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Michał Gondko fot. Dirk Letsch

Early music from Poland was featured at the Early Music Season in China for the fourth year in a row. This time, the event hosted the ensemble La Morra.

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Krzysztof Książek, photo: Piotr Markowski

Krzysztof Książek, a winner of highest prizes at national and international piano competitions, played a series of concerts in China. The programme of his recitals included works by Polish composers: Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

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Marek Napiórkowski, photo: Rafał Masłow

2017’s second Jazz Po Polsku China tour kicked off at the turn of September and October. The lineup included bands such as Rafał Sarnecki Sextet, Marek Napiórkowski Sextet, Paweł Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Trio, Michał Milczarek Trio and Kuba Cichocki Quartet who gave concerts in 14 Chinese cities.

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Stanisław Słowiński, photo: Michał Łepecki

We talk with Stanisław Słowiński, jazz violinist and frontman of the Stanisław Słowiński Quintet few days before the band's departure for their second tour of China.

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Stanisław Słowiński, photo: Maciej Stachowicz

July 2017 saw the Stanisław Słowiński Quintet back on tour in China. The Kraków-based band gave seven concerts in Lanzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an. The shows were a part of the Jazz Po Polsku project and the Season of Culture – a programme of the Chinese Ministry of Culture.

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Adam Kośmieja, fot. materiały promocyjne

Adam Kośmieja, a well-known Polish pianist acclaimed at home and abroad, performed twice at the Beijing Modern Music Festival. In his solo recital, he played works from the repertoire of outstanding contemporary Polish composers. He also made an appearance at the final concert of the festival.

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Il Giardino d'Amore, photo: Grzegorz Trzpil

After the success of Polish musicians at the 2016 Early Music Season, in 2017 the event also hosted Polish artists specialising in early music. This prestigious festival is organised by Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute under its brand Culture.pl.

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At the turn of September and October 2016, the project JAZZ PO POLSKU returned to China for the third time with 25 concerts of Rafał Sarnecki, Grzegorz Karnas, Nikola Kołodziejczyk, Stanisław Słowiński and their bands.

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Scream Maker, photo: Oskar Szramka

Can Polish heavy metal find an audience in China? Off course it can! The best proof for this is Warsaw-based band Scream Maker, who in autumn 2016 kicked off their fourth China Tour. This time they played 20 unplugged concerts across the country.

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Maciej Frąckiewicz, photo: press materials / Autumn Music Festival Alkagran

During his intense China tour, Maciej Frąckiewicz played concerts in Wuhan, Changsha, Beijing and Harbin. He also gave a lecture and masterclasses and sit in the jury of the accordion competition at the Harbin Normal University.

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Polish-Ukrainian virtuoso soprano Olga Pasichnyk with her ensemble performed at the Early Music Season in China on 8th April 2016. The concert, featuring Baroque compositions, took place at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. On 15th April 2016 the same hall hosted the concert of harpsichordist Marcin Świątkiewicz with his ensemble.

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Tides From Nebula, photo: press release

Polish post-rock group Tides From Nebula played concerts at the Strawberry Festival in Beijing and Shanghai.

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Concert of the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra at the Beijing Concert Hall, photo: Culture.pl

In late November 2015, world-famous Chinese ensemble Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra performed works of five Polish composers at the Beijing Concert Hall. The concert featured compositions commissioned by the FCCO, presented to the public for the first time.

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Rafał Sarnecki, photo: John Guillemin

Rafał Sarnecki's jazz band played a series of concerts in China and Korea. It was a unique project, with the participation of musicians from Poland, China, the US, Colombia, Brazil, Korea and Germany. The leader of the band, guitarist Rafał Sarnecki, lives in New York and works in America.

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NeoQuartet, photo: Katarzyna Bartoszewicz

At the turn of May and June 2015, Gdańsk-based string ensemble NeoQuartet performed at two contemporary music festivals in China: the prestigious Beijing Modern Music Festival and China - ASEAN Music Week in Nanning.

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