Monday, February 4, 2019

Magdalena Grzebalkowska In Conversation with Andrzej Maleski, February 17, 2019, at 6:30 pm

The Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club is pleased to announce its next event, an interview with eminent Polish writer, Magdalena Grzebalkowska, reporter, winner of Nike Readers 2016 and the author of bestselling books: Father Paradoks. Biography of Jan Twardowski, Beksińscy. Double portrait, 1945. War and peace, Komeda, personal life of jazz. The interview will be conducted by Andrzej Maleski; rare photos will be shown, and books available for purchase. The meeting will take place on Sunday, February 17 at 18:30 in the welcoming residence of Marysia and Edward Pilatowicz in West Hills. RSVP to the President,, until February 12, 2019.

In Komeda, the Personal Life of Jazz, Magdalena Grzebałkowska reveals the personal life of Krzysztof Komeda and his surroundings. Komeda was a mystery man, he did not write letters, he did not keep diaries. To get to know the truth about one of the greatest Polish musicians, whose lullaby from Rosemary's Baby was heard around the whole world, Magdalena Grzebałkowska visited Scandinavian countries, Russia and the United States. She reached the last living witness of the tragic accident from fifty years ago and is the first to present her version of events. She discovered the personal life of Polish jazzman, Komeda, and the environment in which he functioned from the colorful life of Piwnica pod Baranami in Krakow and the birth of the Warsaw Jazz Jamboree to Los Angeles. This is a moving portrait of a generation for whom jazz was the most beautiful - and often the only - substitute for freedom.


The meeting will take place in the welcoming residence of Maria and Edward Pilatowicz, and the conversation with the writer will be led by Andrzej Maleski - all three individuals are a very important part of the history of the Modjeska Club, so we decided to share with our readers  information about them.


Andrzej Maleski (aka Andrzej Malecki) has been a member of the Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club since 1985. In 2008-2010 he served as the President of the club. Together with wife Joanna, they repeatedly hosted the Club's events in their residence. Before leaving Poland, Andrzej was the editor of the television magazine "Pegaz", where he dealt with film and theater topics. He was also the author of many television programs with the participation of Polish theater stars; he created many  documentary films. 

After emigrating to California, he continued his journalistic passion, conducting interviews with outstanding Polish artists in the Modjeska Club. Among others, he interviewed many outstanding filmmakers: Agnieszka Holland, Krzysztof Zanussi, Janusz Kaminski, Janusz Zaorski, Filip Bajon, Jan Kidawa-Blonski, Ryszard Bugajski. He hosted and interviewed theater directors Michael Hackett and Grzegorz Jarzyna, as well as famous Polish actors Barbara Krafftowna, Jerzy Trel, Andrzej Seweryn, Alina Janowska, Jan Englert, Danuta Stenka, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Krzysztof Majchrzak. Finally, he was given the difficult task to interview Polish politicians: Poland's ambassador in the USA, Janusz Reiter, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski, and the First Lady of the Republic of Poland Maria Kaczyńska who later died tragically in 2010. Andrzej Maleski was also the author of countless invitations and reviews from the Club's meetings, as well as the author of texts and songs for the Modjeska Club's cabarets and anniversary ceremonies. In 2012, he was awarded the medal "Zasłużony dla Kultury Polskiej" [Medal of merit for the promotion of Polish culture] by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.


Mr and Mrs Pilatowicz will host the interview with Magdalena Grzebalkowska in their residence, in which they have a great experience because they not only hosted many meetings, but also Club's guests - famous actors, film directors, who often received a wonderful holiday in California as a reward for their appearance in the Club.

Marysia and Edward Piłatowicz actively joined the Modjeska Club board in the early 1980s. They hosted many club meetings and events, including the historic meeting of the Polish Southern California community representatives with the staff of the newly-established Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles in 1991. The Christmas and New Year theatrical performances  prepared by Marysia, featured carols and poetic performances and were among the most popular Modjeska Club events. Two of these events recorded on tape can be viewed on YouTube: Pastoralka 2002 and Pastoralka 2004 (see the links below). A satirical compilation of songs and skits with the participation of many members of the Club, entitled "Piernikalia 2000" can also be viewed on YouTube, from the link below, Piernikalia 2000.

The twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club in 1971 fell during the term of office of Edward as the President. On this occasion, the Club received the medal from the Minister of Culture and Art of the Republic of Poland "Zasłużony dla Kultury Polskiej" presented by the Consul General of the Republic of Poland at that time, Maciej Krych. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary, the Club also published a booklet "The First Twenty Five Years ..." documenting Modjeska Club events of that period. This booklet, edited by Maria Pilatowicz, was given to Polish artists, musicians, poets and writers who were guests of the Modjeska Club. For their activity, Marysia and Edward received medals "Zasłużony dla Kultury Polskiej" and "Knight's Crosses of the Order of Merit" from the Polish government.


The Modjeska Club is very grateful for the generous financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Polonia Funds, and of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland (Consul for Polonia and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Ignacy Zarski). The concert, Mickiewicz Unplugged by the Piramidy from Poland (Piotr Kajetan Matczuk, Tomasz Imienowski) was fantastic and we are looking forward to bringing the musicians back in a year or two. 

We are also very thankful to Dr. Irmina Targowski and Dr. Andrzej Targowski for arrainging the hall rental at the elegant CenterPointe Club and for inviting us to Playa Vista!  We appreciate your support and are grateful for the use of this beautiful space for our meeting.

Poster for the Piramidy performance

Centerpointe Club, Playa Vista

The audience, in the first row Elzbieta Romuzga, Malgorzata Miller, Zbyszek Orzol,
in the second row Ewa Nyczak

Tomasz Imienowski and Piotr Kajetan Matczuk

Piotr Kajetan Matczuk

Musicians with the Club Board. L to R, seated: T. Imienowski, P. Matczuk, Elzbieta Trybus. L to R, standing: Chris Justin, Maja Trochimczyk, Ewa Barsam, Elzbieta Przybyla, Witold Sokolowski.

Musicians with the Club Board. L to R, seated: T. Imienowski, P. Matczuk, Maja Trochimczyk. L to R, standing: Chris Justin, Elzbieta Przybyla, Elzbieta Trybus, Ewa Barsam, Witold Sokolowski

Monday, January 14, 2019

February 3, 2019 at 4 pm - Concert by Duet Piramidy from Poland at CenterPointe Club in Playa Vista

Modjeska Club is pleased to announce its next event, a special concert "Mickiewicz Unplugged" performed by the Polish duet Pyramidy consisting of Piotr Kajetan Matczuk - acoustic guitar, piano, and singing; Tomasz Imienowski - bass guitar. The concert will take place on Sunday, February 3 at 4 pm, at the CenterPointe Club in Playa Vista (6200 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista, CA 90094; it is an elegant and modern private club with free parking under the building. Reservations for the concert please send to the President,, by 25 January 2019.  More information will be provided via email to members and guests of the Modjeska Club. Send your inquiries to the President.

This concert is co-sponsored with a grant from Polonia funds of the Ministry of Foreign Affaris of the Republic of Poland. Projekt jest współfinansowany w ramach funduszy polonijnych Ministerstwa Spraw Zagranicznych Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej.

MICKIEWICZ UNPLUGGED is a concert consisting of texts by Adam Mickiewicz, which were chosen so as to sound very contemporary. PIRAMIDY show Mickiewicz not as a poet who is only a bard, a symbol, a monument and the author of "Pan Tadeusz", but as someone who could write about love, about normal life, about what meets us, surprises and about everything that remains valid after today. It is sometimes cheerful and humorous, sometimes nostalgic, sometimes includes singing together with the audience, sometimes is very touching. This concert will certainly appeal to everyone and will be remembered for a long time. Additional well known songs with poetic texts may be presented as an encore. Mickiewicz, Stepy Akermanskie Mickiewicz, Przed wichrami Norwid, Rozmowa z piramidami



Pianist, guitarist, arranger, songwriter. Leader and founder of the PYRAMIDS team. Graduate of the Music Study in the piano class of Elżbieta Lickiewicz and Polish philology at the University of Gdańsk. PhD student at the Institute of Polish Literature at the University of Warsaw. The official patronage over his work has taken the Program 2 of Polish Television. He gave concerts in Poland and in Europe, including in The Hague in the Netherlands, the NATO military base Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum for the Polish staff commanding the mission in Afghanistan, in Vianden in Luxembourg, many times in Berlin, among others in Columbiahalle, Ernst Reuter Saal, Ufafabrik, Filmbuhne am Steinplatz - joint concert with Józef Skrzek, in Fontanehaus on the official celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the Berlin Wall, in Cologne, Munich, Frankfurt, Geneva in Switzerland in the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the UN in Brugg, Zurich or in Vilnius. Author of theater and film music.

He performs theater music at the Ateneum Theater, among others with Krzysztof Tyniec's band, author of music for the monodrama "Życiorys", dir. Wojciech Wysocki. He made music and appeared in the documentary entitled "Bard" dir. Katarzyna Kościelak (produced by TVP2), appeared in the film "Wałęsa", dir. Andrzej Wajda as one of the striking shipyard workers. For artistic work, he was awarded by the President and the City Council of Ełk - the White Lily 2009 statuette, and by the Mayor and City Council of Kościerzyna - Angelus 2010 statuette - for artistic achievements and work with youth.

Solo albums: • Conversation with the pyramids "(CD MTJ 2012). • Nasz Wysocki (CD MTJ 2013). • Bards of the People's Republic of Poland - a concert at the Polish Theater (DVD WFN 2014). • THE YEAR OF WAR (CD MTJ 2016). • A short CD about Okudżawa (CD MTJ 2017). He also recorded on many other CDs as a studio musician and soloist.


Tomasz Imienowski Bass guitarist, composer. He has been connected with music since childhood. He is fluent in all musical styles, but most often he can be found with an author's song, ambitious poetic projects. He appears on stage with Krzysztof Tyniec. He also collaborates with: Open Blues, Janusz Niekrasz Band (solo project TSA) and the band Pyramid. He plays bass guitar at the Ateneum Theater in Warsaw. He is valued above all for great "drive" and section work. He worked with the greatest stars and instrumentalists of Polish blues, rock and jazz (including musicians from TSA, Republika, Nocna Zmiana Bluesa). He was invited to a guest appearance on the recorded and released in 2012 concert DVD by Wojtek Pilichowski. Together with his friends, he has several albums that have been warmly received in Poland and abroad, and a vinyl (!) Single that Open Blues shares with American guitar star Alvon Johnson. He played over a thousand concerts throughout the country and abroad (Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Latvia, Croatia). He also gave concerts on radio and television.

Monique Lehman with her newest tapestry, January 12, 2019


Please save the date for the following events of our Club:

January 12, 2019: The Art of Seeing with Monique Lehman and Marek Dzida, Hellada Gallery, free admittance, public event

February 17, 2019 at private residence in West Hills: Magdalena Grzebalkowska talks about her biography of Krzysztof Komeda, RSVP Club members and their guests only. Interview by Andrzej Maleski.

March 17, 2019 at South Pasadena Community Room (El Centro St.): Krzysztof Dzikowski, songwriter and Wiktoria Tracz singer  present the Golden Oldies of the past 40 years, free admittance, public event.

March 28, 2019 - at Laguna Art Museum: Maja Trochimczyk's Lecture "Who was Helena Modjeska?" to accompany Helena Modjeska Exhibition, opening on March 3. Ticket $7.

May 4: Polish Engineers At NASA, organized by Artur Chmielewski and Witold Sokolowski

May 19, 2019: "Helena Modjeska" - premiere of a new play by Marta Ojrzynska, Magicopolis Theater, Santa Monica

June, TBA: Modjeska Club Fashion Show, details TBA, organized by Ewa Barsam and Syl Ves


October 2019, TBA: Lecture Recital by Prof. Slawomir Dobrzanski, celebrating Maria Szymanowska Year, with book signing.

October, TBA: Reception for guests of Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles and Winner of Helena Modjeska Prize 2019.