CLASSICS MEETS JAZZ
This innovative project is created as part of the National Culture Center program "Culture in the Web" and is implemented under the patronage of the PROM cultural center in Saska Kępa.
This concert will combine songs performed by classical music soloists - flutist / singer / cellist and harpist, and improvised by a quartet of outstanding jazz musicians composed of trumpet / piano / double bass / percussion.
In sophisticated chamber classical music, the boundaries between classical and jazz are often combined with improvised and avant-garde concepts, despite the fact that Jazz and classical music were usually treated as separate worlds. This separateness, often exaggerated, is not as significant as it may seem.
Classical composers precisely define each element of a song graphically, leaving the performers a relatively narrow margin of interpretation. In the case of jazz music, the opposite is true: notation goes to the background. It can be sketchy and only a starting point for creating a song in a live setting. This is the main reason why the achievements of the classical composer are measured by the number of opuses, while jazz by the number of recorded discs.
Jazzmen often reach for classical music and interpret it in their own way. The result of these treatments are not to be an etude or technical practice, but an experiment, an attempt to create a real musical kaleidoscope.
We will hear songs in various instrumental contexts - never performed or improvised by jazz ensembles. An interesting link between these two aesthetic types of art is the choice of classical music compositions that broaden the inspirational realms of these two musical worlds.
Iwona Handzlik - Soprano
Tomasz Strahl - Cello
Łukasz Długosz - Flute
Małgorzata Zalewska - Harp
Gary Guthman – Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Filip Wojciechowski - Piano
Paweł Pańta - Bass Guitar/Double Bass
Cezary Konrad - Drums
Maurice Ravel - Vocalise-étude en forme de Habanera,
Reynaldo Hahn - L'énamourée, Si mes vers,
Gabriel Faure - Après un rêve, Pavane, Sicielienne,
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – Auf Flügeln des Gesanges,
Gary Guthman – Dalliance,
Bernard Andres - Chanson de Misericorde
Gary Guthman studied composition and orchestration with Henry Mancini and Don Cost and collaborated on television and in concert with Tom Jones, Paul Anka, Tony Bennet, The Bee Gees, Michel LeGrand. He was Musical Director and starred in the award winning Musical Theatre production
of “Forever Swing”. and was Musical Director for Michael Buble. Mr. Guthman has performed, composed and conducted orchestras from Las Vegas to Carnegie Hall.
and classical music. Winner of many awards
at prestigious piano competitions including the Claude Kahn Competition in Paris and
a special award at the XIII International Chopin Piano Competition
in Warsaw (1995). He has given recitals throughout Europe, America and Asia at such renowned venues as the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Tokyo International Forum and the Opera House in Monte Carlo.
(2014 Grammy Award winner for “Night in Calisia”).