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Mateusz Smoczynski

Mateusz Smoczyński, an internationally-acclaimed Polish jazz violinist, winner of Grand Prix of the Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Competition or 2017 Best Jazz Violinist award of the Jazz Forum European Magazine. A sought-after soloist and ensemble leader, considered one of the most multi-faceted Polish contemporary music composers. Co-founder of Atom String Quartet, leader of MS Quintet featuring pianist Jan Smoczyński, guitarist Konrad Zemler, double-bassist Wojciech Pulcyn with Michał Miśkiewicz on drums. He has collaborated with many renowned artists, Branford Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Gil Goldstein, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Tomasz Stańko, Urszula Dudziak, Władysław “Adzik” Sendecki, Leszek Możdżer, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Anna Maria Jopek, and many others

Speaking Sound

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Epilog der Hoffnung; Maria; Love And Peace; No. 40; Schubertauster; After The Morning; I‘m Better Off Without You; Glückszahl 23; Paganini

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

4th Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

Read "4th Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition" reviewed by Ian Patterson

4th Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition Cricoteka Museum, Kraków, Poland/Various international locations on-line July 8-10, 2020 When the fanfare and drum roll had died down the big moment arrived. After three days of on-line competition, the six finalists waited anxiously in front of their screens, in Israel, The USA, Austria, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Atom String Quartet: Penderecki

Read "Penderecki" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Following its stunning interpretation of the music of Polish jazz violinist Zbigniew Seifert on Seifert (Zbigniew Seifert Foundation, 2017), Atom String Quartet turns its attention to the oeuvre of another great of contemporary Polish music--classical composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki. Born in 1933, Penderecki's writing encompasses choral works, operas, symphonies, concerti, chamber music, sacred music, and ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Zach Brock: Jazz Violin's New Wave

Read "Zach Brock: Jazz Violin's New Wave" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Best known for his work with Snarky Puppy, Zach Brock is among the most creative violinists of his generation. Zach Brock is bringing the violin back to center stage. Influenced by European masters of the seventies like Jean-Luc Ponty, Zbigniew Seifert, Didier Lockwood, Brock has widened his perspective from modern jazz to rock, finding a synthesis ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mateusz Smoczynski: Metamorphoses

Read "Metamorphoses" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though violinist Mateusz Smoczyński has played with the likes of Tomasz Stanko, Branford Marsalis, Joachim Kuhn and Anna Maria Jopek, he's perhaps best known internationally for his four-year stint in Turtle Island Quartet and, currently, Atom String Quartet. With the latter, Smoczyński recorded Seifert (Zbigniew Seifert Foundation, 2017), its brilliant tribute to violin virtuoso Zbigniew Seifert. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Zach Brock: La Nuova Stagione Del Violino Jazz

Read "Zach Brock: La Nuova Stagione Del Violino Jazz" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Diventato popolare per la collaborazione con Snarky Puppy, Zach Brock è tra i massimi violinisti emersi nel nuovo millennio e contribuisce a riportare lo strumento al centro della scena jazzistica. Influenzato in gioventù dai violinisti europei degli anni settanta --Jean-Luc Ponty, Zbigniew Seifert e Didier Lockwood --ha ampliato la sua prospettiva dal rock al jazz storico, ...

Metamorphoses

Label: Zbigniew Seifert Foundation
Released: 2017
Track listing: Dorothy’s Dream #1; Violin Sonata No. 1 "Metamorphoses": I. Prayer #2; II. Lament #3; III. Mantra #4; IV. Confession #5; Julie-O #6; Manhattan Island #7; The Old Tune #8; Up-Down #9; The Farmer #10; Zakopane #11; Dragonfly #12; Midnight Psalm #13

Berek

Label: Universal Music Polska
Released: 2017
Track listing: Przebiórka #1; Berek #2; Mleko i miód #3; Otwarte E #4; Pożegnanie z Teksasem #5; Odcinki (Solo Piano) #6; Gdybyś tylko chciał #7; Gruby kot #8; Jakoś leci #9; Jazda #10; Ballada dla Mateusz #11; Empiria #12; Odcinki #13

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Atom String Quartet: Seifert

Read "Seifert" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Jazz string quartets are rare. Jazz string quartets as brilliant as Atom String Quartet, the Polish ensemble founded in 2010, are rarer still. This, the quartet's fourth release, sees Dawid Lubowicz, Mateusz Smoczyński (both violin), Michal Zaborski (viola) and Krzysztof Lenczowski (cello) embrace the music of Zbigniew Seifert, the great Polish violinist—and initially saxophonist—of Tomasz Stanko's ...


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