Jan Kopinski is a tenor saxophonist and composer, fronting cross-genre music, ranging from Free-funk to contemporary European jazz.
A saxophonist for over thirty years in the UK, Jan specialises in improvisational music drawing on jazz and influences from Eastern Europe and contemporary music.
For 25 years he has led a successful contemporary jazz group, PINSKI ZOO, regularly touring the UK, Europe, New York and Poland, playing at major jazz festivals, concerts and jazz clubs to critical acclaim. He travels regularly to Poland, for both research and touring projects –including international trio, ZONE K.
With REFLEKTOR he composes and performs to silent films and to projected visuals, most recently MIRRORS, a dream journey with Polish imagery, commissioned by Opera North. He has recorded several radio and TV broadcasts, 13 albums on various record labels, including live recordings from concerts in Poland, Austria, New York and UK.
His numerous projects include PINSKI ZOO, MIRRORS REFLEKTOR LIVE SOUNDTRACKS to film, KOPINSKI & KONIKIEWICZ GHOSTMUSIC PINSKI ZOO 7, PZBASSCORP, JAN KOPINSKI QUARTET, MUSTARD PIE.
He has toured extensively in the UK as well as Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, France, Austria, Italy, Norway and New York; he has also recorded various sessions for radio, fillm and TV. His RECORDINGS, (13 albums and 2 singles) include, – MIRRORS PINSKI ZOO EARTH ZONE K GHOST MUSIC
Jan is a singular musician who has followed a personal path, in a search of an expressive sax sound earning him a reputation as a true original. He was studying Fine Art at Art College and came under the spell of John Coltrane’s “My Favourite Things” epic recording in the mid sixties and Jan took up saxophone seriously. First on a white Grafton acrylic alto then on soprano and tenor.
In 1980, with co-founder keyboard player Steve Iliffe, they formed the almost legendary PINSKI ZOO.