Komeda Project

Krzysztof Komeda (1931-1969)
In his short life (until his untimely death in a tragic accident in Hollywood at the age of 38), Krzysztof Komeda wrote music to over 40 films, including such Polish cinematic classics as Roman Polanski?s ?Knife in the Water? and Andrzej Wajda?s ?Innocent Sorcerers.? Polanski?s first film, ?Two Men and a Wardrobe? (1957), was also Komeda?s first time scoring for the screen. Polanski would go on to use Komeda?s music in almost all of his films over the course of the next decade, eventually inviting him to Hollywood in 1967 to score his American film debut, ?Rosemary?s Baby.? According to Polanski himself, the popular and critical success of ?Rosemary?s Baby? ?owed much to Komeda?s empathy and creative imagination. Not only is the ?Rosemary?s Baby? score extraordinary musically, it?s also one of the only major hit soundtracks of the late 60s, along with Ennio Marricone?s ?The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.?
Bringing Krzysztof Komeda?s wondrous music back to life is what Komeda Project, a jazz quintet is all about.
Krzysztof Medyna & Andrzej Winnicki
Their musical roots in Poland as well, founders of KOMEDA PROJECT, saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna and pianist Andrzej Winnicki toured Europe extensively during the 1980’s with their original jazz group Breakwater. The group was featured at European jazz festivals, won an international jazz competition (as the group and the best instrumentalist – Krzysztof Medyna) and was broadcast on national radio and television.
Later, Medyna also performed and recorded as a member of Slawomir Kulpowicz?s group In/Formation (including at Eastern Europe?s biggest jazz festival – Warsaw?s Jazz Jamboree), frequently touring side by side with ECM recording artist Tomasz Stanko
In the United States, Winnicki and Medyna revived their original group during the 90?s under the name Electric Breakwater, performing in such places in the New York Tri-State area as Zanzibar, The Five Spot, St. Peter’s Church (known for ministering to the jazz community in NYC), Trumpets, Club Bene, and many others. Electric Breakwater?s CD ?In the Bush? with Mark Egan on bass and Rodney Holmes on drums, is available on Amazon.com
Russ Johnson
Russ Johnson, a Manhattan School of Music graduate, is fast becoming one of the most sought after performers in the New York ?downtown? music scene. He has performed and/or recorded with a long list of heavyweights including: Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Richie Beirach, Mark Ribot, Charles Earland, David Liebman, Joe Maneri, The Jazz Passengers, Oliver Lake, Myra Melford, Anthony Davis, Mick Rossi, Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, Michael Bubl