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Leszek Mozdzer

The classically trained pianist was born in 1971. While he didn’t discover jazz himself until he was 18 years old, he quickly made a name for himself and is today celebrated like a pop star in Poland, where he has played with the country’s most important jazz musicians including Tomasz Stanko and Michal Urbaniak. Since 1994 until the present day he has been voted, almost without exception, the best pianist of the country by the Polish Jazzforum magazine. Możdżer has also made a name for himself internationally, particularly alongside Swedish bassist Lars Danielsson whose music is similarly dedicated to melody. He described Możdżer as, “the ideal pianist for me” and recorded both his last albums – “Pasodoble” (2007) and “Tarantella” (2009) – with him. American jazz icons such as Pat Metheny, Lester Bowie and Archie Shepp are also vocal in their appreciation of his work.

If Możdżer is today regarded as the most important discovery in young Polish jazz and as one of the most exceptional pianists of the international scene, it is not least because of his pioneering style of crossing the border between classical music and jazz. He is the great romantic amongst Europe’s jazz pianists, having founded his reputation with improvisations on themes from Frédéric Chopin. Since then, his sparkling music and unrivalled technique clings to lyrical melodies, full of emotion. He also proves himself to be an exceptional improviser, paying close attention to chromaticism, harmony and particularly the “ornamentation” of the music.

 

 

Photo by Anna Wloch

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Możdżer + within the Solidarity of Arts festival in Gdańsk

2011-06-24

On 21st of August 2010 Leszek Możdżer performed on three stages in a jazz project called Możdżer + within the Solidarity of Arts festival in Gdańsk. Together with him performed:
Nana Vasconcelos
Lars Danielsson
Zohar Fresco
John Scofield, Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart
Marcus Miller together with Alex Han and Louis Cato
Eddie Daniels and Charles Fox
Motion Trio
Gaba Kulka
and the Aukso Chamber Orchestra led by Marek Moś.

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