KRZYSZTOF POPEK    is a leading Polish jazz flute player topping the jazz rankings of the Jazz Forum monthly (The European Jazz Magazine) for many years and also owner of a well-known label POWER BROS.

He started off as a jazz musician at Jazz Juniors ’82 and Jazz Nad Odra ’85 festivals winning individual awards at both. He plays the soprano and alto flute. Besides, he is a composer, arranger and inspirational leader of his numerous bands of which Young Power stands out as the most renowned and popular.

The album “Letters and Leaves” also proved to be a success. It was recorded by KRZYSZTOF POPEK QUINTET and was nominated for the Polish Grammy Award – Fryderyk ’96 and came second in Jazz Forum’s Album of the Year ’96 ranking.                                               

In 2005 he recorded important "House of Jade" with a magnificent American rhythm section: Victor Lewis, David Friesen and Randy Porter.  -     " Popek is a precise player with beautiful technique ... "  Elliot Simon, November 2006, ALLABOUTJAZZ - NEW YORK

In 2006 "You Are In My Heart " with Joe LaBarbera, David Friesen, Randy Porter and Piotr Wojtasik and in 2007 together with Victor Lewis, Cameron Brown, Stephen Scott and  Piotr Wojtasik - Estate.

Now, he plays and records with INTERNATIONAL QUINTET with Kirk Lightsey, Stephen Scott, Cameron Brown, Victor Lewis, Joe La Barbera, David Friesen, Randy Porter, Ed Schuller, Jasper van't Hof, John Betsch, Piotr Wojtasik and Piotr Baron.

He has performed in major clubs in Europe, and also at such festivals as Warsaw Jazz Summer, Jazz Jamboree, Molde International Jazz Festival, Göttinger Jazzfestival, Leverkusener Jazz Tage, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, Berlin Jazz Tage, Stockholm Jazz and Blues All Stars Festival and many others. In 1997 Krzysztof Popek and his Quintet performed in Bonn, Germany to celebrate Poland’s accession to NATO.

The most important prizes:  

Every year since 1988 (also in 2009) Krzysztof Popek has been awarded the Flute Player of the Year ( Jazz Forum - The European Jazz Magazine )

1987 – Krzysztof Popek awarded the  Musician of the Year (Jazz Forum - The European Jazz Magazine)

1987 – Young Power (Krzysztof Popek’s big band ) awarded the Big Band of the Year (Jazz Forum - The European Jazz Magazine)

1988 – Krzysztof Popek awarded the  Musician of the Year (Jazz Forum - The European Jazz Magazine)

1988 – Krzysztof Popek awarded the  Arranger of the Year (Jazz Forum - The European Jazz Magazine)

1988 – Young Power  ( Krzysztof Popek’s big band  ) awarded the Band of the Year  

1996 -  Krzysztof Popek Quintet’s “Letters & Leaves"  Album of the Year (Jazz Forum - The European Jazz Magazine)

1996   Krzysztof Popek Quintet’s  “Letters & Leaves" was nominated for the Polish Grammy Award – Fryderyk ’96

 

The nineties are the time of  Krzysztof Popek’s “double action” as a musician, and, on the other hand, as a producer and record editor.

Since 1992 his firm Power Bros edited full series of Polish jazz classics and also many records by world-known stars, like Joe Lovano, Billy Harper, David Liebman, Victor Lewis,  Tomasz Stanko, Buster Williams, Billy Hart, David Friesen, Edward Vesala, Jon Christensen, Arild Andersen, Ed Schuller, Bernt Rosengren, Ben Riley, Ronnie Burrage etc. The firm gained the worldwide recognition by editing multimedia records, containing music by Krzysztof Komeda.

“Power Bros” sells its records not only in Poland. They are distributed in twenty countries around the world, among which are United States (Cadence Building), all Europe including Scandinavia and Great Britain.  They are also available via the net, sold by “Power Bros”, by Cadence Building and by Amazon com,Amazon de.

The records from the firm’s catalogue can be found in prestigious publications, like “Penguin Guide of Jazz”. They were favorably noticed by jazz magazines, among them “Wire”, “Jazz Podium”, “Jazztetic” and many others.  

 The record “Astigmatic”, edited by “Power Bros”, is widely recognized as one of  the best jazz albums in history. It recently won the title of The Record of All Times in a poll by “Jazz Forum”. 

 

Also on the Polish jazz scene the publications of “Power Bros” are yearly recognized among the best albums of the year and are highly esteemed by critics. 

 

 Photos: Ewa i Jacek Filipowicz


 Krzysztof Popek endorses PHILIPP HAMMIG  flutes.                                   Questions or comments : power@powerbros.com.pl
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