8 February 1984 (age 34)
Kraków, Małopolskie, Poland
One of Poland's pre-eminent jazz pianists from the younger generation, a student of the Karol Szymanowki Academy of Music's Jazz Studies program in Katowice, composer, soloist and sideman. He performs with the Janusz Muniak Quartet, Monty Waters/Kazimierz Jonkisz "Energy", and the Rafał Sarnecki Quintet, as well as leading his own trio. Paweł Kaczmarczyk has received many awards at various festivals and competitions: a special distinction at the 2002 edition of the Polish National Review of Jazz and Blues Groups in Gdynia, where he returned to take top honors in 2003; the title of Best Instrumentalist at Poland's Jazz Juniors competition in 2002 an award for the best arrangement at the International Competition for Jazz Groups "JUNIOR JAZZ 2006", in Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic), as well as first place in the "New Hope" category of Jazz Forum Magazine's "Jazz Top" readers' poll from 2004 through 2006. The year 2006 also saw him being awarded a grant from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
In 2001 Paweł Kaczmarczyk established a trio with Michał Barański on bass, and Paweł Dobrowolski on drums. The group draws its inspiration from the work of artists like Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans; the concepts of Brada Mehldau and Wayne Shorter form part of their musical vocabulary as well. It's music that is full of warmth and sensitivity, but with no lack of electrifying dynamics and avant-garde ideas. The trio won first place at the 26th "Jazz Juniors" International Competition for Young and Debuting Jazz Groups (2002), took the "Grand Prix" at the 40th "Jazz on the Oder" Jazz Festival in Wrocław (2002), and was awarded the "Key to a Career" prize at the "Pomeranian Jazz Autumn" festival, as well as winning the 2nd Place "Golden Crocus" award at the Jelenia Góra Jazz Festival, several medals at the "Kultursalen Hörbiger" competition in Vienna (2004), and 1st Place at the "JUNIOR JAZZ 2006" International Competition for Jazz Groups in Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic).
Paweł Kaczmarczyk has performed at a large number jazz festivals, including Warsaw Summer Jazz Days, Jazz en Nord (France), Krakow's "Zaduszki Jazzowe" and "Piwnica pod Baranami" Summer Festival, the Palatia Jazz Festival (Germany), the Lamantin Jazz Festival (Hungary), the International Jazz Pianists' Festival in Kalisz, and many others… He also performs regularly in Poland's finest jazz clubs.
In 2005, the KBD Trio recorded their debut album "Live!", which they are currently promoting through concerts in Poland and abroad.
Paweł Kaczmarczyk has worked with a wide range of musicians, including Janusz Muniak, Adam Pierończyk, Adam Kawończyk, Jorgos Skolias, Monty Waters, Kazimierz Jonkisz, Artur Rojek (Myslovitz), Krzysztof Popek, Cezary Konrad, Tomasz Szukalski, Maciej Strzelczyk, Isham Rusty Jones, Grzegorz Piotrowski, and many others.
Paweł Kaczmarczyk is a winner of the "Melomani" Jazz Society's Jazz Oscars Grand Prix in the "Hope of the Melomani" category for 2005, and the group KBD Trio received Polish Public Television Channel 2's "Album of The Year 2005" award for the CD "Live!".
The magazine "Jazz Forum" conducts a yearly readers' poll known as "Jazz Top", which is a ranking of Poland's jazz musicians and, in a sense, an overview of the country's jazz scene. Earlier this year, the poll results for 2006 were published and Paweł Kaczmarczyk placed highly in the Musician of The Year category (4th, behind Tomasz Stańko, Leszek Możdżer and Janusz Muniak), as well as winning recognition as a composer, leader of an acoustic group, and pianist. What seems most significant, however, is that for the third year in a row he was at the top of the Hope of The Year category, ahead of Aga Zaryan, Marcin Masecki, Maria Sadowska and a number of other artists.
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