Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Rafał Sarnecki is a jazz guitarist and composer currently living in New York. As a leader of his own projects Rafal has toured China, Malaysia, South Korea, Chile, Israel, the East and West Coast of the US and many European countries. He has shared the stage with many top musicians from the US jazz scene including: Joel Frahm, Ben Wendel, Ron Blake, Ingrid Jensen, Alex Sipiagin, Willie Jones III, Gary Thomas to list a few.

Rafal has recorded 3 CDs as a leader. The debut album Song From a New Place (2008) was nominated for the Fryderyk 2009 Award, the Polish equivalent of a Grammy. Rafal's second album, The Madman Rambles Again, was released in 2011 by the Fresh Sound New Talent label. Dave Sumner from All About Jazz selected the album as among the 12 most interesting jazz releases of 2011 in the Editor’s Choice section. Additionally, Hi – Fi magazine selected The Madman Rambles Again as among the best jazz albums of 2011. In August 2014 Rafal’s third CD Cat’s Dream was released by the Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records. Besides his career as a banleader Rafal is currently involved in a variety of New York based groups and projects such as: Lucas Pino No-Net Nonet, Annie Chen Group and David Bertrand Quartet.

Living in NYC Rafal received his BFA degree from the prestigious Jazz & Contemporary Music Program at the New School and his MA in music performance from the graduate jazz program at the CUNY Queens College. In 2015, while staying in the US, he received a Ph.D. in composition from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.


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