Włodek Pawlik

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Włodzimierz Pawlik)
Jump to: navigation, search
Włodek Pawlik
2014 Woodstock 019 Włodzimierz Pawlik.jpg
2014
Background information
Also known as Włodek Pawlik
Born (1958-10-04) October 4, 1958 (age 59)
Kielce, Poland
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Pianist, composer
Instruments Piano
Associated acts Włodek Pawlik Trio, Western Jazz Quartet
Website wlodekpawlik.com

Włodek Pawlik,[1][2][3] Włodzimierz Pawlik (Polish: [vwɔdʑimiɛʐ pavlik]; born 4 October 1958 in Kielce) is a Polish composer and jazz pianist. On 26 January 2014, he became the first Polish jazz musician to receive a Grammy Award, having won in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category with his album Night in Calisia, recorded with Randy Brecker and the Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra.,[4] released in the USA by Summit Records.

He is a graduate of the F. Chopin University of Music in the piano class of Barbara Hesse-Bukowska. He also studied jazz at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg.

He is a laureate of Grand Prix of the International Jazz Contest in Dunkirk (1984 France) and the second prize at the International Jazz Composition Contest in Monaco (1989), among others. Apart from jazz, his artistic output includes film soundtracks, orchestral works, 2 piano concertos, ballet music, opera, cantata and theatre music. He is an author of soundtracks for a number of acclaimed films, such as “Crows” ("Wrony") and "Pora umierać" by Dorota Kędzierzawska, “Reverse” ("Rewers") by Borys Lankosz (awarded with the “Złote Lwy (“Golden Lions”) at the 34th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia and with the “Orły” (“Eagles”) by the Polish Film Academy in 2010, both for the Best Original Score of the Year.

He has appeared at some renowned jazz festivals, such as North Sea in Hague (1998), Warsaw Summer Jazz Days (several times), European Jazz Festival in Athens (2006), Takasaki Music Festival (2014), Kaunas Jazz Festival (2015), as well as classical music festivals, such as Wratislawia Cantans in Wocław (2003), Altstadt Herbst in Duesseldorf (2007), and Polish Music Festival in Cincinnati (2016).

Throughout the 90s he performed regularly with the Western Jazz Quartet – a faculty jazz ensemble based at Western Michigan University (Trent Kynaston - saxophone, Tom Knific - bass). The collaboration was marked by numerous concerts around the globe and three CD albums: “Live at Jazz Club Aquarium” (feat. Billy Hart, 1993), “Turtles” (feat. Randy Brecker, 1995) and “Waning Moon” (2000).

In 2002 he had a successful solo tour of Australia that was hailed by "The Age" daily newspaper as one of the two "most mesmerising concerts during the year" in the country.[5]

He won “Fryderyk” (Polish music prize) in 2006 for his album “Misterium Stabat Mater” for the improvising piano and Gregorian choir and the Award of TVP Kultura (Polish National Television Culture Channel) for this trio album „Anhelli” in 2006.

In 2008 he composed and recorded jazz-suite “Tykocin” along with Randy Brecker. The record was re-released in the USA by Summit Records and met with a positive reception in the USA gaining Pawlik the title of Jazz Composer of the Year 2009 from the Los Angeles-based blog “Jazz Station”[6]

That same year “Grand Piano” – a 2CD album containing solo piano improvisations was released, followed by “Struny na Ziemi” (“Strings in the Earth”) in 2011 with the original music composed by Pawlik to poems by Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz.

In 2013 the album “Wieczorem” (“In the Evening”) with the music to poetry by Józef Czechowicz was released.

In 2014 he composed “Freedom” – musical work for choir, orchestra and jazz trio, commissioned by the President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski, which was performed on June 4, 2014 at the Royal Square in Warsaw as part of the celebrations of Polish Freedom and was attended by many heads of states, including the President of the USA Barack Obama.

In 2016 Pawlik released an album with his original works for orchestra under the title “4 Works 4 Orchestra”, including his second piano concerto.

He has been an active lecturer and clinician. He attained a doctorate at F. Chopin University of Music where he has conducted lectures on improvisation since 2007.

He has given clinics and master classes at the Eastman School of Music, Western Michigan University, Cincinnati College of Music, at the IAJE Jazz Conference in Los Angeles (1999) and at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.

Other honours and distinctions:

  • Order of Polonia Restituta,
  • Freedom of the City of Kalisz
  • Freedom of the City Podkowa Leśna
  • “Coryphaeus of Polish Music” in the Personality of the Year category,
  • Fryderyk 2014” for the Jazz Artist of the Year
  • “Angel of Jazz” awarded at Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa Festival (2015)
  • Grand Prix Jazz Melomani (2015)
  • Award of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2016)

Selected discography[edit]

Collaborative albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
POL
[7][8]
Sonety Szekspira (with Elżbieta Wojnowska)
  • Released: April 23, 2004
  • Label: Impart
  • Formats: CD
Nostalgic Journey: Tykocin Jazz Suite (Randy Brecker feat.
Włodek Pawlik Trio, The Symphony Orchestra of
the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystock)
  • Released: August 25, 2009[9]
  • Label: Summit Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download[10]
Struny na Ziemi (Strings on Earth) (with Lora Szafran,
Marek Bałata & Robert Więckiewicz)
  • Released: May 22, 2011
  • Label: Pawlik Relations
  • Formats: CD
Night in Calisia (Randy Brecker feat. Wlodek Pawlik Trio,
Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra & Adam Klocek)
  • Released: November 13, 2012[11]
  • Label: Pawlik Relations, Summit Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download[12]
2
  • POL: 2xPlatinum[14]
Wieczorem (with Dorota Miśkiewicz,
Kuba Badach and others)
  • Released: October 8, 2013
  • Label: Agora SA
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Soundtracks[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
POL
[7]
Crows
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Koch International
  • Formats: CD
Pora umierać
(with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Released: April 22, 2011[15]
  • Label: Polskie Radio
  • Formats: CD
Rewers
(with Sinfonia Iuventus & Maciej Żółtowski)
  • Released: November 13, 2009[16]
  • Label: Polskie Radio
  • Formats: CD
38
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Włodek Pawlik Quartet[edit]

Title Album details
Turtles (feat. Randy Brecker)
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Polonia Records
  • Formats: CD
The Waning Moon
  • Released: November 2, 1999[17]
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD

Christmas albums[edit]

Title Album details
Kolędy Polskie. Polish Christmas Carols
  • Released: December 13, 2004
  • Label: Polonia Records
  • Formats: CD
Kolędy Polskie
  • Released: December 7, 2013[18]
  • Label: Pawlik Relations
  • Formats: CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Włodek Pawlik zdobywa Grammy!" (in Polish). zaiks.org.pl. 
  2. ^ "Włodek Pawlik" (in Polish). culture.pl. 
  3. ^ "Jazz Series". ccm.uc.edu. 
  4. ^ "56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees". Grammy.com. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Diverse talents propel jazz scene into 2003 - theage.com.au". www.theage.com.au. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  6. ^ Desouteiro, Arnaldo (2009-12-29). "Jazz Station - Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Blog (Jazz, Bossa & Beyond): The Best Jazz of 2009". Jazz Station - Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Blog (Jazz, Bossa & Beyond). Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  7. ^ a b "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". olis.onyx.pl. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". olis.onyx.pl. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Nostalgic Journey: Tykocin Jazz Suite - Randy Brecker | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "Nostalgic Journey - Tykocin Jazz Suite by Randy Brecker on iTunes". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Włodek Pawlik - Night in Calisia - Muzyka w Interia.pl". muzyka.interia.pl. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "Night in Calisia (feat. Wlodek Pawlik Trio, Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra & Adam Klocek) by Randy Brecker on iTunes". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  13. ^ "ZPAV :: Bestsellery i wyróżnienia - Wyróżnienia - Regulamin". bestsellery.zpav.pl. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "ZPAV :: Bestsellery i wyróżnienia - Wyróżnienia - Platynowe płyty CD". bestsellery.zpav.pl. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "Soundtracks.pl - Muzyka Filmowa : WŁODEK PAWLIK - "PORA UMIERAĆ": NA 5 MINUT PRZED PREMIERĄ!". soundtracks.pl. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  16. ^ Artur Sliwinski (code), Robert Mielczarek (art). "Zpav - OLIS". olis.onyx.pl. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  17. ^ "The Waning Moon - Muzyka - WP.PL". muzyka.wp.pl. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  18. ^ "Kolędy polskie - Pawlik Włodek za 36,99 zł | Muzyka empik.com". empik.com. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 

External links[edit]