Mrs. Katarzyna or – among friends – Kasia Stankowska belongs to the strict elite of the
Polish jazzmen. She has been born in Wroclaw; in time of her
studies in the music high school she was the "pianist only...".
Just after than, studying in Academy, she begun more seriously dealt with
jazz. Kasia comes from a family that was being very close to music from
generations. Despite many successes and her stable position in the Jazz
World she persistently polishes her artistic skills.
However Kasia is most firmly
connected to the jazz society of her home-city, various artistic contacts,
conjoined concerts with the leading Polish jazzmen, courses and workshops
caused she is as well well-known in Gdansk and Cracow, as in Warsaw and
Her interests toward
improvisation and jazz music started within college period. Actually seen,
the first awards came truly early. Kasia took part in many jazz
competitions – firstly as a competitor, after then more and more often as a
member of the Jury. She took part in many serious jazz festivals and other
happenings in Poland as well as abroad: in Germany (Hanover, Berlin), in
Great Britain (London) and in France (Paris).
+ 48 501 35
Mrs. Kasia Stankowska regularly guides jazz courses and workshops; in
her opinion to work on improvisation should for truly ambitious musician be
as important thing as to work on the instrumental technique – or even
In addition, this is so because improvisation
ORGANIZES the general musical skills much more severely than any other kind
of the musical activity. Improvisation more deeply needs in the creative
approach to any aspect of the music making: to sound itself, to the
phrasing and rhythm. Displaying this problem in another way – to all these
elements one might need to fortunately shape the musical Form, indeed...
Improvisation factually activates hearing, makes
the fantasy VIVID, and improves the understanding of a FORM.
Do we may forget that Bach, as well as Chopin and
Liszt practically have used to improvise in their everyday musical practice
– in the concert practice, too...?
2006; from the left – Michał Kozłowski,
Katarzyna Stankowska and Paweł Wakarecy.