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XV International Chopin & Friends Festival November 2 - November 15, 2013 The International Chopin & Friends Festival in New York showcases innovative artists who emulate Chopin in uniting the traditional and the modern, the young and the mature, the national and the universal, and all the art forms. New York Dance & Arts Innovations, Inc. (NYDAI) is the founding sponsor of this popular fall celebration.

GALA CONCERT November 2

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BRIDGE

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///////////////////////////////////////// BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Marian Żak, President and Artistic Director Suzanne K. Walther, Ph.D., Vice-President Arri Sendzimir, Vice-President Przemysław Moskal, Ph.D. Vice-President Eric Walther, Ph.D., Treasurer Anna Żak, Secretary Agnieszka Żak-Moskal, Executive Director Waldemar Piasecki, Media & Communications Director Brian Manning, Graphic Design Jasio Stefanski and Lauren Thorson, Studio Set. Cover Artwork

HONORARY PATRON: The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York Consul General, Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka

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Vice-Consul Mateusz Stąsiek, Consul Ewa Łukowicz-Oniszczuk, Gina Perregrino, Jan Roszkowski, Peter Fancovic, and President of NYDAI Marian Żak. Photo: Jerzy Koss. THE XV INTERNATIONAL CHOPIN & FRIENDS FESTIVAL The New York Dance and Arts Innovations (NYDAI) is a not for profit organization established to promote the creative arts and make them available to everyone. This fixture of the New York City arts scene will open its 15th International Chopin & Friends Festival with a gala celebration on November 2nd 2013 at The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland. The Polish Consul and the Consulate General have been friends and sponsors of NYDAI since its inception fifteen years ago. They have made important contributions to establishing our reputation as a national and international promoter and supporter of the creative arts. With this Festival we celebrate fifteen years of wide-ranging all-embracing gatherings whose varied and unique programs are well worthy of such a commemoration. The purpose of our organization is to showcase artists from all the arts. Each Festival showcases many of the most excellent contemporary representatives of the various artistic fields: music, the visual arts, dance, theater, literature, and the many recent creations in electronics and new media such as interactive video and film. The selections range from well-known classical pieces to the most innovative new creative conceptions. It is an international festival; once again, artists from all over the world will participate. This years Festival will include renown pianist Albert Zak, painter and graphic artist Prof. Artur Popek, new generation of graphic and installation artists Jasio Stefanski and Lauren Thorson, and incredible variety of musicians from Jutrzenka Choir to experimental jazz of India Czajkowska’s AGNI-Quartet and Paweł Ignatowicz Duo. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support, without you and your commitment the production of the festival would not be possible. We hope that you will be able to join us for the upcoming Festival events. Sincerely yours, The Board of Director of New York Dance & Arts Innovations

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GALA CONCERT//////////////// When:

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Sat, November 2, 2013 at 8 PM Please arrive at 7 PM for better seats *Free Admission

Consulate General of the Republic of Poland 233 Madison Avenue (37 Street) New York, NY 10016

Reservation is required (on a first-come, first-served basis) by e-mail only: newyork.rsvp@msz.gov.pl

Albert Zak, pianist Born in Canada, the son of Polish immigrant parents, Albert Zak began to play the piano at age four and was, at the time, the youngest person enrolled in the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He attended public schools in Toronto and continued his education at the University of Toronto, where hemajored in languages and literature. However, his love for music led him to concentrate on a career as a musician, and in 1972 he entered the State College of Music (now the Chopin Academy of Music) in Warsaw, Poland, where he studied with Jan Ekier. He graduated with highest honors in 1977, performing the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto with the Lublin Philharmonic. Subsequently, he has studied in Paris, Bydgoszcz (Poland), and New York. Mr. Zak is a maverick who has followed his own unique path to finding expression and meaning in life and art. His performance style has been characterized as "distinctive," "highly personal," and "truly artistic" by some of the world's finest musicians. Presently, Mr. Zak holds a doctor of musical arts degree from New York University. He lives and works in New York. He will perform his Beethoven and Chopin repertoire at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on November 30, 2013. Program Beethoven Sonata, Op.31, no. 3 Allegro Scherzo Menuetto Presto con fuoco Chopin

Alegro de concert, Op. 46 Etude, Op.25, no.11 (Winter Wind) Fantasy – Impromptu, Op. 66 Polonaise, Op.53 (Heroic)

Painting Exhibition titled Sensitive Beasts by Prof. Artur Popek, Dean of the Art Department, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. Curator: Dr. Przemyslaw J. Moskal Prof. Artur Popek Artur Popek was born in 1960 in Szczebrzeszyn, Poland. He graduated with distinctions and with two degrees, one in psychology, and second in fine arts from Maria Curie-Sklodowska University (MCSU) in Lublin. He started his teaching career at the Institute of Fine Arts as an assistant professor and conducted his doctoral work at the Academy of Fine Arts under the direction of Prof. Rafal Strent. In 2011, he received the presidential title of the Professor of Fine Arts. He was elected as the Dean of Art Faculty of the Art Department at MCSU for 2012-2016 term. Prof. Popek is a member of the Association of Polish Artists, Association of the International Triennial of Graphic Arts in Krakow and ADOGI (Association for the Dissemination of International Graphic Arts) in Barcelona, Spain.

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Since 2000, he’s been associated with group KRAK – Hollywood, LA and has been the artistic director of the Society of Arts in Chicago. In years 20012010 he worked as an illustrator for Polish daily Nowy Dziennik in New York. Prof. Popek has exhibited his art in over 70 individual exhibitions, 50 international exhibitions and over 70 group exhibitions, including Polish Institute in Bratyslava, 2000; Society for Arts in Chicago, 1999-2003; Director's Guild of America, Los Angeles, 2000; Unlimited Art Gallery, Charlotte, 2002; CMU Art Museum, Chiang Mai Thailand, 2013; Canisius College Montante Cultural Center, Buffalo 2013, among others. He has designed over 100 catalogs, books and other publications. He’s a laureate of many prestigious awards and mentions in the field of graphic arts and painting. His art works are in collections in international galleries, museums and private individuals. Prof. Popek’s creative work focuses on graphic arts, specifically on traditional metal techniques (etching, drypoint), and since 2003 he has consequently been involved in painting. He has developed his own unique style and recognized technique that is a sum of his experiences from a variety of art forms: graphic arts, painting, sculpture and digital media. His latest paintings are a pilgrimage – containing reflections, experiences from his journeys around the world. They refer to the human condition of contemporary people, raising questions about the origin of love and cruelty. Bestiarium is a deep contemplation on a human archetype, an attempt to ask the most important questions through the medium of painting. Prof. Lechoslaw Lamenski summarizes artist’s work in the following words: “Art Popek uses shapes that have their origin in the collective consciousness, he dislikes directness. It seems, as if the artist loves beyond all understatement, allusiveness, ambiguity and provides us with a multitude of interpretations. His art is for most of us a dual puzzle. First, it is possible to analyze individual forms, but that leads us to naming parts of a composition without a chance for drawing clear conclusions. Second, the work of art reveals itself almost at the point of touch where the message, bright idea, or prophetic thought, despite the challenges of logical interventions and abstract thinking, cannot be fully comprehended and resolved. And it’s quite all right, because Artur Popek’s art evokes sublime, aesthetic feelings and through saturation of purely plastic forms, they fulfill and expand themselves with literary content, they become mysterious and unexplained such as the works of art of the great masters of renaissance. Perhaps it is the reason why his art will survive the test of time and will stay with us forever.”

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SENSITIVE BEASTS//////////// When:

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Thur, November 8, 2013 at 7PM. *Free Admission

Polish Slavic Center 177 Kent Street (b/w Manhattan Ave & McGuinness Blvd) Brooklyn, NY 11222

Painting Exhibition titled Sensitive Beasts by Prof. Artur Popek, Dean of the Art Department, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. Curator: Dr. Przemyslaw J. Moskal Prof. Artur Popek Artur Popek was born in 1960 in Szczebrzeszyn, Poland. He graduated with distinctions and with two degrees, one in psychology, and second in fine arts from Maria Curie-Sklodowska University (MCSU) in Lublin. He started his teaching career at the Institute of Fine Arts as an assistant professor and conducted his doctoral work at the Academy of Fine Arts under the direction of Prof. Rafal Strent. In 2011, he received the presidential title of the Professor of Fine Arts. He was elected as the Dean of Art Faculty of the Art Department at MCSU for 2012-2016 term. Prof. Popek is a member of the Association of Polish Artists, Association of the International Triennial of Graphic Arts in Krakow and ADOGI (Association for the Dissemination of International Graphic Arts) in Barcelona, Spain. Since 2000, he’s been associated with group KRAK – Hollywood, LA and has been the artistic director of the Society of Arts in Chicago. In years 20012010 he worked as an illustrator for Polish daily Nowy Dziennik in New York. Prof. Popek has exhibited his art in over 70 individual exhibitions, 50 international exhibitions and over 70 group exhibitions, including Polish Institute in Bratyslava, 2000; Society for Arts in Chicago, 1999-2003; Director's Guild of America, Los Angeles, 2000; Unlimited Art Gallery, Charlotte, 2002; CMU Art Museum, Chiang Mai Thailand, 2013; Canisius College Montante Cultural Center, Buffalo 2013, among others. He has designed over 100 catalogs, books and other publications. He’s a laureate of many prestigious awards and mentions in the field of graphic arts and painting. His art works are in collections in international galleries, museums and private individuals. Prof. Popek’s creative work focuses on graphic arts, specifically on traditional metal techniques (etching, drypoint), and since 2003 he has consequently been involved in painting. He has developed his own unique style and recognized technique that is a sum of his experiences from a variety of art forms: graphic arts, painting, sculpture and digital media. His latest paintings are a pilgrimage – containing reflections, experiences from his journeys around the world. They refer to the human condition of contemporary people, raising questions about the origin of love and cruelty. Bestiarium is a deep contemplation on a human archetype, an attempt to ask the most important questions through the medium of painting.

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Prof. Lechoslaw Lamenski summarizes artist’s work in the following words: “Art Popek uses shapes that have their origin in the collective consciousness, he dislikes directness. It seems, as if the artist loves beyond all understatement, allusiveness, ambiguity and provides us with a multitude of interpretations. His art is for most of us a dual puzzle. First, it is possible to analyze individual forms, but that leads us to naming parts of a composition without a chance for drawing clear conclusions. Second, the work of art reveals itself almost at the point of touch where the message, bright idea, or prophetic thought, despite the challenges of logical interventions and abstract thinking, cannot be fully comprehended and resolved. And it’s quite all right, because Artur Popek’s art evokes sublime, aesthetic feelings and through saturation of purely plastic forms, they fulfill and expand themselves with literary content, they become mysterious and unexplained such as the works of art of the great masters of renaissance. Perhaps it is the reason why his art will survive the test of time and will stay with us forever.” AGNI-Quartet India Czajkowska- voice, piano, flute Elektra Kurtis- violin Ignacy Grzelązka-cello Ian Baggette-double bass Agni is a new project of Polish vocalist, composer and pianist, India Czajkowska. The compositions, rooted in post-classical ideas are influenced by experimental music and jazz. India Czajkowska Vocalist, composer and pianist, India Czajkowska, studied at the Secondary School of Music in Lodz, Poland. Additionally, she has a degree from the Institute of Philosophy at Warsaw University. Her classical education in music was the first step to the deep research in vocal experiments, integrating various techniques and aspects of voice. She is working with some modern concepts of music connecting them with chamber acoustic sound, the post-classical and minimal music influences. The music she creates, partly based on the acoustic instruments is combined with experimental electronics and sonoristic vocal soundscapes. An important area of her artistic interests is contemporary improvised music. Her solo, experimental/ avant-garde album Cosmospir was released by the label Hic Sunt Leones, (Milano, 2008) “She is able to seduce her listeners’ ears into a wide range of emotions and imaginal worlds” wrote an American reviewer of her first solo album. Another reviewer described her album as a “cutting through genre barriers like a fiery sword.” She also created a multimedia performance, Cosmospir-Summum, the project involved butoh dance, analogue visuals and video. One of her last improvised projects is Mermago-Trio with Ryszard Latecki (trumpet) and Maciek Cierlinski (hurdy-gurdy, loop station). The album was released at the end of 2010 by Obuh Records. In cooperation with Alio Die (Italy) and Parallel Worlds (Greece), the analogue electronic album Circo Divino was released in 2010. The contemporary improvised music and interdisciplinary performance connected with movement and Video Art is one of the main interests of her artistic activity. One of her new projects is an international ARTRANCE –multimedial group created with: David Kollar-guitarist (Slovakia), Gergo Borlai-drummer (Hungary) and Andrea Ladanyi- dance(Hungary). She also performs concerts with her group –MERU. Secretia is a new electronic album recorded in duo with Mirrorman and released in 2013 by Zoharum.

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As a vocalist and pianist she has various experiences including free-jazz, triphop, post-rock, etno-jazz. India has been performing concerts and recording with Elektra Kurtis, a Greek violinist living in the U.S. and her group Ensemble Elektra (The Book Of Time, 1999). She cooperated also with French guitarist – Noel Akchote, Tadeusz Sudnik (Freelectronics, Tomasz Stańko), Raphael Roginski, Italian pianist and composer-Mario Mariani, Drum Freaks-ethno jazz band, Bob Steward, Don Conreaux. As a guest musician she appeared on the Lux Occulta's album presenting trip-hop songs (The Mother And The Enemy, 2001, Maquiavel Music Entertainement, Portugal ). She has been described in reviews as an impressive vocalist with a "hipnotic, sensual" voice. Yet another area of her artistic interests is creating sound-tracks for films and music for the theatre. She worked with Andrzej Titkow, Piotr Uklanski, (Summer Love, 2006), NRS GROUP from Sydney ("Poland's New Jews"), the Theatre of TVP, the experimental and move theatres: Te'artKam, butoh dancer -Sylwia Hanff , Wytwornia Theatre, Adekada. Elektra Kurtis Elektra Kurtis a violinist and composer of Greek origin, leader of world fusion group Ensemble Elektra, New York Jazz Philharmonic and a string trio Chamber Ensembles. She graduated from Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland in 1986, majoring in violin performance and education and from the School for Strings Suzuki Teachers Course in New York (in 1988). Elektra lived in Poland, Greece and Finland. Now a resident of New York City, she is a faculty at the Harlem School of the Arts and at Hoff Barthelsson School of Music, and works as a freelance violinist in the New York’s tri state area. Ms. Kurtis has played with numerous symphony orchestras, most recently: Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra, Bronx Symphony Orchestra, New England Symphonic Ensemble and Harlem Festival Orchestra. She has also performed with such notable jazz and world artists as Lester Bowie, Gerry Mulligan, Paquito d'Rivera, Lionel Hampton, Max Roach, Ray Barreto, Simon Shaheen and Israel “Cachao” Lopez. Elektra has worked with contemporary composers such as Anthony Davis, John Zorn, Henry Threadgill, Akua Dixon and Craig Harris. In 1997 she recorded with Steve Coleman. In the last years Elektra has played for Serena’s Middle Eastern dance company production in New York City’s Pantheon Theatre, Henry Threadgill’s Agregation Orb performance at the Miller Theater in New York City and as guest with Drum Freaks group lead by Milo Kurtis in Warsaw, Poland. In November 2006 she recorded for Nas’ CD”Hip Hop is Dead” on Deaf Jam Records. Most recently Elektra played with improvising string orchestras in the Vision Festival with Billy Bang in 2007, Jason Hwang in 2008 and 09. In 2009 and 2010 she performed and recorded with Adam Rudolph’s Organic Orchestra and Jason Hwang’s Spontaneous River ensemble. Ms. Kurtis’ recordings as leader of Ensemble Elektra include Cutting Through (2010), AFROdite’s Smile (2005) and “The Book of Time” (2000) on Milo Records and are available on CD Baby and most Internet music distribution sites. Ignacy Grzelazka Cellist Ignacy Grzelazka appears as a soloist and recitalist throughout Europe and United States. Most recently he performed with the National Radio and TV Orchestra of Tirana in Albania in June 2012. He is a winner of the Grand Prize, Best Solo Performance Prize and Best Chamber Music Performance Prize at the Allegro-Vivo Music Festival in Horn, Austria. His other awards include prizes at the International Kiejstut Bacewicz Chamber Mu-

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sic Competition in Łódź, Poland, the Robertson Violins Young Artist award in Durango, CO (USA), Faculty and Friends Chamber Music Series award at TCU, Fort Worth, TX (USA) and he is the winner of the Boston Conservatory Chamber Music Honors Competition (2009,2010). He is a scholarship recipient from the Ministry of Culture in Poland, Austrian Culture Forum in Warsaw, Poland and the Ministry of Culture in Vienna, Austria. He was a soloist with orchestras in El Paso, TX and Durango, CO, and gave numerous recitals at important festivals and venues throughout Europe and United States. He has performed at the Royal Castle Hall and at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Poland and Kilbourn Hall in Rochester, NY, among others. For several years he was a guest artist and a faculty member at the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado. He is a member of  Xonor Trio, performing with violinist  Yumi Okada  pianist  Rasa Vitkauskaite. He performed at the New Music Festival in Boston, Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Mexican Chamber Music Festival in Dallas, Warsaw Autumn Music Festival in Warsaw, among others. Currently he is performing with the Boston Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Grzelazka received Master of Arts, Master of Music degrees and Performance Diploma from Chopin Music Academy, Texas Christian University and Boston Conservatory respectively. His teachers include: Kazimierz Michalik, Andrzej Bauer, Jesus Castro - Balbi, Rhonda Rider, and Terry King. He worked with and performed for artists such: Alban Gerhardt, Aldo Parisot, Wendy Warner, Jeffrey Ziegler, David Ying, Jamie Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Brant Taylor, Norman Fischer and others. Ian J. Baggette Of eclectic midwestern roots, Ian J. Baggette has shared stages with: Abdullah Ibrahim, Mulgrew Miller, Darius Brubeck, Steve Wilson, Frank Lacy, Patience Higgins, Bill Saxton, Dan Faehnle, Phil DeGreg, Sundar Viswanathan, The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Sean Paul, George Benson, Grupo Niche, and Puerto Rican Power. While at Miami University, Ian also studied abroad in South Africa. During his stay he worked with local and international acts including The South African Jazz Orchestra and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic. 2009 led him to New York where he currently studies with Ron Carter and maintains an active performance schedule.

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BRIDGE///////////////////////// When:

Thur, November 15, 2013 at 7PM *Free Admission

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Polish Slavic Center 177 Kent Street (b/w Manhattan Ave & McGuinness Blvd) Brooklyn, NY 11222

Exhibition by Jasio Stefanski and Lauren Thorson titled Bridge. Curator Dr. Przemyslaw J. Moskal Jasio Stefanski Born in Warsaw, Poland, Jasio Stefanski is a designer working in Minneapolis, MN. He is a fifty-percent of design studio, Studio Set and teaches at The University of Wisconsin-Stout and at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His work is both client-based and self-initiated, blurring the lines between traditional and digital medias with work ranging from installations to publications. “Its a not so much a practice as it is a way of life, a way of approaching the world determined to translate its subtleties, exchanges, and tendencies on my own terms. I want to expose the essence of communication, attempting to provide avenues that we do not take often but find them to be very familiar. For that reason, my work relies on the familiarity that we share with typography, employing it for both its simplicity and vast complexity. It is about utilizing its necessity and connotation to push the limits of communicability in order to propose varying possibilities. This is not in an effort to be unclear or indecisive but rather to avoid becoming limiting. It’s about developing a holistic approach that utilizes a variety of media for both their limitations as well as their advantages. I learn through the products of these experiments, the failures and relationships, and the context in which they fall into.” Lauren Thorson Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Lauren Thorson received her MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. She is a fifty-percent of the design studio, Studio Set and currently teaches at The University of Iowa. She has exhibited and lectured nationally; worked as a designer and has been published internationally, recently being named one of The Walker Art Center's “Ten Artists to Watch in 2013.” She has served as co-chair for the IEEE VIS Arts Program for the past two years, while actively pursuing research in data visualization with the University of Minnesota's Interactive Visualization Lab since 2011. Her work is both client-based and self-initiated, ranging from traditional graphic design to more experimental visualization systems.

Jutrzenka Singing Society #226 Polish Singers Alliance of America

The JUTRZENKA SOCIETY FOR YOUNG LADIES was organized by Helena Markowska in 1932 as Group # 2698 of the Polish National Alliance.  Adam Trzcinski of the Moniuszko Male Chorus urged the club’s first president, Kay L. Markowska - Kostecka to give the membership a purpose - to preserve and promote their Polish heritage through the medium of song.  Thus, on September 1, 1934, the JUTRZENKA SINGING SOCIETY came into being.  The chorus was recruited by the Polish Singers Alliance and became the 226th member chorus of the PSAA in 1936.

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What would a chorus be without singers?  We must say, throughout the years, Jutrzenka has been blessed with dedicated women whose love for music through choral singing continues to draw them to weekly rehearsals devoting personal leisure time in bringing joy not only to themselves, but to others.  Each gifted director brought out the best in their performances through hard work and perseverance.  The women have always looked forward to singing at Polish and American community affairs, special concerts, dedications, celebrations, holidays, as well as District and International PSAA Conventions. Ms. Kobus-Salkin Born in Poland, graduate of Music Academy in Lodz majoring in Voice and in Music Education, Ms. Kobus-Salkin was the principal mezzo-soprano at the Grand Theater of Lodz for more than 20 years and performed in such operas as “Carmen” (Carmen), “Don Carlos” (Eboli), “Aida” (Amneris), “Cosi Fan Tutte” (Dorabella), “Marriage of Figaro” (Cherubino) and musicals: “Man of La Mancha” (Dulcinea) and “Zorba Greek” (Leader). Besides her opera engagements, she sang many oratorios and cantatas: “Stabat Mater” by Pergolese, Scarlatti and Szymanowski, “Magnificat” by Bach and “Mass in B Minor” by Vivaldi, and performed as a soloist song cycles by Brahms, Schuman, Mahler, de Falla, Debusy, and Ravel. She toured USSR, Yugoslavia, Greece, Germany, Austria, Holland and Hungary. In addition to her solo career, she worked as a voice professor at the Music High School and the Music Academy, and was the President of ZASP (Performing Artists Association) at the Theater. In the USA, she performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, Cami Hall, Di Capo Opera Company, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, the Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College) and many others. Ms. Kobus-Salkin was also featured in a series of concerts in Boston. Besides her active solo career, Ms.Kobus-Salkin has been the Music Director of District VII of the Polish Singers Alliance of America since 2001 and “Jutrzenka Singing Society” since 1995. She is a professor at the New York Conservatory of Music, Music Director at St. Francis de Chantal church in Brooklyn, and prior to that Music Director of “Con Amore” and “Hejnal” choirs. An active member of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Professional Women Association, Ms. Kobus-Salkin also organized numerous concerts featuring Polish singers, instrumentalists, actors and choirs. Her dedication to proliferation of Polish culture was recognized in 1999 when she received a Commendation from the Office of the Comptroller of the City of New York for her distinguished contributions as a performer, conductor, voice teacher and musical director as well as for her dedicated leadership of the Polish Singers Alliance. In May 2000, “Polish American World” recognized her work naming Ms. Kobus-Salkin “Citizen of the Year”. In 2010 she received “Krzyz Kawalerski” from the President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski. Ms Joanna Mieleszko Described as having a “world class voice” and “astonishing resonance for such a young performer”, Joanna Mieleszko has already had opportunities to perform in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Manhattan School of Music, The Kosciuszko Foundation, Polish Slavic Center, Kurier Plus, Club Europa, Polish Festivals of NJ and NY, and more. She is also finalist of Young Classic Voice in Boston year 2013.

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Joanna was born in New York City in 1993, and it is there where her young career blossoms. Starting off as a pianist at age five, Joanna was able to develop her ear and rhythmic integrity which aided her studies in voice over a decade later. Her vocal studies began at age 17 in the basement of a rectory under the tutelage of Izabella-Kobus Salkin who realized Joanna’s potential and intrigue. Joanna was soon admitted into the Manhattan School of Music which she currently attends and studies privately with esteemed international tenor, Neil Rosenshein. Joanna, being a Polish-American, has deep roots in her native Polish culture. She incorporates both her interest in Polish literature/culture/history and music by performing rarely sung works by Poland namesakes such as Chopin, Szymanowski, Gorecki and Moniuszko as well as teaching people about these European treasures. Joanna keeps up with the Polish community of Rockaway as a cantor during the Polish mass of St. Rose of Lima, and offers her voice for events such as weddings, baptisms, funerals, etc. Ms Klaudia Morelowska Klaudia Morelowska is eighteen years old and she studies Vocal Performance (Classical and Opera) at Aaron Copland School of Music in Queens College. Singing is her passion and nothing makes her more joyous and fulfilled than sharing her gift with the people that support and appreciate her love for music. Klaudia is a sympathetic and an energetic person that aside from music, fences Sabre. She represents a Queens College fencing team that is in the second division. This year, she won fourth place at the individual championships of the public schools in New York City. At Fiorello H. LaGuardia, Klaudia (As a senior) was one of the main lead roles in the school's operetta "The Merry Widow". It was an unforgettable and an inspiring experience for her. In her first semester at Queens College, she got accepted to be part of an Opera Studio class that is specifically for upperclassmen. One of the organizations that Klaudia is part of is "Relay For Life" from the American Cancer Society. Five years have passed since Klaudia started to use her creativity and imagination to raise money to find the cure and help the people fight cancer. This organization is really important to Klaudia, because just like every individual on earth, she was affected by cancer in her life. - Klaudia Morelowska Guest Performance by Pawel Ignatowicz Duo Pawel Ignatowicz Duo performance will feature a vast variety of musical pieces influenced by classical minimalism, acoustics as well as fusion. The unique blend of his composition is skillfully framed into an array of guitar sound.  The guiding principle throughout his creativity is to engage his audience in a deeper understanding of the different forms, styles and rhythms music can offer. He seeks to enhance their sensitivity and draws particular attention to the distinct arrangement of tones, making their experience truly enchanting.  Music is a constantly changing and evolving entity. It reinvents itself with every performance, with every artist, across cultures and time.Today it is not the man that defines music, but the music defines the man. Compositions that Pawel wants to present at this upcoming concert, defines him as a musician and an artist, but also as a man who lives here and now. Pawel Ignatowicz Guitarist, composer and music producer, Pawel Ignatowicz, was born on December 20th, 1980 in  Żywiec, Poland, into musical family. Influenced by his parents, both multi-instrumentalist, Pawel spent his childhood playing various instruments. His musical interests

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ranged from folk of the Beskid Zywiecki’s Highlands to the New Orleans Dixieland Jazz. At the age of 8, he began to attend the Polish National Music School where he studied clarinet and saxophone. A couple years later he found his true love in guitar and started to concentrate preliminary on mastering this instrument. After finishing high school he continued education at the University of Silesia where he study jazz under Prof. Karol Ferfecki, a distinguished jazz guitarist himself. After graduation Pawel moved to New York to search for his own musical identity. The musical sensibility of this young composer was influenced by a myriad of factors, from his childhood fascination with the compositions of Freddie Mercury through the virtuosity of Steve Vai and to the music of John Coltrane. It is because of the influence of this saxophonist that Pawel became interested in  jazz and found his musical identity. In his compositions, Pawel combines varies categories and styles ranging from straight ahead jazz to fusion with elements of Jimi Hendrix and contemporary classical music of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. However, Pawel still remains open to new influences and trends, and wants to create musical spaces without the boundaries set by classification, placing emphasis on what is best in harmony and tone. Pawel performed with many distinguished musicians including John Benitez (Chick Corea), Richie Cannata (Billy Joel, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, the Beach Boys, Bernie Williams), Benito Gonzalez (Kenny Garrett), Luques Curtis (Gary Burton, Eddie Palmieri, Brian Lynch, Paquito D'Rivera), Dana Hawkins (Me'Shell Ndegéocello, Esperanza Spalding), Adam Baldych, Marek Dykta, Sławomir Jaskułke, Maciej Sikała, to name just a few. At the beginning of 2008, he released his first album, entitled “Talk To You Later”. In 2011, he recorded the soundtrack to the film by Rafal Janus “Double Breath”. Julian Shore  25 year old pianist Julian Shore has been called “a pianist/composer who beyond the obvious elegance of his playing has a clear sense of the bigger artistic picture” (Ottowa Times). An "extremely precocious, serious musician" (JAZZIZ) he "riffs and waxes with a sense of space usually reserved for more veteran players." (DownBeat) From Narragansett, Rhode Island, Shore grew up listening to his father playing Bach on his home piano and would often sing along as a toddler. After starting piano lessons at a young age he began studies with famed educator Hal Crook as a teenager. Shortly thereafter Shore was awarded a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he entered in Fall 2005. During his time there, under the mentorship of Danilo Perez, he performed in a young musicians ensemble in the Panama Jazz Festival alongside names such as Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade and many others. He graduated in 2009 and shortly after moving to New York, had a brief stint with singer Gretchen Parlato, touring with her band in early 2010 and then performing at the Stockholm Jazz Festival with her later that year. Since then he has continued to appear as both leader and sideman in New York where he is based, and across the globe. He has had the opportunity to perform or record with musicians such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gretchen Parlato, Myron Walden, Gilad Hekselman, Kendrick Scott, Mark Giuliana, Ferenc Nemeth and Hal Crook among many others.

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