Solidarity Of Arts

This year’s Solidarity of Arts Festival will be held in Gdańsk from August 8-30, 2014. Although comprised of several events celebrating various artistic mediums, the main musical event of the Festival is always the “+” concert, which features one major international jazz superstar plus a lineup of their favorite musical colleagues. Considered Poland’s biggest jazz show of the year, it will take place on August 16 on three purpose-built stages near the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk. This year’s multi-talented host is the brilliant US bassist and vocalist and a 3-time Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding. The line-up of this year’s “Esperanza+” concert includes the following truly remarkable international musicians:

  • probably the greatest living jazz composer Wayne Shorter;
  • the musical icon of both acoustic and electronic jazz Herbie Hancock;
  • probably Brazil’s most famous musician of all time Milton Nascimento;
  • bass guitar’s (and Solidarity of Arts’) legend Marcus Miller;
  • two-time Grammy winner and Mr Hancock’s long-time collaborator, percussionist Terri Lyne Carrington;
  • brilliant vocalist (both jazz and world music), one of West Africa’s most important cultural ambassadors Oumou Sangaré;
  • a jazz-funk band forever faithful to the afro-cuban rumba tradition The Pedrito Martinez Group;
  • great frame drum- and percussion specialist, Leszek Możdżer’s long-time collaborator Zohar Fresco;
  • renowned Canadian trumpet player Ingrid Jensen;
  • avant-garde Argentinian jazz pianist and composer Leo Genovese;
  • two long-time collaborators of Marcus Miller: saxophonist Alex Han and drummer Louis Cato;

as well as a group of world-class acts from Poland:

The concert, as well as its live telecast on TVP Kultura, will start at 9 pm CET, and will deliver plenty of memorable moments for jazz fans from Poland and abroad.

August 16, 2014 |Doors open 7:00 p.m., Concert at 8:30 p.m.
Polish Baltic Philharmonic courtyard, 1 Ołowianka Street
Gdańsk, Poland
Tickets: Polish Baltic Philharmonic box office

Another important musical event of this year’s edition is the “United Through Music Concert,” held on August 24 in the Polish Baltic Philharmonic concert hall. Performers for this concert are: Jonathan Brett – conductor, Janusz Olejniczak – piano, Jan Lisiecki – piano, Yaryna Rak – soprano, and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra. The program consists of: Myroslav SKORYK – Melody La-minor; Fryderyk CHOPIN – Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21; Maurice RAVEL – Piano Concerto in G major; Henryk Mikołaj GÓRECKI – Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.”

August 24, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
United Through Music Concert
Polish Baltic Philharmonic courtyard, 1 Ołowianka Street
Gdańsk, Poland
Tickets: +48 58 3206262 or go to to book/buy tickets (PLN 20-60)

[Sources: press release,]