07/27/11 By Walter Johns
Violinist Adam Baldych releases a 'Magical Theatre' of jazz and classical inspirations
To violinist Adam Baldych, being called “Evil” is a compliment. After all, how else would one describe his violin playing, which plumbs the deepest recesses of the soul with its fiery intensity? That Baldych’s latest album is entitled “Magical Theatre” is no exaggeration. Baldych constructs a bridge that shortens the gap between classical music and jazz, even weaving in influences from Polish folk. Throughout it all Baldych delivers a non-stop display of violin mastery, the kind of dazzling performances that can put a young artist on the global map.
For Baldych, his journey to “Magical Theatre” began at a young age. “I decided to go to music school at the age of nine,” Baldych recalled. “It was because of my older sister, who is a singer. She was the first person who got me interested in music and inspired me to do that.” Baldych was well aware of Poland’s rich musical heritage, too. “We have a long history in music, especially in piano (Frédéric Chopin) and violin (Henryk Wieniawski).”
Two years after Baldych started playing the violin, he began winning contests for it. It was these accomplishments that encouraged Baldych to pursue music as a career. However, Baldych refused to stay complacent and continued to study the greats. “I was really inspired by Eastern Europe composers as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky,” Baldych revealed. “I love the spirit they have in their music.” At the age of 13, Baldych discovered jazz and decided to continue his artistic development towards that direction. “It gave me freedom,” Baldych explained.
And freedom is the essence of “Magical Theatre.” Baldych liberates himself from the confines of both the jazz and classical worlds, letting his imagination run rampant on his violin, sweeping listeners along with him.
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