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    Polish Jazz Takes Center Stage in China: JAZZ PO POLSKU “Around the World” Tour Returns

    As the world gradually reopens its doors to cultural exchange after the pandemic-induced hiatus, a harmonious symphony of Polish jazz will once again resonate through the concert halls of China. Polish jazz aficionados are in for a treat as the JAZZ PO POLSKU “Around the World” project announces the triumphant return of three renowned Polish jazz ensembles – the Rafał Sarnecki Quintet, Confusion Project, and Tomasz Chyła Quintet – to grace the stages of several major Chinese cities from August 31st to the end of October.

    This melodic endeavour is not new to these Polish jazzmen, as they have previously serenaded Chinese audiences with their virtuosity. The three ensembles, who have previously graced the Middle Kingdom with their musical prowess, are set to perform over 20 concerts in prominent metropolises such as Chengdu, Chongqing, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Wuhan.

    Polish Jazz Takes Center Stage in China: JAZZ PO POLSKU "Around the World" Tour Returns

    The JAZZ PO POLSKU “Around the World” project has nurtured a bond between Polish jazz musicians and the Chinese audience since its inception in 2014. This year’s tour marks the continuation of this cherished musical connection after a three-year hiatus caused by the pandemic. The project has already seen over 300 concerts featuring around a hundred musicians, showcasing the vibrancy and innovation of Polish improvised music to the world.

    Jakub Krzeszowski, the visionary behind JAZZ PO POLSKU, expressed his enthusiasm about the project’s evolution, stating, “As part of our project, a plethora of Polish young jazz musicians have performed in China over the course of 10 years. The artists have given concerts in 30 different cities, and in the biggest ones such as Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai many times – building and strengthening the brand of Polish improvised music as an art unprecedented for local audiences.”

    The chosen ensembles represent a cross-section of Poland’s diverse jazz scene. The Rafał Sarnecki Quintet, Confusion Project, and Tomasz Chyła Quintet will present their unique sounds to Chinese audiences, ranging from the intricate compositions of Sarnecki to the genre-blending style of Confusion Project, and the richly melodic tunes of Chyła.

    This cultural exchange is not only about music; it’s a celebration of shared human experiences and a testament to the unifying power of art. The JAZZ PO POLSKU Foundation, alongside partners like the Polish Institute in Beijing, the Polish Consulates General in various Chinese cities, and Culture.pl, have orchestrated this transcendent experience.

    The “Around the World” project takes inspiration from the adventurous spirit of Paweł Edmund Strzelecki, the first Pole to circumnavigate the globe from 1834 to 1843. Over three years, Polish musicians will traverse four continents, bringing their harmonious expressions to diverse audiences around the world. The journey started in May with concerts by bands including Michał Ciesielski, Piotr Krępec, and Mateusz Gawęda.

    Rafal Sarnecki Quintet Live in China 2016

    Rafał Sarnecki Quartet

    Rafał Sarnecki – guitar, Michał Ciesielski – piano, Nathaniel Gao (USA) – saxophone, Wang Chenhuai/Dany Zanker – double bass, Victor Bastidas – drums.

    31.08, China, Beijing, Blue Note, Beijing

    01.09, China, Chengdu, Oak Nose

    02.09, China, Chengdu, Oak Nose

    03.09, China, Xi’an, Meeting Jazz

    07.09, Shanghai, Blue Note Jazz Club

    10.09, Hangzhou, JZ Club

    Confusion Project Live in China 2019

    Confusion Project

    Michał Ciesielski – piano, Piotr Gierszewski – bass, Adam Golicki – drums.

    16.09, China, Zhuhai, Golden Jazz Academy

    17.09, China, Zhuhai, Golden Jazz Academy

    19.09, China, Shenzhen, Lavo

    20.09, China, Shenzhen, Lavo

    21.09, China, Beijing, Blue Note Jazz Club

    22.09, China, Shanghai, Blue Note Jazz Club

    23.09, China, Beijing, ICMA

    24.09, China, Hangzhou, JZ Club

    Tomasz Chyła Quintet Live in China 2018

    Tomasz Chyła Quintet

    Tomasz Chyła – violin, Emil Miszk – trumpet, Krzysztof Hadrych – guitar, Konrad Żołnierek – double bass, Sławek Koryzno – drums.

    17.10, China, Xiamen, Real Live House

    18.10, China, Wuhan, Linkonggang Poly Grand Theater

    19.10, China, Chongqing, NUTS Live House

    20.10, China, Chengdu, Oak Nose Club

    21.10, China, Chengdu, Oak Nose Club

    22.10, China, Xi’an, Meeting Jazz Club

    25.10, China, Hangzhou, Jinsha Lake Grand Theatre

    26.10, China, Shanghai, Blue Note Jazz Club

    28.10, China, Shenzhen, Lavo

    29.10, China, Shenzhen, Lavo

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