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Polish Musicians who run the world. Widely known in mother country as well as abroad. Click to listen and see pieces of their work.
While the Warsaw Village Band works on their new album, we spoke to two of its members, Maciej Szajkowski and Sylwia Światkowska, about their twenty years on the stage, their reactions to Iggy Pop playing their songs on the radio and why it’s better to shoot yourself in the head than to work on music with  any limitations.

While the Warsaw Village Band works on their new album, we spoke to two of its members, Maciej Szajkowski and Sylwia Światkowska, about their twenty years on the stage, their reactions to Iggy Pop playing their songs on the radio and why it’s better to shoot yourself in the head than to work on music with any limitations.

Buslav is a composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He plays wind instruments and keyboards.

Buslav is a composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He plays wind instruments and keyboards.

In Jazzpospolita’s music there is a clash between rock and jazz, power and lyricism, photo: Maciej Głowiński

In Jazzpospolita’s music there is a clash between rock and jazz, power and lyricism, photo: Maciej Głowiński

Coals - after one of their festival performances, The Quietus described their music as ‘dreamy ethereal pop, drawing both from electronic music and elements of folk’, photo: Monika Bernacka

Coals - after one of their festival performances, The Quietus described their music as ‘dreamy ethereal pop, drawing both from electronic music and elements of folk’, photo: Monika Bernacka

Brodka has fab music taste, as demonstrated by her playlist for The Guardian! 📻

Brodka's playlist: Os Mutantes, Vincent Gallo and Ketty Lester

Brodka has fab music taste, as demonstrated by her playlist for The Guardian! 📻

TEIELTE is a one-man musical menagerie devised by Paweł Strzekczyk, a producer from the city of Płock. With his 2010 debut, his music began to attract a varied lot of listeners - from hip-hop fans to admirers of electronica.

TEIELTE is a one-man musical menagerie devised by Paweł Strzekczyk, a producer from the city of Płock. With his 2010 debut, his music began to attract a varied lot of listeners - from hip-hop fans to admirers of electronica.

KARI is an artist who brings the cool atmosphere of  Scandinavian pop to Poland. Her melancholic and delicate songs are similar to the productions of such vocalists as Lykke Li or Stina Nordenstam. Kari, who collaborates with well-known musicians and releases her music through a major label, tries to keep her songs natural and sincere.

KARI is an artist who brings the cool atmosphere of Scandinavian pop to Poland. Her melancholic and delicate songs are similar to the productions of such vocalists as Lykke Li or Stina Nordenstam. Kari, who collaborates with well-known musicians and releases her music through a major label, tries to keep her songs natural and sincere.

BOKKA.  The band was launched in 2013 by three anonymous musicians with the intention of emphasizing their sound and marginalizing their own identities. The gossip had it that Bokka must be a supergroup formed by a bunch of well-known Polish musicians.

BOKKA. The band was launched in 2013 by three anonymous musicians with the intention of emphasizing their sound and marginalizing their own identities. The gossip had it that Bokka must be a supergroup formed by a bunch of well-known Polish musicians.

PINK FREUD is a jazz band founded in Gdańsk in 1998 by Wojtek Mazolewski. The ensemble has since become a strong force in the Polish music market. It has built its own niche on the ground of new jazz with a punk twist, remaining stylistically soul-searching through the years. The band features Wojtek Mazolewski (bass), Adam Baron (trumpet), Tomek Duda (saxophone) Rafał Klimczuk (drums).

PINK FREUD is a jazz band founded in Gdańsk in 1998 by Wojtek Mazolewski. The ensemble has since become a strong force in the Polish music market. It has built its own niche on the ground of new jazz with a punk twist, remaining stylistically soul-searching through the years. The band features Wojtek Mazolewski (bass), Adam Baron (trumpet), Tomek Duda (saxophone) Rafał Klimczuk (drums).

RGG Trio- Since the year 2001 the RGG trio has been more and more idenified with the European taste of improvised music, performed by the piano trio. The team consists of: Łukasz Ojdana – piano, Maciej Garbowski – bass and Krzysztof Gradziuk – drums.

RGG Trio- Since the year 2001 the RGG trio has been more and more idenified with the European taste of improvised music, performed by the piano trio. The team consists of: Łukasz Ojdana – piano, Maciej Garbowski – bass and Krzysztof Gradziuk – drums.

Piotr Damasiewicz is one of the most important young Polish musicians - founder of the project "Power of the Horns", whose debut disc "Hadrons" gained enthusiastic reviews. In Tokyo he will be accompanied by saxophonist Gerard Lebik, known as a member of Foton Quartet. Together they will present improvised jazz compositions inspired by the animated films of renowned filmmaker Stefan Schabenbeck.

Piotr Damasiewicz is one of the most important young Polish musicians - founder of the project "Power of the Horns", whose debut disc "Hadrons" gained enthusiastic reviews. In Tokyo he will be accompanied by saxophonist Gerard Lebik, known as a member of Foton Quartet. Together they will present improvised jazz compositions inspired by the animated films of renowned filmmaker Stefan Schabenbeck.

Maciej Obara International Quartet is the latest project by Maciej Obara, composer and saxophonist, with the participation of eminent pianist Dominic Wania and two Norwegian musicians: bassist Ole Morton Vagan and drummer Gard Nilssen, leaders on the young Scandinavian jazz scene. Quartet's debut took place at the Jazzart Festival in Katowice, Poland in April 2012. Obara International Quartet presents a new approach to jazz, combining it with Nordic and Polish ethnic motifs.

Maciej Obara International Quartet is the latest project by Maciej Obara, composer and saxophonist, with the participation of eminent pianist Dominic Wania and two Norwegian musicians: bassist Ole Morton Vagan and drummer Gard Nilssen, leaders on the young Scandinavian jazz scene. Quartet's debut took place at the Jazzart Festival in Katowice, Poland in April 2012. Obara International Quartet presents a new approach to jazz, combining it with Nordic and Polish ethnic motifs.

Marcin Masecki, pianist, composer, winner of many prizes, among them First Prize at the Moscow International Jazz Piano Competition 2005, participates in a wide variety of projects. Apart from performing solo and leading his own sextet Profesjonalizm, he is a is also Music Director of the first edition Warsaw Orchestra of Recreation and a member of the international band ParisTetris. He has also composed music for theatre plays in Warsaw's Teatr Rozmaitosci and in Wroclaw's Teatr…

Marcin Masecki, pianist, composer, winner of many prizes, among them First Prize at the Moscow International Jazz Piano Competition 2005, participates in a wide variety of projects. Apart from performing solo and leading his own sextet Profesjonalizm, he is a is also Music Director of the first edition Warsaw Orchestra of Recreation and a member of the international band ParisTetris. He has also composed music for theatre plays in Warsaw's Teatr Rozmaitosci and in Wroclaw's Teatr…

Rafał Sarnecki is a jazz guitarist and composer currently living in Queens, NY. When he moved to New York in 2005 he was already recognized in Eastern Europe as one of the most creative and fresh sounding musicians of the younger generation. Rafał Sarnecki Quintet is a unique collaboration of musicians from Poland, China and United States. In September the group is going on tour in China to perform 5 concerts and teach 3 music workshops.

Rafał Sarnecki is a jazz guitarist and composer currently living in Queens, NY. When he moved to New York in 2005 he was already recognized in Eastern Europe as one of the most creative and fresh sounding musicians of the younger generation. Rafał Sarnecki Quintet is a unique collaboration of musicians from Poland, China and United States. In September the group is going on tour in China to perform 5 concerts and teach 3 music workshops.

Leszek Możdżer is among the most famous jazz musicians in Poland, although his fame has taken him around the world and going gold and platinum on many records. He has been featured on over 100 albums, including 2011's "Leszek Możdżer - Komeda", a tribute to Poland's best-known composer for the cinema.

Leszek Możdżer is among the most famous jazz musicians in Poland, although his fame has taken him around the world and going gold and platinum on many records. He has been featured on over 100 albums, including 2011's "Leszek Możdżer - Komeda", a tribute to Poland's best-known composer for the cinema.

Kari Amiran is a versatile composer, vocalist and producer, who has already collaborated with big international acts like Röyksopp. She has created a new sound and an energy that is fresh on the Polish scene.

Kari Amiran is a versatile composer, vocalist and producer, who has already collaborated with big international acts like Röyksopp. She has created a new sound and an energy that is fresh on the Polish scene.