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Marta Wajdzik Quartet
Marta Wajdzik – saxophone
Szymon Mika – guitar
Robert Kubiszyn – bass guitar, bass
Paweł Dobrowolski – drums
photo credit: Dorota Koperska
Born in 2001, she is an alto and soprano saxophonist, flautist, composer and music producer.
Her debut album My Planet, recorded with leading Polish jazz musicians, including Paweł Tomaszewski, Robert Kubiszyn and Paweł Dobrowolski, was released in December 2019. It features her original compositions. The premiere concert of the My Planet project opened the 22nd edition of the Lotos Jazz Festival – Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa. The album resonated with the jazz community, resulting in more concerts, including at festivals such as Sopot Jazz Festival, Jazz Juniors, Jazzonalia, Jazz w Centrum Spotkania Kultur w Lublinie, Ełk Jazz Night, Junior Młyn Jazz Festival, Enter Music Festival, Jazz Around Festival, Women In Jazz Festival (DE), Leopolis Jazz Fest (UKR), Jazztage Gorlitz (DE), Polish Jazz in TLV (IL) and many others.
Despite her young age, Marta is a mature instrumentalist and composer. She graduated from the Bielsko-Biała Music Schools. In 2020, she was accepted with the highest possible score to study at the Department of Jazz and Popular Music of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice as a jazz instrumentalist, focusing on composition and arrangement.
Marta Wajdzik won a number of ̨ classical music competitions. Ever since she started focusing on jazz in 2012, she has achieved numerous feats and accolades, including:
— Nomination for the 2021 Fryderyk Award in the Phonographic Debut of the Year category;
— First place in the Jazz Top survey of the Jazz Forum magazine in the New Hope – Musician category in 2021;
— First place in the Jazz Top survey of Jazz Forum magazine in the Hope of the Year category in 2020;
— Grand Prix of the 3rd competition of the 2019 Junior Mill Jazz Festival;
— Grand Prix in the solo instrumentalist category at the 2019 Blue Note Poznań Competition;
— Grand Prix in the 2017 Tarnów Jazz Contest;
— Honourable mention for the best soloist of the 2017 National Competition of Jazz Ensembles of the Centre for Artistic Education in Warsaw;
— Best instrumentalist of the 20th Review of Young Jazz and Blues Bands in Gdynia in 2017.
Marta has been working with numerous prominent musicians, including Leszek Możdżer, Urszula Dudziak, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Robert Majewski, Wiesław Pieregorólka, and the Golec Brothers. She is a member of the legendary Young Power New Edition – Freedom band, with whom she has toured numerous festivals, including Jazz Od Nowa, Jazz Na Starówce, Noc Jazzu.
According to the legendary American saxophonist Greg Osby: “Marta Wajdzik is one of the best creative new wave saxophonists. I’ve been following her career for several years and continue to be impressed by her expressive vision, development and artistic integrity. I am convinced that in her case the music is in very good hands.”
During the concert, Marta will share her music, which tells about her personal experiences, deep reflections and various emotions that accompanied her in the process of creating each of the compositions. Each piece has its own story, the narrative of which is heightened by the free interpretation and numerous improvisations of each musician. While working on the material, Marta was inspired by a very wide spectrum of music, from jazz to film scores and classical music. Her compositions are extremely diverse in terms of their character, harmony, rhythm and melody.