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Atom String Quartet

Dawid Lubowicz - violin
Jan Smoczyński - violin
Michał Zaborski - viola
Krzysztof Lenczowski - cello

     Atom String Quartet is one of the very rare string quartets in the world that play jazz, and certainly first such band in Poland. Its members are: Dawid Lubowicz, Mateusz Smoczyński – violin, Michał Zaborski – viola and Krzysztof Lenczowski – cello. These musicians also lead other bands and perform with best Polish artists. Atom String Quartet mainly plays their own compositions which sound modern and original thanks to the unusual set of instruments for a jazz band. This promising quartet is constantly achieving renown and appreciation. Recently ASQ was awarded the “Młoda Polska” Scholarship founded by the Polish Ministry of Culture; Grand Prix of “Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa” Festival and Grand Prix of Jazz Melomani Society in the category “New Hope of 2010”. In June 2011 the quartet’s album “Fade in” was released, that is a live concert recorded in Radio Katowice. The album was greeted with critics and listeners’ enthusiasm.
Dawid Lubowicz is a violinist, whose style and improvisation character developed under the influence of various music genres: classic, folk, tango, jazz… He comes from a renowned music family from Zakopane. As a child he studied under the tutelage of Mieczysław Galica and Leszek Brodowski. He is a graduate of secondary music school in Rzeszów, from the violin class of Orest Telwach. In 2005 he graduated with honours from Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, from the violin class of professor Konstanty Andrzej Kulka. As he sais, he was always lucky to meet great pedagogues at each level of his music education. He developed his abilities during various master courses with such virtuosos as: Roland Baldini, Marina Jaszwili, Mirosław Ławrynowicz, Zoran Milenković, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Andrzej Jagodziński, Michael Parkinson, Garry Wittner. He received awards at several festivals and contests, e.g. 2nd prize at the International Festival of Jazz Standards in Siedlce (Poland) – 2004, special prize at the Jazz Scene of the Youth in Radom (Poland) – 2004, he was the finalist in the International Contest of Krokus Jazz Festival in Jelenia Góra (Poland) – 2004 and 2005, in 2005 he was the winner of Warsaw Hopes Jazz Contest. He plays different music genres, most of all the classical music, folk, tangos and jazz. At present he is the second concertmaster in Roma Musical Theatre in Warsaw. He is the member of Opium String Quartet, alTango, Lubowicz Jazz Quartet and East Wall Jazz Quartet. An important event in his soloist career was the premiere of Chrostophe Voise’s “Missa Brevis”, with Dariusz Stachura and Polish Radio Orchestra directed by the composer himself.
Mateusz Smoczynski is a graduate of the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland. A student of Andrzej Gebski, he made his jazz debut in 1999 in Jazz Camping Kalatowki with the Jacek Namyslowski Quintet. Mateusz has collaborated with such renowned Polish musicians as Urszula Dudziak, Tomasz Stanko, Krzesimir Debski, Zbigniew Namyslowski and Jaroslaw Smietana. Together with Joachim Kuhn, Janusz Stefanski and Bronislaw Suchanek, he took part in the premiere of legendary jazz violinist Zbigniew Seifert’s Jazz Concerto for Violin, Symphony Orchestra and Rhythm section. Mateusz leads his own quintet with which he recorded his first CD “Inspirations”, dedicated to his two biggest music influences, John Coltrane and Zbigniew Seifert. After the success of his first album in 2007, Mateusz received the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship, and in June 2008 was awarded “Jazz Oscar” in the category “Music Lovers’ Hope of 2007″. In 2008, his second recording “Expressions” was released to popular acclaim. In 2009, Mateusz formed a band with his brother Jan on Hammond organ and the Russian drum star Alexander Zinger called “New Trio”. In 2010 they released their first CD “Simultaneous Abstractions” which was nominated for “Best Recording Debut of the Year” for a Fryderyki award (“the Polish Grammy”). That same year Mateusz co-founded the Atom String Quartet, the very first Polish jazz string quartet. They have recorded two CDs, “Fade In” and “Places”, and received first prize for the “Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa” Competition, the most important jazz competition in Poland. The Atom Quartet was also nominated in 2012 for a Fryderyki award. In 2011, Mateusz had the opportunity to play with pianist Richie Beirach, trumpeter Ack van Rooyen, bassist Glen Moore, and drummer Janusz Stefanski, performing at the “Zbigniew Seifert in Memoriam-Berlin” Festival. From 2012 he is a member of legendary Turtle Island Quartet.
Michał Zaborski – in 2004 he graduated with honours from Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, from the viola class of Professor Ryszard Duź. He was awarded the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship “Young Poland”. He took part in various viola contests, e.g. in Poznań (Poland) in 2003, where he won 3rd prize, in Portschach (Austria) in 2003 – also 3rd prize, in Bled (Slovenia) in 2004 – 2nd prize. In 2009 with the band “The Transgress” he won the Blues Rock Jazz Warsaw Festival in the jazz band category. This band performed as support before the concert of “Medelski, Martin &Wood” trio in the Congress Hall in Warsaw. He performed as a soloist with Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra playing Hector Berlioz “Harold in Italy”. He developed his abilities in classical and jazz music workshops in Poland and abroad, with such musicians as: Hatto Beyerle, Cezariusz Gadzina, Nobuko Imai, Stefan Kamasa, Robert Majewski, Maciej Strzelczyk, Jean Sulem. He recorded pieces of Bartłomiej Gliniak music with Krzysztof Herdzin trio to the film “NN” by Feliks Falka. He is a member of Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra and Radom Chamber Orchestra.
Krzysztof Lenczowski was born in 1986 in Cracow, Poland. In 2010 he graduated from Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, from the cello class of Professor Tomasz Strahl and Rafał Kwiatkowski. Between April 2008 and November 2009 he was the member of a Polish orchestra “Sinfonia Iuventus”. Since February 2009 he has been the member of “Cellonet” Warsaw Cello Group led by Professor Andrzej Bauer. He is a jazz cellist of Atom String Quartet – one of the very rare string quartets in the world that play jazz, and certainly first such band in Poland. With Atom String Quartet  he won Grand Prix of the 13-th Lotos jazz Festival 2011 (Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa), and alsow received the “Young Poland” scholarship from the National Culture Centre. He also graduated from Henryk Majewski Postgraduate Jazz School in Warsaw in the jazz guitar class of Professor Piotr Lemański. As a jazz guitarist he is a member of “Jazz Construction” quintet and “Fusionator” quartet. Compositions or arrangements by Krzysztof Lenczowski were performed by such an artist as:  Maxim Vengerow, Leszek Możdżer, Krzesimir Dębski, Andrzej Bauer and many other outstanding musicians from both the area of classical music and jazz.


Magdalena Pilch - historical flutes

Małgorzata Klisowska
 - historical flutes
Olga Musiał – Kurzawska - historical flutes
Paweł Iwaszkiewicz - historical flutes
Monika Wieczorkowska - vocal

        Epithalamion is the first renaissance quartet of tranverse flutes in Poland. It was found in autumn 2010 thanks to Paweł Iwaszkiewicz and Magdalena Pilch. Our official debut was in May Festival of Early Music (Festiwal Maj z Muzyką Dawną) in Wrocław in 2011. We were also asked to participate in a CD recording of  Musica Gratulatoria together with z Ars 
Cantus ensemble (artist director Tomasz Dobrzański) in June 2011. Moreover, Epithalamion cooperates with singers of early music. 
Despite to fact that, renaissance music was dominated by vocality, it was also  characterised by the variety of instrumetals. However, the diversity of instruments of those days was second to none in 
later periods.  Apart from dancing and clearly instrumental pieces of music, such as ricercar, fantasy, prelude or later canzona alla francese, common instrumental versions of vocal compositions were also performed. Masterly ornaments (passaggi) were added to one of the voices or even to several of them alternately.In the inventory there were many courtly bands (such as Wawel, which was equipped with wind instruments from a Venice workshop of the Bassano family). Recorders, tranverse flutes, cornets and violas are also mentioned in that times. Both, proffesional musicans and gifted courtiers played these instruments. Since, they supposed to know how play an istrument or at least sing (as it was mentioned in one of the time savoir vivre book, namely  "szlachcic powinien umieć swój głos w madrygale pewnie zaśpiewać lub zagrać na violi lub flecie").What is more, iconographic presentations, more often than not, portray ladies and young girls playing music.
It was a common practice to combine instruments from 3 to 8 vocal units, which were called consorts. They could consist of both, whole consorts (one type of instruments) and brocken consorts (different types of instruments).
As long as viola or recorder ensembles are quite popular these days,  renaissance tranverse flute consorts are unique. That is why, we wish we could fill a gap and acquaint the public with the incredible tone of the instruments. Especially that the tone differs from baroque, classical and contemporary forms of music extensively. 
According to  XVI  authors, the renaissaance instrumental ensembles' repertoire mainly consisted of vocal compositions. However, some of them were performed accompanied by specific types of instruments, such as tranverse flutes (Pierre Attaignant Chansons musicales 1533).
Epithalamion's repertoire is composed of XVI composiotions diverse in terms of stylistics and formality. There are lyrics of Henryk VIII manuscript (1518), Italian madrigals and French chanson, but also German songs from Ein Auszug guter alter und newer teutsche Liedlein collection (G. Forster 1539-1556). The majority of  performed songs are so called "Tenorlieder”, which means that in their tonore a popular melody is often used. Their Polish counterpart might be songs based on popular cantus firmus (also placed in tonore)entitled ”Już się zmierzcha” by Wacław z Szamotuł and anonymous ”Jezusa Judasz przedał”.

We assume that (apart from Mikołaj Gomółka's psalms and not preserved native laic repertoire) they could be performed by flutists working in the area of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Astor Piazzolla Project 

Justyna Stępień – sopran
Krzysztof Matuszak – baryton
Krzysztof Szczerbuk – akordeon
Cezary Gójski – skrzypce
Urszula Murawko – ksylofon
Grzegorz Bogdan – fortepian

        Zespół Astor Piazzolla Project to efekt fascynacji muzyką genialnego twórcy tanga nuevo  Astora Piazzolli. Powstał jesienią 2010 roku, koncertuje do chwili obecnej w niezmienionym składzie:                Justyna Stępień – sopran, Krzysztof Matuszak – baryton, Krzysztof Szczerbuk – akordeon, Cezary Gójski – skrzypce, Urszula Murawko – ksylofon, Grzegorz Bogdan – fortepian. Różnorodność stylistyczna muzyków połączona  z techniką gry i znajomością tajników tanga to  największe atuty grupy Astor Piazzolla Project. Tango wykonywane przez zespół charakteryzuje się rozpoznawalnym i niezwykle oryginalnym brzmieniem łącząc w sobie ekspresję, elegancję i wirtuozerię. Aranżacje z pogranicza muzyki klasycznej i brzmienia argentyńskich klubów tanga w połączeniu humorystycznym, pełnym anegdot sposobem prowadzenia koncertów sprawiają, że każdy z koncertów zespołu jest wyjątkowym spektaklem muzycznym. Kolejnym, niezwykle istotnym elementem działalności zespołu są liczne „milongi” z muzyką „na żywo” realizowane wspólnie z klubami tanga w Polsce. Autorski projekt grupy zatytułowany ”Tangowanie” łączy ze sobą pełne ekspresji bogactwo tanga Piazzolli, z pięknem i elegancją śpiewu operowego.  

Violin Leaves 

Gustaw Ciężarek
Wojciech Sławiński

     Violin leaves is the answer for situation of classical music in todays world. Music which is no more needed. Music which nobody is interested since about one hundred years. Music which egsist only for itself. Music which is ununderstended. Violin Leaves trys to cancel the distance between a classical music and listner. To the violin and cello comes a computer, which is not only a tool, but also an instrument and even a player.

All sounds in our pieces are for people like leaves for a tree. Violin Leaves.  
Gustaw Ciężarek. Graduated from the State Music School in Szczecin where he studied with Prof. Roman Wolf, and the Feliks Nowowiejski Secondary Music School  where he studied with Prof.  Michał  Cebrij.  Continued  his  studies  at  the  Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw with Prof. Mirosław Ławrynowicz, Prof. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Prof. Roman Lasocki and Dr. Andrzej Gębski. For many years participated in Master Classes of String Instruments in Łańcut, Zakopane and Frombork, mastering his skills with Marina Yashvili, Wolfgang Marschner, Roland Baldini, Robert Szreder, Helen Brunner. Awared a scholarship for Masterclasses in Goch in Germany (twice). A prizewinner of violin competitions in Poznań and Elbląg (Poland). In 2009 has been laureate of Grand Prix in 6th International “Forgotten Polish Music” Competition organized by Acte Prealable label. In 2008 has been laureate of 2nd prize and special prize for best performing netherland composer's work in "12th International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition". Performed Tchaikovsky, Wieniawski and Mendelsohn’s violin concertos as a soloist with the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra, Szczecin Opera House Orchestra and International Youth Orchestra Pomerania. Awarded scholarships by the Major of Szczecin and “TPS - Friends of Szczecin Society”. From 2008 is Concertmaster of Lomza Philharmonic.

Wojciech Sławiński W 2004 roku ukończył z wyróżnieniem Akademię Muzyczną im. Fryderyka Chopina w Warszawie w klasie Kazimierza Michalika. Obecnie jest wiolonczelistą orkiestry Teatru Wielkiego - Opery Narodowej oraz szefem zespołu SYNAXIS. Od 2003 do 2006 roku współpracował z UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra, z którą występował wielokrotnie pod kierunkiem Jamesa Levine'a, Neeme Järviego, Valerego Gergieva, Yurija Temirkanova, Nico Franka, Christopha von Dohnanyi, Charles'a Dutoit, z solistami najwyższej rangi jak Marta Argerich, Sarah Chang, Anna Silja, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lang Lang, Mischa Maisky, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Thomas Quasthoff. W roku 2004 współpracował z zespołem kameralnym Transemble, w latach 2001-2002 był koncertmistrzem Orkiestry Symfonicznej Akademii Muzycznej w Warszawie, jako solista i kameralista koncertował w wielu miastach Polski. Zdobywał wyróżnienia na Konkursie Zespołów Kameralnych w Łodzi (1996), Konkursie im. Kazimierza Wiłkomirskiego w Poznaniu (1997), Konkursie Bachowskim w Zielonej Górze (1998), jest laureatem II nagrody na Ogólnopolskim Konkursie Wiolonczelowym w Elblągu (1998), na Międzynarodowym Konkursie Zespołów Kameralnych im. Kiejstuta Bacewicza w Łodzi i półfinalistą Międzynarodowego Konkursu Wiolonczelowego w Vina del Mar w Chile (2001). Jako uczestnik kursów mistrzowskich w zakresie gry na wiolonczeli, kameralistyki, kompozycji pracował pod kierunkiem Stanisława Firleja, Andrzeja Orkisza, Victorii Yagling, Clausa Reichardta, Kurta Levina, Mirosława Ławrynowicza, Wolfganga Marschnera, Michała Trojanowskiego, Andrew Tloma, Young-Chang Cho i Pawła Głąbika. 

Andrzej Gębski

     A violin soloist and chamber music performer. He completed his violin studies in the Warsaw Music Academy in Prof. Miroslaw Lawrynowicz’s class with distinction. Prizewinner of international music competition in Lodz, Krakow and Paris. Since 1997 he has been a member of the Polish Music Ensemble ‘Camerata Vistula’, conducted by Andrzej Wrobel; since 2002 as the first violinist. As a soloist and chamber music performer Andrzej Gebski has taken part in many music spectacles performing in England, Germany, France, Switzerland, Turkistan, China and Venezuela. As a soloist he has performed with orchestras such as: Lodz Philharmonic, AMFC Symphony Orchestra, Zielonogorska Philharmonic Orchestra, Rzeszow Philharmonic, Olsztyn Philharmonic, Koszalin Philharmonic, Hanover Kammre Orchester, Polish Military Chopin Academy and others. He promotes Polish music; he has recorded many Polish contemporary compositions for Polish radio and television and has also recorded 13 CDs of Polish music (10 for Acte Prealable) which are phonographic premieres. Andrzej Gebski began teaching in 1998 and since 2008 has been lecturing at Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw. Since 2000 he has been leading a violin class in the elite secondary school of music Z. Brzewski in Warsaw. Since 2002 he has been the leader of a string orchestra he started in the school called the Zenon Brzewski String Orchestra of Warsaw. He also teaches at the International Music Course in Lancut, the String Academy in Goch in Germany and also on music courses run by the Polish Foundation for Children for the most talented children in the country. Andrzej Gebski at present plays a violin made in 2005 by a Polish violin maker Wojciech Topa.

Soyeon Lim

     She completed Gimcheon High School of Arts in the class of Prof. Myeong-Hee Lee. She graduated from Keimyung University of Music in Korea in the class of Prof. Jung Yeon Kim and Prof. Andrzej Dutkiewicz and also from the F. Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw in the class of Prof. G. Sterczyński. She also completed post graduate studies in chamber music in Prof. K. Makowska – Lawrynowicz’s class. Participated in master music courses in Zamość in the class of Prof. E. Wolanin. In 2009 she won the Grand Prix prize in the 6th Edition "Polish Forgotten Music" organized by the producers Acte Prelable. Winner of 2nd prize and special award for the best performance at ‘XII International Competition of Contemporary Music’ in Kraków (2008). Winner of 2nd prize in a Korean piano competition in Daeg (South Korea). At the age of 16 years she performed as a soloist the 5th piano concerto by Beethoven with the Gimcheon High School of Arts orchestra. In 2006 she worked as a pianist and accompanist with ‘Opera na Zamku’ in Szczecin preparing for the musical ‘My Fair Lady’ in Schwedt (Germany). Since 2007 she has worked as a pianist, chamber musician and accompanist with the national philharmonic, giving a series of concerts for young people throughout Poland. In 2006 she recorded the music for the new theatre play ‘Romans z Czechowem’ in Łódź. She played music for the international theatre – musical performances of ‘Łasztownia-Lastadie’ (2006) and ‘Recycling’ (2009) created by Kana Theatre in Szczecin. As a soloist and a chamber musician she participated in many festivals, for example: International Festival for Contemporary Music in Daeg (2005), 10th International W. Lutosławski Festival of Contemporary Music in Szczecin (2007), 4th and 5th International Chamber Music Festivals in Wałbrzych (2007, 2008), 4th Summer Festival ‘W Krainie Chopina’ in Warsaw (2008), 4th Autumn Festival ‘Sacrum et Musica’ in Łomża (2008), Polish Music Festival ‘Swego nie Znacie’ in Koszalin (2009). Since 2009 she has worked as a pianist at the international Music Courses in Łańcut in the classes of Prof Helen Brunner and Prof. Dariusz Smolarski.

Gwidon Ciężarek 

     A secondary school student at OSM II degree in Szczecin in the class of Prof. Malgorzata Makulec. Former pupil of PPSM in Szczecin in the class of Michal Cebrij. Participant in many of the International Music Courses in Łańcut where he has workjed with Prof. Helen Brunner, Prof. Mirosław Ławrynowicz, Prof. Andrzej Gębski, Prof. George Michel. Participant in music courses in Szczecin where he worked with Prof. Wanda Wiłkomirska, Prof. Joe Wawrowski, Prof. Michal Grabarczyk, Prof. Bartosz Bryla, Prof. Marcin Baranowcki, Prof. Jan Staniendy. Prize winner in Polish and international violin competitions:
- O. Rieding Polish Violin Competition in Warsaw – distinction (2004)
- Young Polish violinists in Plock – distinction (2006)
- 1st competition ‘Violin for Best’ in Szczecin - 3rd place (2007)
- 2nd competition ‘Violin for Best’ in Szczecin – distinction (2008)
- M. Lawrynowicz International competition in Plock – distinction (2009)
- Ph. Telemann International contest in Poznań – Finalist (2010)
- Tadeusz Wroński Polish Violin Competition in Tomaszow Mazowiecki – 2nd (2010)
President of Szczecin Scholarship, Friends of Szczecin Society and Children Fund Scholarships.

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