Inga Lewandowska - Przebudzenie (SJRecords 051) Premier: 18 IX 2020.
"Przebudzenie…” Inga Lewandowska’s latest album accompanied by a book, was published on 18th September 2020, couple of years since the artist’s last recording. Her newest work shows that they have been a time of searching for innovative ways of creative fulfillment. The multimedia publication offers the artist’s own compositions and lyrics, but also her poems and reproductions of her oil paintings, all forming a unique authorial vision. The album’s name translates as ‘Awakening… in love’ and presents the accomplished singer’s rediscovery of her creative powers, presented through a self-expressive synergy of voice, music, poetry and image.
Inga Lewandowska studied the violin at the State School of Music in Łódź and singing at the Jazz and Popular Music Faculty of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. In 1994, she won the International Jazz Singers’ Competition in Zamość, and has since performed in numerous festivals in Poland - including Jazz Jamboree, Jazz nad Odrą, Jazz w Muzeum, Jazztopad, Chopin i Jego Europa, Sopot Molo Festiwal, Trans Vocale - and abroad - including Polish Jazz Week at Europas Jazz 2003 (Graz, Austria), Central European Jazz Festival (Rome, Italy), Jazz Festival (Tel Aviv, Israel), Konzertsommer im Englischen Garten (Berlin, Germany), Jazz in Düsseldorf (Germany), and Festival of Polish Culture (Edmonton, Canada).
She has sung on some of the greatest stages in Poland and abroad and collaborated with some of the best among Polish jazz musicians: Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Zbigniew Jaremko, Grzegorz Nagórski, Piotr Wojtasik, Robert Majewski, Jacek Meira, Kuba Stankiewicz, Andrzej Jagodziński, Kazimierz Jonkisz, Łukasz Żyta, to name a few.
In 2000, she recorded the album “Ulice Wielkich Miast” with her adaptations of songs by the Polish poet and songwriter Agnieszka Osiecka. In 2003, she took this recipe to another level with the “Chopin Songbook”: her arrangements of Frederic Chopin’s songs in Polish and also in English. Among her discography is also an album with songs for kids: the 2009 “Coś dla dzieci i nie tylko...”; with texts by Janusz Kukuła, set to music by Lewandowska and her frequent collaborator, pianist Kuba Stankiewicz.
Since 2008, Inga Lewandowska has been teaching singing at the Jazz Faculty of the University of Applied Sciences in Nysa, where she has been an associate professor since 2015.
Inga Lewandowska – vocals, author of poems, paintings and music
Piotr Schmidt - trumpet
Przemysław Raminiak - piano, keyboards
Grzegorz Piasecki - double bass
Sławomir Berny - drums, percussion instruments
Baron Chamber Orchestra conducted by Piotr Baron (conductor, Dean of the Jazz Faculty at the Nysa University of Applied Sciences)
Orchestral arrangements by Marcin Mirowski
Recording engineer - Maciej Prokopowicz
Mixing and mastering - Maciej Prokopowicz
Book and CD graphic design - Tadeusz Kazubek
Recorded at RecPublica Studios in Lubrza and the SBB Studio in Opole.