Moscow: Polish jazz for independence centenary

Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet performing at Palladium in Warsaw. Photo: Facebook/ Wojtek Mazolewski

On Wednesday evening, Polish jazz band the Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet performed in Moscow at the Alexander Pushkin Museum.

The event was organised by the Polish embassy in Moscow to celebrate the Poland’s centenary of regaining independence.

Among other pieces, the band performed the famous “Sleep Safe and Warm” by Polish composer and pianist, Krzysztof Komeda. The piece was used in Roman Polański’s famous picture, “Rosemary’s Baby.”

Speaking before the performance, the head of the Polish Institute in Moscow, Dariusz Klechowski emphasised that “there would be no independence without Polish culture.”

Ambassador Włodzimierz Marciniak thanked the Polish diaspora in Russia for maintaining Polish traditions and Russian citizens “who want to strengthen ties between the two nations.”

Mr Marciniak spoke of the great individuals who contributed to regaining independence, such as Józef Piłsudski, Roman Dmowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Wincenty Witos, and general Józef Haller. He indicated that the achievements of ancestors should be treated “as an obligation for the future.”

The event was concluded by a reception held by the ambassador.

Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet’s visit to Moscow will include another concert on Thursday, at the Niko Art Gallery, and a show at the Esse Jazz Club on Friday.