May 2010 Bank Holiday: Southbank Show.
Nigel's comments on the performances.
Saturday 29th May 2010, Sunday 30th May 2010 and Monday 31st May 2010.
Web site: www.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/festivals-series/nigel-kennedys-polish-weekend
29th May 2010: 'Robert Majewski's sound is one of the greatest trumpet sounds I've ever heard. It's not the brash and
aggressive sound you often hear in many trumpet players, but it's very open and warm.'
29th May 2010: 'Zakopower are to highlander music what the Pogues are to Irish music. Even if you can't understand
a word of it, the music is so appealing everyone will love it. This is for people who like dancing and bopping around.'
29th May 2010: Nigel Kennedy's Orchestra of Life
'I love working with young people who are open-minded and flexible, and who have a real energy
and vivacity in their approach to music. These young cats show the discipline and spontaneity of Polish culture;
they can play really well in so many different styles and, with these composers, both were great harmonic masters who wrote beautifully.'
29th May 2010: Nigel's Front Room Late
'In Poland, music happens in more natural circumstances than England – it seems more of a part of life.
You have a late night drink, you eat, and there'll probably be musicians playing in the corner – and that's what our late-night
jams are about.'
30th May 2010: 'Piotr's Quintet has a very cultivated, warm sound. They're all great musicians. It's very melodious
music; not over complicated in the way of showing off technique. It's just very sophisticated stuff. I love listening
to his music.'
30th May 2010; 'Kroke play beautifully. They have a very natural way of playing, with great invention and great heart.
There is an unbelievable pathos and truthfulness in the music. They're mad people, but it's brilliant music.'
30th May 2010: Nigel Kennedy’s World Cup Project England v Poland, 1973
'I am really excited about this concert – this is a different type of night, but it perfectly represents what
the whole festival is about, which is bringing Polish culture into England. There's a similarity between music
and football in that football brings a lot of people together and music is obviously designed expressly for that purpose.
They are also both shared pursuits across all nations.'
30th May 2010: Nigel's Front Room Late
'We'll have Polish food and drink while the musicians play.'
31st May 2010: 'Anna Maria Jopek is a beautiful, artist and person; she is an amazing musician, with a really
fantastic band. There's real personality to her music and she's a serious, open-minded musician; she doesn't just
get away with bullshit and charisma.'
31st May 2010: 'I love playing with Jarek as he's got this real joie de vivre about his music and his life.
He's not one of those old cynical bastards, but has a real enjoyment of playing, which I really respect.'
31st May 2010: Nigel Kennedy’s Chopin Super Group
'Frédéric Chopin is probably the first and foremost great composer of this wonderful country, and Janusz Olejniczak is,
for me, just the greatest Chopin interpreter in the world. There's a lot of Chopin going on this year because it's 200 years
since he was born and we're presenting a slightly different view of Chopin's music in our festival.'
31st May 2010: Nigel Kennedy Quintet
'I love playing my music with guys who are from a jazz background, as you can be much more imaginative if you can
all improvise and react immediately to the moment. It's our fourth year of playing together and it's just very exciting
to be involved with this band.'
31st May 2010: Nigel's Front Room Late
'I entered that country and the spirit of that country entered me.'
Our thanks to the Southbank Centre for sending us the information.