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Komeda Film Scores Festival
April 30, 2014   
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The sixth Krzysztof Komeda Film Scores Festival will be held May 8 and 9 at the Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw, showcasing the work of the “Chopin of Polish jazz,” as Komeda is sometimes referred to.

The festival brings together Polish and European musicians, composers and filmmakers inspired by Komeda and his work, which includes the memorable lullaby theme tune from Rosemary’s Baby by Roman Polanski.

Previous Komeda festivals have included performances by famous jazz such acts as Tomasz Stańko, Michał Urbaniak, Urszula Dudziak, Leszek Możdżer, Bobo Stenson and the Atom String Quartet.

Festival guests have included film directors, critics and journalists such as Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Janusz Morgenstern and Janusz Wróblewski. Festival audiences have been able to watch key movies from the movement known as the Polish school of film—for which Komeda wrote scores—in addition to documentaries and short films.

The highlights of this year’s Komeda festival will include the only performance in Poland by acclaimed Norwegian pianist Ketil Bjørnstad, who is one of the most colorful jazz musicians, composers and impromptu performers in Europe. He will be accompanied by Norwegian sax virtuoso Tore Brunborg.

Polish artists at the festival will include sax virtuoso Janusz Muniak with young and talented pianist Paweł Kaczmarczyk, who will perform a joint project featuring work by Komeda. The Motion Trio of accordion players have prepared new arrangements of three Komeda pieces which they will play for the first time during the festival.

The Komeda festival will include several accompanying events, including a poster exhibition entitled Komeda—Polanski comprising posters for movies that feature music by Komeda. The items come from the Film Museum in ŁódĽ.

The Warsaw Voice is a media partner of the festival.

Festival program
May 8, 7 p.m.
Concert: European Stars—Ketil Bjørnstad and Tore Brunborg.
Animated movies from 1965-67 with music by Krzysztof Komeda.
May 9, 7 p.m.
Concert: Janusz Muniak & Paweł Kaczmarczyk Komeda Project
Short films by Andrzej Kondratiuk with music by Krzysztof Komeda
Special concert by the Motion Trio
6th Krzysztof Komeda Film Scores Festival
Polish Radio Concert Studio
59 Modzelewskiego St., Warsaw
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