Krzysztof Komeda

Report
140
4
Vote World Rank
532
Vote Poland Rank
5

Country: Poland

About Krzysztof Komeda
Krzysztof Komeda (born Krzysztof Trzciński 27 April 1931 in Poznań – 23 April 1969 in Warsaw) was a Polish film music composer and jazz pianist. Perhaps best-known for his work in film scores, Komeda wrote the scores for Roman Polański’s films Rosemary’s Baby, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Knife in the Water and Cul-de-sac. Komeda's 1966 album Astigmatic is widely regarded as one of the most important European jazz albums; critic Stuart Nicholson describes the album as "marking a shift away from the dominant American approach with the emergence of a specific European aesthetic."Born Krzysztof Trzcinski, he used Komeda as a stage name due to the Communist government's disesteem of jazz. He grew up in Częstochowa, Ostrów Wielkopolski where he earned his A-level certificate in 1950 at the Male Gymnasium, participated in the Music and Poetry Club, and did further studies in Poznań focusing on medicine. He took music lessons from early childhood; to become a renowned virtuoso was his dream. He became the member of the Poznań conservatoire at the age of eight, but unfortunately, the war thwarted his plans. Komeda explored the theory of music, and learned to play piano, during this period and later, until 1950; however, he was aware of the loss of the past six years. After graduating from the Gymnasium, he had to decide upon further studies. He chose to specialize as an ear, nose and throat physician. Komeda was interested in light and dance music. He met Witold Kujawski, the graduate of the same school and already a well-known swinging bass player, at the gymnasium (high school) in Ostrów Wielkopolski. It was Kujawski who acquainted Komeda-Trzciński with jazz, and took him to Kraków. The romantic period of Polish jazz, called the catacombs, had its day in the spotlight, concert publicity did not exist then. Jam-sessions, in which participated such famous musicians as Matuszkiewicz, Borowiec, Walasek and Kujawski himself, took place in the legendary, small Witold’s apartment in Kraków. Some years later, it became clear why Komeda was fascinated with be-bop performed by Andrzej Trzaskowski. The fascination with jazz and the friendship with famous musicians strengthened the connections of Krzysztof Trzciński with music, even though he was a doctor by profession. He worked for some time with the first, postwar, pioneer Polish jazz band, a group called Melomani that was from Kraków and Łódź, and which mainstays were Matuszkiewicz, Trzaskowski and Kujawski. Later on, he played with various pop groups from Poznań. One of them was Jerzy Grzewiński’s group, which soon transformed into dixieland band. Komeda appeared with Grzewiński on the I Jazz Festival in Sopot during August 1956, but he achieved success performing with saxophonist Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski and vibraphonist Jerzy Milian. The reason for that was simple: dixieland did not meet Komeda’s expectations at the time. He was most fascinated with modern jazz. Thanks to this passion, the Komeda Sextet was created. Krzysztof Trzciński used the stage name 'Komeda' for the first time when he worked at a laryngological clinic, and wanted to conceal his interest in jazz from co-workers. Jazz was beginning its struggle for respectability with the communist authorities in the era of 'the thaw' and Polish society also; it was regarded as a cheap suspicious music from night clubs.

Best Supporters

How can you earn points?
1 Vote 1 Point [You must be logged in]
1 Referrer* 10 Points
*Call your friends to become a fan of Krzysztof Komeda with your referrer link and earn 10 points

p: 4

p: 3

p: 2

p: 2

Krzysztof Komeda Most Popular Quotes

Add Quote

Poland Musicians Ranking

Show All
Rank Name Total
1. Fryderyk Chopin 14219
2. Ryszard Riedel 2728
3. Kazik Staszewski 427
4. Maryla Rodowicz 326
5. Krzysztof Komeda 140
6. Ryszard Andrzejewsk 127
7. Paktofonika 104
8. Oginski 5

Musicians Ranking

Show All
Rank Name Total
528. Fadl Shaker 149
529. Manos Hatzidakis 148
530. Pitty 148
531. Milton Nascimento 140
532. Krzysztof Komeda 140
533. 50 Cent 139
534. The Gazette 137
535. Amal Anbary 137
536. Mahmoud Shoukry 137

Krzysztof Komeda Photos

Today Overall Show All

Krzysztof Komeda Videos

Today Overall Show All

Best Countries

Today Overall
# Name Today Total
1 Turkey 62859 8002814
2 Romania 15003 520181
3 Brazil 14428 4699145
4 India 12275 3692547
5 South Korea 11623 1715683
6 Portugal 5830 280859
7 Russia 3744 1322095
8 Iran 3631 4157983
9 Germany 2251 73930
10 United States of America 2010 1421075
11 United Kingdom 1765 887366
12 Syria 1746 1389239
13 Macedonia 1701 951387
14 Serbia 1373 210477
15 Poland 1056 404353
16 Ukraine 960 228633
17 Saudi Arabia 944 769680
18 Bulgaria 706 323394
19 Jordan 692 517767
20 Israel 612 67077
21 France 502 84325
22 Palestine 451 151792
23 Lebanon 264 541036
24 Bosnia and Herzegovina 179 359904
25 Sri Lanka 139 8696
26 Pakistan 107 274720
27 Greece 107 416173
28 Norway 86 14725
29 Iraq 49 850079
30 Afghanistan 11 5591492
31 Indonesia 7 43755
32 Egypt 3 958938
33 Faroe Islands 2 3014
34 Belarus 2 2614
35 Malaysia 2 11332
36 Tunisia 2 40346
37 Spain 1 83237
38 Mexico 1 37801
39 Moldova 0 11059
40 Monaco 0 31
41 Mongolia 0 2
42 Montenegro 0 96
43 Morocco 0 347003
44 Mozambique 0 0
45 Myanmar 0 40
46 Namibia 0 0
47 Nauru 0 0
48 Nepal 0 0
49 Netherlands 0 282
50 New Zealand 0 12332
51 Nicaragua 0 0
52 Niger 0 0
53 Nigeria 0 10
54 Northern Cyprus 0 374
55 Maldives 0 3
56 Mali 0 0
57 Malta 0 311
58 Mauritania 0 0
59 Mauritius 0 0
60 Kosovo 0 2950
61 Kuwait 0 63815
62 Kyrgyzstan 0 93
63 Laos 0 0
64 Latvia 0 0
65 Lesotho 0 0
66 Liberia 0 3
67 Libya 0 143
68 Liechtenstein 0 0
69 Lithuania 0 35
70 Luxembourg 0 0
71 Macau 0 0
72 Oman 0 4
73 Madagascar 0 0
74 Malawi 0 0
75 Panama 0 1
76 Papua New Guinea 0 0
77 Paraguay 0 13
78 Peru 0 1632
79 Philippines 0 618
80 Rwanda 0 0
81 Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 0
82 Saint Lucia 0 0
83 Samoa 0 0
84 San Marino 0 0
85 Sao Tome and Principe 0 0
86 Puerto Rico 0 1384
87 Qatar 0 0
88 Sudan 0 147
89 Suriname 0 0
90 Swaziland 0 0
91 Sweden 0 22247
92 Switzerland 0 603121
93 Seychelles 0 0
94 Sierra Leone 0 0
95 Singapore 0 1
96 Slovakia 0 11880
97 Slovenia 0 57
98 Solomon Islands 0 0
99 Somalia 0 32
100 Somaliland 0 0