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Big Band of I. J. Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan
Conductor: Dr Patryk Piłasiewicz



Big Band of I. J. Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan


Founded in 2001 by Students, Big Band is one of orchestral fundaments in Poznan’s Music Academy. The main purpose of band’s existence is finding connections between jazz tradition and contemporary music expression as well as inspiring young artists to create their own, experimental scores. Aside from completely fresh and original compositions, based on ethnic and free-jazz music, band’s repertoire contains American standards of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, orchestral pieces of Miles Davis and Gil Evans and scores of Krzysztof Komeda and Jerzy Milian.

Big Band was awarded several times during festivals in Nowy Tomysl and Bydgoszcz.


Patryk Piłasiewicz

Composer, conductor, performer and lecturer in Poznan Music Academy. As a classical - trained musician (graduate of poznan Music Academy: double - bass and conducting class) he works as a soloist in Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra (from 2001). He is co-founder and leader of Poznan Music Academy Big - Band and Nonet Tribute To Birth Of The Cool. With these ensembles he collected many prizes and distinctions (Nowy Tomysl Big Band Festival, Bydgoszcz Big Band Festival).

In 2000 he won 1st Prize in Krzysztof Komeda International Composition Contest (jazz standard category). He performed and recorded with classical and jazz artists, a. o.: Agnieszka Duczmal, Łukasz Borowicz, Sir Neville Marriner, Wojciech Pszoniak, Lee Konitz, Bogdan Hołownia, Maciej Fortuna. In 2012 he made PhD thesis about Gil Evans and Miles Davis collaboration. As a founder of Krzysztof Komeda Association he reconstructed original scores of Komeda’s music and wrote a book with CD (play - a - long version) - Komeda. Ballads and standards. In 2015, along with friends and collaborators (Grit Ensemble) he prepared and published a CD release with original versions of Krzysztof Komeda’s music (Komeda deconstructed). Also interested in history and connections between art and science, he prepared art-book with previously unknown photos and documents of Henryk Zygalski - Polish cryptologist and mathematician. This self-published book (Will The World Last Three Quarters More?…) was shortlisted on Athens Photo Festival in 2015.


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I. J. Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan, Poland




Festival Director: Prof. Krzysztof Szydzisz
tel.: +48 608 30 70 30
Festival Deputy Director: AMU prof. Dr hab. Joanna Piech–Sławecka
tel.: +48 604 525 554


Address of the Festival Office  adres
Collegium Martineum, Św. Marcin 78,
61-809 Poznań, Poland

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