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ANNA MARIA JOPEK - "NAJCISZEJ" [Most Quietly]
After a series of concerts with Gonzalo Rubalcaba on grand stages, in anticipation of her project with Branford Marsalis, Anna Maria Jopek has been taking it back to smaller venues, shifting focus to genuine intimacy.
Here's her invitation: Time seems to pass terribly slow when you're waiting for the spring to come. We want to be a little patch of warmth and light for you and hence decided to play quietly but with true energy. Also, I need a dose of beauty and harmony to guide me through this sombre time, so I will joyfully perform bossa novas--with the best possible configuration of musicians to such playing:

Kuba Stankiewicz - a pianist praised for sheer sensitivity of playing
Mitchell Long - a guitarist whom Melody Gardot introduced to me in Lisbon. He is her co-worker, devilishly talented, versatile, and charming
Pedro Nazaruk - a multi-instrumentalist and my vocal comrade
Robert Kubiszyn - you know how versatile he is... Now just on bass
Paweł Dobrowolski - whom I requested to pound his guts out on his drums

My assumption? We build on energy, not on the volume, and we look to the inside for colours, hues, and artistic means rather than relying on gadgets. I want it to be simple, beautiful, and as true as possible. Will it work out? Let's find out together!

Feb 10 | Łomianki/Jazz Cafe
Feb 11 | Łomianki/Jazz Cafe
Feb 12 | Chorzów/Teatr Rozrywki
Feb 14 | Lublin/Teatr Stary
Feb 15 | Lublin/Teatr Stary
Feb 17 | Nysa/Nyski Dom Kultury
Feb 18 | Kraków/Teatr im. J. Słowackiego
Feb 19 | Rzeszów/Filharmonia Podkarpacka
Feb 23 | Stambuł/Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall
Feb 24 | Izmir/AASSM

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ANNA MARIA JOPEK & LESZEK MOŻDŻER ON JAZZAHEAD!

Special performance is scheduled for Friday, 20 April 2018.
Anna Maria Jopek, one of Poland's best-known singers, comes to Bremen. She has previously performed with Pat Metheny, Branford Marsalis, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. And as Poland is jazzahead!'s partner country this year, she brings with her no less famous Polish pianist Leszek Możdżer. Anna Maria Jopek and Leszek Możdżer are both classically educated. They share admiration for Polish music and a great many-year friendship on stage. This gala concert is a rare joint appearance and a special premiere: A salute to the masters, styles and genres of Polish music that have shaped their artistic personalities. Expect references to Chopin, Szymanowski and Mazurkas. More: jazzahead.de

"CZAS KOBIETY" [A WOMAN'S TIME] AT WARSAW'S TEATR WIELKI. SOUNDTRACK IN EMPIK.

Czas kobiety

Good news for those of you who weren't at Teatr Stary in Lublin to see "Czas kobiety" [A WOMAN'S TIME], Leszek M±dzik's theatre production with AMJ and Robert Kubiszyn. On Oct 15th, Teatr Wielki in Warsaw will put on a performance of the spectacle. The day will also mark the release of the soundtrack (only in Empik and empik.com) .

Pre-order: empik.com
Tickets to Teatr Wielki in Warsaw: teatrwielki.pl

  • "TO OSTATNIA NIEDZIELA" NEW CLIP FROM "MINIONE"



    music: Jerzy Petersburski / lyrics: Zenon Friedwald
    Anna Maria Jopek (voice), Gonzalo Rubalcaba (piano)
    Armando Gola (bass), Ernesto Simpson (drums)

    Arrangements & music production: Gonzalo Rubalcaba
    Mix & recording engineer: Carlos Alvarez

    Script & direction: Robert Roy Nałęcz
    Filmed at: Teatr Stary in Lublin (6.04.2017)
    Lights & scenography: Tomasz Sierotko, Daniel Sipowicz, Grzegorz Polak

  • "YOUR LIPS LIE" HERLADS THE NEW ALBUM, "MINIONE"

    Anna Maria Jopek and Gonzalo Rubalcaba are dropping new single "Twe usta kłami±" [Your Lips Lie] and its accompanying music video. The song has appeared on their new album "Minione", which was released on Feb 3, 2017. At the turn of March and April, the nostalgic pre-war Polish tangos and boleros -- influenced by contemporary jazz and Cuban pulse-- were performed live during the artists' tour for the album (watch some pictures).
    We are happy to annouce that "Minione" has got recently Platinum Award for sale. Thank you!



    Anna Maria Jopek (voice), Gonzalo Rubalcaba (piano)
    Armando Gola (bass), Ernesto Simpson (drums)

    Recorded in Hit Factory, August 2016.
    Recording and mix engeneer: Carlos Alvarez. Studio edit: Mario Garcia

    Script and direction: Robert Roy Nalecz

    Special thanks to:
    COSMOPOLITAN, ul. Twarda 4 www.apartamentycosmopolitan.pl

  • ANNA MARIA JOPEK IN INDIA

    Just before 'Minione' Tour, Anna Maria Jopek is set to perform in India. Ania accompanied by her band (Krzysztof Herdzin - piano, Robert Kubiszyn - bass, Piotr Nazaruk - voice, fluets, Paweł Dobrowolski - drums) will hit the stages of QLA club (March 10th) and on the main stage of Holi Moo! Festival (March 13th). AMJ will perform also in Mumbai (March 11th, True School of Music). holimoofestival.com
  • ANNA MARIA JOPEK & GONZALO RUBALCABA
    new album on Saint Valentine's Day. Concert tour in March and April
    (trailer 3)



    Script and direction: Robert Roy Nalecz
    Production: Universal Music Polska

    Special thanks to: COSMOPOLITAN, ul. Twarda 4 www.apartamentycosmopolitan.pl

  • AMJ, TANGOS AND THE CUBANS...

    After her musical journeys deep into the Japanese ('Haiku') and Lusitanian ('Sobremesa') sounds, this time AMJ sings in Polish with the Cubans. The album 'Minione', which will be launched on Saint Valentine Day, brings back to life the most charming pre-war Polish tangos.
    AMJ sings with one of the greatest improvising pianist of our times, fantastic Gonzalo Rubalcaba and his jazz trio. Among hundreds of old tangos and boleros, both leading musicians chose those that inspired them most, such as: ['Rebeca'] or ['Your lips lie']. Those pieces had the ability to span the world of the thirties of the past century with contemporary vocal music, as well as connect various cultures: Polish, Cuban, Jewish, Argentinian and American.

    'When I work with the artists coming from the musical backgrounds different to mine, I'm always delighted by their diversity. Everything that they bring in to the recording enriches me spiritually. I'm amazed of the immensity of beauty and truth on the crossroads of cultures and human sensibility. Music is the language of unity" - says AMJ. "Working on those old tangos was pure magic. Rarely can you come across the material of such charm, intense melancholy, mystery and eroticism. Recording with Gonzalo was sheer mysticism. The presence of 'being' in every note teaches you to be carefully attentive and humble.'

    'Minione' is arranged and produced by Gonzalo Rubalcaba. The highest audiophile sound quality of the recording is the merit of the Grammy Awards winner Carlos Alvarez, in the legendary studios The Hit Factory Criteria Miam, Florida.

    Photos and the clip for the project were made by Robert - ROY - Nałęcz during the recording sessions in Miami studios, as well as in Warsaw (Cosmopolitan apartments).

    The album release will be followed by the tour in the biggest Polish cities.

    21/03/2017 – TORUŃ / Centrum Kulturalno-Kongresowe Jordanki
    22/03/2017 – GDAŃSK / Polska Filharmonia Bałtycka
    24/03/2017 – BIELSKO-BIAŁA / Bielskie Centrum Kultury
    25/03/2017 – POZNAŃ / Sala Ziemi
    26/03/2017 – ŁÓD¬ / Wytwórnia 
    28/03/2017 – WARSZAWA / Teatr Muzyczny Roma - 2 concerts
    31/03/2017 – KRAKÓW / ICE KRAKÓW
    2/04/2017 – WROCŁAW / Narodowe Forum Muzyki 
    4/04//2017 – SZCZECIN / Filharmonia w Szczecinie
    6/04/2017 – LUBLIN / Teatr Stary
    7/04/2017 – LUBLIN / Teatr Stary
    8/04/2017 – KATOWICE / NOSPR

    For those in love, not loved or loved not enough...
    3.02.2017
    Anna Maria Jopek / Gonzalo Rubalcaba
    'MINIONE'

  • ANNA MARIA JOPEK AND GONZALO RUBALCABA
    HAVE BEEN RECORDING IN MIAMI OLD TANGOS FOR THE NEW ALBUM
    (trailer 2)



    Script and direction: Robert Roy Nalecz
    Production: Universal Music Polska

    Special thanks to: COSMOPOLITAN, ul. Twarda 4 www.apartamentycosmopolitan.pl

  • I HAVE SUNG WITH STING

    Yesterday I sang with Sting. It was the Absolute. You realise how much it means to me. Sting's voice has guided me through life. You must be sick at this point with my anecdote about the school locker I used for music notations and books with a poster of His face hanging inside for years. I would open it at 8 a.m. before my lessons, chuck Bach's notes into it with my hands shaking and the feeling that I practiced too little - and then I would always feel the gaze of Sting's peaceful eyes. The moment I looked into them I immediately knew that things would work out somehow, that I'd be okay. I could always count on Him, both in happy and sad times. At the delivery room, during a marathon, when my rib or heart broke, even on 9/11 when the world was tumbling down... Sting and His music were always there for me.

    He is my biggest inspiration. He has been at the back of my mind in all my music projects. I always wonder how He would handle certain artistic issues. He is my role model. After all, He has invented a distinctively new language in music. The mixture of everything I love: jazz, rock, pop, classical music, folk, poetry - everything kept in a perfect proportion. Mastery of the form.

    For me and my friends from the band, it was an honour and distinction to open the gala in Toruń for Sting. The idea of the duet together arose spontaneously. I finished my set (the Audience was marvelous, thank you!) and what happened next had thrown me into another orbit. Sting took his guitar, invited me to His dressing room, we worked out who would sing what, and a moment later I was sharing the stage with Him.

    I still can't believe that it really happened! There was a moment I will never forget. A short instant in the dressing room. His hands on the guitar neck and His voice, "sauté," right beside my ear. I wished I could listen and follow this voice forever... Unimaginable happiness...

    My birthday is approaching.
    You have always been so kind and generous to me. Please don't be so this time. Please, please... I mean it. I have been given more than one could ever get. I know how many of you thought about me yesterday and dreamed my dream for me of the duet. I did feel that. Your energy...

    It is my talisman.
    Thank you Sting.
    Thank you to You.
    Hugs to everyone!

    Very happy,
    AMJ
  • ANNA MARIA JOPEK. NEW ALBUM. BEGINNING.

    Script and direction: Robert Roy Nalecz
    Production: Universal Music Polska



    Special thanks to: COSMOPOLITAN, ul. Twarda 4 www.apartamentycosmopolitan.pl



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