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  • EMBASSY NEWS & EVENTS

  • 8 January 2019

    During the weekend of January 5 and 6 Grazyna Auguscik and her jazz quartet performed at the Ambassador’s Residence and on the famous Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.

    The concert of jazz interpretations of Polish Christmas carols at the Ambassador’s Residence took place as part of the holiday event organized by the Polish Library in Washington annually for twenty-five years now. Greeting guests, Ambassador Wilczek emphasized that the Residence’s doors are always open to Polish Library events that promote the beauty of the Polish language and the wealth of Polish culture.

     

    The concert held the following day at the Kennedy Center presented jazz interpretations of the music of Chopin and Lutosławski to the Washington public, which Grazyna Auguscik does masterfully, using her voice as an instrument. Her folk interpretation of the Polish highlander Christmas song “Oj, maluśki, maluśki” was also exceptional, and was received with enthusiasm by the numerous American attendees. The concert was recorded and can be watched on the Kennedy Center website. This was one of the first of a series of projects by the Embassy as part of celebrations of the centennial of establishing diplomatic ties between Poland and the United States.

     

    Recipient of the Gloria Artis silver medal, Grazyna Auguscik is a well-known jazz vocalist, not just in Poland but especially in the United States. She has recorded over 21 albums and has performed with such international jazz figures as Toots Thielemans, Jim Hall, Michael and Randy Brecker, Bobby Enriquez, John Medeski, Paul Wertico, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Robert Irving III, Michal Urbaniak, Terry Callier, Patricia Barber, Andrzej Jagodziński and Jarek Bester. Her concerts in Washington, DC were organized by the Embassy in cooperation with the Polish Library in Washington and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

     

    Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC

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