Kosciuszko Foundation in Washington DC - Upcoming Events

Babooshki - Jazz Concert (new date coming soon)

Monday, July 25, 2022, at 11:00am

Karolina Beimcik was born in Pozna, Poland. She is trained as a classical violinist and jazz singer, drawing from many influences, including Polish and Ukrainian folk music and poetry. Her awards and accolades include the Second Prize at the New Tradition Festival with the project "Babooshki", Grand Prix at The Niemen Non-Stop Festival, Polish Television Special Prize, Marshall of Pomerania Prize or the Second Prize at The International Jazz Singers Competition in Zamość.

In 2017-2019, she curated two musical projects under the patronage of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage: 'Zorya' - an international project promoting Polish music culture in New York and the "Komeda. Stories Crafted With Sounds."

Dana Vynnytska graduated from the Composition Department at Lviv National Musical Academy, and is laureate of the Gaude Polonia scholarship programm funded by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, designed for young artists from Central and Eastern Europe. Her half-year scholarship in Poland allowed Dana to study the material and actively perform live (initially as a female duo). She participated in recordings of artists such as Shokolad and Afro Kolektyw. She also performs with the band DagaDana. 

Bountiful Evening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiupLt238lQ

Rafał Sarnecki - guitarist, composer, arranger born in 1982 in Warsaw, Poland. In 2005 he left his hometown to study jazz in New York where he spend most of his career. Living in NY he was involved in a variety of New York based groups such as: Lucas Pino No-Net Nonet, Annie Chen Group and David Bertrand Quartet. He also started his own sextet featuring Lucas Pino, Bogna Kicińska, Glenn Zaleski, Rick Rosato and Colin StranahanAs a leader of his own projects he has toured China, South Korea, Malaysia, Chile, Israel, the East and West Coast of the US and many European countries.

Rafal has recorded five CDs as a leader. Two of them: Song From a New Place (2008, ARMS Records) and Cat's Dream (2014, BJURecords) were nominated for the Fryderyk award, the Polish equivalent of a Grammy. The Madman Rambles Again (2011, Fresh Sound) was selected as among the best jazz albums of 2011 by Hi – Fi magazine and All About Jazz. Rafal's fifth album will be out in the Fall 2022.

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