"For Polish saxophonist and composer Irek Wojtczak, the motivation in combining these contrasting genres is in the dynamic it provides for conveying cultural context in a fresh and updated manner. Though working with a group fronted by two Americans, there couldn't be a better place for Wojtczak to express his creativity than with the long-established Fonda-Stevens Group."
Karl Ackermann (allaboutjazz.com)

"The music on this album is not only a superb example of cross genre integration, but most importantly an exquisite piece of modern Jazz, which encompasses its many sub-genres, from melodic Bebop, via Free Jazz and into Improvised Music stretches. Marvelously performed and showing an incredible sensitivity, elegance and grace, this is contemporary Jazz of the highest caliber."
Adam Baruch (adambaruch.com)

About Me

Irek Wojtczak

Irek Wojtczak – saxophone player, improviser, composer and arranger.

He graduated from the Academy of Music in Gdańsk. Based in Sopot, since 2000, he's carved out a place for himself in the Tri-City music scene as the leader of several groups, sideman, and special guest. Critics have called Wojtczak a musician very difficult to categorize and perceive within a stylistic framework.

He's participated in a special project known as the Polish Brass Ensemble featuring Dave Douglas. He performed with, among others, Jim Black and Chris Speed, Herb Robertson Klaus Kugel and Mitch & Mitch. He's recorded and performed with, among others, the Fonda/Stevens Group, Tymański Brass Ensemble, Contemporary Noise Sextet and Outlook Quartet (as a leader). He's recorded as a special guest with Przemek Dyakowski (Gold Record for “Melisa”), Krystyna Stańko, Grażyna Łobaszewska, Ścianka, and Pink Freud.

Co-creator of Groovekojad (awarded a Fryderyk for the album Smacznego), Tomek Sowiński Collective Improvisation Group, Freeyo, Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, PRL-Quintet, and the Możdżer-Tymański Chopin project.

Wojtczak is a longtime promoter of Polish folk music which was an inspiration for two of his albums: Direct Memory Access (distinguished in the XIV Music Festival of the Polish Radio “Nowa Tradycja” in 2011) and Folk Five (recorded in collaboration with the Fonda/Stevens Group). He is currently the leader of The Bees' Knees and Folk Five.

"For Polish saxophonist and composer Irek Wojtczak, the motivation in combining these contrasting genres is in the dynamic it provides for conveying cultural context in a fresh and updated manner. Though working with a group fronted by two Americans, there couldn't be a better place for Wojtczak to express his creativity than with the long-established Fonda-Stevens Group."
Karl Ackermann (allaboutjazz.com)

"The music on this album is not only a superb example of cross genre integration, but most importantly an exquisite piece of modern Jazz, which encompasses its many sub-genres, from melodic Bebop, via Free Jazz and into Improvised Music stretches. Marvelously performed and showing an incredible sensitivity, elegance and grace, this is contemporary Jazz of the highest caliber."
Adam Baruch (adambaruch.com)

"This is highly exploratory music plunging a knife deep into the heart of the avant-garde. There are major echoes of Ornette Coleman's early Atlantic sides that serve as a new jumping off point for yet another generation of young musicians wishing to push the music even further."
C. Michael Bailey (allaboutjazz.com)

"(...) there is some kind of affinity of spirit in Polish and American jazz. And above all the album comes with a great cover as well."
Martin Schray (freejazzblog.org)

"It is obvious from his first notes that Wojtczak has deep emotional ties to this music, and his fierceness, intensity and deep sensitivity carry the day. "
Budd Kopman (allaboutjazz.com)

Irek Wojtczak Folk Five in The Wire Tapper #39 (thewire.co.uk)

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