New Yorker by Choice - Life and Music of Michal Urbaniak with Felton Crews Band Chopin Productions

Monday, Feb 2nd - Chopin Theatre is pleased to present a celebration of the life and music of Michal Urbaniak. Evening begins at 7p with complimentary reception followed by 8p screening of the biographical film "New Yorker by Choice" (8p). Evening concludes with Michal Urbaniak talking of the special moments in his life and career intermixed with live music with special guests, Felton Crews Band.


The complimentary reception courtesy of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago.


Tickets $25


2/2/15 - 2/2/15

7p


Monday, Feb 2nd - A celebration of the life and music of Michal Urbaniak including a complimentary reception (7p); screening of biographical film "New Yorker by Choice" (8p).  Evening concludes with Michal Urbaniak talking of the special moments in his life and career intermixed with live music with special guests Felton Crews Band.  The complimentary reception is courtesy of Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago. 

 

Michal Urbaniak is an internationally renowned violinist, saxophonist, composer , arranger and discoverer of talent. A Polish-born “citizen of the world", he has lived in New York City since 1973.  He became famous in the world of recording an album " Tutu " with the greatest jazz legend Miles Davis . He has invited to  cooperate with such famous jazz artists  as Quincy Jones, Billy Cobham, Stephane Grappelli , Joe Zawinul , Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Kenny Garrett , George Benson, Marcus Miller , Jaco Pastorius, Toots Thielmans, Kenny Kirkland, Larry Coryell , Lenny White and Alphonze Mouzon .   Also a leader, composer and arranger of his own projects including: “Jazz Legends"; " Fusion"; "Urbanator"; “Urbanizer”; and “  "UrbSymphony” (first project which jazz and rap introduced to the symphony).   Mr. Urbaniak is a Winner of the Grand Prix Festival in Montreux for Best Soloist ( 1971); has performed several times at Carnegie Hall and is a frequent performer at the world’s best jazz festivals: Newport Jazz Festival;  JVC Festival; Chicago Jazz Festival; Lugano; and Den Haag.  ).  To date he has made over 60 albums.


For many years Mr. Urbaniak has been associated with film and theater and has written music for films "Astonished"; "As the Band Played On"; “Dreambird”; "Farewell to Autumn"  M. Trelinski , " Spona " W.Szarek , " The Debt " and " The great thing " (K. Krauze, Poland ) . He received the main prize at the International Film Festival in Gdynia for music films "The Debt ", "Farewell to Autumn" and "Eden".  In 2012 Mr. Urbaniak premiered and starred in “My Father’s Bike” (Peter Trzaskalski) receiving Best Actor/Discovery of the Year in Polish Film at the International Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia, 2013)


The last plate design Urbaniak, "Miles of Blue" (Sony Music, 2010) is dedicated to Miles Davis, and was certified platinum . In September 2011 Agora Publishing House released “I, Urbanator” a book on his life written by Andrew Makovetski.

 

 

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Performers
Michal Urbaniak, Felton Crews Band

Tags: Music, Polish, New Europe, 2015