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The Maze

by Bogna Kicinska

The debut album that brings freshness to the vocal jazz scene. This music incorporates elements of folk music from Poland and Latin America, soul and Western classical music in an especially indelible way.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Get a Kick Out of You
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2. You're Everything
6:10 $0.99
3. Close Your Eyes
7:09 $1.29
4. Sonoran Desert
10:39 $1.29
5. Speak Low
6:05 $0.99
6. Sen Pastereczki
7:30 $0.99
7. Exclamation!
4:13 $0.99
8. The Zone
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9. Today, Tomorrow
7:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Bogna Kicinska (…) is a real discovery, she is a vocalist with a wide range of voice, singing with great feeling and improvising using scat technique without any restraint” – Jazz Forum Magazine (Poland)

"Jaw-dropping vocal facility...thrilling approach to of the finest scat singers I've heard in years" - Rick Anderson,

Originally from Poland, Bogna Kicinska is a jazz vocalist, composer, educator and violinist living in New York City.

Without question, the most singular and indelible feature of the album is Bogna’s voice itself. Save for five songs with the lyrics, (including a self penned original), the voice is treated as an instrument: melodies are sung in unison or counterpoint with violin and other instruments present. She further distinguishes herself as an instrumentalist through her use of scat technique to approach improvising.

Of the nine songs on the album, five are Bogna’s originals, with the remainder being refreshing interpretations of jazz standards including “I Get A Kick Out Of You” and “Speak Low” by Cole Porter and Kurt Weil respectively. Bogna’s original music reflects the inspiration she’s received from engaging the world, musical and otherwise, around her. Besides its obvious jazz roots, Bogna’s writing seamlessly incorporates elements of folk music from Poland and Latin America, soul and Western classical music in an especially indelible way. Her organic embracement of such diverse musical styles has produced an album where every song or arrangement presents a fresh array of harmonic and rhythmic elements.

Bogna showed great leadership savvy by inviting several excellent musicians to collaborate with her on this album. The core group consists of Mateusz Smoczyński (violin), Kuba Cichocki (piano), Edward Perez (double bass) and Colin Stranahan (drums). On two songs, multiple Grammy Award winner John Benitez (appearing on Roy Hargrove’s album “Habana”) guests on electric bass. Two other songs feature a string quartet comprised of Mateusz Smoczyński (Violin I), Leonor Falcón (Violin II), Aleksandr Nazaryan (Viola) and Jan Roszkowski –(Violoncello).

The album was recorded in Park West Studios in New York and was mixed by Grammy Awards winner Dave Darlington (mixed Wayne Shorter’s “Alegria” album). 

Bogna Kicińska - jazz vocalist, composer, educator and violinist was born in 1984 in small town Krasnystaw in Poland. As a jazz vocalist, she is a graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York, the Karol Szymanowski School of Music in Katowice (Poland) and the Henryk Majewski Jazz Training College in Warsaw (Poland). She also has formal undergraduate qualifications in violin from her time in Poland. She is a past prize-winner of many competitions including the following:
International Festival of Traditional Jazz – Old Jazz Meeting “Gold Grater” (Ilawa, Poland/ 2011), International Jazz Competition for Singing Musicians “Voicingers” ( Zory, Poland/ 2009)“Hope of Warsaw” (2007). She has performed with several NY based musicians including Gene Jackson, Gabriel Guerrero, Gene Ess, along with Polish legends such as Danuta Błażejczyk and Jerzy “Duduś” Matuszkiewicz. 



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