Polish jazz will once again hit Asia

Between August and October the Asian continent will be hosting Marcin Pater, Rafał Sarnecki and Stanisław Słowiński with their bands. The Polish artists will give 50 concerts as a JAZZ PO POLSKU project in China, Korea and Mongolia.

The Poles will be presenting their very own repertoire in Asia’s largest agglomerations. The tour will include Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou and Shanghai in China, Incheon, Busan and Seoul in Korea, and Darkhan, Erdenet and Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. The concerts will be a part of the JAZZ PO POLSKU project which promotes Polish improvised music abroad. The tour, which includes 50 shows, will last from August 25 until October 27, 2019. It will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and China, and the 30th between Poland and Korea.

The JAZZ PO POLSKU LIVE IN ASIA 2019 tour will start on August 25 with live shows by Stanisław Słowiński band in Mongolia. The Cracow-based ensemble will be playing at the 13th Giant Steppes of Jazz festival in the country’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. In the following days they will visit Darkhan and Erdenet to lead workshops at the local universities and take part in jam sessions with artists from China, Japan, Cuba, Russia and Switzerland. Next, from September 1 to 15 the group will be performing in China in such cities as: Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Xi’an.

Stanisław Słowński and his band will take the opportunity of playing in China and Mongolia to present their latest live album “Visions Violin Concerto”, which will be released soon by the InfraArt Record Label. “I am inspired by classical works, as well as romantic concerts and contemporary music with particular inclusion of such Polish composers as K. Szymanowski and H. M. Górecki. The combination of all these influences within one composition makes a great conclusion to my artistic way so far” – Słowiński describes this year’s repertoire. In the previous years the band had tours promoting “Landscapes Too Easy To Explain” and “Visions | Between Love and Death” albums, which received praise from Chinese audiences and critics alike. They took part in 2016 Nine Gates – China’s major jazz festival, „the 2017 Season of Culture“ – one promoting the idea of a “New Silk Road“, and the 2018 “Niepodległa“ programme among others. The band will include: Stanisław Słowiński – violin, Rafał Sarnecki – guitar, Michał Ciesielski – piano, Justyn Małodobry – double bass, Adam Stępniowski – drums.

Rafał Sarnecki will be residing in Beijing from August 30. The guitarist’s international quintet, including American and Chinese musicians, will be performing in various clubs, such as: East Gate, East Shore, DDC and Bricks. Sarnecki will also teach a workshop on improvisation at the Western Academy of Beijing. This will be his 10th visit to China. The group includes: Rafał Sarnecki – guitar, Nathaniel Gao (USA) – saxophone, Michał Ciesielski – piano, Wang Chen Huai (Chiny) – double bass and Alex Morris (USA) – drums. The end of September will see Sarnecki’s band touring in Korea, although in a slightly different ensemble. On September 29, they will take part in the Forest Jazz Festival in Seoul and club shows in Busan, Daegu and Incheon. Sarnecki’s band in Korea will be joined by Kuba Cichocki – piano, Wojciech Pulcyn – double bass, Piotr Pawlak – drums and Korean musicians – Sunjae Lee – saxophone and MinJin Seo – vocals. The repertoire for the Chinese and Korean audience will consist of Sarnecki’s own compositions from his latest album “Climbing Trees” released by a New York-based label Outside in Music in July last year.

This year’s JAZZ PO POLSKU tour will be concluded by the Marcin Pater Trio, the winner of last year’s Jazz Juniors festival. The group will be enjoying its debut in Asia with main  shows at the Taichung Jazz Taiwan on October 12, and the Oct-Loft Shenzhen on the 16th, as well as a series of club gigs. The musicians will also be having lectures for students of China’s largest music conservatory, the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music in Hangzhou. The band will include: Marcin Pater – vibraphone, Mateusz Szewczyk – double bass and Tomasz Machański – drums. They will be presenting material from their debut album – „Nothing But Trouble”, which is coming out early November courtesy of the Italian Emme Records.

The JAZZ PO POLSKU LIVE IN ASIA 2019 tour is organized in collaboration with Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Polish Institute in Beijing and Plateaux Foundation. The concerts are organized under the honorary auspices of Embassy of Poland in Seoul, General Consulates of Poland in Chengdu and Guangzhou and the Polish Office in Taipei.

This year has already seen successful JAZZ PO POLSKU tours in Asia. In Spring we had Michał Martyniuk Quartet touring in South East Asia, and then Michał Milczarek Trio and Confusion Project in Chinach, giving us a total of 50 concerts in 5 different Asian countries.

JAZZ PO POLSKU is a music platform, presenting a wide spectrum of young Polish musicians from the jazz/improvised/avant-garde scene. It aims at refreshing the image of Polish jazz music on the international scene through presenting the most prospective bands from the Polish music scene. It also helps in establishing cultural cooperation and integrates artists from many countries. JPP has so far organized Polish events over 300 times all over the world, including regular tours in Asia.JPP has been founded and coordinated by Jakub Krzeszowski and supported by the Plateaux Foundation.


Stanisław Słowiński Quintet (China, Mongolia) 25.08-15.09.2019
Stanisław Słowiński – violin, Rafał Sarnecki – guitar, Michał Ciesielski – piano, Justyn Małodobry – double bass, Adam Stępniowski – drums

25.08 20:00 ULAANBAATAR, UB Jazz Club
26.08 11:00 ULAANBAATAR, Gerel Orphange, workshops
27.08 19:00 ULAANBAATAR, Cultural Center of Mongolia
28.08 20:00 DARKHAN, Zaluuchuud Theatre
29.08 19:00 ERDENET, Uurkhaichid Cultural Center
01.09 16:00 BEIJING, La Plantation
01.09 22:00 BEIJING, East Shore
02.09 11:00 BEIJING, Contemporary Music Academ * workshops
03.09 11:00 BEIJING, Contemporary Music Academy * workshops
04.09 21:00 BEIJING, Cloud 9
05.09 21:00 CHENGDU, Vinoteka
06.09 21:00 CHONGQING, Meeting Jazz
07.09 21:00 XI’AN, Meeting Jazz
08.09 21:00 HANGZHOU, JZ
09.09 19:00 NANKIN, Academy for Performing Arts
10.09 11:00 NANKIN, Academy for Performing Arts * workshops
10.09 21:00 SHANGHAI, JZ
11.09 21:00 XI’AN, Xi’an Jazz Festival
12.09 11:00 XI’AN, Conservatory of Music * workshops tbc
13.09 21:00 HARBIN, tbc
14.09 21:00 JINAN, Parlor
15.09 15:00 BEIJING, DDC

Rafał Sarnecki Quintet (China) 30.08-13.09.2019
Rafał Sarnecki – guitar, Nathaniel Gao (USA) – soprano saxophone, Michał Ciesielski – piano, Wang Chen Huai (Chiny) – double bass, Alex Morris (USA) – drums

30.08 21:30 BEIJING, East Gate 
31.08 21:30 BEIJING, East Shore 
04.09 21:30 BEIJING, East Shore 
06.09 11:00 BEIJING, Western Academy of Beijing
07.09 11:00 BEIJING, Western Academy of Beijing
12.09 21:00 BEIJING, Bricks 
13.09 15:00 BEIJING, DDC

Rafał Sarnecki Quintet (Korea) 28.09-5.10.2019

Rafał Sarnecki – guitar, Kuba Cichocki – piano, Wojciech Pulcyn – double bass, Piotr Pawlak – drums, feat. MinJin Seo – vocal, Sunjae Lee (Korea) – alto saxophone

29.09 13:40 SEOUL, Forest Jazz Festival
01.10 19:30 JINJU, Klang Haus
02.10 20:00 DAEGU, Bird Jazz
03.10 20:30 DAEJEON, Yellow Taxi
04.10 20:00 BUSAN, General Pause
05.10 21:00 ULSAN, Royal Anchor
06.10 14:00 INCHEON, Lotte Culture Hall

Marcin Pater Trio (China) 12.10-27.10.2019
Marcin Pater – vibraphone, Mateusz Szewczyk – double bass, Tomasz Machański – drums

12.10 18:00 TAICHUNG, Taichung Jazz Festival
14.10 21:00 SHANGHAI, JZ
16.10 21:00 SHENZHEN, Oct-Loft Festival
17.10 20:00 GUANGZHOU, Zhile Art SPace
18.10 21:00 ZHONGSHAN, Friends Bar
19.10 20:00 XIAMEN, Real Live Jazz Festival
21.10 19:00 HANGZHOU, Zhejiang Conservatory of Music
22.10 11:00 HANGZHOU, Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, workshops
23.10 20:00 CHONGQING, Nuts Live House
24.10 20:00 CHENGDU, Mao Live House
25.10 19:00 CHENGDU, CEEC Cultural Season
26.10 20:00 XI’AN, Mao Live House