Little-known histories from Central & Eastern Europe that changed our world...
Heard of how The Rolling Stones played for the Communist Party? The bear who fought in WWII? Or the man who single-handedly created an entire language?
Each episode of our narrative podcast tells incredible stories that all have one thing in common: the Eastern West.
Our hosts Nitzan and Adam will try to unravel some of the most confusing mysteries surrounding a household name in the European sci-fi literature: Stanisław Lem. Why did he choose to abandon his pre-war identity? How on Earth did he foresee the Internet in the 1960s? Is it true that he learned English from a dictionary in a week?
Announcing Season IV
This year we have some good stories for you! There's going to be a bit of sci-fi, a pinch of socialist realism, a good portion of astronomy, and some old-fashioned moving testimonies from a region that never sleeps!
Stay tuned: the first episode drops September 7th!
The Fusionist: Zbigniew Namysłowski
Originally starting his musical career playing piano, cello and trombone, Namysłowski became infatuated with the alto saxophone after meeting composer Krzysztof Komeda. Namysłowski gave the instrument a try and hasn’t stopped playing the saxophone ever since. His original experiments mixing jazz and folk quickly caught people’s attention and paved his way to a brilliant international career.
The Virtuoso: Adam Makowicz
Adam Makowicz grew up in a house where a piano was the centre of the home. His mother had long planned for him to become a classical virtuoso, but a meeting with a musician who introduced him to jazz changed this path completely. Adam packed his bags and left for Kraków, where he moved into a jazz nightclub and immediately became part of the city’s jazz scene. It was here where his thorough classical education and incredible talent led him to create his unique virtuoso style.
The New Yorker: Michał Urbaniak
“Polish jazz group - 100$ a night”. Displayed on the posters in Michał Urbaniak’s band’s van while playing across Europe in the 60s, this hippy traveling player was soon to become one of the most innovative Polish jazz musicians in history. However, the old continent never felt like enough. Michał always knew at heart that he was a New Yorker, eventually jumping at the first chance he got to move to the world’s jazz capital and signing with the legendary Columbia Records. The rest is history.
The Pioneer: Jan Ptaszyn Wróbleski
It may be hard to believe, but when Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski started playing music, jazz was censored in Poland. As a result of Stalin’s cultural politics that governed what kinds of art and culture could be consumed in the country. However, these rigid policies only made jazz more appealing, leading many young people across the country, like Ptaszyn, to fall in love with it.
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