Singer, composer, arranger, and producer Grazyna Auguscik has won the praise
and admiration of music critics, jazz enthusiasts and even non-jazz audiences
Singer, composer, arranger, and producer Grazyna Auguscik has won the praise and admiration of music critics, jazz enthusiasts and even non-jazz audiences with a singular voice that speaks a universal language. She is one of the most intriguing contemporary vocalists on today's World jazz scene.
Her elusive style challenges traditional definitions of jazz and show vocalist and musician without boundaries. Her unorthodox approach to rewriting classic works is at once a tribute to its authors as well as an adventure into uncharted territory. Her originals give a fresh taste of uncanny flavor.
Her professional music career She began in Europe, completed her studies in 1992 at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has since become a prolific collaborator shearing the stage with such jazz notables as Jim Hall, Michael and Randy Brecker, Bobby Enriquez, John Medeski, Paul Wertico, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Robert Irving III, Michal Urbaniak, Terry Callier, Patricia Barber, John McLean, Andrzej Jagodzinski, Jarek Bester and many others.
Since 1994, Grazyna has made Chicago her home where she performs at the legendary Green Mill, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Millennium Park, named just few.
Her appearances at the Chicago Jazz Festival and the World Music Festival in Chicago are always highly anticipated.
Amidst her active schedule of Worldwide performances, Grazyna has managed to record, produce and distribute fourteen albums, ten under her own record label, GMA Records, and appearing on as many projects as a guest.
Her albums: "Don't Let Me Go". "Pastels", "Fragile", "River", "Past Forward", "The Light", "LULAJZE The Lullaby for Jesus" consistently reported #1 at stations across the United States and Canada bringing her into the covered Top 10 Charts of both Jazz and the College Music Journal.
With nomination by 22nd Annual Chicago Music Awards for Best Female Vocalist as well as
TOP VOCAL AWARD of 2002 Fujitsu Concord Jazz Festival she is named in recent years - 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 as Best Jazz Vocal by a prestigious European "Jazz Forum Magazine".
Find out why the LA Times say "Grazyna Auguscik is doing important work in advancing the potential for imaginative jazz singing. She is a singer to be watched."
"Auguscik has assembled a dream band. Taking charge of the band she has created, she could make a difference in jazz today. Auguscik may be on the brink of innovation as does her new CD "The Light" says Howard Reich "Chicago Tribune" music critic.
In year 2006 her collaboration as an Assistant Producer for Patricia's Barber next Blue Note project brings another worldwide highly acclaimed album "Mythologies". In August of the same year Ms. Auguscik presented at Millennium Park her next project "Orkestar Universale" which reaffirmed once again that just about any musical language can take flight and swing.
Her new album "Live Sounds Live" is out now getting enthusiastic reviews and the second upcoming release of "ANDAN?A" as of 2008 with Paulinho Garcia is already here as well.