Anka Koziel

Main subject teacher Jazz Vocals

Anka Koziel, born in Oswiecim (PL) and currently living in the Netherlands, works as a freelance vocalist, teacher, arranger, and composer. In 2008 she released her debut album “Tales of the Forest”, a compilation of her own compositions, traditional Polish folk songs, and few classics of Chopin wrapped in a jazzy package.

Koziel has been performing as a singer, xylophonist and guitarist from a very early age. For a few years she sung in a church choir, and remained a self-trained musician until the late 90s, when she began with private music education and attended jazz workshops in Poland and Germany.

She has made appearances at numerous festivals in Poland, Lithuania, and the Netherlands.

In 1999 she moved to the Netherlands to study at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, and graduated with a Masters Degree in 2005. Since 2000 she has been involved in numerous jazz projects cooperating with artists like Kenny Wheeler (North Sea Jazz Festival 2004), The Big Band of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Nueva Manteca, Big Band of the Jazz Academy in Katowice (Poland), The Hague Ethospheric Orchestra (THEO) and  numerous contemporary composers (Kate Neil, Barbara Okma, Filip Matuszewski, Barbara Ellison).

Koziel’s dynamic vocal range and variety of sound is almost unlimited. She can sing anything from powerful blues and beautiful ballads, to up-tempo swings and free improvisation with vocal effects. The music on the debut album is the manifestation of those skills.