in collaboration with the Polish Institute of Culture
8:30pm – Fernán Gómez. Centro Cultural de la Villa
Price: €16 / Concessions: €14 / Friends of the FG: €13
This artist is another of the great realities of music in Poland. Although Marcin Masecki was trained in the classical European tradition, he is a jazz player in his own right. His recreations of Chopin, Beethoven or Bach offer a freedom of interpretation that is substantiated by the dynamics of someone who shows himself to be a great jazz player. For a long time now, Masecki has led a formation that delves into the jazz of the 1920s and 30s to get to the source of their creation. This band, however, has no revisionist aspirations. The arrangements this musician makes of old hits from those days achieve an unusual detail: the final result is classic and brand new at one and the same time. In this sense, historian Tomasz Lerski is more eloquent when he says: “This is the way Polish jazz would have evolved had it not been for the Second World War”.
In recent years, Masecki has directed orchestras and ensembles of all sizes and profiles, including the Palais Royale Orchestra which performed the original version of Gershwin’s “Concert for Piano”, and the Polonezi Nonet, one of his most beloved ensembles, with which he plays Polonaises that he himself composes. Regularly commissioned as a composer for contemporary ensembles, the artist has also written for film and theatre. Amongst us, he may be best known for having written the music for the film “Cold War” by Pawel Pawkikowski, or several of the songs featured in “Mr. Jones”, the most recent film by Agnieszka Holland. TV companies such as HBO or Netflix have also hired him, respectively, for their productions “Blinded by the Lights” and “1983”.