Event Information
Chopin 200: Grazyna Auguscik's World Sound

6:30 p.m. July 25, 2010 at Pritzker Pavilion
Millennium Park, Chicago
312-742-1168 or www.milleniumpark.org

Chopin 200: World Sound will be a free two hour evening concert showcasing the Polish composer’s masterpieces, as reinterpreted for the 21st century by our team of international musicians. Chopin was a well known improviser. In that spirit, we are adapting his piano works for a broad range of instruments. This concert will give Chicago area residents as well as tourists the opportunity to hear and learn more about Chopin’s music in a beautiful downtown setting.

In addition to special guests the Andrzej Jagodzinski Trio and accordion virtuoso Jarek Bester from Poland, other U.S. based musicians include Matt Ulery (bass), Chicago International Trombone Ensemble, Howard Levy (harmonica & piano), Paulinho Garcia (guitar & vocals), Ronnie Malley (oud) and Ian Maksin (cello). We perform together regularly, drawing on the music of the countries of our birth. All of the artists feel honored to commemorate Chopin’s 200th year by performing at Millennium Park.

Since the city is unable to provide sponsorship, we must raise our own funding to cover all costs. It is anticipated that the cost of presenting this concert will be about $50,000. To date, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland has pledged a substantial amount, but $30,000 remains unfunded.

Singer, composer, arranger, and producer Grazyna Auguscik has won the praise and admiration of music critics, jazz enthusiasts and even non-jazz audiences with a singular voice that speaks a universal language. Her unorthodox approach to rewriting classic works is at once a tribute to its authors as well as an adventure into uncharted territory. Born in Poland, she graduated in 1992 from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has made Chicago her home since 1994, with frequent appearances at the Green Mill, the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park. Amidst her active schedule of worldwide performances, Auguscik has managed to record, produce and distribute fourteen albums, ten under her own record label, GMA Records, and appears on many projects as a guest.

A master jazz interpretor of Chopin’s music, composer-arranger Andrzej Jagodziski brings his trio to Chicago for this evening’s celebration, featuring Adam Cegielski on bass and Czeslaw 'Maly' Bartkowski on drums. The first recording by the Andrzej Jagodzinski Trio, Chopin, was named Best Record of 1994 by Jazz Forum and won the Fryderyk Award (the Polish Grammy) as best jazz record of the year. Jagodzinski’s organically swinging and highly interactive trio continued to explore jazz interpretations of Chopin on 1997’s Live at the National Philharmonic, Once More Chopin, helping to launch a 'Chopin stream' in Polish jazz. Since releasing their first Chopin CD in 1994, the trio has toured Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, Middle East as well as the United States.