First Love Day Festival

We cordially invite you to the ceremonial opening of the restored historic Park Zdrojowy. The foundation of the park coincides with the beginnings of the city of Świnoujście in 1765. The park was designed by the famous Prussian garden architect Peter Joseph Lenné, who 194 years ago brought 1560 seedlings of trees and shrubs from Sanssouci to the park.

The Park Zdrojowy opening ceremony will take place on September 18, 2021, which is also celebrated as the First Love Day. By combining both of these events, we invite all of you who love nature, nature, music and love for an evening walk in our beautiful Park Zdrojowy, filled with cultural music, romantic lighting and a special romantic atmosphere that will be possible thanks to your presence.

The ceremony will start at 19:00 at various music points in the park, and at 20:30 in the Concert Gazebo, the main concert will be performed by the world-famous, outstanding classical jazz pianist, Konrad Paszkudzki and his band Konrad Paszkudzki Trio.


September 2021, 19:00 Park Zdrojowy, Świnoujście


First Love Day

First love and the accompanying emotions, the feeling of the first butterflies in the belly and the flushing of the face are the most beautiful things in life. Each of us, no matter who our first love was or when we felt it, never forgets it for the rest of our lives. On September 18, on the Day of First Love, we have a unique opportunity to remember this feeling or even experience it for the first time.

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Sharing a love of classic jazz and the great standards of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, the members of the trio tip the hat to the jazz giants and composers that have influenced them - Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, Art Tatum, Israel Crosby, Ahmad Jamal, Nat King Cole, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, to name a few. The trio has a sound steeped in tradition, but always remains creative and inventive. They are the ultimate modern day swingin’ unit.

The three artists, known for nimbleness on their respective instruments, pride themselves on clean, graceful, toe-tapping execution. Listening to the trio play is a swingin’ affair of sophisticated, melodic and exciting "edge of your seat" improvisation. The improvisation occurs over songs from a cannon of music known as The Great American Songbook. The result is fiery straight-ahead jazz with melodic elegance, nonchalant grace, and a worthy homage to the American jazz greats.

Konrad Paszkudzki:
Konrad Paszkudzki has recorded 7 albums for Venus Records in Japan with his trio. He toured the world for 7 years with the John Pizzarelli trio performing over 1000 concerts in jazz venues, concert halls and theaters. He is currently the Artistic Director of a number of arts organizations across the United States as well as leading a residency with his trio at the prestigious Friars Club in New York.

“He has a pearly touch, a sense of history, a sense of drama, a love of the blues, and an elegance which is borne of high minded dedication" - Wynton Marsalis

“ ace pianist” - Rex Reed, Observer

“To put it simply, he is Jazz!" - James Morrison

"[He] exhibits the blues foundation of Erroll Garner, the touch of Ahmad Jamal and the fleet fingers of Oscar Peterson (…)” - The Jazz & Blues Florida Magazine

​ “Konrad Paszkudzki on piano – a genius whiz kid from Perth who enrolled in university to study jazz when he was 15. The fluidity of his playing highlighted one jaw-dropping solo after another.” - The Star Phoenix

“Paszkudzki, who’s from Australia, in particular seems like a real find, soloing frequently with an appealing combination of melodic economy and supple technique.” - All About Jazz

“..a rising-star pianist” - Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes

“Reverence for Oscar Peterson Trio comes shining through" - Phil Schaap

“Great tunes, smart arrangements, and terrific musicianship all in one package. Jazz lives!" - John Pizzarelli

Location: Main Stage, Park Zdrojowy

Free tickets for AFTERPARTY can be won by drawing due to the limited number of places. Applications will be accepted on September 18 from 18:30 to 20:00. A computer draw will take place at 20:00, and the randomly selected persons will receive a ticket to the e-mail address provided.

It is required to present a full vaccination document, COVID passport or a negative COVID-19 test (the test is valid for 72 hours from the date of taking). It will be possible to perform a paid test on site - the result within 15 minutes.

Join the draw

Join the draw for tickets for the AFTERPARTY of the DPM festival. A surprise DJ from Los Angeles awaits the guests. The number of tickets is limited.

Joining the draw is only possible September 18 from 18:30 to 20:00 at the concert site . At 20:00 you will be notified if your email has been selected.

Report as a couple (double ticket)


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Trumpeter Alphonso Horne is a two-time Grammy nominated trumpeter named by Wynton Marsalis as one of the rising stars of the next generation. Horne has performed with many renowned jazz artists including Marcus Roberts, Michael Feinstein, Rhiannon Giddens, Marilyn Maye and Rihanna. Alphonso has won many awards including the National Trumpet Competition (2010). In the August 2011 issue of JET Magazine, world-renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis included Horne in a list of 16 young jazz musicians entitled, “Wynton’s Picks: Who’s Got Next.”

Horne has subbed for and toured with Wynton Marsalis in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Cab Calloway Orchestra and many more. He has performed in venues and festivals around the world including Monterey, Montreal, and Umbria Jazz Festivals. Horne has also performed in several Tony- Award winning Broadway shows including “After Midnight” and “Shuffle Along” featuring guest artists Fantasia Barrino, Dulé Hill, Toni Braxton, Audra McDonald, Savion Glover and many more. Alphonso can also be seen on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and in the jazz biopic, “BOLDEN”.



Olivia Chindamo is a New York-based jazz vocalist from Australia whose unique voice effortlessly carries and delivers stories and melodies with the highest level of integrity, honesty and musicianship. With a special love for improvisation, Olivia's musical endeavours offer a fresh combination of old and new as she continually fuses an ever expanding knowledge of jazz history with her modern sensibilities, impressive technique and vocal versatility.

As the first ever vocalist to receive the prestigious Bell Award for “Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year” in 2016, Olivia has firmly cemented her place in her local and national jazz scene. Touring and performing frequently with her own projects and as a guest to globally celebrated artists such as James Morrison (AUS) and Willie Murillo (USA), Olivia is no stranger to the stage.

Recent highlights include her debut performance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and travelling to Europe with Willie Murillo to perform and record with Big Band Liechtenstein.

Having studied under the tutelage of some of America’s finest jazz musicians at the Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music in 2016, Olivia felt more drawn to the United States than ever before, inspiring her bold move to relocate to the other side of the world and fully pursue her love and passion for jazz music. Olivia is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she was a part of the inaugural Jazz Voice graduate program.



A resident of Szczecin, a trombone singer, leader of the Swing Lovers band, a woman full of passion and musical inspiration. Charismatic, original, attracting the attention of the listener, original, full of grace and grace. A graduate of the Academy of Music in Poznań, winner of the award at the Złota Tarka Old Jazz Meeting festival in Iława, winner of the artistic scholarship of the president of Szczecin, winner of a special award at the SNAKECITY Jazz Festival in Denmark.



Maya Koterba graduated with honors from jazz vocal studies at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz in the class of prof. Joanna Żółkoś-Zagdańska. Stylistic flexibility allows her to move freely in various musical genres. He takes part in many artistic projects. Recently, her interests have focused more on vocal improvisation and treating her voice in an instrumental way. He invites various musicians with whom he loves to create special moments on stage.

She performed on one stage with Piotr Wrombel, Przemek Raminiak, Tomasz Grabowy, Cezary Konrad, Zbigniew "Lewandek" Lewandowski, and Marcin Jahr. In addition to musicians from Poland, she had the pleasure to sing with Makoto Kuriya, Reggie Moore, Essiet Okon Essiet, Newman Taylor Baker, Eryk Allen. She is a laureate and participant of many festivals and music workshops, including New York Jazz Masters International Workshop in Wojanów (2018), International Summer Jazz Academy in Kraków (2015). Maya gave her recital, among others, at the 4th International Me.Ba Jazz Festival in Szczecin (2014) and at the Szczecin Jazz Festival 2019 as part of Szczecin Day (Szczecin Voices).

She trained vocally under the supervision of professional trainers from around the world (Dean Kaelin, Hubert Noe, Mary Ann Kehler, Leigh McRae, Sissy Handler-MisSiss). Maya & Pablo - is a new project with original music, created together with the renowned bass guitarist Paweł Grzesiuk. As the Maya Koterba Quartet, the singer gives concerts with various musicians. He also co-creates Jobim & Gilberto, a musical project initiated by guitarist Michał Starkiewicz, devoted to the greatest hits of A.C.Jobim and João Gilberto and pieces of popular music in Brazilian rhythms. In the Musical Retrospective project, the singer sings songs by Marek Grechuta. Together with Mitro Dymitriadis, he forms the Unpluggers duo, with which he performs the repertoire of the famous Liverpool four.

Maya conducts workshops and sits on juries at vocal festivals. She taught jazz singing at the Academy of Art in Szczecin and conducted a song with a microphone at the 1st degree State Music School. Tadeusz Szeligowski in Szczecin. Today, he also gives vocal consultations to singers and actors, and collaborates with professionals and amateurs who love singing.ata to fully realize his love and passion for jazz music.



"Czarodziej Skrzypiec" - at the age of 7 he performed solo on the stage of the Philharmonic in Szczecin. He is a semi-finalist of entertainment programs Must Be The Music of Polsat television and Das Supertalent of RTL television. He studied violin at the Higher School of Music and Theater in Rostock.

Marcin Diling gave concerts among artists and bands such as: Waldemar Malicki with the Philharmonic of Wit, Andrzej Piaseczny, Lady Punk, Myslovitz, Marcin Wyrostek. He performed with Adam Sztaba and his orchestra in the ROCK symphonic concert.

The violinist has performed in the Congress Hall and in the Concert Hall of the Palace of Culture and Science, as well as in the Torwar concert halls in Warsaw, Azoty ARENA in Szczecin and Tempodrom in Berlin.

The artist arranges and presents interpretations of famous pieces of popular music and plays the over 100-year-old, historic master violin.



Jazz saxophonist, composer, music producer and leader of the band The Jazz Brigade from Szczecin. New Year's Eve builds global cultural links with jazz. He has three albums so far; the last one is In Our Own Way, where he undertakes a cultural exchange, combining American and Polish jazz, classical music of Fryderyk Chopin and traditional music of Poland and Japan.

As an excellent tenor saxophonist, band leader, producer, composer and leader of jazz, Sylwester pays tribute to the legacy of David Brubeck's quartet's trip to Poland, behind the Iron Curtain, in 1958. He appears on the album with his band The Jazz Brygada composed of Freddie Hendrix, Dorota Miśkiewicz and a special guest Darius Brubeck. The fourth track, "In Your Own Sweet Way", is performed by Darius Brubeck, the eldest son of Dave Brubeck, who was touring his father sixty years ago in 1958. The importance of this piece confirms that jazz continues to play a key role to Szczecin, which has been called the "Jazz Capital of Poland".

On a national scale, New Year's Eve was recently honored with the title of the Honorary Ambassador of the City of Szczecin, but his path to becoming a jazz artist and a leader in the jazz world was not easy, because those who lived in the communist era were deprived of artistic freedom and expression. Belonging to the Polish People's Republic also meant that Sylwester had to start working earlier, at the age of fifteen, to help support his family. Nevertheless, Sylvester's dream, inherited from his father and uncles, was always to be a musician. He attended a music high school hoping to finish school and become what he is today. His studies at the Academy of Music. Karol Szymanowski in Katowice, a prestigious music school, had to wait and he stopped his music career, promoting art for the authorities and the Szczecin community. At that time, he became a leading force in establishing the Szczecin Academy of Arts. As a music producer, he became a cultural advisor to the president and the City Hall of Szczecin. The breakthrough came when he produced music for Piotr Wojtasik, who offered him a recording session with leading American musicians, including Newman T. Baker, Wayne Dockery and Reggie Moore.

Sylwester Ostrowski is a rare case in the Polish artistic world. He successfully combines the role of music - a jazz saxophonist with cultural animation, incl. creating the Szczecin Jazz Festival. He has recorded with the American jazz singer Deborah Brown and has toured alongside genres such as Bobby Watson, Wynton Marsalis and Keyon Harrold. The hospitality that New Year's Eve provides to artists, partners and guests when visiting Szczecin is legendary, and has recently collaborated with Keyon Harrold, Erykah Badu performing with Culture Revolution, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Deborah Brown, Piotr Wojtasik, Bobby Watson, Darius Brubeck, Miki Hayama, Newman T. Baker, Wayne Dockery, Essiet Okon Essiet, Yakov Okun, Anders Bergcrantz, Eric Allen, Freddie Hendrix, Dorota Miskiewicz and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. Internationally, Sylwester has performed at many international world music jazz festivals, as well as in renowned jazz clubs around the world, such as the inaugural concert of Jazz Sister Cities in Kansas City, MO USA; Szczecin Jazz in Szczecin, Poland; Jazz on the Dnieper in the Dnieper, Ukraine; Yamaha Ginza Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Safaricom International Jazz Festival in Nairobi, Kenya, and Blue Note in New York, USA.



The ASHIAH band consists of Asia Cackowska-Kuczawska, a singer and multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and composer, and her husband Łukasz Kuczawski - she not only accompanies her in life, but also plays the guitar and supports her with a second voice. Asia świnoujścianka has been singing in various configurations and bands for many years, both in Poland and abroad (USA, Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic). Łukasz, self-taught, has been playing guitar in various bands and events / conferences for many years. For 5 years, they have been creating a band together and playing their own work together and more.

In his work, ASHIAH mainly deals with the topic of a close relationship between man and God, don't always go straight. Through the text, the listener must answer himself what the artist wants to convey to him. Their work is primarily beautiful and original songs, their own and not only, which find their audience themselves. The band plays music that calms down, encourages the listener to reflect and stop for a moment to ask himself questions that, in the normal pace of life, he does not have time to ask himself. With their work, they can touch the most sensitive strings in the hearts of the listeners. The music is a combination of Asia's unique voice and the sounds of an acoustic guitar with a piano, sometimes a recorder, circulating in styles such as soul, worship, she escapes from typical known musical styles.

You can meet them in hotels and restaurants all over the island of Usedom and on online platforms - where they run online streams. Ashiah has his own album "Sweet Dependency", we are currently working on a new album.



Agnieszka Hekiert is a singer, composer and author of lyrics and arrangements. She is a graduate of the Jazz and Popular Music Department of the Academy of Music. Karola Szymanowski in Katowice.The first stage of her career includes performances won at many festivals and collaborates with the stars of the Polish scene, such as Maryla Rodowicz, Natalia Kukulska, Ryszard Rynkowski, Wiesław Pieregorólka, Krzysztof Ścierański and Marek Bałata.

Agnieszka presents at concerts, during which she eagerly draws the audience into singing together.

As a singing teacher and vocal trainer, Agnieszka Hekiert is known primarily for her work behind the scenes of television programs such as Got Talent, X-Factor or Your Face Sounds Familiar, where she prepares singers to perform in front of an audience. In addition, he also conducts his own vocal workshops with learning how to improvise, working on rhythm, interpretation, voice emission and stage familiarity, working in groups and individually.

In 2004, she recorded the album "Night And Day Swing" with the trio of Krzysztof Herdzin. Also appreciated on the European stage - she performed in France, Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria, and in particular in Germany and Austria, where she established cooperation with the legend of Polish jazz in exile, saxophonist Leszek Żądło, as well as Konstantin Kostov and Nevyan Lenkov. The result of this cooperation is the album "European Impressions" recorded in 2009. In the same year Agnieszka started cooperation with the world-famous singer Bobby McFerrin, with whom she performed in Poland and abroad as part of the Vocabularies project.

He actively promotes his circle singing method by running his own vocal workshops and choirs. In 2011, Agnieszka received an invitation to participate in the Paris concert of the WeBe3 project, created by Rhiannon, Dave Worm and Joey Blake, and in 2014 she performed at the Notturni festival in Milan with artists such as Jeff Berlin (USA) and Kazumi Watanabe (Japan). In 2012, the Universal Music label released Agnieszka's second solo album, "Stories", recorded with outstanding musicians from the European and Polish scene, such as Konstantin Kostov, Cezary Konrad, Robert Kubiszyn, Krzysztof Herdzin, Kuba Badach, and Atom String Quartet. Material from this album, which is a combination of jazz, soul, poetic song and world music.


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