The Great Improvisation Series: WOJCIECH JACHNA SQUAD - ELEMENT



17 APRIL 2021, SATURDAY, 8PM (CEST), 2 PM (EST), 11 AM (PST)

National Forum of Music, Red Hall
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Jazztopad Festival, in partnership with Polish Cultural Institute New York presents The Great Improvisation series online live streamed from the National Forum of Music (NFM) in Wrocław, Poland. The series presents various faces of jazz – from bold avant-garde and daring improvisation through to the mainstream. The ideal acoustics of the NFM halls provide a perfect environment for both young Polish bands as well as established artists. The series has presented such musicians as Wynton Marsalis, Bobo Stenson, Gregory Porter, Tomasz Stańko, Kuba Więcek, Brad Mehldau, and Dianne Reeves.

The Polish jazz scene has been a strongly recognizable brand in the world, both in terms of quality of festivals and the craft of artists. Jazztopad Festival has been running for the past 17 years under the umbrella of the National Forum of Music. Jazztopad’s most distinctive feature is its commitment to commissioning new music and presenting special projects tailored for the festival. As the only Polish festival, Jazztopad has built relationships with the most important jazz centers in the world, supporting the promotion of Polish improvised music and cultural exchange for many years. Since 2015 Jazztopad has had annual editions in New York.

Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 8 PM (CEST), Wojciech Jachna Squad spatial take on improvisation brings a lot of much needed air into Polish jazz scene. “It is a fulfillment of a youthful dream of having my own team, best friends squad, colleagues with whom you can make music together. There is room for each member's composition, improvisation and shared joke.” Free live streaming at Detroit Institute of Arts

The Great Improvisation online series is presented by Jazztopad Festival and National Forum of Music, in partnership with Polish Cultural Institute New York, and in collaboration with Center for World Music, Polish Music Center USC Thornton School of Music, The Ukrainian Museum in New York, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Detroit Institute of Arts, West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society (WSDPAHS), and Friends of Polish Art, Detroit (FPA).

All concerts will also live stream on the websites and social media channels of National Forum of Music, Jazztopad Festival, Polish Cultural Institute New York, and Europe Jazz Network