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»My Polish Heart« Beats for Jazz

The highlight of the »My Polish Heart« series with the NDR Bigband.

Wolf Kerschek's composition »My Polish Heart« describes his first trip to Poland: »My grandmother was a Polish translator, my father was born in Pomerania. I don’t speak the language myself and yet I felt a close bond with the country.« This encounter with Polish folk culture put in motion a special chain of associations: »Vladislav Sendecki is my favourite pianist and I discovered certain musical parallels. So I composed a piano concerto for him and the NDR Bigband. Together we named it ›My Polish Heart‹.« The name of Kerschek’s work is now taken as the title for a whole series of concerts beginning in November that focuses on Poland as a musical nation.

Geir Lysne's latest project was inspired by Krzysztof Penderecki's compositions – »About Penderecki«. Penderecki's collaborations with jazz musicians are legendary; his piece »Actions« was a show-stopper at the Donaueschingen Festival.


NDR Bigband

Atom String Quartet

Olga Pasichnyk vocals

Vladyslav Sendecki piano

Morten Lund drums

musical director Geir Lysne


Wolf Kerschek
»My Polish Heart« for Piano and Big Band

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»About Penderecki« / Compositions and arrangements by Geir Lysne to themes from the music of Krzysztof Penderecki

Poland Spotlight

To mark the 100th anniversary of Polish independence, the Elbphilharmonie dedicates its own festival to Germany's easterly neighbour this autumn. View the programme