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BIO

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JOANNA DUDA – PIANIST, COMPOSER, IMPROVISER. THE MUSIC SHE CREATES IS AN EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC WITH ELEMENTS OF JAZZ, AND CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL. THE ARTIST'S MAIN PROJECTS ARE SOLO (KEEN ALPAKA REC. 2019) AND JOANNA DUDA TRIO (FUMITSUKE - ECHO PRODUCTIONS 2021). BOTH ARE CHARACTERIZED BY COMBINING ELECTRONIC AND ACOUSTIC SOUNDS IN AN OSMOTIC AND ORGANIC WAY. WHAT IS UNIQUE IN THE ARTIST'S MUSIC IS LOOKING FOR THE SOUND AESTHETICS WHERE IT SEEMS TO BE LACKING.

In 2017 Joanna established her flagship project Joanna Duda Trio, which in recent years has played in such prestigious venues as Ronnie Scott's in London, Dizzy’s Jazz Club in NY, Porgy&Bess in Vienna, Le Periscope in Lyon, Opus Jazz Club in Budapest and jazz festivals in Vancouver, Edmonton, Bremen and Helsinki. Their album FUMITSUKE got a premiere during London Jazz Festival in 2021; the album was very well received by jazz (and not only) listeners.

COLLABORATIONS

Together with Morris Kliphuis (NL) Joanna Duda co-created the project Wake The Dead, which juxtaposes electronic music and improvisation with the sound of a baroque ensemble. The premiere of the project took place on October 14th in Bimhuis. One of the project partner is Department of Historical Instruments of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Joanna Duda composed the music for the Erotica 2022 series, a film for the Netflix platform with the participation of directors Kasia Adamik, Olga Chajdas, Jagoda Szelc, Anna Jadowska, Anna Kazejak. The artist composed the music for the film Cudak, directed by Anna Kazejak. She is also a music producer ( Bialy Czarny Hipis and Mlody Ludka with the Polish rapper Bryndal).

The artist has released an album of contemporary music. The album UNCHAINED, with compositions by Julius Eastman, in which she took part, was awarded by Pizzicato magazine and nominated for the International Classical Music Awards. Joanna also collaborated with Krzysztof Knittel and Marek Chołoniewski during the Ad Libitum Festival (2019). In the years 2008 - 2022, the artist co-founded the Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet as a pianist and composer, with whom she recorded 8 albums. The album CHAOS FULL OF IDEAS went gold, and the album POLKA - went platinum.

In addition to concerts in the most important European metropolises such as Berlin, London, Vienna, Porto, Rome, Bucharest, Oslo, Tallinn, The Hague, Vilnius and Amsterdam, she has performed many times in Asia (including Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi) and North America (Vancouver, Hamilton, Edmonton) as well as in less obvious destinations (Greenland - Nuuk, Sisimiut, Norway - Lofoten, Kaliningrad, Vladivostok).

MORE THEN MUSIC

Joanna Duda, as a multidisciplinary artist created:

  • TRACK(S) installation (Trafostacja Sztuki / Trafo Plug - in project room exhibition cycle, Szczecin 2015)

  • Flow video art (including Bookstore - Exhibition in Krakow, Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, 2018)

  • Memory of Water video - art and installation (Polish-Japanese cooperation, 2016)

  • COVInstastory - video - art for Gdansk2020 exhibition, (2020)

  • Unendlicher Wald - inscrpition in the stone for Miasto, kocham festival (2022)

Joanna Duda co-creates the audiovisual show SKIN together with Katarzyna Pastuszak (Amareya Theatre) She composed music for many theater performances, including Nomadic Woman, Kantor_Tropy: Collage (Theater Amareya); Balladyna (dir. K. Garbaczewski)

PRESS ABOUT KEEN

“EVEN IN SILENCE, THERE IS MUSIC TO BE MADE AND TEXTURE TO MANIPULATE.”

- Downbeat Magazine

"JOANNA DUDA (…) OFTEN PUTS (…) COLLAGES TOGETHER WITH THE ATTENTION TO DETAIL YOU’D EXPECT OF A MODERN ART INSTALLATION IN A MUSEUM.

Her focus is on “the border between electronics and acoustics,” and Keen straddles that imaginary line with precision. Her compositions aren’t necessarily about a clean sound, one generated to flout purity. The liner notes express it best: “She does not avoid the black tape and the apparent ugliness of dilapidated instruments.”

- The Vinyl Anachronist

"AT THE END OF THE ALBUM APPEAR WORDS “I CANNOT LISTEN TO THIS ANY MORE” IN POLISH.

And that is gonna be the best incentive: KEEN is the album for these who like to listen to this, what others cannot stand. Gdynian artist in her newest opus crosses borders, refutes stereotypes, connects fire with water and finds the music where nobody expect. You can find here a lot of sound pillage, bit of techno, a little of pathos and Warsaw Autumn (contemporary classical music festival). Lots of sens of humour and unlimited sound imagination. You can definetly listen to it. It's worth listening."

-  Przemysław Gulda

 “LOTS OF SENSE OF HUMOUR AND UNLIMITED SOUND IMAGINATION”

- Przemek Psikuta

“DUDA DECONSTRUCTS HER KEYBOARD INTO PURE SOUND TAKING THINGS TO SPACE, BRINGING THEM BACK DOWN TO PILLBILLY HEAVEN.

Wild stuff from so deep in left field that you can't even see where the foul line has been left behind.”

- Midwest Record

“JOANNA DOES NOT PLAY IN A DENSE WAY -

-  her use of keyboard is very modest, so that the sounds are well defined and separated in time ad space. Still, it gives quite fascinating results. “

- Maciej Lewenstein/ European Free Organisation

"BAROQUE OF XXI CENTURY.

Keyboards, electronics, cosmos. There is Menuet, Fugue, Choinka (Christmastree). Unlimited amount of variations. And most important of it all is the precise plan, vision of the whole. I’m keen on it!"  

- Przemek Psikuta