Brubeck, Ostrowski, Miskiewicz for Independance
On the occasion of 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland, a saxophonist Sylwester Ostrowski went on a concert tour with the band Jazz Brigade consisted of American musicians and Polish vocalist Dorota Miśkiewicz. The tour was exceptional in a way as the already rich band line-up was joined by Darius Brubeck. His presence was supposed to commemorate Dave Brubeck's visit to Poland which took place exactly 60 years before. Darius was with his famous father in Poland at that time and played piano in public for the first time!
Jazz is the music of freedom and the american jazz was a special voice of freedom for Polish people when they struggled with the communist regime while listening to radio programme "The Voice of America", playing the forbidden music and going to jazz concerts.
"The Jazz Brigade for Independence" took place in the radio stations in Szczecin, Krakow, Rzeszow, Warsaw, Lublin. On the stages appeared: Sylvester Ostrowski, Dorota Miśkiewicz, Freddie Hendricks, Miki Hayama, Essiet Ikon Essiet, Eric Allen and Darius Brubeck, Dave O'Higgins, Matt Ridley, Wesley Gibbens.
Paralelly Jazz Forum magazine included CD with pieces played during the tour.
Dorota and L.U.C.
100 years of Polish film music was the occasion to meet musicians of different genres. L.U.C. and his Rebel Babel Ensemble treated the audience to outstanding adventure and fun. Themes from renowned Polish films performed by wind bands functioning in different cities, jazz musicians (Maciej Obara, Krzysztof Herdzin, Dorota Miśkiewicz), Polish actresses (Magda Kumorek, Sonia Bohosiewicz, Malgorzata Kożuchowska, Tamara Arciuch), pop artists (Ania Rusowicz, Piotr Zioła), ethnic vocalists (Dagadana, Laboratotium Pieśni), The Whoop Group band, DJs, arrangers (Pawbeats) or foreign musicians (Rick Margitza); all connected and led by a rapper and performer - L.U.C.
So much joy on the stages of Wroclaw, Gliwice, Krakow, Gdansk and other cities hasn't been seen for a very long time. The audience could not sit still.