Michał Urbaniak Celebration
(Embassy of the Republic of Poland. 24th January 2014. Report by Rob Edgar)
The Polish violinist / composer Michał Urbaniak has recorded and toured with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and Billy Cobham. On Friday night the Embassy of the Republic of Poland hosted a celebration organised by Xantoné Blacq, in advance of Urbaniak's (sell-out) gig at Pizza Express Jazz Club with Urbanator, his first performance in London for many years.
In a conversation between Urbaniak and Xantoné, the violinist reflected on his musical career to date: “There was no one who was musical in my family, but my parents had a wide circle of friends. I remember sitting next to the gramophone and listening to accordion groups.” said Urbaniak. “I was playing the classical violin from a young age and playing with symphony orchestras by age 9”.