Grzegorz Karnas Formula
Jimmy Hornet China
22 October 2016
The night Polish Jazz came to Zhongshan
The second Jimmy Hornet musical event was in a “Dinner and Show” format. An internationally acclaimed Jazz quartet presented the perfect opportunity for this formula which Anthea Palmer (Founder) is passionate about. The idea came from “The Continental” in Prahran, Melbourne Australia, a venue Anthea would visit as often as she could afford to….back when she herself was working as a musician.
Jimmy Hornet Chef (Manuel Gutierrez) designed a stunning menu specifically for the first Dinner and Show event.
Introducing Grzegorz Karnas Formula
Grzegorz Karnas. Born in Upper Silesia, Poland, to a family devoid of musical traditions. Finished one year of classical guitar at the secondary music school. A graduate of the Jazz Institute of the Academy of Music in Katowice considered the most prestigious in Poland and many neighboring countries.
Karnas has always worked with top-line young artists of Poland’s jazz scene as well as its legends. In 1998, he was awarded the first prize at the oldest and most prestigious Poland’s International Jazz Vocalists competition. The following year, his debut album “Reinkarnasja” was released and put Karnas on the road touring in Poland and Slovakia.
Grzegorz Karnas Formula performed at Jimmy Hornet Zhongshan China on 22 October 2016.
Jimmy Hornet Dinner and Show Menu
“Enter Polish-born Grzegorz Karnas, one of the most exciting jazz vocalists boldly fronting a band today.
In the liner notes on his new album Vanga (Budapest Music Center Records), he refers to his trio of ten years as his “marital bed”. Karnas sings and speaks in an array of languages, which merge his mother tongue and English into a deconstructed jazz scat-collage Matisse would love.
His extraordinary range dips into sensually warm chest tones and pure falsetto heights. Meld the rawness and emotional abandon of indie rocker Dave Matthews with the clean-lined, tradition-rooted swing of Kurt Elling and you might imagine his sound, but Karnas is actually like no other vocalist – a true original – as he rolls freely in the folds of his trio’s musical bedsheets.”
Grzegorz Karnas Formula LIVE at Jimmy Hornet
Born in Wodzisław Śląski. Registered place of residence since he was three: the erstwhile coal-mining town of Żory, in an apartment building overlooking two power stations, three to five mines and several mounds of rubble, with a view of forests and mountains on the southern horizon.
Unrealized Roman, English and Arabic philologist, a graduate of the Jazz Institute at the Katowice Academy of Music – considered prestigious in Eastern Europe. Winner of awards at various jazz competitions, music producer.
Performing record includes appearances at numerous clubs and concert venues throughout Europe (including Poland), Asia and Africa. Lover of free expression, observer of the nature of extremes of every type. A silent analyst of their consequences…
Audience at Jimmy Hornet - 22 October 2016
Grzegorz introducing his Tour in Mandarin
JAZZ PO POLSKU is a music label (festival, booking agency, record label), offering a wide spectrum of skills by young Polish musicians from the jazz/avantgarde environment.
The project aims to refresh the image of the Polish jazz music on the international arena by presenting the most prospective, active and live-playing young bands from the Polish music scene.
JPP has organized Polish concerts at Copenhagen Jazz Festival Denmark 2012, JazzBerlin Germany 2013, Jazzmeile Thüringen Germany 2014, OCT-LOFT International Jazz Festival China 2014, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 2015.
It also helps in establishing cultural cooperation and integrates artists from many countries. The project aims at refreshing the image of the Polish jazz music on the international arena.