This was Anna Maria Jopek's another visit to Asia. After concerts in China in 2014, the singer and ambassador of Polish-Japanese friendship returned to Japan in September 2015 to appear at the Tokyo Jazz Festival.
Anna Maria Jopek is well known in Japan. She has performed several times on the stage of the legendary Blue Note Tokyo, Tokyo's Kioi Hall and the Opera House. Moreover, she recorded the album "Haiku" in collaboration with the Japanese musician Makoto Ozone.
On 5th September 2015 the vocalist gave concert on the main stage of the Tokyo Jazz Festival for the first time in her career. She performed together with Mino Cinelu - famous French jazz percusionist. The concert was held in the popular Tokyo International Forum Hall, which can accommodate up to five thousand people. Anna Maria Jopek's performance at the Tokyo Jazz Festival was not the first appearance of a Polish musician at the event. Since 2013, the festival stages and clubs have hosted such artists from Poland as, among others, Marcin Masecki, Maciej Obara International Quartet, Jerzy Rogiewicz and duets Piotr Damasiewicz and Gerard Lebik, as well as Paweł Szamburski and Patryk Zakrocki.
Tokyo Jazz Festival is one of the biggest and most important music festivals in Asia. It features both young, talented musicians, as well as world-class stars. In 2015, apart from Anna Maria Jopek, the event hosted, among others, Eli Degibri Quartet, Paul Grabowsky Trio and Steve Gadd Band.
Anna Maria Jopek Anna Maria Jopek (AMJ) is a passionate visionary, a composer and improviser. Over her notable career she has sold one million records in Poland alone and has won every prominent Polish music award possible. Her musical endeavors to date include collaborations with outstanding local and international artists such as Pat Metheny, Bobby McFerrin, Ivan Lins, Youssou N'Dour, Makoto Ozone and Richard Bona among others. From Toronto to London, from Berlin to Tokyo, she gives around one hundred concerts each year (in venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Blue Note Tokyo, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv).
Anna Maria Jopek sings and improvises drawing inspiration from the works of Chopin, Moniuszko, Szymanowski and even the Renaissance composer Wacław of Szamotuły. It is her attempt to reach the essence of the Slavic soul in music. She collides modal nostalgia with feisty Polish dance rhythms. The combination triggers jazz improvisation and gives the listener a chance of discovering universal space of eclectic sound, beyond time and borders. The artist's goal is to give the Mazurka, the Kujawiak and the Oberek its well-deserved international recognition. Her desire is that they transcend their native culture, reaching the world in ways that genres such as Brazilian Bossa Nova have done. She sees it as a musical code that is deciphered and known worldwide, a musical convention which inspires people everywhere.