Jan Kopinski

Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Jan Kopinski

Jan Kopinski has 25 years experience in performing and recording as leader and producer within a number of projects.These include PINSKI ZOO, MIRRORS REFLEKTOR LIVE SOUNDTRACKS to film, KOPINSKI & KONIKIEWICZ GHOSTMUSIC PINSKI ZOO 7, PZBASSCORP, JAN KOPINSKI QUARTET.

Jan has toured extensively in the UK as well as Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, France, Austria, Italy, Norway and New York; he has also recorded various sessions for radio, fillm and TV. His RECORDINGS, 11 albums and 2 singles include, -PINSKI ZOO EARTH ZONE K GHOST MUSIC

Jan is a singular musician who has followed a personal path, in a search of an expressive sax sound earning him a reputation as a true original.Born in the UK his father was a Polish bomber pilot and his mother Anglo-Irish. The home was uncoventional and a little odd but there was plenty of stimulating influences both musically and artistically. Although Jan tried guitar and harmonica when the UK got the blues bug, it was when he came under the spell of John Coltrane’s “My Favourite Things” epic recording in the mid sixties that Jan took up saxophone seriously. First on a white Grafton acrylic alto then on soprano and tenor. He was studying Fine Art at Art College and after finding employment scarce, had plenty of time to woodshed. This long period of study was an end in itself. It didn’t seem necessary to gig. It was in the late 70’s that he started his own groups to create the settings for his later work. The first band, LAST CALL, proved a solid training ground, playing here and in France. In 1980, with co-founder keyboard player Steve Iliffe, they formed the almost legendary PINSKI ZOO....
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Nottingham New Works Commission Composer 1991 Best Band (small group category), at the The British International Jazz Awards, Cannes 1991. Individual Prizewinner at the Jazz Nad Odra Festival , Poland 1985
”... Kopinski is one of Britain's few authentic voices on saxophone.” - Ben Watson, Hi- Fi News & Record Review

“... one of the UK's instantly identifiable saxophonists.” - Chris Parker, Jazzwise

“Pinski Zoo deserves mega-stardom because it not only funked your socks off but forsaw future developments in jazz fusion”- John Fordham, The Guardian

“At full throttle, there's no sound as full-blooded or as viscerally powerful as Pinski Zoo's” Chris Parker JazzUK

From the outset there’s a lovely convergence of materials and approaches, the Eastern European-flavored opening theme gradually giving way to Kopinski’s Trane-like flutters. At times it almost feels like litany on an unknown text, as on “Dream road” a dream of love and utopia,- which mixes contrasting modes in a particularly arresting way.... Stuart Broomer, Coda

“Pinski Zoo are still out there and still on cracking form. Organic, no-surrender, spiritually uplifting music, After Image is probably the best album the band has released to date. After 25 years at the barricades, that's an astonishing achievement” - Chris May,

“PZ is still uncategorisable ..., still uniquely exciting, danceable and darkly atmospheric, still powers irresistible pulses without stooping to tediously inflexible beats, still conjures nebulous, magical, mysterious soundscapes from forbidding ranks of hardware, still enchants with tender melodies plucked from the rowdiest melee... Jan Kopinski’s saxes as gorgeous and passionate as ever”. Barry Witherden, BBC Music magazine

“Pinski Zoo deliver with a compelling power unique in English Jazz” - John Fordham,The Wire

”EARTH...a deeply moving and intensely personal statement from one of the UK's most instantly identifiable saxophonists”. Chris Parker, Jazz at Ronnie Scott's

“Kopinski has a sensitivity to visuals as reflected in other scores he's performed for silent movies. And by using his own family in the band Kopinski evokes the intimate, inexplicable binds/bonds of family life ...he evokes Slav folk music, melancholic and lost to an irrecoverable past”. Andy Robson , Jazzwise

“...Kopinski's saxes slowly unfurling over hypnotic backing...are intriguingly original and demand to be heard.” - Chris Parker, Jazzwise

“Music with this combination of earnestness, expertise and passion is a rare breed indeed. Snap it up”. Barry witherden, The Wire

“Kopinski sometimes smears his lines with electronic effects, wah-wah pedalling or harmonizing them into chortling abstraction. ....ruffling his sore-flesh tone with a rough vibrato”. Martin Longley, The Wire

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Primary Instrument:
Sax, tenor

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
workshops and masterclases, music to silent film. Including workshops for Universities, Colleges and Youth projects

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