Hundreds of unique documents, including posters, photos and Zbigniew Seifert’s autographs will enrich the Polish Jazz Archive, which is part of the National Library of Poland. Collected by the eminent jazz composer-violinist’s sister, these treasures will be handed over to the National Library in July 2014.
The great promise of the world’s jazz violin music and the most widely recognised Polish jazzman of the young generation. The violinist Adam Bałdych and the pianist Piotr Orzechowski ‘Pianohooligan’ have payed their homage to Zbigniew Seifert, the legend of the jazz violin.
We heartily invite all violinists who play improvised music to take part in the 1st International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violinists Competition, to be held in Cracow on 16th-19th July 2014.
He was first of all an outstanding violinist. Nobody plays like he did, even today with Coltrane’s technique of fourths, unlike any violin technique. (…).
Zbyszek amazed us musicians. Our jaws dropped when we heard what he came up with.
Zbiggy was an angel who happened to land in Poland and chose the violin as a way to inspire, elevate, enchant and deliver a powerful message of passion for life.
Who was he to me? He was a brilliant musician!
I first heard Zbiggy on a cassette that Jeremy Steig made in Berlin in 1969. He was playing a solo on Autumn Leaves.
My brother Richie Beirach knew Zbiggy personally, which makes his comments all the more touching.
Zbigniew Seifert (1946-1979) was a unique figure in the world of Polish jazz. Though he did not even live to be thirty-three and his musical output is modest, its artistic value still compels admiration and has a distinct impact on young artists. Joachim Ernst Berendt once said: Zbigniew Seifert (...) was one of those musicians thanks to whom so much good is now said in the world about Polish jazz.
We invite you to fill out the online application form by 31st of March 2014.
Regulations of the 1st International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition, Cracow, July 16-19, 2014.