Komeda’s Incarnations - CANCELLED

LONDON Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall
Belvedere Road
SE1 8 XX


The EFG London Jazz Festival deeply regrets that due to the tragic death of Polish producer Michał Gawlicz, the decision has been taken by the Polish team to cancel this performance.   We send our condolences to Michał's family and colleagues.

A half century after the death of the iconic Polish composer, a terrific combination of Polish and UK artists tell the full story of Komeda's life, music and legacy, with a stunning visual backdrop of rare and archive movie clips and interviews with his collaborators and family.

Krzysztof Komeda is an iconic figure in Polish contemporary culture, renowned internationally for the music that was integral to the evolution of Polish cinema in the 60s including landmark films by Polanski and Wajda, Knife in the Water, Cul de Sac, Rosemary’s Baby, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Innocent Sorcerers amongst them. He is equally respected for his contribution, as pianist and composer, at a time where European jazz was creating a language of its own, with his 1965 album Astigmatic viewed as a major game-changer.

Artists performing include two fast emerging Polish voices - Jarecki, and Nigerian /Polish Emose Uhunmwangho. Musical director and saxophonist James Morton leads a specially formed sextet, with Quentin Collins (trumpet/ flugel), Neil Charles (bass), Tomasz Bura (piano) and Richard Spaven (drums).

Written and directed by: Generalnie Smakowicie - Marzena Kopczynska-Urlich & Michal Gawlicz / visuals & mapping: Precyzja.org / music director: James Morton

Financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, within the scope of the Multiannual Program INDEPENDENT 2017-2021, as part of the "Cultural bridges" subsidy programme of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Find out more at culture.pl.

Additional support comes from Polish Cultural Institute.

An all-star band led by the killing James Morton, celebrating the work of the most important musician to come out of Poland in the last 100 years. Komeda's work Astigmatic will always be remembered as one of the great works of European Jazz. A must see!

(Tim Garcia at Jazz FM)