Seifert Night @ Pancevo Jazz Festival

On November 4, the quartet of outstanding Polish saxophonist Maciej Obara will be the protagonist of the Pancevo Jazz Festival in Serbia. As part of the next installment of the Seifert Night series, the band will perform as follows: Maciej Obara - saxophone, Dominik Wania - piano, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - double bass, Jon Fält - drums. This will be the first concert of these musicians together, which they themselves are looking forward to!
The Zbigniew Seifert Foundation was established in 2010 to disseminate the achievements of its patron, to support young artists playing improvised music on stringed instruments, but also to promote Polish jazz abroad.
Zbigniew Seifert is one of the most prominent figures in Polish jazz, as well as one of the most important figures in world jazz violin. An artist who, despite his short life (1946-1979), uncompromisingly pursued the realization and authentic presentation of his music. Unfortunately, his body of work is not huge, we can only rejoice in the fact that the value of his legacy is timeless. The most important event implemented by the foundation to date has been the Seifert Competition (, an international competition aimed at young artists playing jazz on stringed instruments.

- 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.

The concert is organized by the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation and the Pančevački Jazz Festival.
Co-organizer of the concert as part of the Pančevač Jazz Festival is the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is a national cultural institution, established in 2000. The Institute's goal of building sustained interest in Polish culture around the world is pursued in cooperation with foreign partners and through international cultural exchanges in dialogue with audiences, in line with Polish foreign policy. Until 2023, the Institute has carried out projects in more than 70 countries on six continents.
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The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is organized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.