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Famous Polish music and musicians

Lukasz 49 | 1,746
14 Oct 2007 #1
music isnt my strong point ;) so maybe I will start ;)

Frédéric Chopin (Polish: Fryderyk (Franciszek) Chopin, sometimes Szopen; French: Frédéric (François) Chopin; English surname pronunciation: IPA: /ʃoʊpæn/ or /ʃoʊpæ̃/; March 1, 1810, Żelazowa Wola - October 17, 1849, Paris) was a Polish piano composer of the Romantic period. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers for piano of all time.

Before Chopin's funeral, pursuant to his dying wish, his heart was removed (he dreaded being buried alive) to be taken by his sister in an urn to Warsaw. There it remains sealed within a pillar of the Holy Cross Church (Kościół Świętego Krzyża) on Krakowskie Przedmieście, beneath an inscription from Matthew VI:21: "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Polson 5 | 1,770
14 Oct 2007 #2
I like Chopin's music ;)
OP Lukasz 49 | 1,746
14 Oct 2007 #3
I m not surprised ;)
Polson 5 | 1,770
14 Oct 2007 #4
I guess it's a compliment, so thanks ;)
OP Lukasz 49 | 1,746
14 Oct 2007 #5
Yes it was compliment, I just noticed some similarities betwen you and Chopin (origin) ;)
Polson 5 | 1,770
14 Oct 2007 #6
Hehe :P Yep ;)
OP Lukasz 49 | 1,746
14 Oct 2007 #7
OK so maybe sth about Polish Jazz

Krzysztof Komeda

Krzysztof Komeda (born Krzysztof Trzciński 8 April 1931 in Poznań - 23 April 1969 in Warsaw) was a Polish film music composer and jazz pianist. He wrote the scores for Roman Polański's films Rosemary's Baby, Knife in the Water and Cul-de-sac.

Michał Urbaniak (born June 22, 1943) is a Polish jazz musician and composer born in Warsaw, playing mainly the violin, lyricon and saxophone during concerts and recordings. He played a central role in the development of jazz fusion in the 1970s and 1980s, and has introduced elements of folk, R&B, hip hop, and symphonic music to jazz.

Urbaniak was now playing on a custom-made, five string violin furnished especially for him, on a violin synthesizer, and on a lyricon. His fusion with a hint of folklore was becoming popular among the leaders of American jazz, and also provided occasions for many new musicians (Harold Williams, Steve Jordan, Marcus Miller, Kenny Kirkland). He started to play in well known clubs such as Village Vanguard and Village Gate, in famous concert halls such as Carnegie Hall. In this period he played with such stars as Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, George Benson, and Billy Cobham.

Urbaniak has invited and has been invited by many other well known jazz stars, including Lenny White, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Joe Zawinul, Ron Carter, and Quincy Jones. In 1985, he was invited to play during the recording of Tutu with the father of fusion, Miles Davis. Davis is reported to have said on this occasion: "Get me this ******* Polish fiddler!"

Tomasz Stańko

Tomasz Stańko (born 11 July 1942 in Rzeszów) is a renowned Polish jazz trumpet player, composer, and pioneer of the jazz avant-garde.


Adam Makowicz (born Adam Matyszkowicz August 18, 1940 in Gnojnik, Germany) is a Polish pianist living in Toronto, who plays mostly jazz. Besides playing solo, he has worked with such musicians as Michał Urbaniak and Leszek Możdżer. His technical mastery has been compared to that of Art Tatum and Errol Garner, among others.

just fantastic :) :]

Leszek Możdżer (b. March 3, 1971, Gdańsk) is a leading Polish jazz pianist. He has worked with such artists as Zbigniew Namysłowski, Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, Zbigniew Preisner, Kazik Staszewski, Pat Metheny, David Gilmour, Behemoth and Lester Bowie. His most popular recordings are perhaps his "Impressions," subtle new interpretations of Chopin's compositions. His recordings are the most popular jazz albums in Poland.

"Noc w Krakowie / Night in Cracow"]

Zbigniew Preisner

soundtrack from Kieslowski "Blue" (it is part of this movie)

Wojciech Kilar (b. July 17, 1932 in Lwów, Poland now L'viv, Ukraine) is a Polish classical and film music composer.

his soundtrack
21 Oct 2007 #8
Polson 5 | 1,770
21 Oct 2007 #9
Have you heard of Norden ? It's a Polish Viking Metal band, and i love their music !!
They have a MySpace with 4 songs on it, all great ;) Try "Light of Black Sun", great sound !!

Gotta eat something ;)
Ranj 21 | 948
21 Oct 2007 #10
Leszek Możdżer

Hey, BW and I partied with him in Sopot this summer. Cool!
21 Oct 2007 #11
Michał Urbaniak

been to his concert - he recored with Miles Davis (been to his concert too)
Urszula Dudziak -his former wife is an excellent jazzz singer - been to her concert.

Adam Makowic

been to his concert - excellent musician, receantly moved to Toronto, Canada from NY - good for me.

Leszek Możdżer

Been to his concerts

Quoting: Lukasz Leszek Możdżer Hey, BW and I partied with him in Sopot this summer. Cool!

I wish I was there.....;)

Anna Maria Jopek is a pretty goo jazz singer too
z_darius 14 | 3,968
21 Oct 2007 #12
Have you heard of Norden

Great tunes, but... their instruments sound much better than their vocal.
It maybe actually good that the vocal drowns in the music, but still, their sound engineer could use some help form a pro.
Polson 5 | 1,770
21 Oct 2007 #13
I think you're right, but i love their songs anyway ;)
osiol 55 | 3,922
21 Oct 2007 #14
Zbigniew Preisner

The Three Colours sountracks are very good.

Polish Jazz

I never remember the names of the artists, but I have an LP of Polish Jazz.
It is also very good. It kicks the arse of the Czech and Russian jazz compilations I have.
z_darius 14 | 3,968
21 Oct 2007 #15
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510
27 Oct 2007 #16
Hey, BW and I partied with him in Sopot this summer. Cool!
plk123 8 | 4,148
27 Oct 2007 #17

Miss karolina
28 Oct 2007 #18

try to type "coma pasazer" in YouTube and "coma leszek zukowski"
that's one of my favourite polish pieces.
HAL9009 2 | 325
28 Oct 2007 #19
I like Justyna Steczkowska...
regionpolski 33 | 153
28 Oct 2007 #20
I saw Waldemar Malicki on television, and he was very entertaining. I'm hopeful that he will visit Chicago again.
isthatu 3 | 1,164
2 Nov 2007 #21
Just watched a documentry on british TV about the Warsaw Village Band,mazovian folk tunes with a twist,still prefer Goral(sp) music but their lead singer/celist has a haunting voice,sort of deep south blues mixed with gypsy soul .and its always good to see cymbalines and hurdy gurrdys on telly ;)
6 Jan 2008 #22
As far as composers go Szymanowski is surely one of the best.
CacyUlcia 2 | 46
16 Jan 2010 #23
Verba(which I like), performing at a concert in Poland, Mońki: my old hometown.

George8600 10 | 636
19 Jan 2010 #24
Ah yes, I love Chopin he is my idol! lol

A day doesn't go by where I don't listen to his music. Ballades, Polonaises, Ecossaisses, Waltzes, Impromptus, Etudes, Cantabile, Preludes, Concertos. This guy did them all! Surprisingly few composers in history manage this, and he also is considered the master of the piano by many!
emkat7 - | 6
26 May 2010 #26
Happy to find this topic here! We have dedicated so much time on researching this very subject! Check out Polish American Celebs on facebook. (No need to join group to see the page!) It's an ongoing process for us ~ there are so many famous Polish musicians, actors, writers, journalists, artists etc. etc. And happy to get any feedback or suggestions too. (We are focusing on Polish Americans for now... Chopin, Paderewski, Możdżer etc. will have to wait, but we will eventually get there too!)
niburak - | 36
26 May 2010 #27
Leszek Możdżer going to play two concerts in Los Angeles on Jun 07, 2010.
emkat7 - | 6
26 May 2010 #28
He is amazing, played in Chicago last year...
niburak - | 36
8 Jun 2010 #29
Yesterday I was on Leszek Możdżer concert.... and it was great.
8 Jun 2010 #30
I think the OP meant a world famouse polish musicians (not Verba, Perfekt... there was lots of threads presenting polish music).

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki:


who's Danuta?! Never heard about her... is she some american polonia star?

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