Modern Art Orchestra + Kuba Stankiewicz + Piotr Wojtasik (H-Pl)


Polish Focus - a special polish program of Jazz Forum Budapest 2011.

Saturday 10 September 2011, 10:15 pm

Budapest Jazz Club

VIII., Múzeum u. 7.

Wojtasik, Piotr (Wojciech), trumpet; b. Wroclaw, Poland, b. 10 June 1964. His father is Edward Wojtasik, (1940) and his mother is Halina Wojtasik (1945). I started playing professionally during my music studies at the Katowice Academy of Music, faculty of Jazz (1983-1987). Led by Wojciech Niedziela, "New Presentation", was the first regular group that I recorded with, and that I played with at festivals in Poland (Jazz Jamboree 1988), and Europe (Bratislava, Budapest, Hamburg, Moscow), many of which were recorded by radio stations.

Paralelly, I collaborated with "Young Power." The group appeared at such festivals as "Jazz and Blues" in Stockholm, and the "Molde Jazz festival" in Norway. The beginning of 90`s is a period of time during which I frequently worked with two groups  "Quintessence", and a quintet led by Krzysztof Popek, who started "Power Bros", an important Polish jazz label, for which I record today. Only two musicians were a constant part of groups led by K. Popek in the years 1992-95, himself, alto flute, and me, flugelhorn. The group featured American , German and polish musicians (Derl Taylor, Paul Imm, Volker Greve , Marcin Jahr, Cezary Konrad).

One of the most important events in which I had the opportunity to participate was a session organized by European Broadcasting Union - a big band organized in Amsterdam by Jerry van Rooijen , in 1994.

In 1997 I formed my own quintet which featured Maciej Sikala - ts., Slawomir Kurkiewicz-b., Krzysztof Dziedzic-dr., and the Polish tenor player Tomasz Szukalski. The group existed until 2001 and performed at most major jazz clubs in Europe ("Quassimodo" - Berlin, "Porgy and Bess" - Vienna , Kiev , Paris , and most Polish jazz festivals , Jazz nad Odra, Jazz Jamboree, Warsaw Summer Jazz Days).

Recent musical events include regular collaboration with the Piotr Baron Quintet. Apart from the musicians mentioned hereabove , I recorded or toured with D. Friedman, Ed Shuller, Harwie Schwartz, Carter Jefferson , Gary Bartz , Louis Hayes, David Friesen, Mark Soskin, John Gross.  Additionally I collaborate with Zbigniew Priesner a Polish Film Music Composer. Since 1990,I work at the Katowice Academy of Music , Faculty of Jazz , as a full time educator.

Modern Art Orchestra
Fekete-Kovács Kornél - conductor, trumpet
Cuba Stankiewicz - piano
Peter Wojtasik - trumpet (Piotr Wojtasik)


On the occasion of the Polish presidency in the Council of the European Union in 2011, the Polish Institute in Budapest, together with the Budapest Music Center - one of the most important musical organizations- will organize a Polish Focus on one of  the most important jazz festival: JazzForum Hungarian Budapest. The festival will take place in prestigious concert halls in Budapest Palace of Arts, Trafo and Budapest Jazz Club.

Jazz concerts: Pawel Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Sextet, Krzysztof Scieranski, Martin Masecki, Grzegorz Karnas / Miklós Lukács, Jacek Kochan / Dominik Wania / Piotr Lemańczyk / Viktor Tóth, Soundcheck, Piotr Wojtasik/Modern Art Orchestra (MAO)/Kuba Stankiewicz

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Organizers: BMC (Budapest Music Center)
Co-organizers: Polish Institute, Stołeczna Estrada