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Zatoczka : Tribute to Komeda / Adam Simmons and Jean Poole.

  • Published by Fat Rain Music — 28 August, 2020 [FAT021] — 1 CD
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  • Library Availability: CD 3135 — Reference (not for loan) copy only


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  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Zatoczka : Tribute to Komeda for jazz ensemble
Recorded/performed at: Deakin Edge, Melbourne, on 29 Nov 19.
Adam Simmons Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble, Tony Gould, Deborah Kayser 1 hours, 53 sec.

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A uniquely improvised cinematic experience with music as the inspiration - filmic images largely from Merri Creek, mixed live by Jean Poole in response to a collection of Krzysztof Komeda's evocative and iconic compositions carefully curated and arranged by musical director, Adam Simmons.

Polish Cinema in Australia presented this concert to celebrate Komeda's contribution as a film composer and commemorate the 50th anniversary of his untimely passing. Adam was engaged due to his related musical endeavours, as well as his 20-year connection with Poland and its culture (that started due to friendly heckling at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues).

The concept was developed by Adam in conjunction with Jean Poole, while the music was brought to life by the Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble, augmented by the artistry of two special guests and longtime collaborators of Adam's: the masterful Tony Gould and the sublime Deborah Kayser.

Described as Poland's most important Polish jazz artist, pianist Krzysztof Komeda was also a prolific film composer with over 40 films to his credit. Notable amongst these are Roman Polanski's films Knife in the Water (1962), Cul-de-sac (1966), The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), and Rosemary's Baby (1968). Komeda's album Astigmatic (1965) is widely regarded as one of the most important European jazz albums; British critic Stuart Nicholson describes the album as 'marking a shift away from the dominant American approach with the emergence of a specific European aesthetic'. His life was cut short in 1968 after a tragic accident.

Contents note: 1. Sleep Safe and Warm: Rosemary's Baby theme -- 2. Interlude 1 -- 3. Crazy Girl -- 4. Ballad for Bernt -- 5. Interlude 2 -- 6. Roman II -- 7. Moja Ballada -- 8. Astigmatic -- 9. Interlude 3 -- 10. Vampires to Crypt -- 11. Kattorna -- 12. Bariera - 8 -- 13. Litania -- 14. Po Katastrophie -- 15. Sleep Safe and Warm -- Reprise.

Includes compositions by Kryzysztof Komeda, and interludes by Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble. Arrangements by Adam Simmons.

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