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    Composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Passes Away at 71

    Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, the acclaimed Polish composer, passed away at 71 after a long illness. His wife, Aleksandra Twardowska-Kaczmarek, shared that he fought valiantly and was surrounded by love until the end.

    Early Beginnings and Musical Journey

    Kaczmarek’s musical journey began in his youth, achieving his first success in high school by composing a school anthem. Despite studying law at Adam Mickiewicz University, his passion for music prevailed.

    Orkiestra Ósmego Dnia and International Success

    In the 1970s, Kaczmarek co-founded the avant-folk group Orkiestra Ósmego Dnia, earning accolades at “Jazz nad Odrą” and in European jazz competitions. Their international tours led to their first full-length album.

    Hollywood and Beyond

    In 1989, Kaczmarek moved to Los Angeles on a State Department scholarship. He recorded for top labels like Sony Classical and won an Oscar for the “Finding Neverland” score.

    Legacy and Recent Works

    Kaczmarek founded the Rozbitek Institute, a creative haven for artists. He also composed music for numerous films, including recent works like “Valley of the Gods” and “Magnesium.”

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