the Ika Art Wojciechowscy Agency and the Jazz Art Foundation.

How do you select artists for the festival?
The artistic level and musical standard of the event are the most important. The presence of stars guarantees that. We don't want to invite the same lineup of artists who often perform in Poland and Warsaw. We receive many proposals from around Europe and America. Today the opportunities are vast but they still depend on the budget.

What is the difference between this year's festival and previous events?
The lineup will be different, but the overall formula of the festival will be the same. Since the beginning we have focused on showcasing different jazz styles and trends. That is why the festival features so many styles that reflect the diversity of contemporary jazz.

What is the biggest event of this year's festival?
There will be many. The performers include stars known from the world's biggest festivals. Among them is the jazz giant Archie Shepp and his American musicians; master of tango nuevo Dino Saluzzi with a family duo; double-bass magician Avishai Cohen; excellent sax player Tony Lakatos; and the legendary drummer Marilyn Mazur, who will play at the end of the festival. We also highly recommend other concerts.

Will there be many new projects at the festival?
It is our tradition to showcase the newest projects. A good festival thrives on premieres. This year, there will be four premiere projects: Dino Saluzzi's Juan Condori; Tony Lakatos's Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim; Avishai Cohen Trio's Gently Disturbed, one of the most awaited albums of the year; and Benni Chawes' Up Close. Chawes is a leading Scandinavian jazz vocalist and a pianist who will perform in Poland for the first time.

Does the festival involve long preparations?
It requires a complex organizational process because the festival is not only about the stage events and concerts. Arranging the program, repertoire and the setting is the most pleasant part, while raising funds is, of course, the hard part. Also, we have to secure numerous permits, and handle all the technical issues-the sound system, the necessary services and security.

14th International Jazz in the Old Town Festival

Information: www.jazznastarowce.pl


Main sponsor Plus
Sponsor Lancia
Official carrier LOT Polish Airlines
Financial support Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Warsaw City Hall
Media patrons: The Warsaw Voice, Gazeta Wyborcza, Przegl±d, EU Magazine, Radio Tok FM, Jazz Forum, Radio Jazz, Wirtualna Polska

www.jazznastarowce.pl
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