„Derlak’s expansive soloing (...), adrenaline-
charged compositions, (...) cohesive, exhibiting a fiery chemistry music and a sence of drama – will
take the trio far”
- Ian Patterson (All about jazz)
Aga Derlak is a laureate of the Award of the Polish Phonography Academy - FRYDERYK 2016 for the best Jazz Debut of the Year.
The music of Aga Derlak represents most of all unrestrained expression and unstoppable freedom, which direct her on unexplored, winding paths throught the history of her life, inspirations derived from jazz, european music, latin-american folklore, classical music; Inspirations - that sometimes wonderfully contradict and sometimes complement each other. And this dance in the midst of what is correct and incorrect, what is spoken loudly and delivered between the lines, of what is literal and figurative is what Aga invites the listener to. Her music reflects the courage, novelty, and an absolute honesty in her search of the bigger meaning and purpose of music in the world that needs so much the breath and truth.
„Aga Derlak Trio is a strong wave of vital energy. They are a very important voice of young Polish jazz society”
- Michał Tokaj
Aga Derlak is a pianist, composer and educator. She is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music and Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice (Poland). She was shaping her talent under the guidance of Danilo Perez, the pianist of the Wayne Shorter Quartet. Aga performs around the world, runs workshops. She was teaching in the Danilo Perez foundation in Panama City encouraging her sudents to seizing their artistic freedom. She was performing in Poland, USA, Mexico, Panama, Spain, Italy, UK, Greece, Germany, Turkey, Moldavia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Slovakia and cooperated with Andree Hayward, Claudio Ragazzi, Louciana Souza, Patricia Zarate, Omar Diaz, Carlos Agrazal, PJ Anderson, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Jerzy Małek, Grzech Piotrowski, Andrzej Święs, Sabina Meck.
Aga performs with her: original projects Aga Derlak Trio, Aga Derlak Quintet, Aga Derlak Quintet & Strings and Guests.
With her trio she recorded two original albums „First Thought” in 2015 (with Tymon Trąbczyński and Bartosz Szablows) and „Healing” in 2017 (with Tymon Trąbczyński and Szymon Madej). Trio is a laureate of numerous international jazz competitions (Jazz Juniors 2013, Krokus Jazz Festival, Czech Jazz Contest, Zilina Jazz Competition).
This year Aga is recording her next album as Aga Derlak Quintet. The premiere of this new music material was presented in September 2019 in Jazz at Lincoln Center / Dizzy's Club in New York during Jazztopad Festival in NY and Generation in Jazz Festival.
Aga with her projects has been invited to the most prestigous jazz festivals in the world, among others:
Generations in Jazz Festival - Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, 2019
Jazz in Ruins Festival, Poland 2019
Vertigo Sumer Jazz Festival, Poland 2019
Panama Jazz Festival, Panama 2019
Alternatilla Jazz in Mallorca Festival, Spain 2018
Ankara Jazz Festival, Turkey 2018
Festival Kolory Polski, Poland 2018
Jazz’n’Chisinau Festival, Moldavia 2018
Festiwal Jazz Od Nowa, Poland 2018
Mandau Jazz Festival, Germany 2017
Jazzinec Festival 2017
Palm Jazz Festival, Poland 2017
Edinburgh Jazz&Blues Festival, UK 2017
Nisville Jazz Festival, Serbia 2017
XJazz Festival Berlin, Germany 2017
Athens Technopolis Festival, Greece 2017
Lublin Jazz Festival, Poland 2017
Wielka Improwizacja - Wrocław NFM, Poland 2017
Jazz Jantar Festival, Poland 2017
European Jazz Conference Wrocław, Poland 2016
Festiwal Pianistólw Jazzowych w Kaliszu, Poland 2016
Silesian Jazz Festival, Poland 2016
Rzeszów Jazz Festival, Poland 2016
Orbita Jazzu, Poland 2016
Gala Fryderyk, Poland 2016
Hevhetia Festival Bratyslava, Slovakia 2015
Jazz Juniors, Poland 2015
Lotos Jazz Festival (Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa), Poland 2015
Hevhetia Festival Kosice, Slovakia 2014, 2015, 2017
Brno Jazz Festival, Czech Republic 2014
Jazz Autumn Vrchlabi, Czech Republic 2014