WacŁaw Zimpel

Classical clarinetist lights up Polish jazz scene

A classically trained clarinetist, Wacław Zimpel creates contemporary free jazz inspired by sacred music from different cultures and historical periods. Zimpel is the bandleader of the Polish group Hera, and performs in the international quintet Undivided, featuring Bobby Few and Perry Robinson; the Polish-German Wacław Zimpel Quartet; the South Indian percussion group Saagara; and the ToTu Orchestra, a nine-piece band of Warsaw musicians. He is also a member of Ken Vandermark’s project Resonance.

Zimpel has worked with Klaus Kugel, Hamid Drake, Steve Swell, Christian Ramond, Dave Rempis, Joe McPhee, Mark Tokar, Michael Zerang, Maallem Mokhtar Gania, Giridhar Udupa and Mikołaj Trzaska. In 2010, Zimpel was pronounced Musician of the Year in Stef Gijssel’s blog, The Free Jazz Collective. In 2013, Poland’s Jazzarium named Zimpel Musician of the Year. Zimpel is also the youngest winner of the City of Poznań Artistic Award.

More at the artist’s website: Wacław Zimpel.

 

Past Events

Concert: Fresh F. Waclaw Zimpel and Grace & Max
November 7th, 2014 / 8:00pm
Red Star Union
One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

Fresh returns with an extraordinary evening of experimental ambient soundscapes and incredible contemporary jazz. Featuring Poland’s composer/clarinetist Waclaw Zimpel, hailed as “one of the most promising musicians from the European continent” (Eyal Hareuveni, All About Jazz).

Also featuring Grace & Max – Grace Leslie is a flutist music cognition researcher and electronic musician who is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Affective Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab, developing music neurofeedback systems for creative and therapeutic applications.

Birmingham Times, Wacław Zimpel, Musical Notes, August 2013

Chicago Reader, The simmering beauty and intensity in the music of reedist Waclaw Zimpel, January 2013

Culture.Pl, Wacław Zimpel, March 2013

Grace Leslie, Fellow, Affective Computing Group, MIT Media Lab

Evan Ziporyn, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor, MIT Music and Theater Arts and Faculty Director, MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology

Waclan Zimpel
WacŁaw Zimpel. Image courtesy of the artist.

Selected Past Projects