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Jazztopad 2019

16. Jazztopad Festival from 15 to 24 November at the National Forum of Music

Charles Lloyd, Makaya McCraven, Anouar Brahem, Nicole Mitchell, Shabaka Hutchings, Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith, Vincent Courtois and Grzegorz Tarwid – the Jazztopad concerts have a programme as diverse as the contemporary scene of jazz and improvised music.
Jazztopad Festival surprises as always and this year invites its audience to the ‘Meditation Day’, during which Ned Rothenberg and Sainkho Namtchylak will appear.

Since the premieres are the hallmark of the festival organized by the National Forum of Music, we will hear five new works. Charles Lloyd, associated with Wrocław for some time now, will present the new project Wild Man Dance – the one commissioned years ago by the Jazztopad Festival. This time, his well-received suite, published by the prestigious Blue Note label, will have some new parts added and will be arranged for symphony orchestra. In addition, Artifacts Trio will join forces with the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, Vincent Courtois Trio will play with the Lutosławski Quartet, and Danilo Pérez will present a new work for the Global Messengers line-up. Piotr Damasiewicz will also return to the festival – six years after the release of the ground-breaking Alaman album, his band returns to the phonographic market and it is during the Jazztopad Festival that he will reveal the premiere material.

As always, one of the festival days will be dedicated to the jazz microcosm of a specific country – this year it is time for our neighbour, the surprising Austria. Two of the concerts will take place in Mleczarnia, which traditionally will host the festival club. There will also be a Melting Pot project, full of spontaneous improvisation, in addition to concerts in private homes, meetings with artists and evening Jazztopad improv sessions.

Tickets are available from 10 June on


Piotr Turkiewicz


Since 2008, Piotr Turkiewicz has been Artistic Director of the Jazztopad. The festival presents unique projects (often commissioned by Jazztopad) and hosts the most important jazz musicians, such as Wayne Shorter, Kenny Wheeler, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Charles Lloyd, and Jack DeJohnette. Since 2015, the festival has its annual edition in New York. Since 2015, Piotr Turkiewicz has been the Head of International Development and Programming (jazz, world music, dance, special projects) at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław. From 2006-2015 he was responsible for international collaborations of the Wrocław Philarmonic, and from 2006-2009 he was Assistant to Artistic Director of the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans. 

Piotr Turkiewicz studied the cello. He graduated in English Philology and Journalism. His M.A. thesis was written in the United States, and its subject-matter was the role of the Voice of America, its Polish Section and jazz programmes in the communist era.
He has been invited as a speaker to numerous international conferences, including a conference of the European Festivals Association in Vilnius, Lithuania, a congress of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) in Toronto and Bogota, ISPA seminar at The Juilliard School in New York, a conference of the Asian Performing Arts Festivals in Shanghai and a Live! Conference in Singapore. In 2010, he represented Poland during the 2nd conference Asia-Europe Young Urban Leaders Dialogue in Shanghai.

Piotr Turkiewicz is also a co-founder of four European platforms supporting up-and-coming musicians and composers: Music Masters on Air, Take Five: Europe, JazzPlaysEurope and Melting Pot Made in Wrocław.
Since 2012 he is a board member of ISPA and serves as Co-chair of the Programme Committee and Chair of Pitch New Works of that organisation. Since 2014, he has been Vice-President of the European Jazz Network.


Andrzej Kosendiak


Director of the National Forum of Music, artist, conductor and pedagogue, Andrzej Kosendiak has earned an enviable reputation as one of the most active and committed musicians and organizers of music life in Poland. He graduated from the Department of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory of Wrocław Music Academy. In 2013 he obtained the academic degree of doctor habilitatus. For many years he taught at his Alma Mater, where in 2001-2009 he was head of the Cross-Department Early Music Studies. Since 2014 he has been Professor at the S. Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. In 2005 he became Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic and the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans.

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Wdrożenie e-usług w Filharmonii im. Witolda Lutosławskiego we Wrocławiu - etap 2 współfinansowany jest przez Unię Europejską ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego dla województwa dolnośląskiego na lata 2007 - 2013 oś priorytetowa 6. Wykorzystanie i promocja potencjału turystycznego o kulturalnego Dolnego Śląska (Turystyka i Kultura), działanie 6.5. Działania wspierające infrastrukturę turystyczną i kulturową.