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Grzegorz Karnas's "Dreams" Project

Grzegorz Karnas-vocal
Michal Tokaj-piano
Radek Nowicki-tenor sax
Michal Jaros-double bass
Sebastian Frankiewicz-drums

Grzegorz Karnas's "Dreams" project in concert is a quintet, and though its instrumental line-up (drums, acoustic bass, tenor sax, piano and vocals) could portend somewhat of a mainstream adventure, the project is far removed from the classical paradigm. The group draws on the trance-like nature of ostinatos and the abstraction of modal playing, developed on the basis of simple and catchy melodic themes. A brief, general outline of the "Dreams" project in concert would be: energy-filled, groovy, acoustic music-making with a hefty dose of improvisation, at times almost bordering on musical nonchalance.

Grzegorz Karnas. Born in 1972 in Upper Silesia, Poland, to a family devoid of musical traditions. Finished one year of classical guitar at the secondary music school in Rybnik. Graduate of the Jazz Institute of the Academy of Music in Katowice, considered prestigious in Poland. Karnas has worked with top-line younger artists of Poland's jazz scene as well as its legends. In 1998, he was awarded first prize at the International Jazz Vocalists' Meeting in Zamość (Poland). The following year, his debut album "Reinkarnasja" (Nottwo 2000) was released and put Karnas on the road touring throughout the main clubs and festivals in Poland and Slovakia (International Jazz Pianists' Festival in Kalisz, Bratislava Jazz Days, Jazz Jamboree at Polish Radio Concert Studio). Summer of 2004 saw the premiere of Grzegorz Karnas' self-produced solo project "Sny-Dreams of a Ninth Floor" (DeBies 2004) promotion of which took place with a series of over 30 club and festival concerts in Poland (Warsaw Summer Jazz Days), Slovakia and Czech Republic (Prague Jazz Open, Jazz Goes To Town in Hradec Kralove , International Jazz Festival in Kosice), Germany, Romania (Sibu Jazz Festival) and many others. A new album "Ballads for the End of the World" featuring brilliant silesian cello player Adam Oleś was released in april 2006. Promotions of both projects continue in 2007. Also in 2006 Karnas was awarded first prize at Young Jazz Singers Competition Brussels.

Grzegorz Karnas – vocalist

Grzegorz Karnas
Born January 5, 1972 in Wodzislaw Slaski, into a family with no musical traditions. Registered place of residence since 1975: erstwhile coal-mining town of Żory, in an apartment building overlooking two power stations, three mines and several mounds of rubble, with a view of forests and mountains on the southern horizon. Unrealised Roman and English philologist, graduate of the Jazz Institute at the Katowice Academy of Music – considered prestigious in Poland. Winner of awards at various jazz competitions, producer of his own CDs. Performing record includes appearances at numerous clubs and concert venues throughout Europe (including Poland). Lover of freedom of expression, observer of the nature of self-discipline, self-denial and extremes of every type.

Michal Tokaj – piano

Michal Tokaj
Born February 24, 1974 in Warsaw, where he currently continues to live. Graduate of the Karol Szymanowski School of Music in Warsaw, as well as the Jazz and Popular Music Department of the Katowice Academy of Music. He is the winner of numerous awards, including First Prize at the International Jazz Improvisation Contest in Katowice. He all over the world and recorded with many of Poland's top jazz musicians, as well as internationally renowned stars like Eddie Henderson, Victor Lewis and Bennie Maupin. He was co-producer and arranger on Aga Zaryan's debut recording „My Lullaby". To date, he has recorded one album of his own music - "Bird Alone", released in Japan. The album won a Fryderyk Award in the Jazz Album of the Year category, and brought him a nomination for Jazz Musician of the Year. "One of the pillars of the younger side of jazz piano playing in Poland".

Radek Nowicki - tenor and soprano sax

Radek Nowicki
Born April 30, 1976 in Suwalki, Poland; settled in Warsaw. Attended music school in Warsaw, currently in his graduation year at the K. Szymanowski Academy of Music's Jazz Institute in Katowice. He has worked with musicians like Zbigniew Namyslowski, Kazimierz Jonkisz, Aga Zaryan. He was awarded with a distinction for Most Original Debut, as well as the prestigious „Kultursalon Hörbigger"(Vienna). He is also a composer and leader of his own quartet featuring Michal Miskiewicz on drums.

Sebastian Frankiewicz - drums

Sebastian Frankiewicz
Born December 28, 1979 in Bydgoszcz, Poland; long-time resident of Warsaw. Graduated with honors from the Jazz and Popular Music Department of the Katowice Academy of Music. Winner of awards at the Jazz Juniors Competition and Jazz on the Oder Festival. He has performed all over the world with Polish jazz legends like Michal Urbaniak and Urszula Dudziak. He participates regularly in a wide range of projects that are as stylistically diverse as his own interests and abilities. Loves his family triangle as well as Ikea and Volvo.

Michal Jaros - bass

Michal Jaros
Born July 2, 1976 in Ilawa, Poland; currently resides in Warsaw. Graduate of Warsaw's Fryderyk Chopin Music School Jazz Studies Program and the Jazz and Popular Music Department of the Katowice Academy of Music. Winner of jazz competition awards. He has performed with many of Poland's premiere jazz musicians: Janusz Muniak, Tomasz Szukalski and Adam Pierończyk, among others.The bass he currently plays is the same instrument that was used in the original soundtrack recording of Roman Polanski's legendary film "Knife in the Water".

Time Date Place Price, AZN
18:30 June 9 Green Theatre 10-20