Jacek Kaczmarski

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Some of releases should be moved to http://musicbrainz.org/artist/03a14a88-b38f-4abd-bdc3-6a04b37dce43.html
and for "Sarmatia" and "Szukamy stajenki" should be made new group - "Jacek Kaczmarski & Zbigniew Łapiński"

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Jacek Kaczmarski ['jat͡sɛk kat͡ʂˈmarskʲi] ( listen) (March 22, 1957, Warsaw – April 10, 2004, Gdańsk) was a Polish singer, songwriter, poet and author.

Kaczmarski was a voice of the Solidarity trade union movement in 1980's Poland, for his commitment to a free Poland, independent of Soviet rule. His songs criticized the ruling communist regime and appealed to the tradition of patriotic resistance within Poles. He remains best known for his protest songs on social and political subjects ("Mury" (Walls) based on "L'Estaca" by Lluís Llach, "Obława" (Wolf hunt (lit. Raid))). However, he was more a poet than a political singer, and his texts have not lost their relevance with the demise of the Soviet union and its communist bloc.

He made his debut in 1977 at the Student Song Festival, where he was awarded first prize for his work "Obława" (Wolf hunt (lit. Raid)) based on song "Охота на волков" by Vladimir Vysotsky. In 1980 he won Second prize at the Opole Song Festival for "Epitafium dla Włodzimierza Wysockiego" (Epitaph for Vladimir Vysotsky).

Kaczmarski was on tour in France when the martial law was declared in Poland in December 1981. He lived in exile until 1990. During these intervening years he gave concerts in western Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Israel. From 1982 he worked as an editor and journalist with Radio Free Europe and hosted his own radio program, "Kwadrans Jacka Kaczmarskiego" (Fifteen Minutes with Jacek Kaczmarski).

After his return to Poland (following the Round Table negotiations that brought an end to communist rule) he toured the country with his friend and artist Zbigniew Łapiński. The tour was recorded and released as Live, and it achieved Gold album status in 2001. His other albums included "Mury" (Walls), "Nasza klasa" (Our Class), "Raj" (Paradise), "Muzeum" (Museum), "Pochwała łotrostwa" (In Praise of Villainy), "Wojna postu z karnawałem" (The War between Carnival and Lent). However, Kaczmarski was soon disillusioned by the developments in Poland after 1989 and eventually emigrated to Australia.

Kaczmarski was known not only for his politically motivated lyrics but also for his characteristically dynamic — even aggressive — classical guitar playing, and expressive performance style. His deep knowledge of not only his nation's history but also of classical literature gave his songs a particularly deep and multi-layered resonance (e.g. "Powtórka z Odysei," recalled Homer's Odyssey, and "Lalka," was a masterful strike at the heart of a riveting Polish novel). He often performed before contrastingly different audiences: groups of friends in their homes, campus venues, and large concert halls in Poland, the rest of Europe and America.

Kaczmarski was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer in 2002. He died in a hospital in Gdańsk in 2004.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1981 Krzyk Jacek Kaczmarski 1
1982 Carmagnole Jacek Kaczmarski 2
1984 Sesja w Berkeley Jacek Kaczmarski 1
1986 Litania Jacek Kaczmarski 2
1987 Kosmopolak Jacek Kaczmarski 2
1989 Dzieci Hioba Jacek Kaczmarski 2
1990 Głupi Jasio Jacek Kaczmarski 2
1992 Bankiet Jacek Kaczmarski 2
1993 Wojna postu z karnawałem Przemysław Gintrowski, Jacek Kaczmarski & Zbigniew Łapiński 5 2
1994 Sarmatia Jacek Kaczmarski 2
1995 Szukamy stajenki Jacek Kaczmarski 2
1996 Pochwała łotrostwa Jacek Kaczmarski 2
1997 Między nami Jacek Kaczmarski 2
2001 Dwadzieścia (5) lat później Jacek Kaczmarski 2
2002 Mury Jacek Kaczmarski 1
2002 Muzeum Jacek Kaczmarski 1
2002 Raj Jacek Kaczmarski 1
2003 Źródło Jacek Kaczmarski 1
2004 Chicago Live '83 Jacek Kaczmarski 1
2004 Strącenie aniołów Jacek Kaczmarski 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2007 Płytoteka Dziennika: Poeci Piosenki Compilation Jacek Kaczmarski 1
2010 42x Jacek Kaczmarski Compilation Jacek Kaczmarski 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1991 Live Live Jacek Kaczmarski 2
1991 Mury w Muzeum Raju Live Przemysław Gintrowski, Jacek Kaczmarski & Zbigniew Łapiński 2
2000 Dwie skały Live Jacek Kaczmarski 2
2002 Mimochodem Live Jacek Kaczmarski 2
2007 Mała Arka Noego Live Jacek Kaczmarski 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2006 Suplement - Dodatki / Wersje z kaset magnetofonowych Jacek Kaczmarski 1
2006 Suplement - Radio Wolna Europa Vol.1 Jacek Kaczmarski 1
2006 Suplement - Radio Wolna Europa Vol.2 Jacek Kaczmarski 1
2006 Suplement - Radio Wolna Europa Vol.3 Jacek Kaczmarski 1
2006 Suplement - Radio Wrocław Jacek Kaczmarski 1
2006 Suplement - Rarytasy i niespodzianki Jacek Kaczmarski 1

Other + Spokenword

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2006 Suplement - Wiersze Spokenword Jacek Kaczmarski 2

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1998 Ilu nas w ciszy Jacek Kaczmarski 1

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