P.G.R. — Grzegorza Rogala Project
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About Christian Culture Festival
Christian Culture Festival was organized for the first time in 1997 on 10th Anniversary of the Logos Theatre. In a sense, it extends the idea of Christian Culture Weeks organized in Poland in 70s and 80s of the last century, which were to become counterpoise to lay media model promoted by the State. Lodz Christian Culture Days were organized in churches all around the city, so as to accommodate the artists, spectacles, exhibitions and projections.
One of such places was the John Paul lecture theatre in the vault of the Assumption of Holy Mother Church in Kościelna Street. This is where the Logos Theatre started, before it was moved to the church in Maria Skłodowska-Curie. It was this church that Archbishop Władysław Ziółek gave to the Lodz artists in 1993, and in which the Centre of Creative Communities’ of Lodz Archdiocese was appointed. It is here that the ‘logistic’ centre of the Festival is located, and where some of the Festival events take place.
Traditionally, the Festival takes place in November, on the first Sunday after All Soul’s Day. It usually lasts for two weeks, during which various event take place – spectacle premiers, other theatres come to Lodz, there are exhibitions of invited artists, performances of choirs and musicians, very often not to be seen anywhere else in Poland at any other time. The Festival programme is the result of the whole year’s work of rev. Waldemar Sondka, the Festival Director, who – using his contacts – invites artists who are interesting, out of the ordinary, noteworthy and creating art perhaps not always religious, but always searching and at the highest level. Care for the level of the Festival offers is a permanent rule, the Logos environment has always wished to provide the Lodz citizens with the possibility of contact with art deprived of parochialism, open to the man and as perfect formally as possible.
The Festival is not an activity that brings profit. Any entrance cards are issued as invitations that are free of charge, and the team of the Logos Theatre and all the people engaged in the Festival organization, act as volunteers. This does not mean that Christian Culture Festival costs nothing. On the contrary, to organize such a cultural event at appropriate level is always connected with costs. Rev. Waldemar Sondka deals with organizing means to secure the Festival events all year round. He manages to gain sponsors (without whom the Festival would not exist) and subsidies from institutions that deal with funding culture (without which the Festival could not develop). All that in order to realize the basic idea of the event that derived from the Lodz Christian Culture Days – to enable anyone who wishes and needs that, to live the Mystery through art. This idea assumes a free of charge participation in all the artistic events, which has been the case since the very beginning of the Festival until today, the only condition is that on the day of the Festival opening, one must queue as long as it takes to get invitations. The only limit to the number of invitations is the capacity of rooms in which the events are organized every day throughout the two weeks of the Festival.
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XX Christian Culture Festival in Lodz
6th — 20th November 2016
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The Idea has been shaped in Poland, Germany and the USA — Places, where the author has been studied. A cross-cultural musical project created by a Polish student Grzegorz Rogala, an accomplished composer and arranger whose main instrument is trombone. Polish and Hasid inspirations are the main parts of his musical program. The music is inspired also by Latin-American music culture and played in a jazz style. His project has been shaped during his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The sound of P.G.R. can be compared to the famous "Masada" of John Zorn because of the rustical composition, without any harmonic instrument, and because of its Hasid inspirations. Similarly to "Sex Mob", there is much of musical pastiche. This is a concert, though it encourages to dance.
1.Abidan — Hatzidic ballad about leader of Israel uprising
2. Hekhal — Hasid madness “dance”
3. Job — orginal composition inspired by the story of Job
4. Polish-Jam — orginal composition — a comment to Polish reality
5. Ma(jaz)zur — collage of jazz and Polish traditional dance
6.Harmony 4 — a piese composed as a project for harmony class at Berklee College of Music
7. Cuban Report — Illustration to the revolution of F. Castro — mix of Rumba and shooting guns
8. Latis — Orginal composition based on contrast between Samba and swing
Dawid Główczewski — alt and soprano sax
Andrzej Zielak — double bass
Cezary Konrad — percussion
Grzegorz Rogala — trombone
Grzegorz Rogala — born in Zgierz 1981, trombonist, composer, arranger, band-leader. He is currently studying at Hanns Eisler Hochschule fuer Musik/Jazz Institut in Berlin and as well as the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, his main music focus has always been jazz, and other diverse musical styles — particularly music inspired by folk. He has studied with: G. Nagórski, J. Whigham, L. Nuss, and Phil Wilson. He was an initiator and a main coordinator of a multimedia project “Komeda-Jazz” — Berlin 2005, supported by Polish Embassy.
He has achieved an individual award at the FAMA festival (Poland) 2005, has formatted "Kattorna" Quinted Winner of Jazz many Contests — likely: Warsaw Hopes 2006 and Berlin Jazz & Blues Award 2006 , in May 2008 went to Italy, representing Poland in the European Colours Jazz Orchestra. In the same year, he received Scholarship from Berklee College of Music 2008, and recently Phil Wilson Award — March 2009. Grzegorz has performed with musicians like: Jiggs Whigham, Wiliam Cepeda, David Friedman, Włodek Pawlik, Cezary Konrad, Maciej Sikała, Rosario Guliani, Kurt Rosenwinkel.
Dawid Główczewski — born in 1981.
Graduate of Karol Szymanowski High School in Katowice and the Academy of Music in Katowice. Laureate of the Competition for Young Musicians in Szczecinek (1996) and Olsztyn (1998). Received numerous prizes at classical festivals. Dawid Główczewski was the recipient of the scholarship of the Polish Ministry of Culture (1997 and 1998). Winner of the 2nd prize at the Jazz Combo Competition in Gdynia (2002), winner of the Grand Prix with his quartet at the Radom Jazz Festival (2004). He studied at Universitaet fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Gaz-Austria (2004), received individual prize at the Warsaw Hopes Jazz Competition (2006), Jazz nad Odra Jazz Festival (2006). Dawid Główczewski has co-operated with many jazz musicians, participated in recording 15 records and takes part in many TV programmes.
Andrzej Zielak — (bass) born 10 July 1982. He has studied in Jazz Institute at Music Academy in Katowice. Awarded in numerous competitions, e.g. "Krokus Jazz Festival" — with his Quintet and "Jazz Juniors" .He works with some of the best Polish jazz musicians and Bands, like: Krzysztof Popek Quintet, Kattorna, Eryk Kulm Quintessence, Piotr Wojtasik, Maciej Sikała, Andrzej Jagodziński and John Betsh.
He also took part in many jazz festivals, e.g. Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa with a big-band A.M. Katowice, Jazz Forum Festival with Anna Serafińska.
Currently, he co-operates with Kattorna band, permanently playing with Krzysztof Popek Quintet, PGQ Quintet, Eryk Kulm Quintessence, with whom he has recorder their latest record "Back to the Presence".
Cezary Konrad — a drummer, composer, arranger, a graduate of the Academy of Music by the name of Fr.Chopin in Warsaw, Poland in a Professor’s Stanisław Skoczyński drummer class.The best Polish drummer continuously since 1992 year — who held the first place in the Jazz Top rating “the best drummer category” according to the polish, leading monthly jazz magazine called “Jazz Forum”.
At the end of his “classical studies” — he devoted himself to Jazz music, and he started to gain his first meaningful successes as a co-founder of the “Central Heating Trio” (1989, with a pianist Filip Wojciechowski), with whom Cezary held First prize on the Jazz Juniors Festival 1990 year in Cracow / Poland and First prize on the “Jazz Seashore Autumn — the Key to the Career” in Gorzow / Poland in 1991 year. The above-mentioned Trio was also the finalist of the following international jazz competitions in 1990 year: “IX European Jazz Competition” in Leverkusen/Germany and “the Europe Jazz Contest” Hoeliard /Belgium.
In 1995 year Cezary Konrad recording his first co-author CD with guitarist woman from Germany: Susan Weinert — „Meeting in Krakow” — published in 1996 year. In 1995 year he established his first group : “Cezary Konrad Quartet”, with whom in 1999 year he is recording his first author CD — „One mirror… many reflections” — published in 2000 year. The music of this CD referring to the achievements of Allan Holdsworth style and the bands Tribal Tech as well as Yellow Jackets.Those CD was recorded with the band consists of: Darek Krupa (guitars), Piotr Żaczek: (electric bass, fretless bass), Marek Podkowa (tenor sax, EWI), Leszek Możdżer (acoustic and electric piano), Zbigniew Jakubek (keyboards).
After a long co-operation with the polish famous female vocalist — Anna Maria Jopek lasting up to 1998, in 2005 there becomes a new artist musical project : ‘Cezary Konrad ‘ the NEW BAND’, which the first band consists of : Krzysztof Herdzin (electric piano), Paweł Pańta (electric bass, contrabass), Marek Podkowa (saxophones). In last year Cezary Konrad (CK) was collaborated with the following bands: Włodek Pawlik Trio (in consist of: Włodek Pawlik, Paweł Pańta, CK), Krzysztof Herdzin Trio (in consist of: Krzysztof Herdzin, Zbigniew Wegehaupt, CK), and since March’2007 he was co-created: Andrzej Kurylewicz Trio (in consist of: A. Kurylewicz, Paweł Pańta, CK).
Besides the above-mentioned musicians — Cezary Konrad was performed and recorded with many excellent Persons of the polish jazz, among others Leszek Możdżer, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Tomasz Stańko and with foreign famous Musicians, i.e.: Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Deborah Brown, Mino Cinelu, Joe de Franco, Volker Greve, Gary Guthman, Omar Hakim, Paul Imm, Didier Lockwood, Pat Metheny, Nippy Noya, Susan Weinert.
Since 2006 year Cezary Konrad performs also solo concerts, which during he presents his audiences “magic world” of drummer kits in different configuration sets — to manner spectacular unusually. The solo concerts project it is explained from many years experiences of Cezary as a staff member and lecturer at numerous music workshops in Poland and Europe as well.
Among many awards and honorable mentions of Cezary Konrad — they deserve note: “Mateusz” Award by the name of Mateusz Święcicki conceded by the Polish Radio, III Chanel and Grant a Scholarship by the name of Christopher Komeda conceded by the Polish Ministry of Culture and Art, and last time Honorable Mentions for the Best Drums Musician‘2006 and 2007 in the category “Drummer of Jazz / Latin / Funk” in the readers’ rating of the polish, leading drums magazine called “TopDrummer”.
Cezary Konrad has taken part in the recording of more then 80 albums. He collaborates with the Warsaw Percussion Group and the Polish Radio and TV Orchestra.