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Ad astra

Epic and Atmospheric Saxophone Music

  • Willa Lentza


On Friday 31st March at 7 p.m., during our next concert in the AD ASTRA cycle, chamber music for saxophone and piano will be presented to the audience by saxophonist Dariusz Samól.
The programme focuses on contemporary European classical composers. Two of the artists in this select company, Marek Jasiński and Jaromir Gajewski, come from Szczecin.
Dariusz Samól will be accompanied by Urszula Szyryńska on the piano.
Tickets can be purchased at: bilety.willa-lentza.pl/
PROGRAMME

Myroslav Skoryk (1938-2020) – ‘Melodiya’ / ‘Melody’
Alfred Desenclos (1912-1971) – Prélude, Cadence et Finale
Otmar Mácha (1922-2006) – ‘Pláč saxofonu’ / ‘Saxophone Weeping’
Maciej Małecki (b. 1940) – ‘Elegy’
Marek Jasiński (1949-2010) – ‘Meditations’
Jaromir Gajewski (b. 1961) – ‘Duo’
Philippe Geiss (b. 1961) – ‘Akashia’

PERFORMERS

DARIUSZ SAMÓL – saxophone
URSZULA SZYRYŃSKA – piano

Bios

Dariusz Samól

Professor Dariusz Samól, D.A., Habil., is a graduate of the Professor Ed Bogaard’s class at the Lemmensinstituut (Leuven, Belgium) and of postgraduate studies with Professor Mieczysław Stachura at Wrocław’s Academy of Music.

Samól is Head of the Chair of Wind Instruments, Accordion, Guitar, Harp and Percussion at Szczecin’s Academy of Art. In 2015-2016 he was a guest professor at China’s Zhaoqing University. As an instrumentalist he has also taught masterclasses in the United States, China, and Europe. His students have frequently won top prizes in international competitions worldwide.
He has been the initiator of several ensembles, including The ArtSax Duo, Impression Saxophone Ensemble, and Inventia Trio. He has premiered several dozen new works by Polish and foreign contemporary composers, including George Andrix, Sy Brandon, Artur Cieślak, James DeMars, Jaromir Gajewski, Piotr Grella-Możejko, Alicja Gronau, He He, Marek Jasiński, Zhong Juncheng, Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil, Marilyn Shrude, Edward Sielicki, Janusz Stalmierski, and Andreas van Zoelen.
Samól is also the author of saxophone transcriptions of works by Polish composers of various eras, such as, among others, Adam Andrzejowski, Fryderyk Chopin, Nicolaus Cracoviensis, Karol Szymanowski, Henryk Wieniawski, Tadeusz Wroński, and Władysław Żeleński. He has recorded three albums of Polish music, and authored books and papers on saxophone music (including Saxophone Music by Polish Composers. Selected Works, in Polish and English; Saxophone Music in the Works of US Composers of Polish Origin; Adolphe Sax and Saxophone Music in the Nineteenth Century).
The artist has given performances in Asia, Europe, and North America (USA), both as a soloist and chamber musician.
He is the artistic director of music events: the International Saxophone Festival in Szczecin, the ‘Étude’ International Festival, and Convergent Points Festival.

Urszula Szyryńska

Urszula Szyryńska, D.A., Habil., Professor of the Academy of Art in Szczecin, graduated in piano performance from Professor Bogusław Rottermund’s class at Poznań’s Academy of Music and completed postgraduate studies of chamber music with piano with Professor Barbara Halska at Warsaw’s Chopin Academy (now University) of Music.

The pianist has premiered many chamber music compositions, recorded extensively for the national and regional radio and television, as well as record labels. Her music releases include Johann Nepomuk Hummel – Works for Viola with violist Marcin Murawski (Acte Préalable), two albums of music by French composer René de Boisdeffre (Works for Viola and Piano with Marcin Murawski), the CD Marek Jasiński and Jaromir Gajewski. Works for Piano and Saxophone (with saxophonist Julita Przybylska), and another album dedicated to Polish contemporary composers, which includes a piece by Artur Cieślak performed with Dariusz Samól.
Szyryńska has taken part in numerous music festivals and competitions, including the 2nd Krzysztof Penderecki International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Cracow, the International Chamber Music Competition in Caltanissetta, Sicily, and the 13th World Saxophone Congress at the University of Minneapolis (USA). Honoured in the Bronisław Huberman Austrian music cycle in Warsaw, apart from her concert schedule Szyryńska is also very intensely involved in music education. Her pupils have frequently won top prizes in piano competitions. In 2005 in Warsaw, she received the Witold Hulewicz Award for her work with blind musicians.
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