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As the world gears up for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games competition, host Bonnie Johnson welcomes conductor, educator and woodwind master Martin Piecuch to the Colors of Jazz. Along with a career and esteemed position in the world of symphonic music, the self-described "fusionist" is on the road presenting a flair for versatility that unites “Classical, Samba, Jazz and Baroque… [f]or people who enjoy both classical and jazz". In 2013, Piecuch (pronounced PQ in USA and Pietsook in Europe) introduced his project and recent CD "Jazzical Fusion" on the Boston Records label with a debut performance in trio on the stage at Birdland in New York City.
Maestro Piecuch is Music Director of the United States Congressional Philharmonic Society. In 2007, he released the CD Sax with Strings Attached, playing saxophone with the world-renowned Stravinsky Quartet: the same chamber ensemble that featured contemporary, Sochi 2014 Ambassador Yuri Bashmet, founder and conductor of the first All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra. Piecuch's international work has also touched the lives of many throughout the United States, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia and beyond. In December 2003, Piecuch was named Permanent Guest Conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic and invited to conduct the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in 2005. http://www.martinpiecuch.com
In celebration of diversity, Mro. Piecuch will stop by to hang with Bonnie and reflect on his experiences and "jazzical" encounters that includes contributing to the civil rights movement through music and a personal connection to WICN’s special guest of the day, trumpeter Wallace Roney. Tune in at 4pm.
A self-taught Latin percussionist since the age of 12 when his father handed him Cal Tjader’s 1960 “Latino” album featuring Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo back in 1966, and an LP fiberglass conga and told him, “Here, learn to play right with these”, he’s been living and breathing Latin Jazz since.
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