Sunday – Wacław Zimpel’s jazz clarinet

Waclaw Zimpel

Wacław Zimpel at the Black Gate
8pm at the Black Gate Cultural Centre, 14 Francis St. Tickets €10 on the door or available to pre-book here.

The Black Gate Cultural Centre welcomes internationally-renowned Polish composer and clarinetist Wacław Zimpel.

“The 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

Wacław Zimpel is an award-winning Polish clarinetist and composer, recognized both in his homeland and internationally. The numerous, varied projects he has led 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 Chicago musician Ken Vandermark.

His first international ensemble was the well-received Undivided, which alongside Zimpel, Klaus Kugel, and Mark Tokar, included legendary players Bobby Few and Perry Robinson.

But Zimpel’s own independent projects showcase his talents as a composer, with his exceptional instrumental skills providing a strong background.

Tickets €10 available on the door or in advance at