The band’s music is composed by the leader Przemysław Strączek, who has been running intercultural music projects since 2015 in accordance with the idea that you can grow up and live far apart and carry out artistic activities together, understand each other on the field of art and be close. CULTURAL CONCEPT is just such a concept that combines ethnic elements in music based on improvisation, elements of jazz and ethno music. The group includes musicians from four geographically distant countries: Poland, Senegal, Taiwan and Colombia. During the festival, the premiere of songs written for ethnic instruments matoquin, kora, erhu, Colombian percussion instruments will be presented along with a jazz guitar and a jazz rhythm section.
Przemysław Strączek’s intercultural projects have already made themselves known to a wider audience. Together with Asian Strings Collective, the album titled “Three Continents”, which received many positive reviews in the industry music press. The bands PS & Asian Strings Collective and East Meets East Quartet with the famous improviser from Shanghai Xu Fengxia gained recognition not only in Poland but also abroad, as evidenced by the invitation to tour in Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, China). The musicians performed in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan playing at festivals at Shaw Foundation Stage (Singapore), 1500 Tons Festival (Shanghai, Museum of Modern Arts, Power Station) and CCOM World & Jazz Music Festival (Beijing, Central Conservatory).
Przemysław Strączek – jazz guitarist, composer, producer, graduate of the Academy of Music. Karol Szymanowski in Katowice, two-time winner of the Master Jazz Guitarist Competition. Marek Bliziński in Warsaw, one of the seven finalists of the global soloist Thailand International Jazz Conference Solo Competition in Bangkok. For many years, he has been present in the ranking of the best Polish guitarists according to Jazz Forum readers – Jazz Top. In 2013, he received the Special Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for artistic achievements. Since 2011, he has been co-creating international projects as a leader with musicians from different continents, presenting contemporary trends in jazz and ethno-jazz music. His sixth album, Fig Tree, was widely echoed by music journalists and critics in Poland and abroad, receiving many positive reviews. He collaborated and gives concerts with outstanding artists, incl. Janusz Muniak, Xu Fengxia and Andy Sheppard. He also received the Award of the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship in the field of music for 2015. He has made concert tours with his own music in many countries of the world, including in Poland, England, Scotland, Spain, the Czech Republic in Italy, Thailand, China, Singapore and Malaysia, performing at many international jazz festivals and in socio-cultural centers.
Chiao-Hua Chang born in Taiwan, living in Vienna since 2013. He is an independent musician trying to combine the cultures of the East and West by performing not only traditional music, but also improvised music in relation to contemporary musical forms. In 2001 she obtained a bachelor’s degree in erhu from Shih-Chien University in Taiwan and in 2008 she received a master’s degree from the Institute of Ethnomusicology at the National University of Arts in Tainan also in Taiwan. Since 2014, she has been performing as a soloist in international groups playing various types of contemporary jazz. Together with Austrian musicians he creates a free jazz scene performing at numerous festivals devoted to this style throughout Europe.
Edilson Sanchez (Colombia) – was born on May 11, 1972 in Bogota. In 1996, they made their debut on stage in front of a wide audience, taking part in the Jazz al Parque jazz festival in Bogota. In 1998 he completed his undergraduate studies at the National Pedagogical University in Bogota, defending his thesis on Colombian Caribbean music known as porro. He has performed with the legendary formations of Séptima Espeta, La Moderna on the Colombian jazz scene and with Garujazz, in which he had the opportunity to play with such talented musicians as Paul Votteler and Ricardo Barrera. He is also a recognizable artist on the Polish jazz scene, performing with many recognized jazz musicians.
Maciej Kitajewski – b. in 1993. A graduate of the Academy of Music in Katowice in the bass guitar and double bass class of Michał Barański. A member of many jazz and entertainment groups, the most successful of which was with the Adam Jarzmik Quintet. They have become laureates of many national and international jazz competitions, such as: 2nd prize at the 53rd “Jazz nad Odrą” festival in Wrocław, 1st prize at the 7th National RCK PRO JAZZ Jazz Music Competition in Kołobrzeg, 2nd prize at the Žilina International Jazz Contest in Slovakia, prize at the Blue Note Jazz Competition in Poznań, 1st prize at the 19th Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa in Bielsko Biała.
Patryk Dobosz – “Patryk is a true virtuoso of his instrument” – Randy Brecker. Laureate of many jazz competitions: 1st Prize at the “4th European Music Integrations” in Żyrardów with the “Toing Trio” ensemble (2008); 1st Prize in the “5th National Set Competition” in Opole (2008), Leszek Możdżer’s special individual award at the “JAZZ JUNIORS” competition (2009); 1st Prize at the prestigious Jazz Hoeilaart in Belgium with the High Definition ensemble (2011). He gives concerts all over the world, incl. in Europe, USA and Asia. He collaborated with world-class artists: Randy Brecker, John Abercrombie, Wayne Escoffery, Jane Monheit, Ed Cherry, Amir ElSaffar, Joel Frahm, Aga Zaryan, Monika Borzym, Adam Pierończyk, Grzegorz Nagórski, Janusz Muniak, Maciej Obara, Piotr Wyleżoł, Włodek Pawlik