Kraków Jazz Week 2023: Jazz Juniors and Seifert Jazz Days

Monday, October 9, 2023 - Sunday, October 15, 2023

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  • Monday, October 9, 2023 - Sunday, October 15, 2023

Founded in 1976, the International Contest of Young Jazz Ensembles Jazz Juniors has always been strongly entwined with the history of Polish jazz, since it is at the Jazz Juniors where the most famous Polish artists – such as Leszek Możdżer, Krzysztof Ścierański, Marek Bałata, Niedziela and Pospieszalski brothers, and New Presentation, Walk Away and Miłość bands – made their first steps.

This was years ago, yet Jazz Juniors still belongs to the spearhead of jazz events, whose winners make their presence ever more visible on international music stages. Enough to mention that this is the competition that recently allowed the discovery of such personalities and bands as High Definition, N.S.I., Levity, Bartosz Dworak, Paweł Kaczmarczyk, Piotr Orzechowski “Pianohooligan” and Tomasz Chyła Quintet.


Seifert Jazz Days 2023

09.10.2023 | 19.30
Maciej Obara Quartet

  • Maciej Obara: sax
  • Dominik Wania: p
  • Ole Morten: b
  • Gard Nilssen: dr

10.10.2023 | 19.30
Mateusz Smoczyński / Markus Stockhausen International Group

  • Mateusz Smoczyński – vn
  • Markus Stockhausen – tr
  • Kristjan Randalu – p
  • Chris Jennings – b
  • Bodek Janke - dr

11.10.2023 | 19.30

  • Pauli Lyytinen - sax
  • Łukasz Ojdana – p
  • Krzysztof Gradziuk - dr

Jazz Juniors 2023

Adam Pierończyk – artistic director

12.10.2023 Jazz Juniors Competition

START: 19.30

13.10.2023 | 19.30


  • Oskar Tomala – guitar
  • Mateusz Żydek – trumpet
  • Jakub Wosik – double bass
  • Alan Kapołka – drums


Arbenz X Veras / Vistels Conversation

  • Jorge Vistel – trumpet
  • Maikel Vistel – tenor saxophone
  • Nelson Veras – guitar
  • Florian Arbenz – drums

14.10.2023 | 19.30

Franciszek Raczkowski Solo - piano


Matthieu Bordenave Trio

  • Matthieu Bordenave – tenor saxophone
  • Florian Weber – piano
  • Patrice Moret – bass

15.10.2023 | 19.30

Robert Wypasek Quartet

  • Robert Wypasek – tenor saxophone
  • Mateusz Pałka – piano
  • Piotr Południak – bass
  • Grzegorz Pałka – drums


Lage Lund Quartet

  • Lage Lund – guitar
  • Pablo Held – piano 
  • Orlando le Fleming – bass  
  • Karl-Henrik Ousbäck – drums

Source: press release

Cricoteka Centre for Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor

ul. Nadwiślańska 2

Successive rounds of the permanent exhibition in the former power plant present the ideas central to the work of Tadeusz Kantor.

Tadeusz Kantor (1915–90) – one of the most important theatrical artists and reformers of the 20th century – chose Kraków as the place both to work and live in. Although the premieres of the legendary Cricot 2 Theatre were held in various European cities and the productions travelled the whole world, their director always returned to the city in the shadow of Wawel. Conscious of the significance of his artistic legacy, he set up “a living archive” here: the Cricoteka. After the death of the artist, the operations of the Cricot 2 might have been suspended, yet the Cricoteka continues to organise exhibitions, symposia, performances, workshops, and meetings, at the same time publishing materials devoted to Kantor’s art. Its home is the former power plant of Podgórze “wrapped” in a modern construction. The exhibition halls are suspended over the roof of the historical building, and the café situated on the top floor commands a panorama of the city, extending over the other side of the Vistula. One by one, the mutations of the permanent exhibition present the crucial ideas in the art of Tadeusz Kantor. Objects used in the theatre, props, sketches, photographs from the Cricoteka collection, and videos and recordings of productions accompanying them portray the successive stages in the development of his theatre. The temporary exhibitions of contemporary art organised here are references to the artist’s oeuvre.

The Gallery – Studio of Tadeusz Kantor at ul. Sienna 7, where the artist spent the last years of his life, is also part of Cricoteka. Visitors are welcome to the room that the artist made his home and place of work, and a gallery presenting the cycles of his drawings.

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