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Jacek Kochan

Jacek Kochan - composer, arranger, producer and percussionist. Graduate of Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow (Master degree). He has studied percussion and vibraphone in Grant Mac Evan College in Edmonton.

In early '80-ties he moved to New York. There he has studied among the others with Jaco Pastorius, Mike Clark, Robbie Gonzales.

By the mid 80s, Jacek moved to Montreal, where he further expanded his musical lexicon to include writing for choirs and orchestra (ENSEMBLE VOCAL TUDOR, REPERCUSSION) as well as playing and recording ethnic music (Latin, African, Balkan). There he worked with Michel Donato, Karen Young, Andrew Leroux, Yannick Rieu, Oliver Jones, Jean-Pierrre Zanella, Michel Cusson, Helmut Lipsky, Lazaro Saucedo, Geoff Lapp, Johnny Scott and many others, perfoming at the clubs and jazz festivals.

In 1990, after moving to Toronto, he started to work as a leader and sideman in countless live and recording projects with artists like John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Pat Labarbera, Kenny Wheeler, Don Thompson, Mike Murley, Neil Swainson, Reggie Schwager, Lorne Lofsky, Bernie Senensky, John MacLeod, Dave Restivo and Brian Dickinson.

In 1995 he returned to Europe where he continues to compose, play, tour and record music. He is playing with different music formations such as JACEK KOCHAN & CO., N.A.K. TRIO, ONE EYED-HORSE, AJEE, musiConspiracy, WAGON 8, BERGONZI-KOCHAN-LEMANCZYK TRIO, PAANSORI PROJECT and THIRD OF THREE-PAPERSONUS.

He played number of festivals and concerts of improvised music, jazz and contemporary music (i.e. Internationales Musikinstitut (IMD)-Darmstadt, International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn, Music Electronica Nova, International Drum Festival Drumblys, Festival of Jazz Pianists in Kalisz, Avant Art in Wroclaw, Sibiu Jazz Festival, New New Yorkers Festival, Cracow Audio Art, Warsaw Audio Art, Miedzynarodowy Festiwal Perkusyjny - Zrodla i Inspiracje,Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Edmonton Jazz Festival, Kaunus Jazz Festival, Krakowski Festiwal Kultury Alternatywnej, Warsaw Summer Jazz Days and may others). He played with artists such as Dave Liebman, Gary Thomas, Greg Osby, Uri Caine, Joey Calderazzo, George Garzone, Miroslav Vitous, Palle Mikkelborg, JonBalke, Eddie Henderson, Mark Copland, Uwe Oberg, Nguyen Le, Seamus Blake, Dave Tronzo, Eivind Aarset, Dave Fuczynski, Briggan Krauss, Cuong Vu, Franz Hautzinger, The Syndicate, François Corneloup, Phil Minton, Eric Vloeimans, Bo Stief, Lars Danielsson, Christian Spering, Furio DiCastri, Michel Benita, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Jakob Dinesen, Adam Simmons, Tellef Ogrim, Mats Eilertsen, Klaus Dickbauer, Axel Dorner, Skerik, Tomasz Stanko, Gianni Gebbia, Gavin Ahearn, Petter Eldh, Fabrizio Brusca, Mauro Schiavone, Stefano d’Anna, Zbigniew Namyslowski, Leszek Mozdzer, Iva Bitova, Jarek Smietana, Michael Markus, Joe Fonda and Eddie Schuller.

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Occupational Hazard

Self Produced


Man Of No Words

Walk Away Records



Walk Away Records


One Eyed Horse

Walk Away Records


New Expensive Head

Walk Away Records


Another Blowfish

Walk Away Records


Evident Monk

From: Occupational Hazard
By Jacek Kochan


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