ANDRZEJ KURYLEWICZ - composer, pianist, trumpet-player,
Born in Lvov, 1932. His musical education began in the Music School (Szkoła Muzyczna) in Lvov
and in the Institute of Music (Instytut Muzyczny) in Gliwice. He went on to study
in the High School of Music (Wyższa Szkoła Muzyczna) in Kraków - piano under Henryk Sztompka,
composition under Stanisław Wiechowicz. He made his debut as the founder of the Polish Radio Jazz Band
(Zespół Jazzowy Polskiego Radia) in Kraków. He conducted the Polish Radio and Television Orchestra in Warsaw.
In 1969 he founded the Formation of Contemporary Music (Formacja Muzyki Współczesnej - strings,
brass and percussion), which he led till 1979. In 1967, in Warsaw’s Old Town, with his wife Wanda Warska
- a singer and painter – he opened "Piwnica Artystyczna Kurylewiczów" – a studio for the performance
of musical and literary forms, distinct and combined. Andrzej Kurylewicz is one of the most outstanding personalities in contempary Polish music. He is a passionate artist, who has changed several times
the field of his interests and activities. He has given concerts - both as a conductor and instrumentalist - throughout Europe, as well as South and North America. In 1965 he received
the Polish Radio and Television Award; in 1978, the Award of the City of Warsaw; in 1981, the Prix Italia;
in 1987, the Medal of the City of Warsaw. He has also received many prizes for his compositions
for film and theatre. In 1984 he took up the position of composer-in-residence of the city of Wilhelmshaven. Throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s, he maintained a close association with the State University
in Kansas (USA). As a composer, he belongs - as he himself has put it – to the "post-avant-garde"
of the late 20th century. He has composed numerous pieces for symphonic orchestra, for chamber orchestra,
as well as many song-cycles, psalms for Latin texts, a "Missa Brevis" for the Roman Missal,
and a wide range of solo works, for piano, harpsichord, organ, flute, tuba, double-bass, and others.
As a pianist, Andrzej Kurylewicz values highly the music of Karol Szymanowski,
offering particularly outstanding interpretations of all twenty-two of that composer’s Mazurkas.
In his improvisations on the piano, he has been particularly innovative in combining
classical and contemporary music with jazz.
GABRIELA KURYLEWICZ – daughter of Wanda Warska and Andrzej Kurylewicz.
Student of Stefan Swieżawski, Erwin Axer and Leszek Kołakowski. Philosopher, poet, translator, poetry performer.
In 2001 founded the Foundation Forma –
Member of ZAiKS (section of literary works) and SIEPM. Codirector of the Piwnica Artystyczna Kurylewiczów.
Books in the history of philosophy:
Dzieło sztuki i jego brak (The Work of Art Well-Made and Ill-Made), Warszawa 1996,
Poznawanie i niepoznawanie istnienia – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola w poszukiwaniu metafizycznej zgodności wszystkiego, co istnieje
(Knowing and Not Knowing Being – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola’s Quest for the Metaphysical Harmony of all Existing Things), Warszawa 2004.
Thomas Aquinas, Traktat o Bogu (The Treatise on God), polish translation and commentaries G. Kurylewicz, Z. Nerczuk i M. Olszewski, Znak, Kraków 1998, 2000.
Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, O bycie i jednym (On Being and One) and List do Hemolausa Barbaro (The Letter to Hermolao Barbaro), [in:] Anthology of the Latin Philosophy in the XVth Century, ed. E. Jung, Łódź (in preparation),
Boethius, O pocieszeniu, jakie daje filozofia (De Consolatione Philosophiae), pol. transl. G. Kurylewicz, M. Antczak, Kęty 2006.
Books of poetry:
Wiersze (Poems), Kraków 1992, Kraków 1996 (second edition) and Warszawa 2003 (third edition),
Wydłużyć horyzont (To Extend the Horizon), Kraków 1998, Warszawa 2003 (second edition),
Tristia, Warszawa 2003,
Księżyc świadkiem (in preparation).
Translations of poetry:
William Shakespeare, Hamlet and Sonnets (in preparation).
Historia jednego dnia (Story of the One Day)
(script, poems and reciting – G. Kurylewicz, music, double-bass – Mauro Battisti, the final solo voice – Wanda Warska,
sound directing – Ewa Guziołek-Tubelewicz, studio recording, Fundacja Forma, Polskie Radio 2002).
Nowa Historia – 13 wierszy (The New Story – 13 Poems)
(script, poems, reciting – G. Kurylewicz, music, piano – Andrzej Jagodziński, the final solo voice – Wanda Warska,
sound directing – Ewa Guziołek-Tubelewicz, studio recordnig, Fundacja Forma, Polskie Radio 2004).
WANDA WARSKA - singer, painter, song-writer. She studied music in
Poznań and Kraków.
Since 1956 she has performed as the principal singer of the jazz and song-cycles
of the composer and instrumentalist Andrzej Kurylewicz. During the 60’s, she came to prominence
as one of the most distinguished female jazz vocalists in Europe, and also gained renown in Central America,
where she lived and performed for a time. In 1967, in Warsaw’s Old Town, with Andrzej Kurylewicz, she founded "Piwnica Artystyczna Kurylewiczów" – an independent studio for the performance of musical and literary
forms, encapsulating in addition an Institute of Arts and a gallery. During the 70’s, she composed music
for a number of films. Since the mid-seventies, she has devoted an increasing amount of her time
to painting, working principally on wood and on canvas. Alongside her vast jazz repertoire, she performs
the songs of Andrzej Kurylewicz and of her own composition. The latter part of her repertoire includes
settings of the finest Polish and European poetry, in the original and in Polish translation
– including Kochanowski, Norwid, Słowacki, Mickiewicz, Wyspiański, Rilke and Mandelstam.
She continues to give performances and exhibitions throughout Poland and Europe, in addition
to a weekly performance in "Piwnica", accompanied by Andrzej Kurylewicz, in concert
with various other performers.