During my recent stay in Romania I started reading Europolis. As time came for me to leave, I had to drop the book unfinished. Too bad for the check in, too good for the imagination. The pen name adopted by the Romanian author (1877 – 1933), Jean Bart, used to wear a 17-century naval commander’s hat. Its owner, the son of a fisherman, had grown up to be an admiral in the service of Louis XIV and an inspiration for many tales of courage on land and at sea.
Eugeniu Botez, a Romanian sailing out under a French flag, writing about the Danube and the civilization of the country of his birth.
Europolis is his posthumously published and oustandingly cosmopolitan novel which I recommend sailing out to, from the Danube port of Sulina into the waters of the Black Sea and beyond. Excerpts from Europolis here.
With a “holiday” delay of one week, Cultural me, Cultural you has reached its 7th edition. You are all invited to log in & listen to the interviews I took during this year’s International Summer Jazz Academy (ISJA), from the 11th to the 22nd of July, in Krakow.
Music, inspiration, improvisation, performing and teaching are some of the topics I came across in my talks with Grzegorz Motyka, founder and director of the Krakow School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, jazz guitarist, director of the annual Krakow Jazz Festival of the Old & Young, ISJA staff member & organiser since 1999, and Magda Cebulska (who was kind enough to contribute as Mr. Motyka’s interpreter during this interview),
Gary Wittner, guitarist, composer & professor at University of Southern Maine School of Music, who taught History of Jazz at the Summer Jazz Academy,
Curtis Johnson, alto saxophone player and experienced professor at the West Virginia University, and Agata Pisko Schaberl, certified Speech Level Singing voice instructor and singer.
On the playlist: Marcus Miller with People Make the World Go ‘Round’ and ‘Jazz in the House’, Alens and two fragments from the ISJA teachers’ concert at Piec Art (Jimi Hendrix, ‘Little Wing’).