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To Touch Culture 2019

To Touch Culture 2019

On that beautiful June evening, with the day coming to a close, Aga Zaryan, Grzegorz Dowgiałło and Kuba Stankiewicz appeared on a stage surrounded by the age-old walls of the Collegium Maius before an audience filling up its courtyard. Each of the artists presented their original style offering a true feast for the senses, and together they delivered unforgettable artistry upon that Cracovian stage.

Suffice it to say that Aga Zaryan had never performed with Kuba Stankiewicz before. And Grzegorz joined them, too. This one-of-a-kind trio truly thrilled the audience. Dominant throughout the evening was a subtle lyrical mood yet a rock-and-roll bite was present, too, in Grzegorz Dowgiałło’s solo number. The soothing sound of Kuba Stankiewicz’s grand piano was inspired by the music of Wojciech Kilar. Aga Zaryan, in turn, performed such songs as Piosenka o końcu świata with lyrics by Czesław Miłosz and a moving piece Miłość in remembrance of the heroes of the Warsaw Rising. Old hits were also at hand: Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World and Dziwny jest ten świat by Czesław Niemen. Finally, birds flew above the audience seated under the firmament of the courtyard, to the tune of Bye bye blackbird sung by Aga Zaryan.

The poetry of the evening was at its height when two deceased jazz musicians Tomasz Stańko and Janusz Muniak were remembered, who graced our stage in past editions of To Touch Culture and without whom Polish jazz music would have not been complete, as Kuba Stankiewicz so rightly said during that evening filled with music.

The concert was held to mark the 20th anniversary of inclusive education at the JU as part of the To Touch Culture event; the anniversary was mentioned by Jagiellonian University Rector Prof. Wojciech Nowak, MD, PhD in his congratulatory address received by the head of the JU Disability Support Service (DSS) Ireneusz Białek.

The event was organised by the JU Disability Support Service and the JU Museum Collegium Maius. 

Photography by Anna Wojnar

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