Singer, composer, arranger, and producer
Grazyna Auguscik has won the praise
and admiration of music critics, jazz enthusiasts and even
with a singular voice that speaks a universal
She is one of the most intriguing contemporary vocalists
on today’s World jazz scene.
Her elusive style challenges traditional
definitions of jazz and show vocalist and
musician without boundaries. Her unorthodox approach
to rewriting classic works
is at once a tribute to its authors as well as an
adventure into uncharted territory.
Her originals give a fresh taste of uncanny flavor.
Her professional music
career She began in Europe, completed her studies
in 1992 at the prestigious Berklee College of
Music in Boston,
has since become a prolific collaborator shearing the stage with such
jazz notables as
Jim Hall, Michael and Randy Brecker, Bobby Enriquez, John Medeski,
Paul Wertico, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Robert
Irving III, Michal Urbaniak,
Terry Callier, Patricia Barber, Leni Stern,
Eric Hochberg, John McLean, David Onderdonk,
Ernie Adams, Andrzej
Jagodzinski, Jarek Bester and many others.
Since 1994, Grazyna has made Chicago her home where
she performs at the
legendary Green Mill,
and a most memorable appearances at the 1998
2002 Chicago Jazz Festival among Nancy Wilson, McCoy Tyner,
Brandford Marsalis, Randy Weston, Von
Freeman, Roy Hargrove, Irakere
and many others.
her active schedule of World wild performances,
Grazyna has managed to record, produce and
distribute ten albums, six under
her own record label, GMA Records, and appearing
on as many projects as a guest.
Her album “Pastels” was one of the
best in 1998, chosen by National Public Radio listeners.
The begining of New Millennium brings
her three new albums.
“Fragile” in collaboration with one of the
best Brazilian singer and guitarist Paulinho Garcia
was TOP 20 JAZZ ALBUMS of the year 2000
on WBEZ CHICAGO 91.5 FM National Public Radio.
Her 2002 “River” release was a fantastic
surprise for music critics, jazz enthusiasts
and all music
and placed her as one of the hottest young jazz talents in the country.
In Year 2003 Grazyna
is nominated by 22nd Annual Chicago Music Awards for Best Female
Vocalist of 2002.
In month of February 2003, 2004 and 2005 She was
awarded as Best Jazz Vocal of 2002, 2003 and 2004
by a prestigious European "Jazz Forum Magazine".
Also 2002 Fujitsu Concord Jazz Festival awarded her
as TOP VOCAL, and the album “Hamage”
Three for Brazil recorded for Pony Canyon Records
in Japan was on TOP 20 JAZZ ALBUMS in Asia.
2003 release "Past Forward" by Grazyna Auguscik
though it once again resists easy classification
because of its musical eclecticism, is jazz in all
its contemporary potential, pulsating, exhilarating,
eastern musical origins leading to the past, uncanny
impression of wholeness, featuring remarkably
talented accordion player Jarek Bester, with her
alto - warm and hypnotic simply brilliant, it is another
from "Graz" must-hear experience.
After many very successful tours in Europe and Japan
last year her 2004 appearance at one of Japan's
largest jazz festivals, Jazz Elite, with Three for
Brazil was one of the highlights next to Jim Hall Trio.
next release “The Light” as of the beginning of 2005 is already highly acclaimed.
“ Auguscik has assembled a dream band … taking charge
of the band she has created, she could make
a difference in jazz today. Auguscik may be on the
brink of innovation as does her new CD The Light “ says
“Chicago Tribune” critics’ review .
Find out why the LA Times says "Grazyna Auguscik
is doing important work in advancing the potential for
imaginative jazz singing. She is a singer to be watched.
Presently “The Light” is claiming charts not
only Jazz Radio stations all over the U.S. as well as her latest
Holiday Release “LULAJZE The Lullaby for Jesus” (her
4-th project in year 2005).
Her next upcoming project as of the beginning of next
year is greatly anticipated.
GRAZYNA AUGUSCIK from her new CD,
THE LIGHT. I want you to process and synthesize
a whole new world jazz fusion from a ‘ Peter Gabriel’ bossa
nova perspective - a new interesting
direction for this very progressive artist . We played Roberta Flack’s
“Until It’s Time For You To Go,”
Auguscik’s version is ingenious , worldly, out reaching our
perspective of how a jazz singer should sound...
for Grazyna Auguscik is setting a new standard for modern jazz singing,
Listen to Auguscik’s version
of Barber’s “If I Were Blue,” surreal, European and blue, with ketch string
accompaniment, occurrent of blue.
- Dick Crockett / STILL ANOTHER JAZZ
SHOW / “The Voice” 88.7 fm / Sacramento, Ca
”She's a music machine.”
Loudon “Jazz Times”
” ... a strikingly original vocal style ... hauntingly beautiful
- Bill Milkowski “JAZZIZ”
"Grazyna Auguscik is not merely a vocalist but,
rather a musician who
has a purpose for every note she sings, for every phrase she lingers
upon — or dramatically cuts short”
“... Grazyna is emerging as an individual voice in
of sound-alike singers ... Auguscik approaches the art of jazz
with fervor and intensity. She treats even the most well-worn
fare with a spirit of adventure ..."
- Howard Reich, " Chicago Tribune"
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