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Tomasz Stanko: The Soul of Freedom

Tomasz Stanko Quartet
Tomasz Stanko

As the airplane descends into Warsaw airport, you can almost see the ghosts of Poland’s past rising up to greet you. Here is a city that over the centuries has borne witness to freedom and tyranny, tolerance and persecution, art and power, integrity and corruption, right and wrong to such extreme degrees that it has helped shape the national psyche.

While the Polish people are warm, generous and fun loving, they also are cautious with their emotions, bringing to mind Tennessee Williams’ line from Camino Real: “We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.”

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