Biography

Agnieszka Hekiert attended the school of Jazz and Entertainment Music at Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice. Her career began with a great deal of awards which opened the door to many performances at various music festivals. This has further led her to acquire professional relationships with numerous domestically renowned musicians such as Maryla Rodowicz, Natalia Kukulska, Ryszard Rynkowski, Wieslaw Pieregoralka, Krzysztof Scieranski or Marek Balata. In 2004 alltogether with K.H and his Trio, Agnieszka recorded a song “Night and Day Swing”

Acknowledged on the European scene, Agnieszka performed in France, Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria but most prominently in Austria and Germany, where she established a professional relationship with an icon of Polish Jazz abroad – Leszek Zadlo, as well as two Bulgarian artists Konstantin Kostov and Nevyan Lenkov. The fruit of musical cooperation was born in a form of “European Impressions” -a record released in 2009.

During that year, Agnieszka has aided the world renowned jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin in his ‘VOCAbuLarieS’ project, at the time of the venture she accompanied him at his concerts in Poland and abroad. Bobby’s influence can be easily spotted at Agnieszka’s workshops, where she uses his ‘circle singing’ method.

In 2011, she was invited to participate in Parisian concert as part of the WeBe3’s project, which is formed of Rhiannon, Davey Worm and Joey Blake. In 2014 Agnieszka sang alongside names such as Jeff Berlin and Kazumi Watanabe at the Notturni festival in Milan.

Agnieszka’s first solo album “Stories” was published by Universal Music in 2012, this record featured collaborations with exceptional European and Polish musicians such as Konstantin Kostov, Cezary Konrad, Robert Kubiszyn, Krzysztof Herdzin, Kuba Badach or Atom String Quartet. This album is a mixture of jazz, soul, sung poetry and worldwide popular music. During her concerts, she encourages the audience to sing together with her.

As a singing tutor and vocal trainer, Agnieszka is known for her contribution to the ‘behind the scenes’ of polish television programmes such as “X-Factor” or “Your Face Sounds Familiar”. Her work aims to prepare participants in television shows for different vocal tasks in front of the audience. Beside her TV work, she has her own workshops, where she teaches improvisation, rhythm control, interpretation, vocal emission and stage comfort, working both individually and in groups.

 

Own record projects:

2012 – “Stories” solo album
2009 – “European Impressions” with Leszek Żądło
2004 – “Night and Day Swing” with Krzysztof Herdzin’s trio
1995 – “Życie to walka wilka”

 

Records with other artists:

2007 – “Polish Jazz 2007” – with the song “Night & Day”
2006 – “The Best of Polish Smooth Jazz” – with the song “Smile”
2005 – Marcin Nowakowski “Smooth Night”
2004 – Krzysztof Ścierański “Independent”
2000 – Funky Filon “Autorytet”
2000 –  “Zakochani” – original motion picture soundtrack by Michał Lorenc
1995 – “Christmas Songs”

 

More significant concerts and festivals:

2017 – Jazz Gala Abend S’LIVE in der Kiste, Augsburg
2017 – Rokoko Saal, Augsburg (with Tim Alhoff)
2017 – Gary Guthman Monday Jazz Club, Warsaw
2017 – Bouquets for Ella, Gasteig Munich (M. Olszak, B. Jungfer)
2017 – International Jazz Day, Kalisz
2016 – Easy Jazz Festival, Żory
2015 – Polish-German Festival Together in Common Europe
2015 – Jazzit Salzburg
2014 – Jazz Club Pod Filarami, Gorzów
2014 – Babskie Granie, Klub Żak Gdańsk
2014 – Geyer Music Factory – Herdzin the Best
2014 – Festiwal Notturni, Castello Sforzesco Milan (with Jeff Berlin and Kazumi Watanabe)
2014 – Cracow All Souls’ Jazz Day, salt mine in Wieliczka (G. Alfani, M. Rolli, J.Pelc)
2013 – Polish Culture Days, Magdeburg
2013 – Augsburger Puppen Kiste, Augsburg
2011 – invitation to participate in a concert with WeBe3, Paris
2011 – Bayerisches Jazzweekend, Regensburg
2010/2011 – “Vocabularies Project”, Munich i Essen (with Bobby McFerrin)
2010 – Jazz an der Donau, Straubing (with Bobby McFerrin)
2010 – Legnica Cantat “Vocabularies Project”, Legnica (with Bobby McFerrin)
2010 – Internationaler Jazzsommer, Augsburg
2008 – Bayerisches Jazzweekend, Regensburg
2007 – Deutsch-Polnische Begegnungen, Munich (with Leszek Żądło)
2007 – Lange Nacht der Musik, Munich (with Leszek Żądło)
2006 – Bayerisches Jazzweekend, Regensburg
2005 – Usedom Jazz Festival, Uznam Island
2004 – Spring Jazz Festival, Zagreb

 

Vocal coach for TV shows:

2014-2018 Your Face Sounds Familiar (Polsat)
2011 – X-Factor (TVN)
2010/2011 – Got Talent (TVN)
2009 – My Camp Rock II (Disney Channel)
2008 – Star Factory (Polsat)