ANNA MARIA JOPEK - vocalist, songwriter, improviser, a passionate visionary, Anna Maria Jopek’s style is a fusion of improvisation, Polish traditional sounds, and European classical music. Born into an artistic family – Anna Maria’s grand grandmother and father were accomplished singers. She was literally raised backstage – in the concert venues and in the dressing rooms of legendary Polish folk group “Mazowsze”, where her parents performed.
For years, Jopek has been writing music and adopting classical and traditional themes to exceptional, multi-faceted projects that bring together the world’s most outstanding musicians such as Pat Metheny, Branford Marsalis, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Oscar Castro-Neves, Makoto Ozone, Richard Bona. She also sang duets with Sting, Youssou N’Dour, Bobby McFerrin and Ivan Linz. She recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio, Abbey Road in London and Power Station in New York. She has performed at the world’s most renowned concert halls such as: Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Blue Note Tokyo, The Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv or Hamer Hall in Melbourne, but her everyday mission are small concert halls in Poland, especially valued by her.
Recently AMJ released new album „Ulotne” (Elusive) with Branford Marsalis.
Currently working on a new concerts project called “Przestworza” [The Expanses]. In March she starts her tour in Poland’s most beautiful concert venues.
For the past few years Anna has been experimenting with various stage forms.
She has performed in “Czas Kobiety” (A Woman’s Time), the production of Teatr Stary in Lublin, directed by a legend of Polish theatre – professor Leszek Mądzik. The music was written by Anna Maria Jopek together with Robert Kubiszyn.
In 2014, she accepted Song of the Goat Theatre’s invitation to perform in an oratory “Return to the Voice”. They held a series of performances over a month as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she was noticed by Michael Hirst, creator of HISTORY’s flagship series ‘Vikings’. The producers offered her to record a song to be featured in the show.