KRZYSZTOF GRADZIUK – drums
He‚Äôs a man of very well-defined ideas and a strong character. When he plays music however, he becomes the soul of creation and subtleness. He comes from ZamoŇõńá, where he started to learn music as a teenager, mainly at jam sessions in a club named KOSZ. Most of his musical achievements have roots in the prestigious Jazz Institute of the Academy of Music in Katowice, the only jazz institute in Poland. He met there Maciej Garbowski and PrzemysŇāaw Raminiak with whom he set up the RGG trio. Also there, he started a close cooperation with Anna Gadt, Maciej Obara and Daniel PopiaŇākiewicz.
He was awarded a scholarship to the Leipzig Academy of Music and Theatre.
In 2004 he took part in Summer Jazz Workshops in Lousville, USA. He learned there from John Riley and Steve Davis, among others. In the same year, he received a scholarship of the Polish Ministry of Art and Culture. Currently, he teaches at the Jazz Institute in Katowice.
Some of the artists he performed with are: Tomasz StaŇĄko, Thomas Gustafsson, Antoine Roney, Avishai Cohen, Zbigniew Namyslowski, Adam Pieronczyk, Jaroslaw Smietana, Piotr Wojtasik, Bernard Maseli and many more.
MACIEJ GARBOWSKI – double bass
Maciej is a double bass player coming form Silesia. He‚Äôs the embodiment of peace and reservation, keeping reality at a certain distance. He‚Äôs an enthusiast of Scandinavian sound. Maciej makes a stable foundation for the whole band, being its most delicate element at the same time.
He graduated from Jazz Institute of the Academy of Music in Katowice in 2004 and he‚Äôs a co-founder of the RGG trio (Raminiak ‚Äď Garbowski ‚Äď Gradziuk). He was awarded many prizes both within boarders and abroad, e.g. International Jazz Festival in Getxo (Spain) ‚Äď II prize and the Audience Award, Pomorska JesieŇĄ Jazzowa ‚Äď ‚ÄúKlucz do kariery‚ÄĚ (‚ÄúKey to the career‚ÄĚ award), Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa 2007 ‚Äď Grand Prix.
ŇĀUKASZ OJDANA – piano
He‚Äôs a pianist coming from Warsaw. He was born in 1990 and he belongs to a circle of very promising young musicians. At Jazz Camping Kalat√≥wki, he made his debut in a quintet formed by one of the most acclaimed Polish jazz saxophone players, Zbigniew NamysŇāowski, who was intrigued by the young pianist‚Äôs play. In 2011, he received the Hope of Warsaw award at the festival orginised by a top Polish jazz magazine ‚Äď Jazz Forum.
The ability to listen is Lukas‚Äôgreatest value. His style of playing is mature, full of space and surprisingly modest, as for such a young musician. He get inspiration mainly from Scandinavian music. Nevertheless, thanks to his studies at the Jazz Institute in Katowice, he‚Äôs closely related to the mainstream of contemporary jazz music.