JAZZ BY THE BEACH STAGE – SUNDAY : 4th December 2016
7.55pm – 8.40pm
Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Rafał Sarnecki is a jazz guitarist and composer currently living in New York. He started to gain recognition in Europe after his success at the International Jazz Guitar Competition – Guitar City 2002 in Warsaw which he won. In 2005 he moved to New York where he received a scholarship at the Jazz and Contemporary Music program at the New School University in Manhattan where he got his undergraduate degree in 2008 and in 2010 he received his MA degree in jazz performance from the Queens College CUNY.
As a leader of his own jazz projects Rafał has performed in clubs and festivals in numerous countries. He has recorded and released 3 albums as a leader and his debut album “Song From a New Place” (2008) was nominated for the Fryderyk 2009 Award, the Polish equivalent of a Grammy.
The Rafal Sarnecki Quintet is a Polish/Malaysian collaboration with other members of the band being Piotr Wrombel (piano/keyboards), Wojciech Pulcyn (bass), Julian Chan (saxophones) and KJ Wong (drums.
Rafal Sarnecki Quintet’s appearance at The Penang island Jazz Festival is supported by The Embassy of The Republic of Poland and, Jazz Polsku