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Rebel Spirits

A podcast about five Polish jazz musicians who came of age in the 1950s and became mesmerized by the music they heard on the outlawed American radio station Voice of America.You’ll hear about difficult decisions, compromises, and longing for a better world. How they went from learning to play jazz from worn-out vinyls, to becoming icons that continue to inspire the music world today.Hosted by Paweł Brodowski, brought to you by Culture.pl, the flagship brand of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

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The Virtuoso: Adam Makowicz

Adam Makowicz grew up in a house where a piano was the centre of the home. His mother had long planned for him to become a classical virtuoso, but a meeting with a musician who introduced him to jazz changed this path completely. Adam packed his bags and left for Kraków, where he moved into a jazz nightclub and immediately became part of the city’s jazz scene. It was here where his thorough classical education and incredible talent led him to create his unique virtuoso style, one that merged the technique associated with classical music with the vibrance of jazz. In this episode, this standout Polish jazz pianist talks about freedom, beauty and interpretation in jazz music. Time stamps: [01:06] The centre of our home [02:03] Art Tatum [02:59] Radio [04:40] Rebel [05:09] Under the piano [06:49] Duo with Urszula Dudziak [09:30] John Hammond [11:06] Freedom [13:23] The first polish jazz virtuoso [14:04] Solo [15:10] Beauty  [15:58] New York [17:34] Martial Law [19:51] Chopin [22:20] Home Read the transcript of this episode Music from this episode [07:00] Composition: Darkness and Newborn Light Artist: Urszula Dudziak and Adam Makowicz Album: Newborn Light  [10:08] Composition: Chopin's Willows Artist Adam Makowicz Album: Adam  [20:44] Composition: Prelude No. 24 In D Minor Artist: Adam Makowicz, Leszek Możdżer Album: Możdżer vs. Makowicz at the Carnegie Hall  Further Reading  Adam Makowicz // on Culture.pl Willis Conover: The American Godfather of Polish Jazz // on Culture.pl Interview with Willis Conover // on memory.loc.gov Further Watching Adam Makowicz performing in 1986 Adam Makowicz performing with Leszek Możdżer Unit // Full album Credits This episode of Rebel Spirits was hosted by Paweł Brodowski. The show is brought to you by Culture.pl, the flagship brand of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Written by Wojciech Oleksiak & Monika Proba Produced by Move Me Media Edited by Wojciech Oleksiak Proofread by Adam Żuławski Scoring & sound design by Wojciech Oleksiak Copyrights The publisher would like to thank all copyright owners for their kind permission to reproduce their material. Should, despite our intensive research, any person entitled to rights have been overlooked, legitimate claims shall be compensated within the usual provisions.

24mins

15 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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The New Yorker: Michał Urbaniak

“Polish jazz group - 100$ a night” Displayed on the posters in Michał Urbaniak’s band’s van while playing across Europe in the 60s, this hippy travelling player was soon to become one of the most innovative Polish jazz musicians in history. Though his  European career was quickly evolving,  the old continent simply didn’t feel like enough. From a very young age, Michał knew at heart that he was a New Yorker, eventually jumping at the first chance he got to move to the world’s jazz capital and signing with the legendary Columbia Records. The rest is history. Time stamps [01:11]  The Boys of America [02:29]  An Introduction to Miles [03:22]  New Yorker at heart [07:52]  100$ a night [09:55]  The violin [11:23] New York [12:14]  Columbia [13:19]  Folk [16:16]  The impossible deal [19:08]  Young talents [19:52]  Meeting Miles [23:15]  Poetry & jazz [27:22]  Young musicians Music from the episode [07:33] Composition: Bengal Artist: Super Constellation Album editions: Super Constellation / Fusion I [14:13] Composition: New York Baca Artist: Michał Urbaniak/Michał Urbaniak’s Fusion Album: Atma [20:34] Composition: Don’t Lose Your Mind Artist: Miles Davis Album: Tutu [25:44] Composition: Square Park Sunday Artist: Urbanator Album: Urbanator Further reading Michał Urbaniak // on Culture.pl Interview with Michał Urbaniak // on Culture.pl Michał Urbaniak’s web page Further watching  “New Yorker by Choice” // documentary film about Michał Urbaniak "Chameleon" by Urbanator // Music video Michał Urbaniak performing with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra Credits This episode of Rebel Spirits was hosted by Paweł Brodowski. The show is brought to you by Culture.pl, the flagship brand of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Written by Wojciech Oleksiak & Monika Proba Produced by Move Me Media Edited by Wojciech Oleksiak Proofread by Adam Żuławski Design by Dawid Ryski Scoring & sound design by Wojciech Oleksiak Copyrights The publisher would like to thank all copyright owners for their kind permission to reproduce their material. Should, despite our intensive research, any person entitled to rights have been overlooked, legitimate claims shall be compensated within the usual provisions. The project was carried out thanks to the cooperation with Polskie Nagrania / Warner Music Poland, Sony Music Publishing Poland Sp. z o.o and Urbaniak.com Foundation.

29mins

1 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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The Pioneeer: Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski

It may be hard to believe, but when Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski started playing music, jazz was censored in Poland. As a result of Stalin’s cultural politics that governed what kinds of art and culture could be consumed in the country,  anything that may have been associated with western imperialism was formally excluded from public life. However, these rigid policies only made jazz more appealing, leading many young people across the country, like Ptaszyn, to fall in love with it. After Stalin’s death in 1953, Ptaszyn entered the newly re-born jazz scene with a bang and quickly became the epitome of the genre. Not only one of Polish jazz’s most brilliant musicians, Ptaszyn is also seen by many as its voice. For over 50 years he’s hosted  “45 Minutes of Jazz” a Polish radio show dedicated to jazz that continues to inspire several new generations of musicians and jazz aficionados. Time stamps [01:11] Outlawed music [03:36] Forbidden love [04:21] Willis Conover [06:53] First jazz events [09:19] Sopot Jazz Festival [12:54] Warsaw - Newport [17:26] Polish Jazz records [20:01] What is Polish jazz? [21:03] Polish Jazz Quartet [22:37] The Polish Radio Jazz Studio Orchestra [24:48] 45 minutes of jazz [26:28] Cruise ships [28:05] The end of the communist regime [28:43] The nineties Music from the episode [06:53] Composition: Memory of Bach Artist: Sextet Komedy Album: Jazz 56. I Ogólnopolski Festiwal muzyki jazzowej  [19:42] Composition: One Step Nearer You Artist: Kurylewicz Quintet Album: Go Right [28:33] Composition: Czarownica   Artist: Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski Sextet Album: Komeda. Moja słodka europejska ojczyzna Further reading Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski // on Culture.pl 'Birds Of A Feather...' The Godfather Of Polish Jazz, Jan 'Birdman' Wroblewski, At Birdland // on top40-charts.com Watch more Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski performing in Poland in 1981 Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski performing at the Sibiu Jazz Festival in 2009 Credits This episode of Rebel Spirits was hosted by Paweł Brodowski. The show is brought to you by Culture.pl, the flagship brand of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Written by Bartosz Borowiec & Jan Burzyński Produced by Move Me Media Hosted by Paweł Brodowski Edited by Wojciech Oleksiak Proofread by Adam Żuławski Translated by Mateusz Schmidt Design by Dawid Ryski Scoring & sound design by Wojciech Oleksiak Copyrights The publisher would like to thank all copyright owners for their kind permission to reproduce their material. Should, despite our intensive research, any person entitled to rights have been overlooked, legitimate claims shall be compensated within the usual provisions.

31mins

17 Jun 2021

Rank #3

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The Queen: Urszula Dudziak

Urszula’s love for unruly musical experiments got her kicked out from music school when she was a young girl. A few years later, like many young Poles, she stumbled upon The Voice of America - a radio station meant to bring American culture and censorship-free news to people locked up behind the Iron Curtain. This program is where Urszula heard jazz for the first time. Blown away by the uniqueness of the music, one of the voices she heard marked her particularly - the voice of Ella Fitzgerald. Hearing Ella made her realize the extent of creative freedom jazz could offer, specifically, her understanding that people's voices can serve as musical instruments. From then on, Urszula started developing her distinctive style of wordless vocalisation that can transport listeners to another dimension. Time stamps [01:55] The accordion [02:44] Trouble in school  [03:21] The Voice of America [04:44] Ella Fitzgerald [07:09] American jazz [08:35] Krzysztof Komeda [10:44] Love [11:29] Scandinavian restaurants [13:33] All that smoke [15:02] Discovering electronics [16:30] Duo with Adam Makowicz [19:16] New York [22:33] Papaya  [29:24] The best age Click here to read the transcript for this episode Music from the episode [14:08] Composition: Bengal Artist: Super Constellation  Album editions: Super Constellation / Fusion I  [17:37] Composition: Darkness and Newborn Light Artist: Urszula Dudziak and Adam Makowicz Album: Newborn Light  [22:33] Composition: Papaya  Artist: Urszula Dudziak Album: Urszula [26:18] Composition: Kama  Artist: Michał Urbaniak/Michał Urbaniak’s Fusion Album: Atma Further reading Urszula Dudziak // on Culture.pl A Foreigners Guide to Polish Jazz // on Culture.pl Willis Conover: The American Godfather of Polish Jazz // on Culture.pl From bop to żal: how jazz became the voice of freedom in Poland // on Guardian.com Further watching Urszula performing in 1973 Urszula performing in 1998 Filipino soldiers dancing the Papaya dance Credits This episode of Rebel Spirits was hosted by Paweł Brodowski. The show is brought to you by Culture.pl, the flagship brand of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Written by Wojciech Oleksiak & Monika Proba Produced by Move Me Media Hosted by Paweł Brodowski Edited by Wojciech Oleksiak Proofread by Adam Żuławski Translated by Mateusz Schmidt Design by Dawid Ryski Scoring & sound design by Wojciech Oleksiak Copyrights The publisher would like to thank all copyright owners for their kind permission to reproduce their material. Should, despite our intensive research, any person entitled to rights have been overlooked, legitimate claims shall be compensated within the usual provisions.

31mins

17 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Announcing Rebel Spirits

A podcast about five Polish jazz musicians who came of age in the 1950s and became mesmerised by the music they heard on the outlawed American radio station Voice of America. You’ll hear about difficult decisions, compromises, and longing for a better world. How they went from learning to play jazz from worn-out vinyls to becoming icons that continue to inspire the music world today. Hosted by Paweł Brodowski, brought to you by Culture.pl, the flagship brand of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. ‘Rebel Spirits: The Story of Polish Jazz’, coming June 2021. Available wherever you get your podcasts, and on Culture.pl.

1min

14 Apr 2021

Rank #5