La MaMa ETC presents
a Kulture+ production of Studium Teatralne‘s
King of Hearts is Off Again in their New York debut.
La MaMa E.T.C.
First Floor Theater
74 East 4th Street, New York (bet. Bowery & 2nd Ave.)
Tickets: First 10 tickets for each show: $10,
students/seniors: $13, adults: $18
ONLINE, or by PHONE 212.475.7710
Sunday, November 30th, 3:30pm right after the matinee – free screening of the documentary “The Song is Over” filmed by Piotr Borowski (60 min)
Based on a novel by Hanna Krall
Directed by Piotr Borowski
Starring: Gianna Benvenuto, Waldemar Chachólski, Danny Kearns, Magda Czarny
Music: based on John Zorn’s motifs
Piotr Borowski, a student and collaborator of Jerzy Grotowski and co-founder of Gardzienice Theatre, has created a stage adaptation of “Chasing the King of Hearts” by Hanna Krall. The book is a 2007 bestseller of spiritual survival in the fateless universe of the Holocaust. Borowski’s play, “The King of Hearts is Off Again,” is a memory piece with physical theater that has been presented in California and the Midwest. It will be presented by La MaMa E.T.C. for its East Coast debut November 26 to 30, 2014.
The play is based on the true story of the life of Izolda Regenberg, a young Jewish woman trapped in the Warsaw ghetto with her husband and their families during World War II. Izolda escapes from the ghetto, lives disguised as an Aryan Polish woman named Maria Pawlicka, and ultimately succeeds in her obsessive mission to rescue her husband from a concentration camp. Having faced unimaginable situations, the couple re-establishes itself in Poland, only to be forced to emigrate in the Polish deportation of most of its remaining Jews in 1968.
Studium Teatralne is an ensemble theatre in the tradition of Jerzy Grotowski. The play is directed by the company’s artistic director Piotr Borowski–himself a longtime student of Grotowski and the four actors employ Grotowski method acting techniques to collectively play 22 different characters on a stage with a minimalist set.
“Thrilling physical theater… The work is beautiful.”
LA Weekly – Steven Leigh Morris, Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
“remarkable intensity of the performance”
The San Francisco Chronicle – Robert Hurwitt, October 4, 2013
“a wonderfully intricate story in both form and content.”
KCRW -Los Angeles, Peter Byrne, October 2012
After Sunday matinee there will be a free screening of a documentary filmed by Piotr Borowski:
KONIEC PIEŚNI (The song is over)
“In the winter of 1980/81 I had set off with three of my actor friends on what we called “Winter Expedition.” For three months we had toured with our performance in the Bialystok region, in the area between great forests of Augustów and Knyszyn on the north-eastern border of Poland. We walked from village to village, pulling the sleigh loaded with our belongings. We reached remote hamlets where we met people of different nationalities and creeds. These people, showing their gratitude, sang for us their songs. I recorded their singing on tape. In 2007 I returned there in order either to give them these recordings back or to hand them over to the families of those who had already passed away.” – Piotr Borowski
Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.
Special thanks to Joanna Klass from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Kulture+ Productions, Drom NYC, and FilmArt Productions present
Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 8PM
85 Ave A (b/w 5th & 6th)
New York City, 10009
tickets: Advance $25, Door: $30
LIMITED SPACE, PLEASE BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY
2 item (drink or food) minimum to sit at tables for patrons
Leader, Composer, Arranger, Violinist, Saxplayer & Multiinstrumentalist
Michal Urbaniak is one of the world’s biggest jazz stars. Violinist, saxophonist, composer, arranger, developer of young talents. Since 1973 has lived in New York. Michal Urbaniak became a world famous jazz star after he recorded the “TUTU” album with the biggest – Miles Davis.
Many times he has received and given many invitations to co-perform with such famous jazz masters like: Quincy Jones, Billy Cobham, Stephane Grappelli, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Kenny Garrett, George Benson , Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, Toots Thielmans, Kenny Kirkland, Larry Coryell, Lennie White, Alphonze Mouzon.
He is a creator , leader, composer and arranger of his own projects: “Jazz Legends”, “Fusion”, “Urbanator”, “UrbSymphony”. Michal Urbaniak has performed several times at Carnegie Hall and at many famous world and NY jazz clubs like Blue Note, Village Vanguard, Sweet Basil. He has received awards, has been a winner of numerous foreign plebiscites and in 1992 his name appeared in first place in the prestigious “Down Beat” jazz magazine in 5 categories, among the biggest jazz stars. He has recorded over 60 albums.
Michal Urbaniak – violin,
Mike Flythe – drums,
Billy ‘Spaceman’ Patterson – guitar,
Ron Thompson – keys,
Al MacDowell – bass
Kulture+ Productions, Joe’s Pub and the Polish Cultural Institute New York present
ANNA MARIA JOPEK
Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 9:30PM & 11:30PM
Joe’s Pub 425 Lafayette Street, New York City, 10003 tel: 212.967.7555 Tickets: $40 for 9:30PM & $30 for 11:30PM
Anna Maria Jopek, composer, arranger, singer and improviser, has sold one million records and collaborated with the world’s most outstanding musicians including Pat Metheny, Bobby McFerrin, Ivan Lins, Youssou N’Dour, Makoto Ozone, Richard Bona and others.
Of her own music, AMJ asks “please do not file my music under jazz. Nor under pop, folk… whatever. I embrace a lot of influences. Jazz is by far the most important in its freedom, its harmony and its sense of time but I was brought up with the old Polish folk songs. So I’m kind of rooted in all these Slavic sounds.”
“Anna is original, unique, different. She’s brave, she’s modest, she’s open. She’s a great musician. What she’s been doing all her life is just trying to play the best notes.Trying to sound good. In that particular sense, she’s a lot like me and that’s why I decided to work with her. Because she just cares for the music.” – Pat Metheny
Kulture+ Productions, DROM, and the Polish Cultural Institute New York present
Grazyna Auguscik Group
Man Behind the Sun,
songs of Nick Drake
Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 8PM
85 Ave A (b/w 5th & 6th)
New York City, 10009
Grazyna Auguscik (grah-ZHIN-a ow-GOOSH-cheek), the Polish-born singer, composer, arranger, and producer, has been winning the praise and admiration of music critics with a singular voice that speaks a universal language. With an elusive style that challenges the traditional definitions of jazz, she is one of the most intriguing vocalists on the jazz scene today. Her unorthodox approach to rewriting classic works is at once a tribute to its authors as well as an adventure into uncharted territory, while her originals have an uncanny flavor of their own.
Having already trained and performed in Europe, Auguscik completed her studies in 1992 at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since 1994 Grazyna has made Chicago her home, where she performs at the legendary Green Mill, with memorable appearances at the 1998 and 2002 Chicago Jazz Festivals.
Her professional music career she began in Europe, completed her studies in 1992 at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has since become a prolific collaborator sharing the stage with such jazz notables as Toots Thielemans, Bobby Enriquez, Urszula Dudziak, John Medeski, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Michal Urbaniak, Terry Callier and many others.
Since 1994, Grazyna has made Chicago her home where she performs at the legendary Green Mill, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Millennium Park, all the jazz festivals around the city, US and abroad. Amidst her active schedule of worldwide performances, Grazyna has managed to record, produce and distribute 17 albums, 10 under her own record label, GMA Records, and appearing on as many projects as a guest.
”She’s a music machine” – Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times
”a strikingly original vocal style, hauntingly beautiful” – Bill Milkowski, JAZZIZ
“Grazyna Auguscik is emerging as an individual voice in a world of sound-alike singers … Auguscik approaches the art of jazz singing with fervor and intensity. She treats even the most well-worn fare with a spirit of adventure.” – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
“Her name is Grazyna Auguscik and she is one of the hottest jazz talents in the country.” – American Jazz Scene
“Jazz Innovator Singer Grazyna Auguscik a fresh voice on a jazz scene … powerful statements.” – Mark Guarino, Daily Herald
“ Celestial jazz vocalist ” — Dr. Judith Schlesinger > All About Jazz
Grazyna Auguscik Group
About NICK DRAKE:
Just like many tragic poets and musicians before him, Nick Drake didn’t achieve fame during his lifetime, but became very popular after his death. He is admired for his poetic, sad, mournful lyrics, gentle voice, the melancholic charm of his music. Nick Drake became an inspiration for many contemporary artists, such as R.E.M, Robert Smith, Brian Molko, Devendra Banhart, Beth Gibbons, Norah Jones, or Brad Mehldau.
This is how Grazyna Auguscik decribes her artistic interpretation of Nick Drake songs:
The music of Drake is haunting. When you start to listen to him, you can’t stop. It’s just addictive. In his music, we can find sorrow and disappointment, but at the same time there is a longing for love and freedom. There are the goodbyes and hellos , and there are the battles of the two worlds of life and death. Beautiful, irresistible music full of emotions. I recorded it in collaboration with wonderful, musicians. They are the co-creators of this magical adventure. I am glad that through this project we can bring this music to the next generations.
You can find a recording from the concert here.
Kulture+ Productions presents
COLDAIR’S WEST COAST US TOUR
For dreamy folk a la Beirut, Sufjan Stevens, and Elliot Smith, look no further than’s musing visionary, COLDAIR.
Coldair is the brainchild of independent artist Tobiasz Biliński. Currently considered one of the most talented independent artists in Poland, Biliński confirms this by composing original music and lyrics, while arranging and producing most tracks by himself.
Coldair’s latest masterpiece, Whose Blood, released September 2013 via Twelve Records, is his third full-length album to date. The album premiered via Under the Radar to rave reviews.
March 07, 2014, 9PM
1402 Main Street
March 12, 2014, 8PM
Stephen F’s Bar – SXSW
701 Congress Ave
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/584908511594238/
March 22, 2014, 7PM
1816 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
March 23, 2014, 8PM
2220 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
March 24, 2014, 8.30 PM
3615 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA
March 27, 2014, 9PM
Hotel Utah Saloon
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1422650134648417/
March 29, 2014, 8PM
Shine1400 E St.,
March 30, 2014, 9PM
600 E. Burnside
April 1, 2014, 8PM
5433 Ballard Ave NW,
Yoshi’s SF, Catalina Jazz Bar, Dizzy’s Jazz Bar and
the General Consulate of Republic of Poland in Los Angeles
present the West Coast US TOUR of
December 4th – 7th, 2013
Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego
Aga Zaryan – vocal finesse from Poland
“Remembering Nina & Abbey” a tribute to Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln
European vocalist Aga Zaryan conveys the finest of jazz to today’s audiences, continuing the traditions of great divas like Shirley Horn, Carmen McRae and Joni Mitchell. She is known for her distinctive style and intimate approach to singing with a characteristic lightness of phrasing and slightly matte-toned voice. Warm, engaging and very personal, she’s the unique interpreter of both contemporary and classic jazz repertoire – “A rare gem” they say.
Her reputation as a great performer spans from the Europe to Japan. Her bestselling CD’s “Picking Up The Pieces”, “Looking Walking Being” and “A Book of Luminous Things” have been released on Blue Note Records. She was named Jazz Vocalist of The Year in the European Jazz Forum Magazine’s yearly Jazz Top readers’ poll in 2007-2012, yet she is a significant talent that still awaits true mainstream recognition.
Aga Zaryan – vocals
Larry Koonse – guitar
Darek Oles – bass
Efajemue Enenajor Jr Etoroma – percussion
presents the US TOUR of
The King Of Hearts is Off Again
AKRON, OH; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; HAYWARD, CA
KULTURE+ PRODUCTIONS, The Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture (CATAC), New World Performance Laboratory (NWPL) and The San Francisco International Arts Festival are pleased to present Warsaw’s Studium Teatralne with The King Of Hearts is Off Again stage adaptation of Hannah Krall’s prize winning novel Chasing the King of Hearts (recently published in English by Peirene Press of London).The play, directed by Piotr Borowski, concerns the horrors of war and the power of human love.
There was a family. With these words an actor begins the harrowing story of Izolda, a woman separated from her husband by the nightmare of World War II. Based on a bestselling book by Polish writer Hanna Krall, four actors, playing twenty characters on a bare stage, transport the audience to WWII and into our heroine’s epic journey through the monstrosities of war. Victimized as a Jew, a Pole, and a woman, Izolda escapes the cruelties of the ghetto and disguises herself as an Aryan German citizen in order to save her husband from the concentration camps. Facing unimaginable situations, love becomes her sole means of survival as her own identity becomes obsolete.
Last year Studium Teatralne Artistic Director Piotr Borowski, who also adapted and directed The King of Hearts Is Off Again, explained his fascination with the play: During my childhood and youth, Polish Jews were rarely mentioned as part of our country’s history. Even now, for many Poles this remains an extraordinarily difficult topic to understand with any kind of rationality. I felt that by creating this theatre piece I could open up a dialog about this history.
Using only a table, chairs, and a few props, the actors deploy an inventive arsenal of extreme and precise physical performance techniques. When asked if his physical work with actors was influenced by Jerzy Grotowski, Borowski replies, I met Grotowski in 1975 and later worked with him for seven years in Pontedera, Italy….It’s hard to define what profit I took from his work. In his speeches and texts Grotowski always encouraged everyone to go their own way, to find their own technique, and to do it with their whole existence. He was always trying to respond to the spirit of his time. Like Grotowski I ask questions about the meaning of what I am doing, about its techniques, about my needs and the ethic of it all. They’re the same questions Grotowski asked, only the time is different, because my time is the present.
After working with Grotowski in Italy from 1987-1994, Borowski returned to Poland, converting an old factory building in the Praga Poludnie district of Warsaw into a theatre workspace. During the theatre’s eighteen-year history, Borowski and his company have continued to explore different forms of theatre expression through such productions as Miasto (City) (1997), Północ (Midnight) (1999), Człowiek (Man) (2001), Parsifal (2004), Hamlet (2005), Henryk Hamlet Hospital (H. H. H.) (2006), Linia Powrotu (The Line of Return) (2010), and the 2008 production of Król kier znów na wylocie (King of Hearts Is Off Again), which received its American premiere in 2012 at The Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. Studium Teatralne has toured extensively in Poland, Russia, Italy, Germany, France, and Colombia.
The cast of The King of Hearts Is Off Again includes Piotr Aleksandrowicz, Gianna Benvenuto, Waldemar Chachólski, and Martina Rampulla. Utilized throughout the performance is music based on the motifs of John Zorn. Zorn’s music is old and contemporary, light and deep at the same time, says Borowski. As Poland was, for centuries, home to the largest and most significant Jewish community in the world, I wanted the musical element to express this vast span of time. Consequently, numerous musical motifs are frequently repeated and intermixed with other melodies, rhythms and chants.
September 26, 27, 28 at 8pm
September 29 at 2pm
Balch Street Theatre (former Akron Jewish Center),
220 South Balch Street, Akron OH, 44302
Tickets are $15. Student tickets (with ID) are $10. Group discounts are available.
Seating is limited and reservations can be made by calling (330) 867-3299 or at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/429909
Wednesday – Friday October 2-4, 2013 8:00pm
2840 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
General Admission: $20 advance, $25 at the door,
$18 full time Students with ID and Seniors
Saturday October 5, 2013 8:00pm
University Theatre, CSU East Bay,
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd Hayward
General Admission: $20 advance, $25 at the door,
$18 full time Students with ID and Seniors
Prior to the performance in Hayward, there will be a discussion led by
Dr Krzysztof Persak – “Poland during and after WWII”
More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/583479248376099/
Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, Institute of Adam Mickiewicz and Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles.
Special thanks to Jim Slowiak, Andrew Wood, Joanna Klass and Malgorzata Cup .
KulturePlus Productions and the Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles present
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10TH 2013
YOSHI’S SAN FRANCISCO
1330 Fillmore Street
SF, CA 94115
An outstanding pianist, composer and producer, Leszek Możdżer is widely considered to be the greatest revelation of the Polish jazz of the last decade. Born in 1971, he has been playing the piano since the age of five. He has covered every stage of the formal education until graduating in 1996 from the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. He became interested in jazz relatively late – in his last grade – when he was 18. He was introduced into jazz in the band of Emil Kowalski, a clarinet player, but his proper start took place at the first rehearsal with a band called Miłość (Love) back in 1991. One year later he received an individual award at the International Jazz Competition Jazz Juniors ’92 held in Cracow. He was also a member of the Zbigniew Namysłowski Quartet. In the poll organized among Jazz Forum readers Możdżer was chosen as the Most Promising Musician of the year 1993 and 1994, and the Best Jazz Pianist – in each consecutive year since 1994. He was also awarded as the Musician of the Year 1995, 1996, 2011, and 2012.
On many occasions Leszek Możdżer recorded music with Zbigniew Preisner (Requiem for my friend, 10 easy pieces for piano). He also works on regular basis with Jan Kaczmarek, polish composer living in LA, while recording music score (for 20th Century Fox and Mira Max). He has been invited to perform jointly with the most gifted and renown polish jazz musicians, such as: Tomasz Stańko, Janusz Muniak, Michał Urbaniak, Anna Maria Jopek, Adam Pierończyk and Piotr Wojtasik. Możdżer also performed and recorded with many internationally acclaimed musicians, including Arthur Blythe, Buster Williams, Billy Harper, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, David Gilmour and Archie Shepp.
KulturePlus Productions and the Polish Cultural Institute present
Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 2013, 9 PM at Blue Whale
123 astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Subterranean parking entry from 2nd street.
Shofar presents an improvisational twist on traditional Hasidic melodies, through the wild minds of three leading Polish musicians Raphael Roginski, Mikolaj Trzaska and Macio Moretti. The impulse to pursue this area of interest was a discovery of a collection of Hasidic songs by Moshe Beregovski (1892-1961) who, beginning in the 1920s, researched and wrote about Jewish music. The concept behind this project is to carry on the Jewish musical traditions, while also searching for a common denominator shared by Hasidic music and free jazz.
The trio’s repertoire includes nigunim, or religious songs meant to induce a state of religious ecstasy, freylakhs of a more dancelike nature, as well as pieces derived from Jewish liturgy. Unchanged in form, this material unlocks the whole broad spectrum of Hasidic music and culture. As composers and performers, Raphael Roginski has focussed on jazz-influenced improvisation and folk music; Mikolaj Trzaska explores new wave, free jazz, modern rock and poetry; and Macio Moretti covers grind/punk, twisted country and western, improv, psychedelic and pseudojazz.
The concept behind Shofar is to carry on the Jewish musical traditions that are still alive for us, while also searching for a common denominator shared by Hasidic music and free jazz. The band consists of three leading Polish musicians: Mikolaj Trzaska(saxophone, bass clarinet), Raphael Roginski (electric guitar) and Macio Moretti(drums).
Shofar’s repertoire consists of traditional Jewish sacred music. As is the case with the tradition of Torah commentaries, the music recalls different currents of religious thought. This is why Hasidic nigunim appear alongside music of the oldest temple rites, and songs of prewar cantors are followed by pieces of a more liberal orientation. The trio’s repertoire includes nigunim, or religious songs meant to induce a state of religious ecstasy, freylakhs of a more dancelike nature, as well as pieces derived from Jewish liturgy. Unchanged in form, this material unlocks the whole broad spectrum of Hasidic music and culture. The impulse to pursue this area of interest was a discovery of a collection of Hasidic songs by Moshe Bieregowski (1892-1961) who, beginning in the 1920s, researched and wrote about Jewish music in Ukraine, Poland and Moldova. One of the results of his ethnomusicological research was a volume on the Hasidic tradition.
Shofar’s founder Raphael Roginski was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and began playing electric guitar at the age of 13. He received both jazz and classical musical training and supplemented his education with studies of musicology and ethnomusicology. Since his earliest creative pursuits his main focus has been on jazz-influenced improvisation and folk music. As a composer and performer, he feels a powerful connection to Jewish culture and strives to include it in his work with his two bands, SHOFAR and CUKUNFT. Roginski has collaborated with many established musicians in Poland and abroad, including Noel Akchote, Frederic Blondy, Joe Giardullo, Axel Dorner, Thomas Lehn, Andrew Sharpley, John Edwards, John Tilbury, Brigit Ulher, Yale Strom, Macio Moretti, Patryk Zakrocki, Tomasz GwinciDski, Daniel PigoDski, Konstanty Usenko, Vadim O. Pavluk, Ryszard Latecki. He was a guest artist on such albums as Djazzpora, Sztetlach, Broniewski, and Meritum.
Mikolaj Trzaska – born in Gdansk, saxophonist, bass clarinetist and composer, grew out of “yass” a socio-artistic movement that in the 1980s and 90s opposed what the participants saw as the rigidity of the Polish jazz environment. Together with Tymon TymaDski and a group of other musicians free from any fixed doctrine they changed the image of Polish jazz music. Trzaska was the co-founder of the most important yass group “MiBosc” and the similarly creative “Loskot.” Although the impetus of yass faded away many years ago he became the leader of the national improvised-music scene. After the yass period he recorded a few concentrated and quiet albums with the Ole[ brothers. He also accompanied poets Zwietlicki and Andrukhovych, he created muical literary projects with Andrzej Stasiuk. Today he is the leader of the international quartet INNER EAR, danish trio Volumen and a member of, among others, Resonance of Ken Vandermark, Magic Joe McPhee, and the Shofar trio with Raphael Roginski and Macio Moretti playing Jewish music. Above all he sees himself in the mode of radical contemporary free jazz. He travels around the world cooperating with personalities of world improvisation among others with Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Peter Friis Nielsen, Clementine Gasser, Pete Ole Jorgensen, Michael Zerang, Franz Houtzinger, Jay Rosen, Domik Duval, Mark Sanders. He has recorded about thirty albums.
Macio Moretti is a performer, composer, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. He started his musical career as bass guitarist with SLAGE IMAGE/KROLOWIE ZYCIA; now he plays drums as a member of STARZY SINGERS and BAABA. His broad spectrum of musical interests covers such diverse areas as grind/punk, twisted country-and-western, improv, psychedelic and pseudojazz. He is a cofounder of the independent music labels LADO ABC and ZGNILE MIESO REKORDS. In 2010, Moretti received the ”Passport” award from influential Polish news weekly, Polityka. He has a successful second career in graphic design, working for publications such as Przekrój one of the country’s oldest and most respected magazines.