DOWNBEAT ABOUT “ULOTNE”!

Review of the “Ulotne” album is going to be in January’s issue of DownBeat, the world’s most important jazz magazine! “Non-English-speaking singers face the challenge of having to express themselves enough to transcend the language barrier for American audiences, but like Celtic vocal explorer Loreena McKennitt, Jopek has the ability to make that barrier immaterial. The meaning of these songs is clear, even if you don’t understand Polish.” James Hale (Downbeat)

I HAVE SUNG WITH STING

Yesterday I sang with Sting. It was the Absolute. You realise how much it means to me. Sting’s voice has guided me through life. You must be sick at this point with my anecdote about the school locker I used for music notations and books with a poster of His face hanging inside for years. I would open it at 8 a.m. before my lessons, chuck Bach’s notes into it with my hands shaking and the feeling that I practiced too little – and then I would always feel the gaze of Sting’s peaceful eyes. The moment I looked into them I immediately knew that things would work out somehow, that I’d be okay. I could always count on Him, both in happy and sad times. At the delivery room, during a marathon, when my rib or heart broke, even on 9/11 when the world was tumbling down… Sting and His music were always there for me.

Anna Maria Jopek and Sting - photo: Robert Wolański
Photo: Robert Wolański

He is my biggest inspiration. He has been at the back of my mind in all my music projects. I always wonder how He would handle certain artistic issues. He is my role model. After all, He has invented a distinctively new language in music. The mixture of everything I love: jazz, rock, pop, classical music, folk, poetry – everything kept in a perfect proportion. Mastery of the form. 

For me and my friends from the band, it was an honour and distinction to open the gala in Toruń for Sting. The idea of the duet together arose spontaneously. I finished my set (the Audience was marvelous, thank you!) and what happened next had thrown me into another orbit. Sting took his guitar, invited me to His dressing room, we worked out who would sing what, and a moment later I was sharing the stage with Him.

I still can’t believe that it really happened! There was a moment I will never forget. A short instant in the dressing room. His hands on the guitar neck and His voice, “sauté,” right beside my ear. I wished I could listen and follow this voice forever… Unimaginable happiness…

My birthday is approaching.
You have always been so kind and generous to me. Please don’t be so this time. Please, please… I mean it. I have been given more than one could ever get. I know how many of you thought about me yesterday and dreamed my dream for me of the duet. I did feel that. Your energy…

It is my talisman.
Thank you Sting.
Thank you to You.
Hugs to everyone!

Very happy,
AMJ 

Photo: Universal Music Polska