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March 27, 2013   
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The fifth Krzysztof Komeda Film Scores Festival will be held in April at the Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw, showcasing the legacy of the “Chopin of Polish jazz,” as Komeda is sometimes referred to.

Komeda (1931-1969) was Poland’s most famous jazz composer. His fame extended far beyond his native country. In just 11 years, he wrote scores for no less than 71 movies and some of his best known compositions include the memorable lullaby from Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby. A talented pianist and one of the finest musicians of the “Polish school of jazz,” he had a tremendous impact on contemporary jazz.

This year’s festival comprises two concerts performed by the celebrated Bobo Stenson Trio and Poland’s Atom String Quartet.

Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson, the winner of the prestigious European Jazz Prize, is one of the most creative and innovative pianists in Europe. He has worked with a number of international jazz stars, including Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins and Don Cherry. Many consider him an icon of modern piano music.

The Atom String Quartet is Poland’s first string quartet to play jazz and one of just a few such quartets around the world. The four musicians have many prestigious prizes under their belts and, as a quartet, they mostly play their own compositions.

The festival will also feature a poster exhibition entitled Komeda—Polanski comprising posters for movies that feature music by Komeda. The items come from the collection of the Film Museum in ŁódĽ. Festival audiences will also see animated movies with music by Komeda.

The festival is being organized by the Jazz Art Foundation.

April 20; Fifth Krzysztof Komeda Film Scores Festival
Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio
59 Modzelewskiego St., Warsaw
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