KF's Washington DC Center - Upcoming Events

Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 5:00 pm

POSTPONED! Art by Helen Covensky Ciesla - Opening Night

Due to rising concerns regarding the coronavirus infection risk, the Kosciuszko Foundation DC Chapter decided that the art show opening of Polish-Jewish artist Helen Ciesla and her granddaughter Piera Kempner will be postponed. 

 Our main concern is ensuring the safety and health of participants attending the event. We expect to host the event in the near future. We will notify you by email regarding the new date of the exhibition's opening. 

 We are truly sorry to take this action but also feel that it is a responsible and reasonable decision. 

 Thank you for understanding. 

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS' DAY

CELEBRATING GREAT WOMEN

ART SHOW OPENING

OF POLISH - JEWISH ARTIST

HELENA COVENSKY CIESLA

&

HER GRANDDAUGHTER

PIERA KEMPNER

Special Guest: an artist's daughter, a well established documentary film maker Aviva Kempner. Ms. Kempner will deliver a remembrance of her mother.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

ALL EVENTS POSTPONED

Dear Friends, 

due to the rapid spread of the Coronavisrus all scheduled events at the Kosciuszko Foundation in Washington DC are postponed. 

We will inform you about the new dates.

Stay safe and well! 

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Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 1:30 pm

Natalia Kazaryan Piano Recital

The Kosciuszo Foundation and Washington International Piano Council 

invites you for a piano recital

by  Natalia Kazaryan

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Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 5:00 pm

International Womens' Day Celebration

Our Annual Ladies Only Social Gathering - Potluck

Sunday, March 15th @ 5PM


Please Come! Bring a dish or a drink to share and let's celebrate Us -Women! 

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Polish-American Music: Concert by Marta Plomienska and Dawid Mzyk

Details will be posted soon

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Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 5:00 pm

Krystian Jaworz & Magda Pluta in Concert Surreal Players

TICKETS:
KF MEMBERS $20
GENERAL AUDIENCE $25
SURREAL PLAYERS BEGIN THEIR POLISH-AMERICAN TOUR


After having played with Zbigniew Preisner and having recorded for John Zorn, an extraordinary duo formed by Magda Pluta (cellist) and Krystian Jaworz (pianist) is beginning the tour this spring.

The artists will play their own music in i.a. Warszawa, Poznań, Łódź, Kraków, New York, Philadelphia and Washington.


They will play songs from their debut album "Ideogram" released by SJRecords label last autumn.

The tour project has received financial assistance from Adam Mickiewicz Institute. and The Kościuszko Foundation. Both "Ideogram" and the tour are under media patronage of Jazz Forum, JazzPress, Radio Jazz FM,  The Kościuszko Foundation ,Muzykoholicy Portal, New York Dance and Arts Innovations, and Bargemusic New York.
 
ABOUT THE BAND:
The duo SURREAL PLAYERS consists of the cellist Magda Pluta and the jazz pianist Krystian Jaworz. The musicians began working together while having already had plenty of interesting artistic achievements, such as participation in recordings for the Polish Radio and the prestigious New York label John Zorn TZADIK, cooperation with brilliant artists and bands of various music genres (Zbigniew Preisner, Bester Quartet, Pudelsi, Halina Frąckowiak, Max Klezmer Band), and performances at renowned festivals such as Palm Jazz Gliwice, TZADIK Poznań Festiwal, Klezmore Festival Vienna, Stanser Musiktage – Stans Swiss, and Warsaw Summer Jazz Days. The duo plays its original compositions, boldly combining elements of jazz and folk, as well as illustrative, classical and experimental music. Surreals Players' work has been awarded at the 7th edition of the National Competition of Creators and Performers – KOROWÓD.


Nine songs were included on the debut album released by SJRecords.

The recordings have been made at Preisner Studio Poland and were made by TADEUSZ MIECZKOWSKI.
Magda Pluta – cello
Born in Szczecin, Cracovian by choice. She is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. As a session musician she has taken part in numerous recordings for the Polish Radio or television productions. She also performed at renowned festivals in Poland and abroad (Warsaw Summer Jazz Days, KlezMore Festival, Stanser Musiktage, Palm Jazz Gliwice, Chopin&Friends). She has made recordings for a prestigious New York label John Zorn TZADIK with the bands Samech (2012) and Bester Quarter (2013). She is a co-founder of the duo Surreal Players which has been awarded at the Festival of Creativity "Korowód 2014", as well as the author of the compositions on their debut album IDEOGRAM (SJR, 2019. She has participated in plenty prestigious projects such as "Dokąd" ("Where to") and "W poszukiwaniu dróg. Nowe i Stare Kolędy" ("Searching for roads. New and Old Carols") by Zbigniew Preisner, as well as in many recordings of film music composed by Preisner himself, including "Valley of Shadows" with Lisa Gerald.
Krystian Jaworz – piano

A composer and arranger. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Kraków in the classical trumpet and jazz piano classes. Co-founder of the Surreal Players duo cooperates with bands such as Max Klezmer Band, Groove Set, Agata Kulis Music, Gurgul Band and Giles Barratt Quartet. He was a keyboard player in the legendary Polish band Pudelsi for several years and cooperated with Halina Frąckowiak. He has given numerous concerts in Poland, USA (New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington), France, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
 
 
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Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 1:00 pm

WIPAC Piano Concert

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Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Aleksander Debicz - Solo Piano

TICKETS:

KF MEMBERS $20

GENERAL AUDIENCE $25


ALEKSANDER DĘBICZ is one of the most versatile Polish pianists and composers.

 The starting point for his artistic activity is his improvisation and original music which is often combined with the repertoire of classic masters.

In 2015, his debut album, "Cinematic Piano" (Warner Classics) featured a series of 12 own compositions inspired by the art of film. Since then, he composed music for films, radio plays and theater, cooperating with Polish Theater in Warsaw or The Juliusz Słowacki Theater in Krakow, among others. Dębicz won an award for the best original music for the radio play („Anna Karenina" directed by Katarzyna Michałkiewicz) at the Dwa Teatry Festival 2019.

 

In 2018, he released his third album "Invention" (Warner Classics). In the album, Dębicz presented his interpretation of a set of J.S. Bach Inventions and Sinfonias and original compositions inspired by Bach and hip hop music. The album was nominated for Fryderyk 2019 award and gathered a number of highly enthusiastic reviews. In April 2019, a new track by Aleksander Dębicz was released, "The Union", composed on the occasion of the 15th Anniversary of Poland's accession to the European Union.

 

Aleksander Dębicz is not afraid of experiments, he works with DJs and graphic artists creating computer animations. This trend is not accidental – it expresses a changing approach to art and its role in the younger generation of creators and listeners.

 

Dębicz performs in a duet with cellist Marcin Zdunik with whom he has already developed several original programs based on classical music and improvisation. One of them was immortalized on a two-piece album, "Bach Stories", recorded for the Warner Classics label, which gathered exquisite reviews. The album was nominated for the Fryderyk 2018 award. The artist also regularly performs with saxophonist and composer Szymon Nidzworski.

 

Aleksander Dębicz, a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in Prof. Elżbieta Tarnawska piano class, perfected his skills in International Master Classes working under the direction of world-renowned pianists and educators including: Robert Levin, Andras Schiff, Andrea Bonatta, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń and Aleksei Orłowiecki. He has toured both in Poland and abroad (including Germany, France, Romania, Italy, Austria, Turkey).

During his career he won numerous awards, including: 1st place and a special prize for the best performance of Bach's works at the 15th international J.S. Bach piano competition in Gorzów Wielkopolski and Frankfurt (Oder) (2000), a special prize for the best performance of sonatas by Haydn at the 10th international piano competition in Bremen in Germany (2005), a special prize at the international music contest in Bucharest Romania (2006), he was a finalist at the International Piano Competition in Kitzingen, Germany (2003) and semifinalist at the 8th I.J. Paderewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz (2010). In 2013, eclipsing the competition, he won the Transatlantyk Instant Composition Contest, the only one in the world contest in simultaneous film improvisation.

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Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Magdalena Wor - soprano, Martin Labazevitch - piano

Chopin, Moniuszko, Ives, Barbar, Bernstein

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Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Aga Derlak in Concert - Jazz Pianist

Details coming soon