Three Musicians – Three Cultures – One Time

Wednesday 9 October 2013, 7:30 pm

BMC Budapest Music Center

1093 Budapest, Mátyás utca 8.

The most superb polish piano player Leszek Możdżer accompanied by Swedish bass player Lars Danielsson and the Israeli percussion player Zohar Fresco, have created something of a Dream Team Trio. Dream Team sounds like a dream indeed – lightly, dynamically, with the touch of reflection at times. And as in a good poetry – imagination does not argue with discipline, and the visualization comes along with intellectualism.

Organized by

Instytut Polski, Budapest Music Center

Supported by

Instytut Kultury Izraela
Ambasada Izraela, Budapeszt
Ambasada Rzeczpospolitej Polskiej w Budapeszcie 



 The Trio story started during the XIth International Jazz Festival - Jazz in the Old Town in Warsaw – July 2004. Especially for this festival Leszek Możdżer invited  the Swedish double bass player and cellist Lars Danielsson and Israeli percussionist Zohar Fresco. As a Dream Team they have performed debut repertoire which was more than enthusiastically accepted by both the audience and the reviewers.

After being so widely applauded the Trio has decided to record their repertoire. In this way the first Trio studio album was released in September 2005 – Możdżer  Danielsson Fresco – The Time – OM CD 001. Supported by the concert tour that took place in all major cities of Poland, just to name few: Kraków, Warszawa, Katowice, Szczecin. The album sale skyrocketed and just in two months after the album’s premiere it was awarded with the Double Platinium Award. With this great occasion a special PLATINIUM CONCERT was organized in the Polish Baltic Philhamrony in Gdańsk. 

One year later the Trio met again in the studio to record the second album – Between Us and The Light - OM CD 002. Again the overwhelming success of the album surprised everybody when just two weeks after the album’s release it was awarded with the Double Platinium Award. The musicians were given the Prizes on the one before last concert of the tour in Fabryka Trzciny Artistic Center in Warsaw.

The third Możdżer Danielsson Fresco Trio album is some kind of the summary of the Trio performances in Poland It consists of CD and DVD The CD is a registration of the concert that took place in The Fabryka Trzciny Artistic Center in November 2006. At that time the Trio has performed the repertoire that was comprised of the works from previous albums The Time and Between Us And The Light. Two different concerts are shown on the DVD – the concert from the Movie Making Hall in Wroclaw in 2006 and from the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in 2005.

 The audience appreciated the Polish – Swedish- Israeli Trio for gentleness and most of all for the subtle refinement. Musicians managed to come to compromise with what is the most acclaimed in jazz namely free but hermetic improvisation and the melodic accessibility. They seem to have created regular jazz trio – grand piano, double bass and percussion. But this is Możdżer’s project  so nothing can be obvious. Apart from the grand piano Możdżer uses the electronic keyboards and celesta. Danielsson swaps the double bass and the cello, Fresco puts a spell on us with his percussions. On one hand this is the demanding music that requires some kind of preparation, focusing, sometimes even erudition, but not to exaggerate  - a spare hour will. And the rest lies in the hands of the musicians.




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 and 2011,2012. A full list of awards and prizes given to Leszek Możdżer rests at the end of this page.

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.

Leszek Możdżer recorded over 100 albums, many of them released under his name:

  • Chopin – impressions, 1994
  • Talk to Jesus, 1996 ( Album of the Year 1996 according to a survey by Jazz Forum)
  • Facing the Wind, 1996 in a duo with an American double bass player David Friesen
  • Live in Sofia, 1997 with Adam Pierończyk ( Album of the Year 1998 by Jazz Forum)
  • Chopin Demain – Impressions, 1999
  • Live in Ukraine, 2003
  • Makowicz vs Możdżer  At The Carnegie Hall NYC, EMI 2004
  • PIANO, Arms Records 2004
  • The Time – Możdżer, Danielsson, Fresco; Outside Music 2005 (Double Platinum Award )
  • Between Us  And The Light – Możdżer, Danielsson, Fresco; Outside Music 2006
    (Double Platinum Award two weeks after premiere)
  • Pasodoble - Lars Danielsson & Leszek Możdżer; ACT 2007
  • LIVE CD&DVD – Możdżer, Danielsson, Fresco; Outside Music 2007
  • FIREBIRD VII – Phil Manzanera, L. Możdżer, Ch. Hayward, Yaron Stavi; Expression Records 2008
  • Missa gratiatoria – Leszek Możdżer with Gdańsk University Choir, 2008
  • Tarantella – Lars Danielsson, L. Możdżer, Mathias Eick, John Parricelli, Eric Harland; ACT 2009
  • Kaczmarek by Możdżer,  Universal 2010 (Platinum Award)
  • Leszek Możdżer Komeda, Act Music 2011 (Double Platinum Award)
  • W.Norris &L.Możdżer The Last Set Live at The A-Trane, Act Music 2012

 The list of his theatrical projects is also quite remarkable:

  • Hair - love, rock musical - Musical Theatre in Gdynia , Tango with Lady M. - Polish Theatre of Dance in Poznań , A Midsummer Night's Dream - Musical Theatre in Gdynia, October 2001, Psychosis by Sarah Kane, directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna, Duesseldorfer Schauspielhouse, Rewizor by M. Gogol, directed by Andrzej Domalik, Teatr Dramatyczny in Warsaw, 2002, Mandarynki i Pomarańcze by Julian Tuwim, directed by Wojciech Kościelniak,  Capitol - Music Theatre, Wrocław 2003 , Śluby Panieńskie by Aleksander Fredro, directed by Jan Englert, National Theatre, Warsaw 2007, Operetka by Witold Gombrowicz,  directed by Michał Zadara, Capitol  - Music Theatre, Wrocław 2007

His variations and improvisations on the themes by Fryderyk Chopin have further strengthened his artistic position and ranked him among the most outstanding individualities and virtuosos of the European jazz stage. Together with Andrzej Bauer and Michał Srok, a.k.a. m.bunio.s, Leszek Możdżer is working on a project called LUTOSPHERE, which is based on musical pieces of Witold Lutosławski. The project has been presented to the audience on numerous occasions, but it’s still waiting for its release.

On 21st of August 2010 Leszek Możdżer performed in Gdansk on three stages for 22 000 people in a project called Możdżer +. Other performers were: Naná Vasconcelos, Lars Danielsson, Zohar Fresco, John Scofield, Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart; Marcus Miller together with Alex Han and Louis Cato, Eddie Daniels and Charles Fox along with Polish musicians Motion Trio, Gaba Kulka and the Aukso Chamber Orchestra led by Marek Moś.

Leszek Możdżer toured in almost every European country as well as in the USA, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzia, Brazil, Canada, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Urugway and in Chile for the audience of almost 15 000 people.

Full list of awards and prizes awarded to Leszek Możdżer:

  • Krzysztof Komeda Prize awarded in 1992 by the Foundation of Polish Culture
  • 1st prize at the International Jazz Improvisation Competition in Katowice, 1994
  • Mateusz Święcicki Prize awarded by 3rd Channel of the Polish National Radio
  • Grand Prix Melomani – the Artist of the Year 1997 awarded by Łódź Music Lovers’ Society
  • Fryderyk 1998 – the Jazz Musician of the Year 1998
  • Prize of the Mayor of Gdansk for outstanding artistic achievement, 2004
  • Paszport Polityki awarded by the Polish magazine Polityka, 2004
  • Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prize for Promotion of Polish Culture abroad, 2007
  • Readers of Jazz Forum prize: The Pianist of the Year – from 1994 till 2012
  • Prize of the President of Gdansk for artistic achievements, Neptuny 2009
  • Sztorm Roku Prize of Gazeta Wyborcza Trójmiasto for the best event in 2010 – Możdżer +
  • Splendor Gedanensis – The City of Gdańsk in Music category, 2011
  • MocArty 2010 RMF Classic – The Man of The Year 2010
  • Fryderyk 2010 for the film music album Kaczmarek by Możdżer



Swedish bassist, cellist, composer and arranger Lars Danielsson is renowned and admired throughout the International jazz world for his lyrical playing and strong groove. 

Lars Danielsson, born in 1958, is a musician with particularly broad interests. At the conservatory in Gothenburg he studied initially classical cello, before changing to bass and to jazz. As bassist he has a uniquely rounded sound, which is as lyrical as powerful and brings a breathtaking virtuosity of a unique performer.

The "Lars Danielsson Quartet" with former Miles Davis saxophonist David Liebman, pianist Bobo Stenson and legendary ECM drummer Jon Christensen has received a lot of recognition and numerous awards during the 18 years of its existence. Danielsson has released ten solo-albums since 1980 with his quartet and guests such as Alex Acuña and John Abercrombie. The Quartet has been a testing ground for Danielsson’s work as a composer and arranger, which has extended over the last years to include both Symphony Orchestra and Big Band music. He has worked with Denmark’s Radio Concert Orchestra as well as the JazzBaltica Ensemble as a composer, arranger and producer.

Lars Danielsson has worked with: Randy and Michael Brecker, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette, Mike Stern, Billy Hart, Charles Lloyd, Terri Lyne Carrington and Dave Kikoski. Lars Danielsson has also been a member of the "Trilok Gurtu Group".  As a producer, Lars Danielsson has been responsible for productions with Cæcilie Norby, Jonas Johansen, the Danish Radio Concert Orchestra and Viktoria Tolstoy.

Danielsson showed the many sides of his ability not least as "Artist in Residence" at the "Strings Of Fire" Festival at the Leipzig Gewandhaus and at the JazzBaltica Festival in 2004. In the same year he was invited to play with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra in Vilnius where he made two concerts as a soloist with his own music. In 2007 he received a commission for a piece with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra featuring himself as a soloist together with Leszek Możdżer. He has received also a commission from the NDR Big Band and Wolfgang Haffner to write a piece for the JazzBaltica Festival 2007, as well as being booked for a project with the Symphony Orchestra in St. Petersburg with Vytas Sondeckis and Bugge Wesseltoft.

Selected Discography:
•        New Hands – with David Liebman, Jon Christensen i Bobo Stenson, Dragon 1986

•        Nightlight – with Alex Acuñ, Royal Music 1990

•        Poems – with David Liebman, Jon Christensen i Bobo Stenson, Dragon 1991

•        Fresh Enough – with Jack DeJohnett, D. Liebman, John Scofield & Bill Evans, L+R Records 1992

•        European Vioces – with Nils Petter Molvaer & Eivind Aarset, Dragon 1993

•        Far North – with David Liebman, Jon Christensen i Bobo Stenson, Curling Legs 1994

•        Live at Visiones – with David Liebman, Jon Christensen i Bobo Stenson, Dragon 1997

•        Origo –  with John Abercrombi & Adam Nussbaum, Dragon 1999

•        Libera Me – with David Liebman, Jon Christensen i Cæcilie Norby, ACT 2004

•        Salzau Music On The Water – with Christopher Dell i Nils Landgren, ACT 2006

•        Pasodoble – with Leszek Możdżer, ACT 2007

•        Mélange Bleu – ACT 2007

•        Tarantella – with Leszek Możdżer, ACT 2009

•        Liberetto – with Tigran Hamasyan, John Perricell, Avre Henriksen i Magnus Öström; ACT 2012



Zohar Fresco was born in Israel in 1969' to a Jewish family of Turkish origin. From 

a very early age, he started playing percussion instruments, absorbing influences from the traditions around him' especially from much older musicians who came to Israel from Middle East countries and Asia. In his youth, he was influenced by the 80's music revolution in Israel, years of evolution and innovations in the Israeli music, where the integration between elements from east and from west was growing.

During his musical journey, Zohar was part of the band "Bustan Abraham" – an ensemble in which both Arab and Jewish musicians collaborated. This acoustic band combining eastern and western styles is one of the most important bands in this field in Israel.

Zohar recorded with "Bustan Abraham" five albums, and toured Israel and around the world. He played also with "Ziriab" – an ensemble of classical Turkish Arab music, under the artistic supervision of Teisir Elias. In addition, Zohar performed and recorded with Israel's best artists: Eti Ankri, Bri Sacharov, Sem Tov Levi, Ahova Ozeri, Yermi Kaplan, David Broza, Aric Aeinshtain, and many others.

During the past decade, he recorded and participated in Ahinoam Nini – "NOA"s both Israeli and international records, As well as touring with her and Gil Dor in their shows around the world. Beside touring with Noa Gil Dor and Zohar Fresco toured as a duet, In Israel and Europe.

In time, Zohar developed his own personal and unique style in hand drums, Tof Miriam - frame drum, darbuka and more, and slowly became a well known artist, highly acclaimed on the international percussion scene.

He played and performed with Glen Velez, Zakir Hossian (with Bustan Abraham), Ahmet Misirli, Philip Glass, Ross Daly, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, and others. He played in soundtracks of movies from Israel and around the world, such as "Kikar Hahalomot", "The Fifth Element", "The Beautiful Country" and more.

Zohar Fresco is the artistic manager of the percussion instruments festival – "Peimot" that takes place every year in the confederation house in Jerusalem. Zohar taught in the music academy in Jerusalem, and he also instructs workshops, and performs in Israel and around the world in different projects.


Selected Discography:

•        Bustan Abraham – with Bustan Abraham, 1992

•        Pictures through the painted window – with Bustan Abraham, 1994

•        Abadai – with Bustan Abraham, 1996

•        Fanar – with Bustan Abraham, 1997

•        Oriental Art Music – with Taiseer Elias and Nassim Dakwar, 1997

•        Hamsa – with Bustan Abraham, 2000

•        Ashra – with  Bustan Abraham, 2000

•        The Time – Możdżer, Danielsson, Fresco; Outside Music 2005

•        Ormianin in America – with Ara Dinkjian, 2006

•        Between Us And The Light – Możdżer, Danielsson, Fresco; Outside Music 2006

•        LIVE CD&DVD – Możdżer, Danielsson, Fresco; Outside Music 2007



 THE TIME - Double Platinium Award in two months after album’s premiere / premiere: 26th september 2005

 BETWEEN US AND THE LIGHT - Double Platinium Award in two weeks after album’s premiere / premiere:17th  november 2006

 LIVE CD&DVD The digipack consists of CD with a concert in Fabryka Trzciny In Warsaw in 2006 and DVD with a koncert in Gdańsk in 2005 and Wrocław in 2006./ premiere:28th november 2007