Born: January 5, 1972 Primary Instrument: Vocal
A singer born in Upper Silesia, Poland, to a family devoid of musical traditions. Finished one year of classical guitar at the secondary music school in Rybnik. Graduate of the Jazz Institute of the Academy of Music in Katowice, considered prestigious in Poland. Karnas has worked with top-line younger artists of Poland's jazz scene as well as its legends. In 1998, he was awarded first prize at the International Jazz Vocalists' Meeting in Zamość (Poland). The following year, his debut album Reinkarnasja (Nottwo 2000) was released and put Karnas on the road touring throughout the main clubs and festivals in Poland and Slovakia (International Jazz Pianists' Festival in Kalisz, Bratislava Jazz Days). Summer of 2004 saw the premiere of Grzegorz Karnas' self-produced solo project Sny-Dreams of a Ninth Floor (DeBies 2004) promotion of which took place with a series of over 30 club and festival concerts in Poland (Warsaw Summer Jazz Days), Slovakia and Czech Republic (Prague Jazz Open, Jazz Goes To Town in Hradec Kralove , International Jazz Festival in Kosice), Germany, Romania (Sibu Jazz Festival) and many others. A new album Ballads for the End of the World featuring brilliant silesian cello player Adam Oleś was released in april 2006. Promotions of both projects continue in 2007. Also in 2006 Karnas was awarded first prize at Young Jazz Singers Competition Brussels. In august 2007 he was a winner of CREST JAZZ VOCAL competition in southern France. He is the artistic director of International Jazz Competition For Singing Musicians Voicingers
Awards:-Grand Prix - International Meeting of Jazz Vocalists Zamość 1998 -Grand Prix - Concours des Jeunes Chanteurs de Jazz de Bruxelles 2006 -Grand Prix - Concours des Chanteurs de Jazz Cest Jazz Vocal 2007
Grzegorz Karnas: energy, sense of humor, sensitivity, audacity; polish singer Grzegorz Karnas has it all ! (...) A singer and group who will likely make promoters take notice.“
Karnas interprets standards with incredible inventiveness. He gleans each note from a melody, to subsequently bend and transform it, imbuing it with substance. It's been quite some time since such imagination has been seen in the jazz vocals genre.
Le Soir Belgium
“At ease and laid back interpreting, amazingly, most of his compositions in polish: a rare treat, appreciated by a delighted audience.”
Karnas scats with verve, has an excellent feel for phrasing, and raps intelligently, employing irony with sophistication. Besides that he has a characteristic, slightly raspy-sounding voice that intrigues the ear and focuses the attention of the listener. In addition to all that, there is a consistent repertoire and an excellent backing group. There's no doubt that Grzegorz Karnas can already be considered a member of Polish jazz's upper echelons.
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