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Joachim Mencel

Joachim Mencel – pianist, lyricist (hurdy-gurdy player), composer, music producer, PhD – assistant professor at the Academy of Music in Krakow, decorated with, among others Silver Cross of Merit and Bronze Medal for Merit to Culture Gloria Artis, called the “romantic of Polish jazz pianism”

He graduated from the Jazz and Popular Music Department of the Music Academy in Katowice. He played, among others in the bands of Janusz Muniak (CD “Contemplation”), Andrzej Cudzich (CD “Simple Way”) and Nigel Kennedy. He regularly cooperates with the American clarinettist Brad Terrym (albums “All about spring”, “Colorado”, “Live in Fort Andross”). A respected arranger of vocal music, he wrote and arranged songs for Ewa Bem (all songs on the album “Kakadu”), Mieczysław Szcześniak, Anna Maria Jopek and the bands New Life and El Greco. Mencel is the author of a jazz cantata for choir, orchestra and soloists “Love explained everything to me”, as well as music for films, ballet spectacles and pantomime. Currently, he performs solo with the program of songs for piano and lyre, and also performs with his quintet, with which he performs his own compositions inspired by folk dances. In 2018, For Tune released an album with this material called “Artisena”. Joachim Mencel has performed in many countries of Europe, America, Africa and Asia, including with the author’s project jmTrio (CD “Interludium”)

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„ Above all...Joachim's phrases...have this melodious charm, which is available to only the greatest of pianists.” PAWEŁ BARANOWSKI, DIAPAZON (POLAND)
Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Krakow

Jan Garbarek
saxophone, tenor
Lee Konitz
saxophone, alto
Brad Terry
clarinet
Janusz Muniak
saxophone

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Brooklyn Eye

Origin Records
2020

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Janusz Muniak,...

Inspirafon
2015

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jmTrio - Interludium

Allegro Records
2004

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