- Since the first edition of the Seifert Competition, in addition to awarding financial prizes, we have been trying to support our winners in their musical development whether by organizing concerts in Poland and abroad or releasing albums. Seifert Night. The best of Polish Jazz is one of the foundation's most important activities abroad. Thanks to the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, as well as the important participation of our foreign partners, as part of this very series we have already managed to organize concerts at, among others, the Belgrade Jazz Festival in Serbia, the Garana Jazz Festival in Romania, the X-Jazz Festival in Berlin, presenting such outstanding Polish artists as Marcin Wasilewski, EABS and Dominik Wania," stresses Aneta Norek-Skrycka, president of the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation.
On November 4, 2023, during the Seifert Night at Pancevo Jazz Festival in Serbia, audiences will enjoy the Maciej Obara Quartet. Maciej Obara is a saxophonist, composer and improviser. In 2012 he took part in the "Take Five Europe" project, where he met excellent Norwegian musicians: double bassist Ole Morten Vagan and drummer Gard Nilssen, which became the beginning of his international quartet, whose lineup was completed by pianist Dominik Wania. Between 2012 and 2015, the band released three albums in the catalog of the Polish label ForTune ("Live at Manggha", "Komeda", "Live in Minsk Mazowiecki"). In early 2017, Maciej Obara received an invitation from world-renowned producer Manfred Eicher to join the ranks of artists affiliated under the ECM Records label. His first album for this prestigious label was "Unloved," and the continuation of this unique collaboration was the 2019 recording "Three Crowns" and the latest from 2022 "Frozen Silence." In October 2023, at the invitation of the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation, Obara reached for Seifert's compositions with his quartet. The premiere of this project took place during the Seifert Jazz Days in Krakow. A selection of compositions from this latest endeavor, as well as pieces from the artist's latest album released on the renowned ECM Records label, will be heard during the Serbian Pancevo Jazz Festival.