Adam Pierończyk

Jazz saxophonist and composer, a leading figure in the Polish and European jazz scene; Several times ‘Jazz Forum’ magazine’s Best Soprano Saxophonist.

His career started in Germany’s jazz music circles during his studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. He has appeared in clubs and at jazz festivals nearly throughout Europe, as well as in Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Iran, United States, Brasil, Mexico, and China.

Pierończyk has performed with an array of the world’s jazz musicians, including Miroslav Vitous (the CDs Wings, Ad-lib Orbits, Live at NOSPR), Archie Shepp, Sam Rivers, Tomasz Stańko, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Bobby McFerrin, Gary Thomas (the CDs Digivooco - ‘Jazz Forum’ Best Album of the Year in 2001 and Komeda: The Innocent Sorcerer), Anthony Cox (the album El Buscador and Komeda: The Innocent Sorcerer), Joey Calderazzo, Trilok Gurtu, Mino Cinelu, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Ernst Reijseger, Lee Konitz, Majid Bekkas, Greg Osby, and many others. His collaboration with Leszek Możdżer, much publicised in Poland, led to the release of Talk to Jesus as well as the live albums 19–9–1999 and Live in Sofia (the latter became the 1998 ‘Jazz Forum’ Best Album of the Year).

Under his own name, he has released more than 25 titles under such labels as Jazzwerkstatt Berlin, PAO Records, Meta Records, and For Tune. His accolades include two Fryderyk Awards of the Polish Phonographic Society for Komeda: The Innocent Sorcerer (2011). His CD Monte Albán with Robert Kubiszyn and Hernán Hecht was listed as one of the top jazz releases of 2016 in the world by the US website All About Jazz.

Adam Pierończyk has been the music director of Jazz Aux Oudayas and Jazz au Chellah festivals in Morocco (2005–2006), Sopot Jazz Festival (2011–2015), and Jazz Juniors in Kraków (since 2019). 

Phot. Bartek Barczyk
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