"ULOTNE" [ELUSIVE] BY AMJ AND BM IS RELEASED IN JAPAN TODAY!
The album, inspired by Polish folk tunes, is available on CD and on vinyl. Anna Maria Jopek will be making her way to Japan for a promo tour in April 2019.
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ON WOMEN'S DAY, WE CELEBRATE THE PHENOMENON OF WOMAN AND WOMANHOOD.
"Czas kobiety" [A Woman's Time] has been released worldwide
Today marks the world digital premiere of "Czas Kobiety" by AMJ and Robert Kubiszyn. Let us remember that the recording is the soundtrack to Leszek M±dzik's spectacle at Teatr Stary in Lublin. This is AMJ's first CD without any words whatsoever. The concept ideally fits into her research on sound and exploration of new ways of singing. The project is released online today. DOWNLOAD
"Throughout M±dzik's oeuvre, woman is a phenomenon that unites the two driving forces of theatre--the erotic and the sacred--but most predominately one of the keys to understanding the phenomenon of the human fate."
(Jaroslaw Cymerman for Teatr Stary in Lublin)
"I long for love. For meeting a woman. In my theatre, I touch the pure affection for a woman, which provides one with a sense of security." (Leszek M±dzik
"Working with Leszek, I had placed boundless trust in him. For him, I had learned again how to be born and how to sing my finiteness. My voice, a pure stream of sound, had become my body, and my body had become my voice." (AMJ)
"ULOTNE" - available on vinyl
Today we're releasing "Ulotne" (Elusive) on vinyl! The records are available at Empik stores in Poland and online at empik.com.
It's also the digital premiere of "Ulotne" worldwide. You can now download it from iTunes or listen to on any streaming service in every part of the globe.
Happy Birthday, Anna!
DownBeat gives 4 stars to Anna Maria Jopek's newest album "Ulotne"!
Review of the "Ulotne" album is going to be in January's issue of DownBeat, the world's most important jazz magazine! "Non-English-speaking singers face the challenge of having to express themselves enough to transcend the language barrier for American audiences, but like Celtic vocal explorer Loreena McKennitt, Jopek has the ability to make that barrier immaterial. The meaning of these songs is clear, even if you don't understand Polish." James Hale (Downbeat)
Broadcast of the concert at Polish Radio
On November 13th Anna Maria Jopek and Branford Marsalis performed a special concert at the Agnieszka Osiecka Music Studio of Polish Radio Program 3. The broadcast of his amazing event will take place this Saturday, 8th of December after 9pm during Piotr Metz's radio program ?Lista osobista". Anna and Branford, together with Krzysztof Herdzin, Robert Kubiszyn, Piotr Nazaruk and Paweł Dobrowolski, played music from their latest album "Ulotne" (Elusive). Don't miss it! More...
"ULOTNE" - vinyl
Santa comes not only with presents, but with good news, too... you can order album "Ulotne" (Elusive) now also on vinyl! Don't hesitate and order now.
"ULOTNE" - GOLD RECORD
Yesterday at Trójka - Polish Radio Piotr Metz presented Branford Marsalis and me with a Gold Record for album "Ulotne". The awareness that our music - that we recorded driven by our hearts' need, initially simply to preserve and perpetuate the joy of playing together - is now with You for real, moves me to the core. I bow down to everyone, absolutely everyone, who made "Ulotne" happen. The level of the dedication to the cause, as you can see, has resonated onto others.And Branford's sound... If there's anything certain in the world, it is Branford Marsalis's sound.
ANNA MARIA JOPEK & BRANFORD MARSALIS Ulotne (Elusive)
"For the love of Branford's talent (which I discovered as a teenager on Sting's albums), for the love of Polish traditional music, out of passion for meetings at the crossroads of cultures and styles, out of desire to record among those whom I love and admire," AMJ speaks about her new album.
Elusive - preorder is available on www.empik.com
ANNA MARIA JOPEK IN RIGA
Anna Maria Jopek will perform in Riga this week as part of the World Jazz Festival that takes place each year in July in the capital of Latvia. Anna will appear in a trio with Krzysztof Herdzin on piano and Robert Kubiszyn on bass. The show is on July 26th at the Kino Splendid Palace. The festival's line-up includes such world-famous artists such as Michel Legrand, Igor Butman, Candy Dulfer, Tony Momrelle. More details: https://www.worldjazzfest.com
For our audience who was with us at "Minione"
Anna Maria Jopek at jazzahead! 2018
This year's jazzahead is coming soon! We're very pleased to inform that Anna Maria Jopek will perform at jazzahead!'s Gala Concert on April 20th (Die Glocke) in a special premiere project with Leszek Możdżer. The performance "Dwa serduszka, cztery oczy" (Two hearts, four eyes) will be devoted to the phenomenon of the "Slavic soul" in music. Traditional and classical songs that inspire them will serve as a starting point for their improvisation.
Anna will also be available at jazzahead!'s Trade Fair. All attendants are invited to join us at stand 6E02.
Mar 13 | Wuhan, (China), 19:30
Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall
Mar 15 | Beijing (China), 19:30
Forbidden City Concert Hall
Mar 17 | Hong Kong, 20:00
Hong Kong Arts Festival
Mar 18 | Hong Kong, 20:00
Hong Kong Arts Festival
Mar 19 | Tokyo (Japan), 18:30
Blue Note Tokyo
Mar 19 | Tokyo (Japan), 21:00
Blue Note Tokyo
Mar 20 | Tokyo (Japan), 18:30
Blue Note Tokyo
Mar 20 | Tokyo (Japan), 21:00
Blue Note Tokyo
Mar 22 | Takasaki (Japan), 18:30
Gunma Music Center
More details... This project is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the Culture.pl brand within the international cultural programme accompanying Poland's centenary of regaining independence - POLSKA 100.
Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the Multi-annual Programme "Niepodległa" 2017-2021.
I HAVE SUNG WITH STING
Yesterday I sang with Sting. It was the Absolute. You realise how much it means to me. Sting's voice has guided me through life. You must be sick at this point with my anecdote about the school locker I used for music notations and books with a poster of His face hanging inside for years. I would open it at 8 a.m. before my lessons, chuck Bach's notes into it with my hands shaking and the feeling that I practiced too little - and then I would always feel the gaze of Sting's peaceful eyes. The moment I looked into them I immediately knew that things would work out somehow, that I'd be okay. I could always count on Him, both in happy and sad times. At the delivery room, during a marathon, when my rib or heart broke, even on 9/11 when the world was tumbling down... Sting and His music were always there for me.
He is my biggest inspiration. He has been at the back of my mind in all my music projects. I always wonder how He would handle certain artistic issues. He is my role model. After all, He has invented a distinctively new language in music. The mixture of everything I love: jazz, rock, pop, classical music, folk, poetry - everything kept in a perfect proportion. Mastery of the form.
For me and my friends from the band, it was an honour and distinction to open the gala in Toruń for Sting. The idea of the duet together arose spontaneously. I finished my set (the Audience was marvelous, thank you!) and what happened next had thrown me into another orbit. Sting took his guitar, invited me to His dressing room, we worked out who would sing what, and a moment later I was sharing the stage with Him.
I still can't believe that it really happened! There was a moment I will never forget. A short instant in the dressing room. His hands on the guitar neck and His voice, "sauté," right beside my ear. I wished I could listen and follow this voice forever...
My birthday is approaching.
You have always been so kind and generous to me. Please don't be so this time. Please, please... I mean it. I have been given more than one could ever get. I know how many of you thought about me yesterday and dreamed my dream for me of the duet. I did feel that. Your energy...
It is my talisman.
Thank you Sting.
Thank you to You.
Hugs to everyone!