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New York to Buenos Aires

Art Pianos Duo, Irena Powell & Małgorzata Jackowska

  • Catalogue
    CR018
  • Composer
    Various
  • Artists
    Irena Powell
  • ]
  • Artists
    Małgorzata Jackowska
  • Producer
    Jonathan Powell
  • Photography
    Veroniq Zafon
  • Recorded
    Adaq Khan
  • Creative Dir
    John Bevan
  • Exec Producer
    Adrian Green

New York to Buenos Aires – Art Pianos Duo

This is a vibrant and exotic selection of two-piano repertoire played with dedication and flair by the young Polish duo Art Pianos. This distinctive and eclectic disc takes the listener on a journey through the Americas, kicking off in NYC with a classic of two-piano repertoire: Percy Grainger’s virtuosic, jazz-tinged ramble on Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. However, not all the choices are so predictable and many demonstrate the wide influence of chôro, a Brazilian popular tradition of instrumental music, with compositions influenced by the genre from the founding fathers of Brazilian concert music – Villa-Lobos and Radamés Gnattali – alongside vernacular examples by Paulinho da Viola and Carlos Jobim, huge stars of Brazilian popular culture. Taking in the evergreen Jamaican Rumba by Arthur Benjamin and the dynamic Danzon no.2 of Marquez (popularised by Dudamel in its original orchestral version), the journey winds down in Buenos Aires with two Piazzolla classics in charismatic and definitive arrangements by the bandoneonist’s own pianist. This is a disc for lovers of jazz- and Latin- inspired music, and will appeal in equal measure to the piano enthusiast as it will to the fan of Brazilian popular music.

Art Pianos Duo

Art Pianos duo was founded in 2010 in Gliwice, (Poland), by Małgorzata Jackowska and Irena Jakuboszczak (now Irena Powell).

The two pianists were introduced by a mutual friend—a composer from Lviv—Uljana Biłan-Leżańska- in the marvellous Kawiarnia z Pasją (Cafe With Passion) in their home town, and they dedicated to play together there and then. Irena Powell studied at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice with Joanna Domańska. Małgorzata Jackowska studied at the Academy of Music in Kraków with Danuta Mroczek-Szlezer,including a post graduate chamber music programme. After their studies both pianists took up teaching post and were active as chamber musicians.

The duo’s choice of repertoire reflects the performers wide musical interests and,as such ranges from music originating in the Balkans to South America including the choro tradition of Brazil.