This year on the 15th of August Roger Berg Big Band will be one of the artist groups featured in the show Swing+, which is the main event of the festival Solidarity of Arts in Gdansk, Poland.
The idea is big – three stages built as one space of a great musical spectacle. A concert presented by many artists who show different pieces of the performance one by one to build one great show. That means creating the experience both for the audience watching it live at the place of the concert and for the ones seeing it on TV during the live transmission, as the cameras will be around all the time to transmit the event in the public TV-channel. All of this happening at the Polish Baltic Philharmonic square, beautifully situated at the riverside, just a couple of blocks away from the seacoast.
The festival is taking place for the 7th year in a row and previously featured stars like Quincy Jones, Bobby McFerrin, Esperanza Spalding, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marcus Miller, Leszek Możdżer among others. The director of the show Krzysztof Materna, who is a Polish TV personality, director, actor, producer and comedian, has announced this spring that the topic of the festival’s main show in 2015 will be swing:
Swing+” is the main event of the 2015 Solidarity of Arts festival. It is the first time that a style of jazz (and not a jazz musician) constitutes the title of our event – since 2010 Poland’s biggest outdoor jazz concert of the year. On August 15th we will pay tribute to Swing – the dominant form of American popular music from 1935 to 1946, a style that originated from jazz music of the 1920s. We will also pay tribute to Polish swing hits that will be performed by both legendary Polish vocalists and our esteemed foreign stars, including Grammy Award winners Patti Austin, Kurt Elling and WDR Big Band.
The conceptual works on this year’s edition of SofA were close in time to the release of the album “Swing Revisited” by Stanislaw Soyka and Roger Berg Big Band, which made it a great opportunity to present this traditional swing material to the public in August. Except for Stanislaw Soyka (read more about the artist and the project here) there is one more prominent Polish jazz singer to appear in front of Roger Berg Big Band – Aga Zaryan.
She has been successful in integrating ambitious artistic goals with popular appeal, recording four albums to date, all of which have earned gold, platinum or multi-platinum status in Poland. In 2008 she was honored with the Polish music industry’s most prestigious prize – the Fryderyk Chopin Award. She was nominated for the title of Woman of The Year 2008 by Gazeta Wyborcza-Wysokie Obcasy, one of Poland’s most influential and widely circulated newspapers. Aga was also named Jazz Vocalist of The Year in the European Jazz Forum Magazine’s yearly Jazz Top readers’ poll in 2007, 2008 and 2009 – agazaryan.com
During the show you will also see and hear Pasadena Roof Orchestra, New York Voices and the elite of Polish jazz artists: Ewa Bem, Hanna Banaszak, Wojciech Karolak with the band. The admission to the concert is free except for the Golden Circle (tickets 5 PLN), start time: 9 p.m., approximate time of the show: 3 hours. Welcome to Gdansk on the 15 of August 2015!
Read more about the event at Solidarity of Arts