By Matt Micucci
World-renowned symphonic conductor and woodwind virtuoso Martin Piecuch will bring his Jazzical Fusion Band to Jazz At Kitano in New York on Saturday, November 14th.
The performance, which features Maestro Piecuch on multiple woodwinds with pianist Regan Ryzuk, bassist Laurence Goldman and Brazilian guitarist Richard Miller mixes classical music, modern jazz, and the ancient folk music of Europe and the Americas to create a unique experience that has been called “a remarkable display of versatility, styles, and hip arrangements” by New York Philharmonic saxophonist Albert Regni.
Piecuch began his career when he became the saxophone soloist of the U.S. Marine Band at 18. He later earned Bachelor of Music Degrees in each woodwind instrument (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and saxophone), and a Masters’ Degree in Orchestral and Choral Conducting, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Catholic University of America.
He was named Permanent Guest Conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic in 2003 and has also conducted the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, where in his debut performances, he thrilled audiences with Rolf Lieberman’s Concerto for Jazz Band and Symphony Orchestra.
Martin Piecuch is a truly versatile musical artist, accomplished as both an honored orchestra conductor and a virtuoso classical and jazz wind musician. His lifetime elision of experiences in both genres, as well as in opera and musical theatre, led him to create his unique concept, Jazzical Fusion.
Jazzical Fusion was created by Martin to juxtapose his lifetime experiences while having dual careers in classical music and jazz. It embraces other musical genres as well: Tango, Samba and other Latin rhythms, folk, pop, opera.