Jerzy Sapieyevski is an award-winning composer, pianist, and innovator. He is the founder of NewCenturyMusic®and as artistic director, he brings some groundbreaking ideas to the concert stage and education.
A composer/pianist, (click to hear music samples) he presently performs concerts which unite diverse styles of music into one-of-a-kind creations drawn from the interaction with the audience.
The distinctive voice of his compositions finds its inspiration from the American spirit of George Gershwin, innovation of Philip Glass and the spontaneity of improvisations by Keith Jarrett and Dave Brubeck.
Sapieyevski brings a new approach to piano performance blending jazz and classical styles into multi-layered "sound sculptures". The Art of Sound - the Sound of Artsm was a project devoted to the development of a new generation of multimedia events.
Sapieyevski’s commissions and performances include the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, and numerous radio and television programs. The score for the Shakespeare Theatre's Production of Richard III (with Stacy Keach) was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.
In 2005 Jerzy Sapieyevski was decorated with the "Knight Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland". Sapieyevski was a featured panelist at DanceUSA National Roundtable and served as an advisor for the National Institute for Education and the Arts. He was also a guest lecturer on "Cultural Diplomacy" at the Foreign Service Institute and delivered very popular pre-concert talks at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. His new "Music – The Brain’s Software"®events serve the growing demand for music applications towards the enhancement of our thinking skills, emotional capacity and brain fitness.
Major performers of his classical compositions included: the Tokyo String Quartet, An die Musik, Manhattan String Quartet, American Wind Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony, among others.
Jerzy Sapieyevski began music and engineering studies in his native Poland and later completed his music degrees in the United States. Acknowledged in The Oxford Dictionary of Music, he is especially interested in creating interactive works that bring together various disciplines in live events - NewCenturyMusicClub.
He appeared with the celebrated Polish actress, Anna Dymna, in her reading of poetry by the Nobel Prize Laureate, Czeslaw Milosz.
"Aesop Suite" narrated by the renowned attorney
Robert S. Bennett,
explores the synergy between musical phrasing and gifted oratory. Sapieyevski created a multimedia event in which painters - in live performance - engaged in a visual and musical dialogue with the pianist.
His collaborations with painters
Makoto Fujimura and Alexander Kaletski are examples of this innovative approach. After a New York event, the Associated Press
syndicated an article:
"Can a painting create music? An experiment in painting and music pushes boundaries" and a leading science writer, James Trefil suggested that these types of explorations "are the lifeblood of art".
Sapieyevski’s versatile creative activities prompted the US Chamber of Commerce to choose his profile as one of the case studies, "Faces of IP" for a presentation in support of intellectual property protections. He is a voting member of The Recording Academy (Grammy®).
RECENT COMPOSITIONS and EVENTS:
"YOUR SMILE and CHERRY BLOSSOMS" - RMS Records single and a music video, 2014;
"FOREVER is COMPOSED of NOWS" - Crystal Records (CD) featuring "Aesop Suite", 2014;
"MUSICAL PORTRAIT - JAN KARSKI" - Kosciuszko Foundation, Washington DC, 2014; Pheo-Para Alliance Special Presentation, Washington DC, 2014;
"PAINTED MUSIC" -
for symphony orchestra, 2014 (9’) tba;
MUSIC for “PROTEST” - a play by Vaclav Havel, Ambassador Theatre Co., Washington DC, November 2013;
"TRUMPET CONCERTO" - the Eastman Wind Ensemble performance at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 2013;
“MUSIC - The BRAIN'S SOFTWARE®”- Concert-Conversation with Dr. Joel M. Oster, MD – Neurology, Lahey Clinic, Boston, November 4, Katzen Center, Washington DC, 2013;
"NEW CENTURY MUSIC CLUB" - Piano compositions and arrangements, Katzen Center, Washington DC, 2012;
"POETRY BY CZESLAW MILOSZ" - Piano interludes for reading by Anna Dymna; Consulate General of Poland, New York, 2011;
"ARE YOU BLUE?" and "ARE YOU BLUE 2?" for Piano Solo, Katzen Center, Washington DC, 2010 (40');
"SOUND SCULPTURES" for Piano Solo and electronic sound, Katzen Center, Washington DC, 2010 (7');
"AESOP SUITE" for Piano Solo and Narrator, An die Musik Ensemble, Merkin Hall, New York
City, Nov. 6, 2011; The Potsdam Brass Quintet of SUNY Faculty, Potsdam, NY, April 19, 2011; Robert S. Bennett, narrator, Katzen Center, Washington DC, 2008; Gdansk Shakespeare Festival, Poland, 2009 (25');
"VARIATIONS on a THEME by PADEREWSKI" for Piano Solo, Tribute to Gen. Edward Rowny, Senator Chuck Hagel - guest speaker, Embassy of Poland, Washington DC, 2007, (7');
"PAINTED MUSIC" for Piano Solo, Interactive Electronics and Painters, American University, Washington DC, 2006, (20'); Collaboration with painter Makoto Fujimura, Alaxander Kaletski, Dillon Gallery, N.Y., 2007 - 2009 (40')
"MUSIC for the RUNNING DRY PROJECT" Actress Jane Seymour and the Chronicle Group Event, Washington DC, 2007, (10');
"THE SOUND OF ART – THE ART OF SOUND" – Multimedia Event Composed and Directed by Jerzy Sapieyevski, Katzen Arts Center and Museum, American University, 2006 (45')
CONCERTO for PIANO solo and COMPUTER, Centralne Muzeum Morskie, Gdansk Poland; Music Club "Ucho" Gdynia, Poland, 2004 (40')
webORCHESTRA I, commissioned by the American Youth Orchestra, Fairfax Va., 2000 (10’)
CLIO's TRIUMPH, modern ballet score commissioned by the Washington Ballet, Kennedy Center, 1997 (30')
ILLUMINATA, modern ballet score commissioned by the Washington Ballet, choreography by
Simon Dow, Kennedy Center, 1996 (30')
DAYDREAMS, electronic music for the National Building Museum, 1996, (40')
NEW CENTURY MUSIC, for electronic instruments, 1995, Dumbarton Concert , The Reston Community Center
ECHOES OF THE SPIRIT, for synthesizer and organ, The National Cathedral, Washington D.C., 1992, The Denver Cathedral, 1997; Grand Rapids, (Mich.), 1998 (35’)
RICHARD III (Stacy Keach), incidental music, The Shakespeare Theatre, 1990.
SCORES in PRINT
SONGS OF THE ROSE (Bryn Mawr, Pa., T. Presser Co., 1994), Kennedy Center/WPAS Washington DC, 1988, The National Cathedral, 1992; The Gregg Smith Singers American Music Workshop, 1993, (10')
ARIOSO, for Trumpet and Woodwind Quintet (Bryn Mawr, Pa., T. Presser Co., 1990), commissioned by The International Trumpet Guild. Performed: Western Illinois University, April 15, 2012; The Palm Beach Music Festival, July 16, 2010; Zagreb
(Croatia) Wind Ensemble, Zagreb, Croatia,June 20, 2009; ITG Conference, Dallas, Texas, 1988; Waterloo Music Festival, Princeton, Univ., 1990. Recorded on Crystal Records, 1993, (12')
for string quartet (Bryn Mawr, Pa., T. Presser Co., 1986) commissioned by the Library of Congress. Performed by Manhattan String Quartet in Moscow, 1986; Tokyo String Quartet on U.S./European tour, 1987; Soviet Emigre Orchestra, Vermont Festival and Australian tour, 1987; TV “CBS Sunday Morning", 1988, (10')
AESOP SUITE for Brass Quintet and Narrator (Bryn Mawr, Pa., T. Presser Co., 1984)
commissioned by the Annapolis Music Society for Annapolis Brass Quintet and An die Musik Ensemble. Performed on American/European Tour, 1984. Recorded on Crystal Records, Belgian Radio, and Newport Classics - a Grammy® nominated album, (15')
TOADA IN MEMORY OF VILLA-LOBOS, for Clarinet and Piano (Bryn Mawr, Pa., T. Presser Co., 1982) commissioned by the Delmar Foundation for the Dumbarton Concert Series, (15')
SCHERZO DI CONCERTO for Wind Ensemble (Tokyo, Japan, OngakuNoTomo Sha, 1981),(5')
GAMES for Brass and Percussion (New York, C.F. Peters, 1981) American Wind Symphony Series commission, (10')
ARIA for Flute and Piano (Bryn Mawr, T. Presser Co., 1981) Performed by An die Musik, Kennedy Center, 1981 and as regular tour repertoire 1981 present, (11')
LOVE SONGS (to poems by Anne Lindbergh) for voice and piano (Bryn Mawr, T. Presser Co., 1979), The Philips Collection Series, Washington DC, (35')
MERCURY CONCERTO for Trumpet and Orchestra (New York, C. F. Peters Corp., 1978), Eastman Wind Ensemble, Kodak Hall at Eastman, February 27, 2013; Armando Ghitalla and AWSO. Recorded on AMCAM Records, and by Alex Jokipii on ALBANY Records(15')
TRIO FOR AN ITALIAN JOURNEY (Bryn Mawr, T. Presser Co., 1977), (17')
SUMMER OVERTURE for orchestra (Bryn Mawr, T. Presser Co., 1977), Virginia Youth Orchestra, (10')
ARIA for saxophone (Bryn Mawr, T. Presser Co., 1976), Miller Sigmon and Duke University Quartet, (11')
SCHERZO DI CONCERTO for Band (Bryn Mawr, T. Presser Co. 1976) University of Michigan Band, (5')
"MORPHEUS" for wind ensemble
(New York, C.F. Peters Corp., 1975) American Wind Symphony Tours 1973-80. Recorded on AWSO Records, (8')
CONCERTO FOR VIOLA (Bryn Mawr, T. Presser Co., 1974), Raphael Hillyer and The Catholic University Ensemble, Philips Collection. Recorded on Crystal Records, (15')
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