A uniquely improvised cinematic experience with music as the inspiration – filmic images largely from Merri Creek, mixed live by Jean Poole in response to a collection of Krzysztof Komeda’s evocative and iconic compositions carefully curated and arranged by musical director, Adam Simmons.Polish Cinema in Australia presented this concert to celebrate Komeda’s contribution as a film composer and commemorate the 50th anniversary of his untimely passing. Adam was engaged due to his related musical endeavours, as well as his 20-year connection with Poland and its culture (that started due to friendly heckling at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues).
The concept was developed by Adam in conjunction with Jean Poole, while the music was brought to life by the Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble, augmented by the artistry of two special guests and longtime collaborators of Adam’s: the masterful Tony Gould and the sublime Deborah Kayser.
KRZYSZTOF KOMEDA (1931-1968)
Described as Poland’s most important Polish jazz artist, pianist Krzysztof Komeda was also a prolific film composer with… more
released August 28, 2020
Overall concept – Adam Simmons and Jean Poole
Musical Direction – Adam Simmons
Cinematography/Editing – Jean Poole
Live video mixing – Jean Poole
Audio Recording Engineer – Jem Savage
Audio Assistant – Hannah Reaney
Mixing/mastering engineer – Myles Mumford
Graphic Design – Celsius Design
Photography – Jean Poole (cover) and George Sujak (inside – ensemble)
Recorded at Deakin Edge for Polish Music Day
29 November 2019
Dziękuję Bardzo | Special Thanks:
Polish Cinema in Australia, Polish Film Festival, Robert Domanski for his invitation and infectious enthusiasm, Krzysztof Balkiewicz (www.komeda.pl) and to Jarek Wojcik for introducing me to Komeda, pierogi and pączki.
Adam is a Forestone Artist and performs exclusively on a Forestone RX Red Brass tenor saxophone.