Bartosz Hadala’s fascination with music began at a young age in his native Poland when he began listening to his father’s collection of Dixieland records. He was playing the piano at age six. From 1984 through 1992 while receiving formal musical training at the local music school Bartosz actively participated in festivals, competitions and jazz workshops. At 16, Bartosz became the youngest finalist in the Mieczyslaw Kosz International Jazz Piano Competition (Kalisz, Poland), and also received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA). In 1996 he studied with Anatoliy Kardashov at Odessa State A.V. Nezhdanova Musical Academy (Ukraine), and in 1998 received a full scholarship to Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), where he completed his jazz studies. While at WMU Bartosz received an “Outstanding Performance” award from “Down Beat” magazine. Also in 2004 he presented the “Bartosz Hadala Group” at the IAJE Conference in Toronto (Canada).
Bartosz spent six years in New York City where he pursued his career as a jazz pianist and held the position of organist at the St. Stanislaus Kostka AmericanPolish parish in Greenpoint (Brooklyn). He also worked as an accompanist at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. While in New York Bartosz released his first CD entitled “The Things You Have Given Me” (original Christian music), on the Apria Records label, taking credit for the music, lyrics, vocals and production of the album.
Throughout his career he has appeared as a leader, sideman, accompanist or musical director with many different artists: Ada Rovatti, Justin Binek, Mark Kelso, Mike Downes, Kirk MacDonald, Ethan Ardelli, Jacek Pelc, Jarosław Śmietana, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Maciej Sikała, Paweł Pańta, Cezary Konrad, David Hicks, Dorcas Davis, Valerie Ahneman, Basia Moore, Martha Wash, Alexia Tate, Michael Doane, Maleika Cole, Anthony Escobar, Jennifer Smolos, Rupert Wates, Izabela Grajner Partyka, Julia Partyka, Anna Grądzka Jakubczak, just to mention a few.
Donald Guinn, born in 1950, acquired his ARCT from the Royal Conservatory in 1967 and his Bachelors of Music degree from the University of Toronto in 1978. Since then, Don has been teaching piano and performing in the Toronto area except for a five month engagement in Seoul Korea, in 2003 with a Jazz/Pop Trio. Most recently he has recorded with Catherine Hughes. His repertoire includes Classical, Ragtime and Stride as well as the usual Pop and Jazz Standards.