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Rafal Sarnecki

Rafal Sarnecki is a jazz guitarist, composer and arranger born in 1982 in Warsaw, Poland. He started to gain recognition in Poland after his success at the “International Jazz Guitar Competition - Guitar City 2002” in Warsaw where he received the 1st award.

In 2005 he moved to New York where he received a high scholarship at the prestigious Jazz and Contemporary Music program at the New School University in Manhattan. In 2008 he finished his undergraduate degree from The New School with Academic Honors. In 2010 he received his MA degree in jazz performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music also in New York.

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”Sarnecki's original compositions merge the high-flown lyricism of Polish culture with an idiosyncratic, thoroughly disarming way of building long and winding musical phrases” - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“The youthful energy which emanates from every note on the CD perfectly corresponds with the surprising musical maturity of the leader, both on a compositional level and in its narrative drama and its individual phrases.” - Konrad Zywiecki, Jazz Forum

“It's amazing that this young artist already has so much to say... when you hear him it takes your breath away.” - Rzeczpospolita

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