Tuba, mirum spargens sonum…

….per sepulchra regionum, coget omnes anthe thronum.

By this famous excerpt from Dies Irae sequence starts every bass his adventure with Mozart’s Requiem

I’m glad to announce that on the 20th of October 2018 in Warsaw I’m about to sing it again too, together with many of my good colleagues and great friends.

It’s a blessing to sing such music, I also feel blessed to perform it in a company of friends, I hope we’d all be even more blessed to sing it for a public consisting of YOU!

New date for the Liederabend in Hannover

As you might already know, we had to postpone our concert in Hannover that was planned for 19.08.18, due to independent from us, organisational reasons (large stage, open-air concert of balkan music practically at the entrance of the museum – on the square in the direct nearby area).

 

We’ve already got new date!

 

It’s 4th of November 2018.

 

 

We’re going to perform works composed by F. Schubert, K. Brochocka, T. Baird and M. Wajnberg, main part of which id going to be german first performances.

 

More details very soon, stay tuned and save the date! This time for sure! 🙂

Arvo Pärt Passio(s) in march 2018

In March 2018 I’m about to sing Jesus (!!!) in 3 performances of Arvo Pärt „Passio”. The first one is already a history (3.03.18 in Warsaw – details). Two more to go – in Göttingen and Hannover (details). I cannot find words to describe how much does it mean to me to sing such a piece and, above all, to debut in the part of Jesus at the age of 33…

Polish Winterreise

It’s been already 2 years ago. In a town somewhere in the northeast of Poland two musicians and friends decided to perform this extraordinary piece. Extraordinary not only because F. Schubert’s „Winterreise” is a worldwide performed and acclaimed masterpiece itself, but mainly due to another fact. The fact that another artist, Stanisław Barańczak, 167 years afterwards, published his own, independent poems with the intention of performing them together with the Schubert’s music.

If it doesn’t seem anyhow special to you, name me some poets that made something similar. And made it not only in a „performable” way, but literally gave the chance that the „old” music lives a new life. Or name at least one..

Therefore, I would like to remind you and myself of this, unfortunately the only performance of Polish Winterreise of mine and my sincere friend Katarzyna Neugebauer. It was a great honour and joy to perform it. I hope that we repeat it soon.

Below some highlights of this amazing evening on the 8th of November 2015:

Time is on my side.

For the first time since I’ve started singing profesionally, I’ve got some more time to spare. Well, not quite much, because I’ve already have couple of dates running towards my direction, still, it’s been more calm since I left Würzburg.

What I mainly do these days? Well, first of all I’ve got some time to improve my vocal skills and concentrate on details and those aspects that hadn’t been that perfect 😉

Moreover, working independently means also organising independently, which consumes some time, so I’m preparing myself and the world around for couple of artistic events I’ll participate in and co-produce during next months. I’ll try to inform you of the details as soon as projects oficially appear on the artistic calendars.

Please, be patient and do not dare to forget me, for I’ve got quite much to tell you. Even more than before 😀

Pasja17

For couple of years, together with my friends gathered under the aegis of o.to.ja foundation we have been organising concerts such as Haendel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. John’s and St. Matthew’s Passion to celebrate those specific periods of preparation: Advents and Lents.

Why?

Because we believe

1) that pieces of music serve not (only) as exhibits in the museum – they might inspire even better, if played in a certain moment of the year,

2) people not accustomed to listening to the classical music could be more encouraged to attend concerts not particularly played in big, prestigious concert halls,

3) an innovative way of funding a cultural event can activate the potential audience and in a long-term perspective can build tight relations between the artists and their audience.

4) introducing and maintaining certain regularity in organising such concerts can create a demand for more classical music in the public sphere – which is and should be one of most important aims for every classical artist aware of the decrease in this area.

We fight the best we can, this time by organising Bach’s St. John’s Passion in Warsaw, using only crowdfunding way of sponsorship. We have to collect the whole sum, only than we’ll be able to perform.

So do not hesitate to check out how are we doing on bit.ly/pasja17 (it’s in polish but easily translatable).

If you’d like to help us, please contact me, I’d be glad to guide you!

What I mainly do in my spare time nowadays?

I guess, the photo above explains it clearly 🙂

Travelling is one of the actions one has to take on when being a singer. We all travel quite much, looking for new opportunities, taking on new chances, new risks. Sometimes you just do not know, where you land next week, month, season. The only healthy attitude is staying flexible and doing your best. Sometimes you’re planning the next months so exactly, that it is hardly possible to put a needle into those plans. And than, comes the phone call and says it’s all cancelled due to some better or worse reason. Or it’s 180 grades reversed: you receive an e-mail which persuades you to change thoroughly your plans for the next months. Than you might have to change not only your schedule, but also the place where you and your family live. Just off the cuff.

Being constantly prepared for off the cuff important life changes is kind of a skill. A „must have” for me.

Sounds shocking?

I am an opera singer, what’s your super power? 😉