Kasia Pietrzko Trio (PL) + JAM!
Čas & Místo
The Kasia Pietrzko Trio is a completely fresh musical project on the Polish jazz scene. A substantial portion of the group’s repertoire consists of original compositions by its leader. This creativity is inspired by the pianist’s greatest musical mentors – Bill Evans, Aaron Parks, Gerald Clayton and Esbjorn Svensson. The artist was able to perfect her pianistic skills under the tutelage of some of the most prominent American jazz musicians, while studying in New York on two occasions. Johnny O’neal, Aaron Parks and Kenny Werner are only a few of those with whom the group’s leader developed her skills. In portraying the Kasia Pietrzko Trio’s music verbally, it’s important to call attention to the freshness, clarity and distinctness of the compositions. Additionally, the group’s playing is characterized by a focus on the quality of its overall sound. What’s most important in the group’s artistic creations are emotions, which become the primary meta-language of their musical narrative. The musicians have been working together since 2014, and in 2015 they performed at the 42nd International Jazz Pianists’ Festival in Kalisz. Along with pianist Katarzyna Pietrzko, the group consists of Szymon Frankowski (bass), and Piotr Budniak (drums). In 2016, through their own efforts, the group put out a demo CD, ‘From The Body’, heralding their debut album, ‘Kasia Pietrzko Trio’.
Kasia Pietrzko studied jazz piano under Piotr Wyleżoł at the Krakow Academy of Music Instrumental Department, after graduating from the Public Music Schools Group in Bielsko-Biała. She has had the pleasure of participating in musical workshops conducted by artists such as Ed Cherry, Kenny Garrett, Eric Marienthal and Chuck Israels. In December 2015, together with the Stanisław Słowiński Quintet, she won the Grand Prix at the 39th ‘Jazz Juniors’ International Competition for Young Jazz Groups, in Krakow. In the opinion of renowned Polish jazz musicians, “she is characterized by an improviser’s sensibility, harmonic imagination and creativity in her sound.” This year she also became a part of The Tony Williams Tribute, a group led by outstanding drummer Michał Miśkiewicz. She has also worked with Henryk Miśkiewicz, Mateusz Smoczyński, Rafał Sarnecki and Adam Bałdych, among others, and has performed at festivals in Spain, Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and China.