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WM Project “From a Familiar Place” - concert

Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 7:30pm

Concert - WM Project “From a Familiar Place”
(a February 2018 Downbeat Editors' pick)

Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 7:30pm

Polish Cultural Foundation
177 Broadway  Clark  NJ 07066  USA
www.pcfnj.org  pcf@pcfnj.org  tel: 732-382-7197

WM Project released their debut album “From a Familiar Place”. While WM Project is a brand-new constellation, the musical masterminds behind it, pianist Andrzej Winnicki and tenor saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna, go back a long way. In the 90’s, they have played together in the fusion group Electric Breakwater (“In the Bush” CD with Mark Egan on bass and Rodney Holmes on drums), and have furthered appreciation of Polish composer and pianist Krzysztof Komeda through their widely acclaimed Komeda Project. KP’s “Requiem”, featuring bassist Scott Colley, drummer Nasheet Waits and trumpeter Russ Johnson, made the list of Top New Albums in The Village Voice Critics Poll: 2009.

Now the time is ripe for another beginning. Their new album From a Familiar Place is a personal project for Winnicki and Medyna whose surnames are ingrained in the name: WM Project. The music sums up a long life lived with jazz, but also looks forward to the future. Winnicki’s own son, Michael Winnicki, is a highly talented drummer and brings youthful energy to original compositions and classics like Paul Desmond’s “Take Five” and Joe Zawinul’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”. In fact, rhythm is the essence of the group, as Medyna explains: “The only thing I care about is groove which we have in both re-worked tunes. We need to stay in tune with the African-American roots of jazz”.

Polish School
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