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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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Radio & Podcasts

A Mahavishnu Tribute, Snarky Puppy, Mark Lettieri and Antonio Sanchez

Read "A Mahavishnu Tribute, Snarky Puppy, Mark Lettieri and Antonio Sanchez" reviewed by Len Davis

The Mahavishnu Project with Gregg Bendian, Spandrel with Phil Hirschi. New music from Antonio Sanchez, Jacek Kochan, Steve Langemo, Endless Season and Mark Lettieri.Playlist The Mahavishnu Project “Can't Stand Your Funk" from Return To The Emerald Beyond (Cuneiform) 00:00 Spandrel “Habituation" from Spandrel (Self Produced) 05:59 Antonio Sanchez “M-Power" from Shift-Bad Hombre Vol 2 (Warner Music) 11:48 Jacek Kochan “Homeleaving" from Life, Stress and other Pleasures (Audio Cave) 17:41 Steve Langemo “Loud Apples" from Up From The Outside ...

Album Review

Jacek Kochan & musiConspiracy: Occupational Hazard

Read "Occupational Hazard" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Polish-born and current Canadian Jacek Kochan's 22nd release as a leader, Occupational Hazard, exists at the crossroads of straight ahead and electric jazz. A drummer, composer and arranger, Kochan has played with a variety of musicians over the course of his long career. On Occupational Hazard he leverages this broad experience to bring together an unusual mix of instrumental and vocal talent, establishing an intriguing blend likely to appeal most to fans of accessible tunes dominated by guitar ...

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Idle Hands, Jacek Kochan and Moses Boyd

Read "Idle Hands, Jacek Kochan and Moses Boyd" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we feature three albums. Producer Marc Free enlists the able assistance of a few trusted Idle Hands for the next release in a visionary series of demand building records on Posi-tone. Highlighted by the handiwork of a carefully curated group of label artists, an engagingly entertaining album features front line performances from guitarist Will Bernard, vibraphonist Behn Gillece, and saxophonist Sam Dillon playing over the solid harmonic foundation of pianist Art Hirahara, bassist Boris Kozlov and ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Occupational Hazard

Self Produced


Man Of No Words

Walk Away Records



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One Eyed Horse

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New Expensive Head

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Another Blowfish

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Evident Monk

From: Occupational Hazard
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