Wacław Zimpel - Polish clarinetist and composer. He is recognized both in his homeland and internationally. Since the very beginnings of his musical career, his recordings and performances were a subject of many positive reviews in the press and he has been a recipient of numerous awards. The numerous, varied projects he has lead often appeal to the musical traditions of India, Japan, or Morocco, proving that he excels the most when facing a genuine challenge.
Zimpel is a thoroughly educated musician. He studied classical clarinet at the Akademia Muzyczna w Poznaniu (Music Academy of Poznań) and at the Hochschule fur Music und Theater, Hannover. His talent was quickly spotted by Mikołaj Trzaska and Ken Vandermark. The collaboration with these musicians brought Zimpel to the attention of a wider public – and the reactions were outright enthusiastic. Since 2008 he is one of the members of the Ircha Clarinet Quartet (with Mikołaj Trzaska, Michał Górczyński and Paweł Szamburski). In 2009 he joined the international ensemble Resonance, which is led by Ken Vandermark – an exceptional musician from Chicago.
Independence was Zimpel's obsession since the very beginnings of his musical career. His own projects showcased first and foremost his talents as a composer, with the exceptional instrumental skills providing a strong background. His first international ensemble was Undivided, which besides Zimpel, Klaus Kugel, and Mark Tokar included legendary players Bobby Few and Perry Robinson. The band was very well received – especially on their first album, “The Passion”, where it took the challenge of translating a musical theme of a Christian Passion into free jazz.
he Polish composer and clarinetist Waclaw Zimpel is a musical chameleon.
- Stephen Heyman, New York Times
Zimpel's name goes straight into the list of European jazzmen that gave new life to clarinet and bass clarinet, continuing Dolphy's example: Surman, Sclavis, Trovesi, and the like.
- Francesco Martinelli
Polish composer/clarinetist Wacław Zimpel is one of the most promising musicians from the European continent.
- Eyal Hareuveni, All About Jazz