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Koman Band
A Polish jazz-rock band, formed by Janusz Koman in 1973.
For over a dozen years of its existence the band made numerous archive recordings for the Polish Radio and TV

 ‘…I have always been fascinated by the sound – particularly of the trumpet, as I am not a big fan of the saxophone. Undoubtedly, my work has been significantly influenced by Blood, Sweat and Tears, or Chicago…’ ‘…In Poznań I approached director Napierala and I presented my offer – I want to form a band, I need help. He agreed! He gave me the money for the rehearsals, for the hotels…’

Debut – February 1973.
The appearance of the band was an event in the national show business.

The first musicians in the band were: Janusz Koman (keyboard), Wojciech Michalczyk (guitar), Jerzy Śnigurowicz (bass guitar), Maciej Czaj (drums) and Andrzej Diering (trumpet), Władysław Dobrowolski (trumpet), Marian Maślanka (trumpet), Zbigniew Wójcik (trumpet).

Krystyna Prońko started her nation-wide career with Koman Band.
The perfect harmony of the wind instrument section and the rhythm section with the singer’s voice resulted in a number of common success.

In 1973 at the 11th KFPP [National Festival of Polish Song] in Opole, and in 1975 at the 13th KFPP in Opole Prońko was awarded for the interpretation of the songs Po co ci to chłopcze [What do you need this for, boy] (Koman/Szczepkowski) and Umarłe krajobrazy [Dead lanscapes] (Koman/Walczak), and Anioł i róża [Angel and Rose] (Koman/Szczepkowski) and Niech moje serce kołysze ciebie do snu [Let my heart rock you to sleep] (Koman-Dutkiewicz).

In 1974 at the 12th KFPP in Opole Janusz Koman received the award for the Festival’s best arranger for the song Papierowe Ptaki [Paper Birds] (Koman-Szczepkowski) performed by Krystyna Prońko.

In the years 1974-1976 Koman Band included:
Bogdan Krajewski (guitar), J. Śnigurowicz (bass guitar), Wojciech Tarczyński (drums, vocal), Marian Śnigurowicz (drums) and A. Diering (trumpet), W. Dobrowolski (trumpet), Tadeusz Janiak (trumpet) and Bernard Kondracki (tenor saxophone, violin).

In 1975 an album by Krystyna Prońko and Koman Band was released, entitled: Krystyna Prońko

In the same year Borys Stan started cooperating with the band, and performed with that at the 13th KFPP in Opole singing the song Chcę przy tym być [I want to be there] (Koman/Osiecka)

In 1976 the band was dissolved due to the change of the musical profile, and Janusz Koman, playing the Fender piano and D6 clavinet, formed a new band, which included:
Paweł Serafiński (Hammond organ), Wojciech Waglewski (guitar), Waldemar Lubański (bass guitar), Andrzej Tylec (drums).

A new programme was developed during the several-week long rehearsals. Its first part was the instrumental suite Con-tinuation II, and Krystyna Prońko performed her recital in the second one.
It was then that Koman Band was under the auspices of the Polish Jazz Association Concert Agency.

In September 1976 the band started its first tour in the new composition in Łodź province, in October it performed in Warsaw clubs, in November in Katowice, Zielona Góra and the region (Lubuskie province).

In 1977 the album Moja Muzyka [My Music] by Zdzisława Sośnicka was released, which was recorded at the end of 1976, on which the musicians play soul, funky and disco music. In this case Koman Band was a strictly accompanying band.

In 1977 Waglewski was replaced by the guitarist Ramigiusz Kossacz, and the drummer Tylec by Henryk Tomala. Additionally, a new singer joined in: Leonard Kaczanowski (as a soloist, his repertoire included, among other things, the songs Dawno [Long ago], and in a duo with Krystyna Prońko W cieniu dobrzego drzewa [In the Shadow of the Good Tree].

In 1977 the band performed at the Song Festival in Sopot with Zdzisława Sośnicka, who was awarded Grand Prix du Disque.

Koman Band performed with performers such as: Omega, Locomotiv GT, Niemen, Middle of the Road, or Brotherhood of Men.

So far most of the works and arrangements performed by the band have been composed by Koman, but occasionally individual members of the band composed as well, which may be illustrated by the works recorded at Program III (Channel 3) at the end of 1976, such as: Welon [Veil] (Tarczyński/Skalski), or Trawiaste przywidzenie [Grassy Delusion] (Waglewski, Koman/Olewicz).

The next long play recorded with Prońko, Deszcz w Cisnej [rain in Cisna] also comprises radio recordings.
Henryk Debich PRiTV Orchestra accompanies in the title song.

On the same year the band participated in the performance of the rock opera 3400 lat po Ikarze [3400 years after Icarus] (music J. Koman, libretto B. Olewicz).
R. Derewend was cast in the main role. Krystyna Prońko and Andrzej Frajndt sang as well. Jerzy Milian’s Orkiestra Rozrywkowa PRiTV in Katowice and Andrzej Prugar, sound director, participated in the recording of the studio version.
Many years later fragments of the show were released on Krystyna Prońko album Osobista kolekcja 4 [Personal Collection 4] Duets (2002).

In 1979 Koman was accompanied by:
Remigiusz Kossacz (guitar), Paweł Serafiński (Hammond org), Wojciech Zalewski (bass), Czesław Bartkowski (drums).
Together with Krystyna Prońko the band toured the USSR for 8 months.

On the threshold of the seventies and eighties the following singers cooperated with the band: Hanna Banaszak and Majka Jeżowska.

In 1980 Koman Band started cooperation with the singer Andrzej Zaucha, recording, among other things, the following songs: Wieczór and rzeką zdarzeń [Evening on the Event River] (Koman/Kondratowicz), and Dom złej dziewczyny [House of the Evil Girl] (Koman/Szczepkowski) -were released as singles.

In 1985 the band recorded an album with the Fiesta female vocal band, entitled Fiesta. The band was then composed of:
J. Koman (Fender piano), Krzysztof Barcik (guitar), P. Serafiński (Hammond org), Maciej Latalski (bass guitar), Krzysztof Zawadzki (perc.), Paweł Twardoch (drums) and Andrzej Balsam (trumpet), A. Diering (trumpet), Maciej Sikała (tenor saxophone), Grzegorz Nagórski (trombone).
Currently the band is composed of 2 musicians: Krzysztof ‘Puma’ Piasecki (guitar), Janusz Koman (Keyb’s), and performs in the European Union.  (www.komanband.eu)

1973 – 1991 - Festival of Polish Song in Opole and other festivals.
Opole 73 - Krystyna Prońko – Umarłe Krajobrazy [Dead landscapes] (Koman-Walczak) - award in Interpretations category
Opole 74 - Janusz Koman – award for the best arrangement Papierowe Ptaki [Paper birds] (Koman-Szczepkowski) performed by Krystyna Prońko
Opole 75 - Krystyna Prońko – Anioł i Róża [ Angel and Rosa] (Koman-Szczepkowski), Niech moje serce kołysze ciebie do snu [Let my heart rock you to sleep] (Koman-Dutkiewicz) award for Interpretations
Sopot 77 - Zdzisława Sośnicka - Grand Prix du Disque,
Opole 78 - Premiere of 3400 lat po Ikarze [3400 years after Icarus] rock opera (music J. Koman, libretto B. Olewicz)
Opole 85 - JJanusz Koman for the arranging festival songs – special prize,
Opole 86 - Janusz Koman distinction for the arrangement
The following performed with the band:
Stan Borys, Zbigniew Wodecki, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Andrzej Zaucha, Hanna Banaszak, Krystyna Prońko, Zdzisława Sośnicka, FIESTA, Wojciech Waglewski, Leonard Kaczanowski, Adzik Sendecki, Maciek Sikała, Grzegorz Nagórski, Czesław "Mały" Bartkowski, Paweł Serafiński

Cooperation with Orchestras:
Henryka Debicha, Stefana Rachonia, Zbigniewa Górnego, Jerzego Miliana, Andrzeja Trzaskowskiego, PRiTV w Katowicach

Recording:
ponad 150 utworów dla Polskiego Radia, TV, Polskie Nagrania, Pronit, JKP Studio, (Wikipedia, J.Koman)

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Krzysztof "Puma" Piasecki
Graduated from the Academy of Music in Katowice in the departament of jazz and pop music.
Composer, arranger, educator - one of the most versatile Polish guitarist.

The laureate of the International Jazz Improvisation Contest of Katowice. Was granted scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

In 1997 he was chosen the Best Jazz Guitarist by the prestigious music magazine "Gitara i Bas". He has shared the stage with many world-top musicians, among others: Mike Stern, Bob Malach, David Weckl, Scott Henderson, Dennis Chambers and Jeff Berlin. He with equal ease and dedication, plays music ranging from rock'n roll, blues, swing, through modern jazz into fusion…

Had his stage debut in Poland, in the second half of the seventies, then took quite long to find "his own" kind of music, gaining experience on the way while collaborating with Wieslaw Pieregorolka Big Band, Alex Band led by Aleksander Maliszewski, Zbigniew Gorny Orchestra, and also Koman Band and Pronko Band.
Performed in jazz clubs in Scandinavia, Germany and in the United States; appeared on a variety of festival stages such as: Jazz Jamboree, Zlota Tarka, Jazz Jantar and Jazz on the Odra River, Jazz Festival of "Piwnica pod Baranami" and Festival de Jazz de San Sebastián; took part in Polish Song Festivals held in Opole and Song Festivals in Sopot.

Accompanied world stars, like Jose Feliciano, Shirley Bassey, Alan White (YES, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton), Cindy Blackman (Joe Henderson, Lenny Kravitz, Cassandra Wilson), Tonny Royster Jr. (Branford Marsalis, Terry Lewis) Carmine Appice (Jeff Back, Ozzy Ozbourne, Pink Floyd), Siggy Davis as well as worked with numerous stars of the Polish music stage, like Hanna Banaszak, Ewa Bem, Urszula Dudziak, Grazyna Lobaszewska, Krystyna Pronko, Maryla Rodowicz, Lora Szafran, Marek Balata, Ryszard Rynkowski, Zbigniew Wodecki, vocal group Vox.


Highly values his professional contacts and cooperation with Heavy Metal Sextet, Walk Away, Zbigniew Lewandowski Quintet, Bober’s Friends, Charlie Green, Opole’s radio orchestra led by Edward Spyrka, international groups Human Elements and Yurala, or individual musicians, like Bill Mollenhof, The Drifters, Ralf Rickert, Carl Palmer (ELP). Cooperated and performed with the stars of the Polish jazz stage, such as Jarosław Smietana, Zbigniew Namyslowski, Tomasz Szukalski, Jan Ptaszyn-Wroblewski, Krzesimir Debski, Krzysztof Scieranski, Bernard Maseli, Piotr Baron, Leszek Możdżer, Adam Went, Janusz Skowron, Henryk Miskiewicz, Krzysztof Przybylowicz, Zbigniew Wrombel, Piotr Wojtasik, Anrzej Rusek, Maciek Sikała, Tadeusz Lesniak, Jerzy Glowczewski, Janusz Stefanski, Jacek Pelc,
many of whom made guest appearances on his own three individual records. Took part in recordings of material for a number of musicians in studio sessions in Poland and abroad.

He is dedicated to working with the young, being a lecturer in Mała Akademia Jazzu (Little Jazz Academy) in Gorzów, actively participating in projects and events, like workshops of BLUES NAD BOBREM (Blues on the Bóbr River) organized in Bolesławiec, or in international jazz workshops, like JAZZ HANZA in Koszalin. He co-musical projects with the Association on behalf of children and young people Ósmy Kolor Tęczy (Eighth Colour of the Rainbow).
This kind of activity offers valuable experience and brings him a lot of satisfaction.
He has recorded 12 original albums.
(www.krzysztofpumapiasecki.pl)

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Janusz Koman
Born in Łódź, a composer, arranger, pianist and producer.
Debut on the professional stage – May 1967 in Czerwono-Czarni band.
From 1969 to 1972 cooperation with PAGART.
In 1972 – Krystyna Prońko and Koman Band programme.

1973 – 1991 - Festival of Polish Song in Opole and other festivals.
Opole 73 - Krystyna Prońko – Umarłe Krajobrazy [Dead landscapes] (Koman-Walczak) - award in Interpretations category
Opole 74 - Janusz Koman – award for the best arrangement Papierowe Ptaki [Paper birds] (Koman-Szczepkowski) performed by Krystyna Prońko
Opole 75 - Krystyna Prońko – Anioł i Róża [ Angel and Rose] (Koman-Szczepkowski), Niech moje serce kołysze ciebie do snu [Let my heart rock you to sleep] (Koman-Dutkiewicz) award for Interpretations
Sopot 77 - Zdzisława Sośnicka - Grand Prix du Disque,
Opole 78 - Premiere of 3400 lat po Ikarze [3400 years after Icarus] rock opera (music J. Koman, libretto B. Olewicz)
Sopot 80 VOX – Grand Prix
Bratislava 80 VOX – Golden Lyre, Bronze Lyre
Opole 85 - Janusz Koman for the arranging festival songs – special prize,
Opole 86 - Janusz Koman distinction for the arrangement
Opole 87 - distinction for Zagranica [Abroad] song (Koman-Korczakowski),
Opole 91 - Danuta Błażejczyk – distinction for Moja cierpliwość [My patience] song (Koman-Młynarski)

Creative cooperation:
Stan Borys, Andrzej Dabrowski, Wojciech Mlynarski, Zbigniew Wodecki, Ryszard Rynkowski, Zbigniew Namyslowski, VOX, „2+1”, Czerwono-Czarni, Niebiesko-Czarni, Andrzej Zaucha, Hanna Banaszak, Ewa Bem, Majka Jezowska, Grazyna Lobaszewska, Krystyna Pronko, Zdzisława Sosnicka, Urszula Sipińska, FIESTA, Janusz Kondratowicz, Maria Czubaszek, Bogdan Olewicz, Wlodzimierz Patuszynski, Wojciech Waglewski, Jan Wolek, Danuta Blazejczyk, Krzysztof Krawczyk, Krzysztof Dzikowski, Grzegorz Walczak, Janusz Szczepkowski, Jacek Korczakowski, Leonard Kaczanowski, Marek Dutkiewicz, Agnieszka Osiecka, Jonasz Kofta, Jerzy Gruza, Janusz Kondratiuk

Orchestras:

Henryka Debicha, Stefana Rachonia, Zbigniewa Gornego, Jerzego Miliana, Andrzeja Trzaskowskiego, PRiTV w Katowicach


Concerts:

Europa, Bliski Wschód, Kuba, Włochy, oraz całe terytorium byłego ZSRR


Recording:
ponad 400 utworów dla Polskiego Radia, TV, Polskie Nagrania, Pronit, JKP Studio, musicale, rock-opery, muzyka filmowa, teatralna i baletowa.


Film:
2010-2012: production of full-length film interviews by prominent creators of ZAiKS Authors' Association, such as:
Jacek Bochenski, Jozef Hen, Wojciech Mlynarski, Jacek Cygan, Romuald Lipko,  Jerzy "Dudus" Matuszkiewicz,
Edward Pallasz, Ryszard Poznakowski, Eustachy Rylski, Krzysztof Dzikowski, Feliks Falk, Zbigniew Holdys, Janusz Kondratowicz, Henryk Kuzniak, Ilona Lepkowska, Janusz Majewski, Andrzej Mogielnicki, Bogdan Olewicz, Adam Slawinski.

Koman Production Publisher:
From 2000 - to May 2017, about 5,000 titles have been prepared in the form of scores, piano recordings and voices for instruments: vocal, guitar, keyboard, bass, drums.
Source: Lexicon of Polish Popular Music - author Ryszard Wolański. Agencja Wydawnicza "MOREX" -Warszawa 1995, Koman Production





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