Dainius Pulauskas Acoustic Group (Lithuania)
A Celebration of Krzysztof Komeda’s World
A half century after the death of the iconic Polish composer, national jazz hero and the biggest name in polish jazz history, Polish and Lithuanian artists tell the full story of Komeda’s life, music and legacy, with a stunning visual backdrop of rare and archive movie clips and interviews with his collaborators and family.
Krzysztof Komeda is an iconic figure in Polish contemporary culture, renowned internationally for the music that was integral to the evolution of Polish cinema in the 60s including landmark films by Polanski and Wajda, Knife in the Water, Cul de Sac, Rosemary’s Baby, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Innocents and Sorcerers amongst them. He is equally respected for his contribution, as pianist and composer, at a time where European jazz was creating a language of its own, with his 1965 album Astigmatic viewed as a major game-changer.
Komeda’s album Astigmatic (1965) is widely regarded as one of the most important European jazz albums; British critic Stuart Nicholson describes the album as "marking a shift away from the dominant American approach with the emergence of a specific European aesthetic."