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The Beat Freaks


It was at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries that the first mentions of the „Difference Engine” - the progenitor of today's computers - appeared. No one had thought then that almost 200 years later it would fascinate four young artists from Szczecin (Poland), who would draw inspiration from the rich current of Steampunk culture.  Progressive visions straight from the era of steam engine and engineering development combined with musical sensitivity and lyricism create a mixture as surprising as it is thrilling. The rhythm that is the basis of existence and progress has become the starting point for the world of melodious stories and unbridled improvisations, to which the musicians of The Beat Freaks invite. The band was formed in 2014


Piotr Scholz


Piotr Scholz – guitarist / composer / conductor Piotr Scholz (born 1991) is a guitarist, composer and conductor. He is also a winner of many prominent awards, such as Grand Prix of Lotos Jazz Festival, 17th Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa, Grand Prix of Jazz Fruit on Mladi Ladi Jazz Festival in Prague, Grand Prix on 18th National Contest of Jazz and Blues Bands, as well as 3rd place on 2nd International Jazz Composition Contest during Silesian Jazz Festival. Has been honoured with many prestigious awards, such as The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Award, The Ministry of Science and Higher Education Grant Programme, Artistic Grant Programme from City of Poznań and Young Poland Grant Programme. He has been performing repeatedly on the same stage with the brightest stars on the polish music scene, for instance: Zbigniew Wodecki, Ewa Bem, Hanna Śleszyńska, Jacek Wójcicki, Stan Borys, Bogusław Mec, Krzysztof Piasecki, Marcin Daniec, Katarzyna Jamróz, Katarzyna Zielińska, Krzysztof Tyniec, Janusz Szrom, Katarzyna Rościńska, but also with Elena Xanthoudakis, Paul Featherstone, Mary Carewe, Lance Ellington, Carl Davis. He has been collaborating with Włodek Pawlik, Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, Big Stan Band and Grit Ensamble. His author's projects are the following: Weezdob Collective, Piotr Scholz Sextet and PJPOrchestra. Piotr Scholz being still a young musician, has already accomplished many artistic achievments, he is engaged in recording, performing and composing activities


Szymon Wójcinski


Szymon Wójciński Pianist, improviser, composer, arranger, moving in the extensive stylistic spectrum, incessantly exploring music from classical music, through the jazz to a contemporary improvised music. He attended music schools, also improved his skills on numerous musical workshops (among others in Chodzież, International Jazz of Platforms in Łódź). Participant in numerous musical events in Poland and Europe (among others along with the Emergency group at the Nordischerklang festival, concerts with Sylwia Białas and H-P Salentin as European Jazz Ensemble). The initiator, the leader and the participant in many musical projects (among others Emergency)


Marek Jakubowicz


Composer. Guitarist. Graduated advanced jazz improvisation at Berklee. Member of Gypsy Jazz Academy. Studied also classical music at Curtis Institute of Music oraz w National University of Singapore. Compose modern music, jazz. Location: Poland, Poznań I was born 7 november 1974 in Poland in family with long classical musical roots. I played blues for many years but in 1998 I met person who changed my music. It was pianist Reggie Thomas. I learned from him a lot and started discover jazz music. This was time when I composed first tune for the “Feelings”: “Bossanova for my wife”. About 10 year later I continued music study and graduated Advanced Jazz Guitar Improvisation at Berklee College of Music and joined Gypsy Jazz Academy


Maciej Flaczyński - Dj Konik Morski


Dj Konik Morski - truely called Maciej Flaczynski - jazz guitarist and composer from Poznan in Poland. He plays and compose for:
- jazz band called Zezz Kwartet (own compositions, modern jazz, swing, charlie mingus tunes)
- Fancy Group (r''n''b-soul-jazz-groove music).
- Reed Vibration - blues-jazz band with harmonica as a lider instrument
- Gentle Jazz Trio - soul-jazz trio with singer Ewa Nawrot (soul,r'n'b, jazz standards) As Dj Konik Morski made some sampled, electronic music combine with jazz and soul harmonies and instrumentations. All about Dj Konik Morski music at: Maciej founded in 2006 Jazz Event Music Agency - which provides Jazz and Classic Music Bands from Wielkopolska area for business and private clients. Zezz Kwartet - polish jazz band created in 2006 in Poznan in Poland


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Maciej Fortuna / Krzysztof Dys: Tropy

Read "Tropy" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Polish, Poznań-based trumpeter Maciej Fortuna is a musician with many tastes. He himself divided the music that he composes, produces and releases on his own label to ethno-jazz, electric jazz, acoustic jazz, live electronics and improvised music. His new duo project with pianist Krzysztof Dys, member of reed player Wacław Zimpel's quartet is supposed to fall ...


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