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Poland Jazz Violin Festival Brings World’s Greatest to Kracow

Jazzed Magazine • News • July 11, 2014

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The first edition of the International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition will be held from July 16-19, as part of the 19th Summer Jazz Festival in Piwnica pod Baranam in Kracow, Poland. In addition to honoring violin star Zbigniew Seifert, the organizers of the competition, which is open to entrants from all over the world, hope that it will unearth new violin talent, possibly even another Seifert.

Seifert is widely considered as one of Poland’s most important jazz musicians and one of the world’s best exponents of jazz violin during his all too brief lifetime. Born in Kracow 1946, Seifert first rose to prominence in the quartet of trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, with whom the violinist would record two albums in the early 1970s.

A leader in his own right, Seifert recorded an album of solo violin for EMI in 1976 and went on to record with guitarist John Scofield, bassist Eddie Gomez, drummer Jack DeJohnette, saxophonist Michael Brecker and the chamber-jazz group Oregon.

The competition brings together ten of the world’s most talented violinists with backgrounds in jazz, classical and improvised music.

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