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Leszek Mozdzer 

When: Sun., May 30, 5 p.m., Mon., May 31, 5 & 7 p.m., Tue., June 1, 5 & 7 p.m. and Thu., June 3, 5 & 7 p.m. 2010
Price: $30

Hailing from a country steeped in pianistic tradition and recognized there as a star, Poland’s Leszek Możdżer is one of the best-kept secrets of the keyboard world. A classically trained virtuoso able to improvise on Chopin, Ellington or Nirvana, his fight for authenticity at the piano has given rise to a distinctive and original sound not to be missed. Presented by Spoleto Festival USA as part of the Wachovia Jazz Series.

Here come the Poles
Leszek Możdżer is a Polish star of staggering ability. The classically trained, virtuosic pianist is considered to be one of the brightest musical talents of Eastern Europe. He performs seven intimate concerts at the Recital Hall at the Simons Center between May 30 and June 3. Expect Możdżer's improvisational talents to be on full display.

He's a winner
The pianist received an individual award at the International Jazz Competition Jazz Juniors in 1992 held in Krakow. He was also a member of the Zbigniew Namysowski Quartet. In a poll organized among Jazz Forum readers, he's repeatedly won top spot for the Best Jazz Pianist and Musician of the Year. He has also worked with acclaimed international musicians, including Arthur Blythe, Buster Williams, Billy Harper, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, and Archie Shepp.

Versatility is his strong point
On recent recordings, Możdżer has performed reinterpretive "impressions" on a variety of classical, jazz, and popular pieces — from his homeboy Chopin's compositions to deconstructed Nirvana covers (seriously). While musically unpredictable, attendees can expect some of the most passionate moments of the festival at these performances.

— T. Ballard Lesemann


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