Kuba Więcek

Born in Rybnik, Poland in 1994; a saxophone player and composer. He initially learned the cello, taking up the sax only after several years. A graduate of Copenhagen’s Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium and Kraków’s Academy of Music, he studied with such teachers as Lee Konitz, Steve Lehman, and David Binney, among others.

He performs with his own trio (Michał Barański – bass, Łukasz Żyta – drums) and in many other projects, for instance with Piotr Orzechowski, Marcin Masecki, Kamil Piotrowicz. He was a producer on albums by such rap artists as Ten Typ Mes (Hello Baby) and Koza (Sky over Berlin).

Publicly and critically acclaimed both in Poland and abroad, Więcek is the winner of a Fryderyk Award for Jazz Debut of the Year and Mateusz Music Award of Polish Radio Channel Three for his debut album titled Another Raindrop. It came out in the cult series of ‘Polish Jazz’, which also released the next two projects by Kuba Więcek Trio: Multitasking (‘Polityka’ weekly’s Album of the Year 2019) and Kwiateczki (Little Flowers) with Paulina Przybysz (2021), awarded with Onet Cultural Award ‘O!Lśnienie’ (2022).

Więcek’s music fuses jazz with classical, electronic, folk, rock, and hip-hop music inspirations. A synthesiser and computer are indispensable tools that he uses both in the studio and at live concerts.

Since 2017 he has regularly been listed in the ‘Jazz Forum’ polls among the best young generation saxophonists and musicians. In 2020 the US ‘DownBeat’ magazine placed him among the ‘25 For The Future Musicians with the potential to shape the genre’.

Phot. Michał Ramus
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