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Warsaw | James Newton in Person

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A concert on 19 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw will be the first opportunity for the Polish audience to listen to such a generous selection of the American composer, flautist and conductor James Newton’s works during a monographic concert showcasing the versatility of his talent. Sinfonia Iuventus will perform his compositions together with a jazz quartet.

James Newton (* 1953, Los Angeles, CA) has written more than 300 compositions. Newton’s pieces have been performed all over the world, from Carnegie Hall to the National Gallery in Berlin. His works span a variety of music genres, including chamber, symphonic, sacral, jazz, electronic, ethno, as well as ballet and modern dance music. In 1989, Newton published his handbook to flute improvisation (The Improvising Flute). He is the author of dozens of albums, including solo flute ones. James Newton is one of the most acclaimed jazz flute virtuosos. His recordings with Anthony Davis are among the most characteristic examples of the contemporary Third Stream.

“The music, which I write, first and foremost reflects my faith, which infuses my artistic life as a composer of sacred music” – said Newton. “Another recurring theme is inspiration from my African-American cultural roots”. In 1997, he wrote The Songs of Freedom opera, and in 2006, composed the Latin Mass which had its premiere in February 2007 in Prato, Italy.

As a musician, Newton visited Poland in 2007, when he played with Piotr Baron Quartet during the band’s tour of Poland and Hungary. The quartet performed in the following line-up: Piotr Baron, James Newton, Dariusz Oleszkiewicz and Mark Ferber. In the same year, James Newton performed twice with the Jarek Śmietana band (James Newton, Jarek Śmietana, Wojciech Karolak and Adam Czerwiński). During the upcoming concert he will perform with Polish musicians:  Piotr Baron, Dominik Wania, Maciej Adamczak, Łukasz Żyta and vocalists Marcela Wierzbicka-Opalińska and Dominik Opaliński. The programme will include, among others, Line of immortality for jazz quartet and orchestra, Psalm 119 for soprano and baritone, two versions of the famous Amazing Grace hymn, dedicated to Barrack Obama and the victims of the Charleston church massacre of 2015, and Glimpses of the Garden of Eden for French horn and orchestra. The concert will be conducted by Wojciech Semerau-Siemianowski – an acclaimed conductor and pianist.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl