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ORLEN Jazz Festiwal XXV Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa will begin on June 12 2023

with the Festival Contest Final in Radio Katowice Concert Hall. The official

opening will take place in the evening, in Seat of the Polish National Radio

Symphony Orchestra in Katowice (NOSPR). The highlight of the day will be the

concert of Ibrahim Maalouf, artist who grew up at the meeting point of the

European and Arabic cultures and a virtuoso of a quarter tone trumpet. His

unique style and sound of his instrument have been recognized throughout the


Further Festival events will be held in Bielsko-Biała – a thriving cultural center,

aspiring to become the European Capital of Culture 2029.

On June 13, the historical interior of the Polish Theater will host Polish Jazz Gala

featuring: Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski Quartet and Piotr Wojtasik Quintet with

Anna Maria Jopek – a vocalist who will receive the Jazz Angel 2023 Award.

On Wednesday June 14 Zadymka will move to Cavatina Hall where another Jazz

Angel will go to this year’s Artist-in-Residence – American bassist, vocalist and

composer, esperanza spalding. “Off-Brand gOdds”: esperanza spalding &

Antonio Brown Dance” is her latest dance and music project. This evening, the

festival audience will also listen to the premiere performance of the new album

by Horntet, the winner of the Festival Contest 2022.

On June 15 the organizer will celebrate the Festival jubilee during a special

concert #ZadymyRobimy which will bring together, both on the stage and in the

audience of Bielskie Centrum Kultury, people who have been involved in

organizing Zadymka Festival for the last 25 years. Jarosław Klimaszewski, the

President of Bielsko-Biała, took the honorary patronage over this year’s Festival

and founded special awards, the “25th-anniversary Angels” which will be handed

over to those who have particularly contributed to and supported Zadymka over

the years.The highlight of the evening will be the concert of Chico Freeman &

Antonio Faraò Quartet “Tribute to John Coltrane” and the premiere of the

recent album “Come Together” by Apostolis Anthimos Trio.

On June 16, Zadymka will present for the first time, a musical marathon “RQS

New Tone” – a series of concerts presenting the new “jazz wave” from Poland and

UK. Wrocław-based sneaky jesus will open the evening and then, the Jazz Club

Metrum stage will host London groups: Ill Considered and Theon Cross.

On June 17 the Festival will move to the Small Arena in Gliwice where a

dedicated scene will be raised to host The Silesian Philharmonic Symphony

Orchestra directed by Clark Rundell with esperanza spalding, a jazz trio

featuring: Kris Davis, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tineke Postma and Antonio

Brown Dance group. The Festival audience will have a chance to see the unique

show “Celebrating the Symphonic Legacy of Wayne Shorter”.

Zadymka will end on June 18 with a New Orlean’s Parade marching through the

streets of Bielsko-Biała. The Festival Promotion Stage will present: Hania Derej

Quintet and Henriette Eilertsen.

The Festival’s accompanying events will include photography and poster

exhibitions, the concerts of ZPSM Big Band, jam sessions, movie projections,

workshops and “surprise” gigs. Young musicians from Bielsko-Biała have been

also creating the Zadymka Brass Band which will promote jazz and the Festival in

Bielsko-Biała and Silesia region from a special platform.


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