Chopin 200: Grazyna Auguscik's World Sound
I wish to thank everyone that attended the concert in Millenium Park. I am so glad
we had the opportunity to present such an incredible performance to a wonderful
Chopin 200: World Sound is a free two hour concert showcasing the Polish composers
masterpieces, as reinterpreted for the 21st century by our team of international
The musicians appearing are:
Grazyna Auguscik (vocal)
Jarek Bester (accordion virtuoso - Poland)
Matt Ulery (bass)
the Chicago International Trombone Ensemble
Howard Levy (harmonica and piano)
Paulinho Garcia (guitar and vocal)
Ronnie Malley (oud)
Ian Maksin (cello)
and special guests the Andrzej Jagodzinski Trio from Poland
Singer, composer, arranger, and producer Grazyna Auguscik has won the praise and
admiration of music critics, jazz enthusiasts and even non-jazz audiences with a
singular voice that speaks a universal language. Her unorthodox approach to rewriting
classic works is at once a tribute to its authors as well as an adventure into uncharted
territory. Born in Poland, she graduated in 1992 from the Berklee College of Music
in Boston, and has made Chicago her home since 1994, with frequent appearances at
the Green Mill, the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park.
Amidst her active
schedule of worldwide performances, Auguscik has managed to record, produce and
distribute fourteen albums, ten under her own record label, GMA Records, and appears
on many projects as a guest.
Thank you for joining us in this memorable and historical evening.
You can hear
Grazyna Auguscik's World Sound
Chopin's Prelude In C Minor below.
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"Yes, Chopin's Music Can
Swing - And Then Some"
MY KIND OF JAZZ
July 26, 2010
By Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune Arts critic
The music world has been awash with 200th anniversary celebrations of Frederic Chopin's
birth, but surely none as free-wheeling as Sunday's night's marathon at the Pritzker
Pavilion in Millennium Park.
An estimated 8,500 listeners heard Chopin's music radically transformed through
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