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“Space in Between”

solo album & concert, BITTT, 2016r.

Pianist Katarzyna Borek on her latest solo album Space in Between combines her passion for virtuosic and sonic experiments. Borek has created a personal compilation of modern compositions, and by doing so, took music into cosmic space. The album was released in May 2016 by an independent label held by an outstanding jazz pianist Leszek Możdzer – BITTT  Records. The album is considered by many music critics as one of the best and most intriguing CDs released in 2016.
 
On Space in Between we will find a superb selection of neo-classical, ambient tunes and compositions of various modern composers: Arvo Part, John Cage, Ludovico Einaudi, Craig Armstrong, John Adams, Takashi Yoshimatsu, Joaquin Rodrigo, and Manuel de Falla. Between the pieces, we hear sounds of the planets and stars registered by Space Voyager. Even these sounds alone, create a wonderful and unique musical space. On Space in Between Borek dedicates a piece of the Universe to each composer. The key component on this album is the piano, often prepared and treated with electronic effects. This all will take you on a cosmic journey. As you listen on, the sound of piano and space become one and the main idea behind the album will reveal itself.
 
“I discover the cosmos through music while the cosmos reveals music to me. “Space in Between” is based on my concept, in which I have collected special works written by various modern composers. Most of these compositions are in a mantric and minimalistic style. What connects them is their astral and ambient characteristic. I also built a few of these arrangements with beautiful neo-classical sounding melodies on two instruments: a rhodes and a piano. The track that closes the album is my electronic impression of the Mythical Planet X” – says Katarzyna.
 
Space in Between will be a great voyage for fans of piano, ambient sounds or any music lover.

Kolekcja Muzeum Narodowego Bozańska

“Boznańska” Collection of the National Museum in Warsaw

Warner Classics, 2015r.

Katarzyna Borek – Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Piotr Anderszewski – Frederic Chopin

Olga Boznańska’s relationship with music goes deeper than only into her audience’s world of imagination. The music has been in her home since childhood and works of Fryderyk Chopin was a favorite repertoire of this outstanding painter. In the interview with Marcin Samlicki in 1925 Boznańska mentions about her favorite “Rain prelude”. From preserved sources, we also know that Rubinstein himself played in her house and she was also attending Ignacy Jan Paderewski concerts.
In compilation Fryderyk Chopin (performed by Piotr Anderszewski) and Ignacy Jan Paderewski (interpreted by Katarzyna Borek)compositions were set. The album presents recordings of one of the most outstanding Polish pianists – Piotr Anderszewski and Katarzyna Borek who are famous and beloved by music lovers. In his performance, we hear among others Mazurka in C-sharp minor Op. 63 No. 3, Mazurka in F minor Op. 63 No. 2, Ballade in F minor Op. 52 or Polonaise In F-sharp Minor Op. 44. An interesting supplement to the repertoire is rarely performed miniature masterpieces of Ignacy Jan Paderewski (known pianist, composer and outstanding politician fighting for the Polish independence) coming from the well-received record of Katarzyna Borek.

Tempus Fantasy

Tempus Fantasy

Warner Classics, 2014r.

Katarzyna Borek – piano
Vojto Monteur – electronics

The duo’s recording début – the album entitled CLASSICA and ELECTRONICA “Tempus Fantasy”, was released by Warner Classics label in June 2014. It is a result of a clash of two personalities emerging from different musical backgrounds. In this album, the pianist KATARZYNA BOREK – (piano/Rhodes piano) and producer VOJTO MONTEUR (electronics/guitar), basing on the works of classics, make a brave shift of their stylistics. The artists’ approach towards the work of classical composers is far from slavish following the original versions – it’s a starting point for creating their own compositions. Thanks to the sound of the Rhodes and grand piano combined with electronics, the duo creates a personal vision of music, rooted deeply in serene, “Neoclassical” ambient- piano timbres, but also very modern and electronic.

The album “Tempus Fantasy” was highly acclaimed, received many enthusiastic reviews and was awarded the “WARTO” cultural prize by Gazeta Wyborcza daily. It was also a musical basis and an inspiration for a spectacular dance theatre performance “Tempus Fantasy” (directed by Jacek Gębura), which had its première with live music performed by the duo on the large stage of the Capitol Musical Theatre in Wrocław on 22.11.2014. The show combining dance, music and visual art turned out to be a great success, it played to a packed audience and received outstanding reviews.

Paderewski

Paderewski – works for piano solo

Katarzyna Borek Publishing, 2011

PROGRAMME

Legende in A flat major from “Miscellanea” op.16
Nocturne in B flat major from “Miscellanea” op.16
Polonaise in B major op.9 from “Polish Dances”
Burlesque from “Humoresques de Concert” op.14
Minuet in G major in “Humoresques de Concert” op.14
Variations and Fugue in E flat minor op.23

„The first time I have ever heard Paderewski’s music was at the age of six, at a concert of a well-known Polish pianist. After the concert, when the audience had left – I tiptoed up to the grand piano and imagined that I could play all those beautiful “melodies”. My dreams have come true. I played some of those pieces seven years later during the Polish Paderewski Competition. After a few years, I became a laureate of the International Paderewski Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland. I had the opportunity to perform most of the pieces from this CD in numerous concerts in Poland and abroad. According to the opinions gathered after many of the performances, the audience Sinds Paderewski’s music very intriguing and the Variations and Fugue in E Slat minor op.23 is regarded as a perfect illustration of the troubled times during which it was composed. I Sind each of the recorded pieces represent a different picture of that reality – beginning from an innocent joke and careless fun to the echoes of uprisings and the impending historical changes intertwined with multinational accents and even battle scenes. A careful listener who is also interested in history will surely appreciate these traits of Paderewski’s music”

Katarzyna Borek

In January 2010 Katarzyna Borek has received the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage’s “Young Poland” Prize for recording the album – “Paderewski – works for piano solo”.Most of the above pieces have been in Katarzyna Borek’s repertoire for many years. She has presented these works in Poland in numerous concerts organized by the Paderewski in Memoriam Foundation in Warsaw as well as abroad. She’s a laureate of the National Ignacy Jan Paderewski Competition in Piotrków Trybunalski, where she has received the 1st prize. She has also received the Prize for the best performance of Paderewski’s works founded by Dr. Emilia Paderewska-Chrościcka.
For the performance of “Variations and Fugue in E-flat minor”, which is included in the proposed repertoire, Katarzyna Borek has received the Special Prize in the International Paderewski Competition in Bydgoszcz. She has also received the 3rd Prize and the Prize for the best Polish performer during the same competition.

 

Kids of Cherno/ “No Mercy No Pharmacy”

(WOOD & MOOD Records, 2018)

Katarzyna Borek & Paweł PUSZ Osicki

 The duet creates electronic, experimental and abstract music. Their compositions consist of sounds of many acoustic and electronic instruments. They utilize many percussive instruments, acoustic piano, rhodes piano, synthesizers, and drums. In addition, the duet reached for non-standard sounds which are made by hand-crafted instruments or even children’s musical toys. Transcending, intricate rhythms often become the guiding theme for the accompanying, experimental, electronic keyboard instruments. In other works, the main voice is the melody or the spatial sounds of the piano (Rhodes). Most compositions are created in a spontaneous improvisation process and their co-operation thus far transcends specific classification as it is constantly evolving.

Instruments used: Fender Rhodes, Casio SK15, Looper, Unitra Estrada, drums, various string and percussion instruments, voice, music boxes, toys, flutes, accordion, animals, bandoneon, guitar, trumpet, contraptions.