November 8, 2012

Do Not Leave The World As It Is

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 7PM
Polish Slavic Center
177 Kent Street (b/w Manhattan Ave & McGuinness Blvd)
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Exhibition titled Do not leave the world as it is – Janusz Korczak is part of the International Educational and Artistic Symposium that will take place in various cultural institutions in New York/US, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, and Slovenia. The project is organized and curated by Teresa Żebrowska, Professor of the Pedagogical University of Kraków and it coincides with the Year of Janusz Korczak in Poland. The Symposium incorporates cycle of exhibitions presenting works of professional artists, students and children, literary meetings and panel discussions promoting activities, literary works, creations and timeless message of the Old Doctor – Janusz Korczak.

Janusz Korczak, the pen name of Henryk Goldszmit (July 22, 1878 or 1879 – August 1942), was a Polish-Jewish educator, children’s author, and pediatrician known as Pan Doktor (“Mr. Doctor”) or Stary Doktor (“Old Doctor”). After spending many years working as a director of an orphanage in Warsaw, he was forced to move the orphanage to the Warsaw Ghetto established by the German authority in 1940. Later, he refused freedom and stayed with his orphans when the institution was sent from the Ghetto to Treblinka extermination camp, during the Grossaktion Warsaw of 1942.

Participating artists from the U.S.:
John Joseph Graham, Edmund Korzeniowski, Jerzy Kubina, Estelle Levy, Krystyna Spisak- Madejczyk, Rafał Olbiński, Susan Philips, Tadeusz Parzygnat, Teresa Rysztof, Mira Satryan, Ryszard Semko, Atanaska Tassart, Przemyslaw Moskal, Ph.D – Canisius College

Grażyna Borowik, Prof. Pedagogical University in Krakowie (UP); Grażyna Brylewska, Prof. UP; Aleksandra Herisz, Małgorzata Olkuska, Prof. UP; Lucjan Orzech, Prof. UP; Irena Popiołek, Prof. Akademii „Ignatianum” w Krakowie; Aleksander Pieniek, Dr UP; Stanisław Rodziński, Prof. ASP in Krakowie; Stanisław Sobolewski, Prof. UP; Jacek Zaborski, Prof. UP; Sebastian Wywiórski, Dr UP; Teresa Żebrowska Prof. UP

Estoardo Barrios Carrillo, Ulrika Hembjer, Jessica Granberg, Kerstin Olsson Grönvik, Alexandra Krasuska, Margareta Rudebeck, Gerald Steffe, Mieszko Tyszkiewicz, Stefan Tunedal, Matheo Yamalakis

Gert Brask, Lis Gram, Bent Hedeby, Bente Brad Klausen, Ziggy Kosmala, Linda Lildholdt, Håkan Nyström, Marina Pagh, Marianne Tønnesen, Jan Wessel

Rajko Čuber, Metka Erzar, Milena Gregorčič, Franc Golob, Andreja Potočar, Adel Seyoun, Joanna Zając-Slapničar, Etko Tutta, Žarko Vrezec, Boris Zaplatil


Ana Milosavljevic
Acclaimed as “an imaginative artist willing to think big” (The Strad), Ana Milosavljevic is a Serbian native and New York City-based composer and violinist of eclectic, cutting-edge contemporary music, often featuring her Viper electric violin. Her “inventive,” “graceful,” ”showpiece” works (New York Times) have been premiered at Carnegie Hall, Off-Broadway, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Tribeca New Music Festival, performed by the string quartet ETHEL, Ensemble Metamorphosis, Grammy Award-winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal, pianists Kathleen Supove and Vicky Chow, and featured in choreography by Takehiro Ueyama (TAKE Dance). Ana received a commission from visual artist Vittoria Chierici to compose a film score Luci in the Sky, and a commission from artist, architect and writer Corrado Levi to compose a work for cello. A MacDowell Colony Fellow, Ana has performed solo recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The TimesCenter, LPR and The Stone and appeared at numerous international festivals. Ana’s recent album is Reflections (Innova).

Jed Distler
Composer/pianist Jed Distler is artistic director for ComposersCollaborative, Inc, and creator of their long-running new music variety show Serial Underground at the Cornelia Street Café. Called “an altogether extraordinary pianist” (Newar Star-Ledger) and “the Downtown Keyboard Magus” in the New Yorker, Jed’s most recent CD on the Musical Concepts label is Meditate with the Masters. He is currently performing a recital program encompassing Thelonious Monk’s complete songs. Formerly on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College where he served as the theater department’s musical director for more the two decades, Jed participated in recent composition teaching residencies at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and Colorado College. A host and programmer for Q2/New York Public Radio keyboard show Hammered!, Jed also is known for his regular reviews in Gramophone (where he maintains the blog Piano Notes) and He gained notoriety in 2007 for helping uncover the scandal exposing hundreds of recordings fraudulently recited to pianist Joyce Hatto. Jed is an ASCAP member and Yamaha artist. &


1. ANA Milosavljevic: Reflections (2009) for violin and piano
ANA Milosavljevic: violin, Jed Distler: piano
2. ANA Milosavljevic: Zajdi, Zajdi (2011) for Viper electric violin and electronics
ANA Milosavljevic :Viper electric violin

Rafał Sarnecki Sextet

Rafał Sarnecki – guitar
Lucas Pino – tenor sax
Bogna Kicińska – voice
Glenn Zaleski – piano
Dylan Shamat – bass
Colin Stranahan – drums

About the band:
Rafał Sarnecki Sextet is a contemporary jazz group that has been on the New York music scene since Fall 2008. The musicians playing in the group met at the prestigious Jazz & Contemporary Music Program at the New School University in Manhattan. All of them have already graduated  and currently are successful musicians working in New York. The group is playing on a regular basis in New York jazz clubs performing compositions arranged for six instruments. The music of the group could be classified as acoustic contemporary jazz, however, it is influenced by many other styles and musical concepts. The compositions performed by the group were written by the leader Rafał Sarnecki who studied composition with the greatest masters in the city. Pieces performed by the group have extended forms and use some more advanced rhythmic concepts, as well as a harmonic language that goes beyond the typical bebop era language.

Rafał Sarnecki – guitar
Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Rafał Sarnecki is a jazz guitarist and composer currently living in Queens, NY. He started to gain recognition in Poland after his success at the “International Jazz Guitar Competition – Guitar City 2002” in Warsaw where he received the 1st award. In 2005 he moved to New York where he received a scholarship at the prestigious Jazz and Contemporary Music program at the New School University in Manhattan. In 2008 he finished his undergraduate degree from The New School with Academic Honors. In 2010 he received his MA degree in jazz performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music also in New York. Rafał has performed in jazz clubs and festivals in many European countries, Israel and has toured the East and West coast of the US. He has recorded 2 CDs as a leader. The second album, The Madman Rambles Again, was released in 2011 by the Fresh Sound New Talent label. The list of artists who have recorded for this label includes such musicians as Brad Mehldau or Kurt Rosenwinkel. Dave Sumner from All About Jazz selected the album as among the 12 most interesting jazz releases of 2011 in the Editor’s Choice section. Additionally, Hi – Fi magazine selected The Madman Rambles Again as among the best jazz albums of  2011. Rafal’s debut album Song From a New Place (2008) was nominated for the Fryderyk 2009 Award, the Polish equivalent of a Grammy.

Lucas Pino – tenor saxophone
Lucas Pino started his life in music at the age of 10, selecting the alto saxophone as his instrument. He switched to tenor at age 12. After being selected for numerous honors during high school, including a Downbeat award as “Best Instrumental soloist” (2005), Lucas attended the Brubeck Institute. In 2007, Lucas moved to New York City to complete his Undergraduate degree at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. In 2009, Lucas attended the Juilliard School and was awarded the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship. Lucas studied saxophone with Ron Blake during his tenure at the Juilliard School and completed his Masters in Music in 2011. Pino has toured internationally to Australia, Spain, Holland, England, Poland, Brazil and Canada with various groups. Festival performances include: Sedona Jazz on the Rocks, Monterey Jazz Festival, Benicia Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Chandler Jazz Festival.

Bogna Kicińska – voice
Bogna Kicinska – jazz vocalist, composer and arranger. She was born in a small town Krasnystaw in Poland. She started her musical education at an early age in a local music school. She continued to study music in Henryk Majewski Jazz Training College in Warsaw and Karol Szymanowski School of Music in Katowice. In 2009 she moved to New York to study voice at the Aaron Copland School of Music. She  is a winner of many competitions, e.g.: International Festival of Traditional Jazz- Old Jazz Meeting “Gold Grater” – Ilawa (Poland), International Jazz Competition for Singing Musicians in Żory (Poland), “The Hope of Warsaw” in Warsaw (Poland). Bogna performed in Poland, Ukraine and USA. Besides working as a sideman she is a leader of her own group performing her original compositions and arrangements.

Glenn Zaleski – piano
Originally from Boylston, MA, Glenn Zaleski is a jazz pianist/composer currently living in Brooklyn, NY. He attended the Brubeck Institute Fellowship program in Stockton, CA from 2005-2007, then finished his undergraduate studies at The New School in 2009. From 2009-2011, while working towards his graduate degree at NYU, Glenn was also on NYU faculty, teaching a variety of classes and private students. Meanwhile, he was also a finalist for the 2011 APA Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, and a semi-finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. After completing his graduate studies in 2011, Glenn has been maintaining an active performance and teaching schedule nationally and abroad, working with such artists as Ravi Coltrane, Lage Lund, Ari Hoenig, Ben Van Gelder and Maria Neckam. Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato, a co-led trio featuring Rick Rosato on bass and Colin Stranahan on drums, released its debut album for Capri records, “Anticipation”, in the fall of 2011 to critical acclaim. Their second album for Capri will be released in early 2013.

Dylan Shamat – bass
Dylan Shamat is a bassist and composer based in New York City. Dylan was born and raised in St. Paul, MN where he began his musical studies on the violin at the age of 4. He moved to New York City in 2005 where he
completed his Bachelors degree at Manhattan School of Music. Dylan has
experience playing a variety of styles in countless venues across the
Midwest, east coast and in Europe. Some of his teachers have included James Clute, David Grossman, Jay Anderson and Larry Ridley.

Colin Stranahan – drums
Born in Denver, CO, and the son of a jazz educator, Colin Stranahan has always been surrounded by music. By his teenage years he was already actively working on the local Denver scene, and had recorded two records as a leader. (“Dreams Untold” (Capri, 2004) and “Transformation” (Capri, 2006) After receiving the prestigious NFAA Presidential Scholar in the Arts Award in 2005, he studied in California for one year as a Brubeck Institute fellow. Shortly thereafter he attended the prestigious college program at Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Now living in Brooklyn, Colin is among the most sought- after drummers in the country, working with such artists as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Johnathan Kreisberg, Dan Tepfer, and Maria Neckam among many others.