It’s such a pleasure to be back at the Kraków Film Music Festival, which is now in its ninth year. You know, you get such a warm welcome at this festival; the team works so hard to deliver a first class experience. And that’s not just the hospitality; every aspect of the festival has been created with a huge amount of love for film music, and respect for those of us who share that passion.
This year’s live music events have so far been very much in celebration of homegrown talent, indeed I was sad to have missed the opening night ‘Polish Music Gala: Scoring for Polanski’. That concert featured music from the director’s films by composers such as Wojciech Kilar, Jerry Goldsmith and Alexandre Desplat, with both Polanski and Desplat in attendance. The French composer was awarded the second ‘Kilar Award’ for his contribution to the advancement of the art of film music. Much deserved…
On paper I shouldn’t have enjoyed tonight’s concert as much as I did, for it was ultimately improvised jazz and scratched vinyl (plus electro bells and whistles). In fact ‘Wars and Kaper: Deconstruction’ turned out to be a truly mesmerising and thoroughly captivating experience. Pawel Kaczmarczyk’s ‘Audiofeeling Trio’, along with Mr. Rime on the decks, took pieces by composers Bronislau Kaper and Henry Vars and re-imagined them, taking their music to another place entirely. We were transported for 90 minutes as the foursome created magic with a touch of sonic wizardry, plus huge amounts of raw musicality. Kaczmarczyk is a dream on the piano, pouring out sweet, vital refrains. Some of it put me in mind of Dave Grusin, which made me want to hear him in concert.
Maybe next year, Kraków?