As with Noa, an outstanding Israeli singer, who only rarely performs in Poland (but when she does she's always a blast!), it is a rare occurrence to watch Anna Maria Jopek sing in Israel. Despite that, the two's paths are soon going to cross... as many as three times! AMJ and Achinoam Nini (which is Noa's real name) are set to perform together in Tel Aviv (Nov 25), Herzliya (Nov 27), and Zikhron Ya'akov (Nov 28). Get ready for three musical feasts!
"The fact that Pat Metheny fell enough in love with her to want to produce her album speaks for itself," says Marcin Kydryński about Noa. "She is one of the most brilliant vocalists, composers, and songwriters from Israel."
The project is supported by Polish Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv.
BRANFORD MARSALIS AND POLISH MUSICIANS TO PERFORM CELEBRATING 10TH EDITION OF BMW JAZZ CLUB
One of the greatest figures of the jazz world, the saxophonist and composer Branford Marsalis, will star in the anniversary edition of the BMW Jazz Club. He is to appear with a new and surprising repertoire during three concerts: on 3 December in Bielsko Cultural Centre, on 4 December at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw, and on 7 December in the Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin. Tickets go on sale today.
Prepared especially for the tenth edition of the BMW Jazz Club is a premiere project called "Bezgranicznie". Branford Marsalis and the excellent Polish musicians will create a jazz superband which will interpret Polish classical, jazz, and folk music. Branford Marsalis is an artist combining different climates and styles: jazz, classical, and world music. He earned broad popularity with the famous opening note and the solo in the "Englishman in New York". - He is an uncompromising musician, curious about the world, who accepts challenges. An artist I won't hesitate to call epoch-making. Nobody in the world is a better match for the phrase: "Bezgranicznie" [Limitlessly] - says Marcin Kydrynski, the originator of the concert. - "B" - like "Limitlessly". No limits, no borders, no divisions, no prejudice, no complexes, no fear. "B" - like Branford.
Artists known from previous editions of the BMW Jazz Club as well as new guests will appear on stage on the occasion of the jubilee. Anna Maria Jopek, who also supervises the artistic aspect of the project, will perform on stage. The Jazz superband will be co-created by: Mino Cinelu, Maria Pomianowska, Adam Strug, Atom String Quartet, Marcin Wasilewski, Robert Kubiszyn and Pedro Nazaruk. Stanislaw Soyka will join the ensemble in the Grand Theatre.
When, together with Anna Maria Jopek, we began to think about the the BMW Jazz Club jubilee, the dream choice was Branford Marsalis - adds Marcin Kydrynski. - This brilliant musician had previously worked with Ania on the "ID" album and responded immediately to the new proposal, but set a condition that we propose a repertoire to him, surprise him and throw him an artistic challenge.
The creators of the evening do not want to reveal any more details about the repertoire. We only know that the theme of the "Bezgranicznie" concert will be Polish compositions. Krzysztof Herdzin is charge of arrangements. The rest remains a surprise.
We are pleased to invite you to three exclusive concerts:
December 3, 2015 - Bielsko-Biala, Bielskie Centrum Kultury, 7 PM
December 4, 2015 - Warszawa, Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa, 8 PM
December 7, 2015 - Szczecin, Filharmonia Szczecin, 8 PM
On 11 November 2015 (Poland's National Independence Day) Anna Maria Jopek is performing special concert in Wrocław (Narodowe Forum Muzyki, 19:00).
She is going to present Polanna Project with the great musicians: Maria POMIANOWSKA, Adam STRUG, Mateusz POSPIESZALSKI, Piotr NAZARUK, Marek NAPIÓRKOWSKI , Rafał KWIATKOWSKI, Krzysztof HERDZIN, Paweł DOBROWOLSKI. Guest appearance: STANISŁAW SOYKA.
Polanna - a neologism coined to describe AMJ's music that derives directly from the Polish traditional and classical music. AMJ sings and improvises drawing inspiration from the works of Chopin, Moniuszko, Szymanowski and even of renaissance Wenceslas from Szamotuły. It is her attempt to reach the essence of the Slavic soul in music. AMJ collides modal nostalgia with feisty Polish dance rhythms. The combination triggers jazz improvisation and gives the listener a chance of discovering universal space of eclectic sound, beyond time and borders.
Her desire is that they transcend their native culture, reaching the world in ways that genres such as Brazilian Bossa Nova have done. She sees it as a musical code that is deciphered and known worldwide, a musical convention which inspires people everywhere.
Polanna not only impresses with its originality, it also depicts what AMJ considers most beautiful in the musical tradition of her homeland.
This is another episode of AMJ's Japanese adventure. She gave many concerts at Blue Note Tokyo, performed with Makoto Ozone at Kioi Hall and Tokyo Opera... Quite recently, she also became an ambassador of Polish-Japanese friendship.
Here goes the continuation! On September 5th, AMJ is set to perform at Tokyo International Forum Hall, in front of 5,000 people, as part of Tokyo's most import jazz festival. During the festival, clubs and outdoor venues in Tokyo will provide a stage for as many as two hundred artists. Anna's presence among these renowned musicians fills us with genuine pride!
Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, please visit www.tokyo-jazz.com
Anna Maria Jopek has a guest appearance in Richard Bona's concert. Their performance is scheduled on 4th July 2015 in Wadowice (Poland) during Młyn Jazz Festival. You cannot miss a chance of seeing them together on one stage!
KNIGHT'S CROSS OF POLONIA RESITUTA FOR AMJ
Anna Maria Jopek has been awarded the Knight's Cross of Polonia Restituta (one of Poland's highest Orders) - for outstanding achievements in artistic and creative work and for popularising Polish music in the world.
ANNA MARIA JOPEK JOINED #mindpower
The #mindpower (#domasspēks in Latvian) project is dedicated to the
150th anniversary of the Latvian poets Rainis and Aspazija. It features
a collection of 29 short films in which celebrities from all the EU
Member States read excerpts from the works of Rainis and Aspazija in
their native language. The project is a part of the Presidency cultural
In the 13th episode of #mindpower, Anna Maria Jopek and Latvian
journalist Eva Ikstena-Strapcāne interpret the poem "The Time of
Heroes" by Rainis. In this episode, Anna Maria Jopek is accompanied by
bass player Robert Kubiszyn. They improvised "Tęskno mi tęskno" (Polish
folk song) together. Find out more:
www.facebook.com/mindpower2015 or https://eu2015.lv
A special thanks to Teatr Studio and barStudio in Warsaw for their support during the filming of the episode.
ANNA MARIA JOPEK IN LONDON
A beautiful, nineteenth-century chapel with ideal acoustics. Its
interiors, designed in the Gothic revival style, has for years provided
a perfect setting for live music of many styles and flavours. Among the
artists who put on their performances there over the past years are,
among others, Björk, Damien Rice, Asaf Avidan, Chris Martin, Goldfrapp,
The Killers, Agnes Obel, Florence and the Machine...
On the third Saturday of February 2015, this charming, fairytale-like
chapel will be the venue for a "Polanna" concert. Can you imagine a
better place to enjoy some sublime indigenous Polish music?
Anna will be joined on stage by our favourites: Marek Napiórkowski,
Krzysztof Herdzin, Robert Kubiszyn, Paweł Dobrowolski, and Pedro
The concert is set for 8.30 p.m. at the Union Chapel. Hope to meet you
I work with has brought a unique dimension to my music. No one,
however, but Mino has so radically altered the fate of each song. He's
a genius of musical pulse, colour, and narrative,' says AMJ about Mino
Cinelu. "He was my love from first hearing. When Sting sang his hit
'Fragile,' I was praying to the guy who played an udu groove in the
background. And when I started recording my own music I wished I would
meet that Guy one day. If not for Mino, Niebo, Upojenie, Farat, Jo&Co, ID
would never have come about... Nobody in the world plays percussion
instruments like him. He has such a golden, live-giving pulse in his
Mino Cinelu will join AMJ Quartet, a versatile and crazy band of
multi-instrumentalists. 'Sky is the limit, says Anna Maria Jopek about
the project. We will hear some brand new music, as well as old songs
reinterpreted in a new light. AMJ and her special guest will be backed
by Piotr Nazaruk, Krzysztof Herdzin, and Robert Kubiszyn.
14 February 2015 - ŁÓD¬ (Wytwórnia)
15 February 2015 - WROCŁAW (Concert venue of Radio Wrocław)
17 February 2015 - BIELSKO-BIAŁA (Bielskie Centrum Kultury)
Anna Maria Jopek is lined up to perform in USA and Canada this year. The date of the two opening New York
concerts has been confirmed as Nov 5, 9:30 and 11:30 pm. Both recitals
will take place at Joe's Pub, a place famous for its openness to
musicians of all backgrounds. Some big acts have made their way through
the small room over the years, like Adele, Alicia Keys, Dolly Parton,
and Youssou N'Dour.
For AMJ, NYC is just the beginning of her forthcoming tour on this side of the globe. The next stops include Chicago (Nov 8, Copernicus Center) and Toronto (Nov 9, Polish Cultural Centre). Please find more details in our concert schedule.
ANNA MARIA JOPEK IN CHINA
Anna Maria Jopek performs three "Polanna" concerts in China. Here is the schedule:
12th September 2014 - Shanghai (China), 19:30 -
Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre
14th September 2014 - Wuhan (China), 19:30-
Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall
16th Sptember 2014 - Beijing (China), 19:30-
Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing
ANNA MARIA JOPEK IN BELARUS
Anna Maria Jopek is set to perform at Belarusian State Philharmonic,
Sep 24, as part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the
Polish Institute. Tickets are already on sale!
It's been 20 years since AMJ held her very first concert in Belarus.
She sang in Vitebsk, at the 1994 edition of the "Slavic Bazaar"
"It was my first festival. First competition. First TV and
international performance. It was then that I received the award of the
jury president, Michel Legrand himself. But the real award was to
acquire his recognition. As I finished singing, he placed his hands
onto my head and uttered words that changed me. He breathed hope into
me, making me believe that I can sing, do this job, that it is my role
in life. I will never forget that. Vitebsk was a beginning of something
big. It is a very important remembrance," says AMJ in the "Where Minsk" latest issue.
Return to The Voice with Anna Maria Jopek
Anna Maria Jopek is a part of new project called Return to The Voice.
It is the brand new theatrical spectacle from the internationally
acclaimed, multi award-winning Polish company Song of the Goat (Teatr
Pie¶ń Kozła). Return to the Voice is a passionate ensemble performance
inspired by ancient Gaelic and Scottish music, including laments for
death and love, psalms and songs of exile. Return to The Voice will
premiere in Edinburgh, (St Gilles Cathedral. 6-25.08.2014) this August
and will be also showcased in London (Battersea Arts Centre,
28-29.08.2014). More: www.returntothevoice.com