Jan Kopinski

Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

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
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    Jan Kopinski's Reflektor: Mirrors

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    Earth Music To Dovzhenko's Film Zemlya

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Featured recording “MIRRORS”

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33 Records (2011)

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”... 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...

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Primary InstrumentSax, tenor

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

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

Selmer Mark VI tenor , alto, soprano
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