On October 26, an extraordinary duo of two jazz individualities will perform at the Belgrade Jazz Festival: Leszek Możdżer and Adam Pierończyk. The duo enjoyed their triumphs in the late 1990s, recording two albums "19-9-1999" and "Live in Sofia." We are pleased that these artists have accepted the invitation of the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation and the Belgrade Jazz Festival to present the Polish jazz scene in Serbia.
An outstanding pianist, composer and producer, Leszek Możdżer is widely considered to be Polish Jazz’s greatest revelation of the last decade. Born in 1971, he has been playing the piano since the age of five. He completed every stage of formal education until graduating in 1996 from the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. He became interested in jazz relatively late – in his last grade – when he was 18. He was introduced to jazz in the band of Emil Kowalski, a clarinet player, but his proper start took place at his first rehearsal with a band called Miłość (Love) back in 1991. One year later he received an individual award at the International Jazz Competition Jazz Juniors ’92 held in Cracow. He was also a member of the Zbigniew Namysłowski Quartet. In the poll organized among Jazz Forum readers Możdżer was chosen as the Most Promising Musician of the year 1993 and 1994, and the Best Jazz Pianist – in each consecutive year since 1994. Leszek was also many times honored as The Musician of the Year.
On many occasions Leszek Możdżer recorded music with Zbigniew Preisner (Requiem for my friend, 10 easy pieces for piano). He also works on a regular basis with Jan Kaczmarek, Polish composer living in LA, while recording music scores (for 20th Century Fox and Miramax). He has been invited to perform jointly with the most gifted and renowned Polish jazz musicians, such as: Tomasz Stańko, Janusz Muniak, Michał Urbaniak, Anna Maria Jopek, Adam Pierończyk and Piotr Wojtasik.
Możdżer has also performed and recorded with many internationally acclaimed musicians, including David Friesen, Pat Metheny, Arthur Blythe, Buster Williams, Billy Harper, Joe Lovano, Archi Shepp, David Liebman, Charles Fox, Lester Bowie, David Gilmour, Marcus Miller, John Scofield, Steve Swallow, Eddie Daniels and Tan Dun.
Since 2011 Leszek Możdżer has been the Artistic director of the music festival, Enter Music Festival, held annually in Poznań, on the Lake Strzeszyńskim shoreline.
Leszek Możdżer has recorded over 100 albums, many of them released under his name.
Leading Polish jazz saxophonist, composer, band leader and producer.
Recognized by international media as one of the most interesting and creative European musicians and one of the greatest innovators in Polish jazz.
As a leader he has released 25 albums that have receivednumerous awards. He was named 18 times Jazz Forum magazine'sBest Soprano Saxophonist. He has been nominated 18 times for Poland's Fryderyk award (Polish Grammy) in altogether 4 categories, winning the 2 most important statuettes -Jazz Musician of The Year and Jazz Album of The Year.
He served as Artistic Director for the Jazz aux Oudayas Festival and Jazz Au Chellah Festival in Rabat, Morocco (2005-2006), Sopot Jazz Festival in Poland (2011-2015) and since 2019 - Jazz Juniors Festival in Krakow. He has performed all over Europe and Russia, Kazachstan, Kirghistan, Iran, China, Israel, Morocco, Brazil, Mexico and USA.
He also composes music for theater productions, teaches at workshops and gives masterclasses in different parts of the world.
Adam Pierończyk has worked with musicians such as:
Sam Rivers, Archie Shepp, Miroslav Vitous, Gary Thomas, Greg Osby, Bobby McFerrin, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Trilok Gurtu, Mino Cinelu, Tomasz Stanko, Ted Curson, Avishai Cohen, Adrian Mears, Ernst Reijseger, Wolfgang Puschnig, Lage Lund, Orlando Le Fleming, Joe Martin, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Majid Bekkas, Anthony Cox, Lars Danielsson, Nelson Veras, Anthony Joseph, John B. Arnold, Joey Calderazzo, Mircea Tiberian, Fisz Emade, Agata Zubel, Krzysztof Knittel, Marcin Wasilewski Trio and Leszek Mozdzer.