Glen Moore about Zbigniew Seifert


I first heard Zbiggy on a cassette that Jeremy Steig made in Berlin in 1969.  He was playing a solo on Autumn Leaves.

At first I thought was a string quartet playing. Then I heard him play a gig in Avignon with Toto Blanc in 1976.  Paul McCandless and I got together with him the next day and Paul and Zbiggy were such a great inspiration to one another that we invited Zbiggy to come to the US and make the “Violin” recording with Oregon. On my piece “Flageolet” he had suggestions for the improvisation that were so advanced that it took me a couple of years to figure them out.  There is still a “Best of Oregon” album that has a 15 minute free piece from that recording.

Zbiggy mailed me his recording “Man In The Light” which I played for Benny Wallace. Benny loved it because Zbiggy had played saxophone and was able to play most of Trane’s licks on the violin.

When I had the opportunity to record a solo for Electra/Asylum, I invited Zbigniev and David Darling along with Jan Hammer to form a super group. Zbigniev conducted all of the pieces (free and written) he played on, taking all of us to new levels of possibility.

He was one of the most inspiring creative people I ever played with.

Calendar 2016

August 24
audition in Lusławice – semi-finals
August 25
audition in Lusławice – semi-finals
August 26
audition in Lusławice – finals
August 27 – gala concert in Cracow

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Zbigniew Seifert (1946-1979) was one of the most eminent Polish jazz musicians and a man of incredible musical talent. His untimely death did not let him fully develop his musical abilities and interrupted a promising worldwide career.

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Regulations for the 2nd edition of the International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition (24-27 August 2016).

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1st prize - 10.000 EURO

2nd prize - 5.000 EURO

3rd prize - 2.000 EURO

and special award

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Marek Karewicz photos

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