The Harpiano Show consists of two musicians: Neil Wilde – English pianist, vocalist, song writer, composer and Jakub Konieczko – Polish harmonica player, vocalist and composer. First time they met was during the Hot Jazz Spring Festival in Częstochowa in 2013. The day after Jakub played harmonica as a guest during Neil’s concert at the festival. It was the first time the idea of making a duo had appeared during that festival. An English musician Neil performed together with an outstanding Polish jazz pianist, composer and arranger Wojciech Kamiński. Neil played a concert in 2012 during another Polish jazz festival – Złota Tarka in Iława. After the first concert in Częstochowa in 2013 the feedback was so good that the organiser decided to invite Neil Wilde again for 11th edition of the event in 2015 as a main star. During the concert Jakub played with Neil. They felt so good playing together. From 2013 up to date Jakub Konieczko spent a few days in England at the beginning of December 2015. Where the repertoire and musical Arrangements were agreed upon. Furthermore, the first rehearsal and recordings were made at Neil’s home in Yorkshire and concerts were played. The name of the project The Harpiano Show – Neil Wilde (UK), Jakub Konieczko (PL) appeared for the first time in Poland where the first concerts were played at the beginning of 2016.
The part „Harpiano” in The Harpiano Show – Neil Wilde (UK), Jakub Konieczko (PL) is a connection of two English words: informal name of harmonica, “harp” and “piano”. For a better pronunciation double “p” has been changed into a single one and the name “Harpiano” has come into being.
In the repertoire of the duo The Harpiano Show – Neil Wilde (UK), Jakub Konieczko (PL) there are mainly boogie-woogie, blues, rock and roll composition and stylish ballads. During the concerts you can hear also Neil Wilde’s composition and very well-known songs like What a Wonderful World (Luis Armstrong) or Unchain My Heart (Ray Charles). The performance of the duo is not just music, but also a show where Neil plays the piano by feet, elbows and holds the instrument vertically while Jakub plays great harmonica solos. The concert of The Harpiano Show – Neil Wilde (UK), Jakub Konieczko (PL) is surely an unforgettable musical and artistic experience.
Pianist, vocalist, song writer. He comes from West Yorshire, England. His professional adventure with music began when he was 17 years old. After a regular travel throughout Scandinavia he decided to settle in Norway in 1991, where he worked on the radio and television and was described as “Norway’s best kept secret”. He has played in many countries such as: Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, the USA, Spain, Poland, Thailand. Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley had the biggest influence on him. In effect he started to take an interest in boogie-woogie and rock and roll. Through the years on the stage he has worked out his unique style of singing and piano playing. He entertains the audience by playing boogie-woogie using coat hanger, feet or elbows. He has been traveling around the world with his one-man show or with his band for more than 40 years.
Harmonica player, vocalist, composer. He lives in Czestochowa (Poland). He has been playing harmonica (diatonic and chromatic) for 15 years. In this time he has taken part in many music workshops in Bolesławiec (Blues nad Bobrem), Sopot, Olkusz, Cracow, Gdynia, Toruń, Jaworzno, Bydgoszcz. He was a student of the best harmonica teachers in Poland and Europe – J.J. Milteau, Greg “Zlap” Szlapczyński and Bartosz Łęczycki. In 2013 Jakub established his band Forsal and with the band he has taken part in many festivals and won very prestigious awards. (see www.forsal-band.pl). He has played as a guest with Anna Rusowicz, Krystna Prońko, Maciej Balcar, Michael Falkenstein (James Brown musician), Marek Rauli, Adam Kulisz, J.J. Band, Roman Puchowski and Five O`Clock Orchestra. Jakubs biggest influence are Little Walter, B.B. King and Stevie Wonder who got him interested in the blues, swing, traditional jazz and funk. Playing harmonica he is inspired by wind instruments (trumpet, saxophone, trombone) and percussion instruments, what you can hear during the performance of The Harpiano Show – Neil Wilde (UK), Jakub Konieczko (PL).