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Adam Makowicz vs. Leszek Mozdzer at Carnegie Hall Saturday, September 25 - 2 shows, 2:30pm & 8pm

SOURCE: Published: 2004-09-23
Polish Cultural Institute Presents Pianists
Adam Makowicz vs. Leszek Mozdzer

Going Head to Head at Carnegie Hall
Saturday, September 25, 2004


What: Perform solo and duo piano - jazz concert
When: Saturday, September 25, 2004 2 shows, 2:30pm & 8pm
Where: Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall , 57th Street & 7th Avenue
Tickets: $40, $30, $20 CarnegieCharge (212) 247-7800

The Polish Cultural Institute presents two of the greatest keyboard talents on the American and Polish music scene today: Adam Makowicz(New York) and Leszek Mozdzer(Sopot, Poland), going head to head for the first time at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 2:30pm and 8:00pm. These classically trained jazz pianists will perform their interpretations of Chopin and jazz standards, solo and as a duo. The concert will be recorded for future release on EMI Poland.

Adam Makowicz studied classical music at the Chopin Conservatory of Music in Krakow, and his parents and teachers expected him to become a classical pianist. However, his life was changed forever in the mid-1950's when he discovered jazz while listening to Voice of America Radio. At a time when jazz was barely tolerated by the Polish government (officially deemed “decadent") Makowicz chose a new life of freedom and improvisation. And it came at high price. He was forced to leave his home and school and spent two years homeless in Krakow until he discovered a small jazz club hidden in a cellar where he could play and sleep in exchange for doing chores.

Ultimately the sacrifices made pursuing his love of jazz paid off when legendary record producer John Hammond invited Makowicz to New York in 1977 for a 10-week engagement and to record a solo album for CBS. By this time, Makowicz had over 25 records under his belt, was performing worldwide, and was voted #1 jazz pianist in Europe by Jazz Forum readers six years in a row. He settled in New York in 1978, and later became an American citizen.

In 1981, The Polish government imposed martial law in an attempt to crush the growing Solidarity movement. In response, President Reagan initiated the creation of a special television program, “Let Poland Be Poland," which was beamed to 55 countries around the world, and
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