Polish Jazz Showcase at the European Jazz Conference 2016




A jazz showcase that will give you an opportunity to see leading young improvisers who represent the latest trends in Polish jazz. The showcase programme is free for all registered participants to the European Jazz Conference 2016.

22/09/2016, 21:00, NFM Red Hall                                                                                                 
Presentation of the representatives of polish jazz scene. After the concert, there will be a jam session at Mleczarnia bar.

Wacław Zimpel Solo
Wacław Zimpel - alto clarinet, organs, electronics, hammerklavier

Wacław Zimpel - Polish clarinetist and composer. He is recognized both in his homeland and internationally. The numerous, varied projects he has lead often appeal to the musical traditions of India, Japan, or Morocco, proving that he excels the most when facing a genuine challenge. Zimpel is a thoroughly educated musician. He studied classical clarinet at the Akademia Muzyczna w Poznaniu and at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, Hannover. His talent was quickly spotted by Mikołaj Trzaska and Ken Vandermark. The collaboration with these musicians brought Zimpel to the attention of a wider public – and the reactions were outright enthusiastic.

Aga Derlak Trio
Aga Derlak – piano
Tymon Trąbczyński – double bass
Bartosz Szablowski – drums

25 year old Aga Derlak, despite her young age, has predispositions to be a worldwide known star. There are many women in jazz society, but firstly: there is only a few pianist, secondly: there are a very little so talented pianists. Derlak is constantly shaping her own musical identity with great maturity and awareness. She expertly builds a bridge between the tradition and the latest trends and direction in jazz music. Aga Derlak is a pianist and composer. She learned from the best Polish jazz pianists: Michał Tokaj and Paweł Tomaszewski. Aga Derlak Trio has received the most prestigious Polish music award – the Award of Polish Phonographic Academy – FRYDERYK 2016 for the best jazz debut.
Wójciński/Szmańda Quartet
Maurycy Wójciński – trumpet
Szymon Wójciński – piano
Ksawery Wójciński – double bass
Krzysztof Szmańda – drums

This is a band consisted of four musical individualities. Wójciński brothers are founders of this enterprise, who after years of independent activity in different musical groups decided to create a new formation inviting drummer Krzysztof Szmańda to cooperation. Music of the quartet is based on a free improvisation which appear in formal structures in an unaffected way. Their music is result of many experiences and inspiration of every single member of the band. Common denominator of musicians is openness for music over the stylistical divisions. This attitude results from urge for freedom which is a quintessence of improvised music.

23/09/2016, 21:00, NFM Red Hall

Presentation of the representatives of polish jazz scene. After the concert,there will be a jam session at Mleczarnia bar.
Marcin Masecki Solo
Marcin Masecki – pianino, keyboards

Marcin Masecki, b. 1982, is a native of Warsaw, a pianist and composer. He runs or is a member of a plethora of various projects within a wide range of styles and creatively crosses the borders of genres and between the so called high art and entertainment. Now he is a member of the international rock group PARISTETRIS, runs his jazz sextet PROFESJONALIZM and a 10-strong brass band POLONEZY playing his own polonaises. His parallel passion is classical music, which he presents in an unorthodox manner and most often in unorthodox places too. As often as possible, he plays his customized 6-octave upright piano and attempts to breathe new life into already quite petrified monuments of European culture.
Karnas Formula
Grzegorz Karnas – vocal
Elchin Shirinov – piano
Mariusz Prasniewski – double bass
Sebastian Frankiewicz – drums

Singer born in Upper Silesia, Poland, to a family devoid of musical traditions. Karnas has worked with Poland's jazz legends as well as with top-line artists of Europe’s jazz scene. Awarded Grand Prix of jazz singers' competitions in Poland, Belgium and France. His being noticed by the juries, journalists and the audiences got his Karnas Formula touring in Europe, Asia and Africa at major jazz events such as EFG London Jazz Festival. His album under the title “KARNAS” was produced in 2011 by a Slovak label Hevhetia and his live performances in Budapest became successful releases under the Hungarian label BMC Records as AUDIO BEADS (2012) and VANGA (2014) making Karnas a distinctive element of European jazz scene.
Maciej Obara Quartet
Maciej Obara – alto saxophone
Dominik Wania – piano
Max Mucha – double bass
Max Andrzejewski – drums

Polish composer and alto saxophonist Maciej Obara burst onto the scene in 2006 and immediately began a search for the ideal partners to express his musical ideas. One such player is Dominik Wania, who he encountered while playing in the band of the legendary Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko. Obara Quartet is definitely a fresh and unique project on the European jazz scene that has already received enthusiastic reviews. Maciej Obara and Dominik Wania are great individuals, who were connected by the strong desire to establish a project aiming at the international acclaim. Obara has invited to his quartet an amazing Polish bassist Max Mucha and a drummer Max Andrzejewski, who can create musical stories with equal energy and virtuosity.

Anna Gadt Quartet
Anna Gadt – vocal
Łukasz Ojdana – piano
Maciej Garbowski – double bass
Krzysztof Gradziuk – drums

Apart from the traditionally understood singing, Anna Gadt seeks for the unconventional sounds and performing techniques. Her concept of music refers to improvisation, which does not recognize any division between the accompanying band and the leader. The idea emphasizes the abundance of differences between the musicians and the value of complementing each other. The search for a common idea as well as the spontaneous and brave “here and now” creation seem to be the main objectives. She was singing in the prestigious concert halls in Poland (Teatr Wielki, Agnieszka Osiecka Studio, Congress Hall), she performed also in Germany, Switzerland, Latvia, Ukraine and Montenegro.
24.09.2016, 21:00, NFM Red Hall
Presentation of the representatives of polish jazz scene. After the concert, there will be a jam session at Mleczarnia bar.

Uri Caine + Lutosławski Quartet
Uri Caine – piano
Bartosz Woroch – I violin
Marcin Markowicz – II violin
Artur Rozmysłowicz – viola
Maciej Młodawski – cello

Named after the great 20th century Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, the Lutosławski Quartet is one of the leading Polish quartets. Since its formation in 2007, the group has quickly established itself on Polish and international classical music scene, appearing at numerous prestigious festivals: Warsaw Autumn, Wratislavia Cantans, Klarafestival in Brussels, Ankara Music Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Tongyegong International Music Festival in South Korea, World Music Days and Jazztopad. Lutosławski Quartet has enjoyed collaborations with outstanding jazz musicians: Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Uri Caine and Benoît Delbecq and is one of the of the resident ensembles of the National Forum of Music.
Mateusz Rybicki – clarinets
Zbigniew Kozera – double bass
Samuel Hall – drums

The LEM  trio is an ensemble of three bold improvisers exploring the potentials of their instruments in their colourful and vivacious music. The investigate extremes: silence and noise, always trying to turn them into coherent narratives. The trio members are clarinetist Mateusz Rybicki, double bassist Zbigniew Kozera, and drummer Samuel Hall. Mateusz Rybicki is an improviser playing clarinet, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone. Zbigniew Kozera is a double bassist active on the Polish improvised music scene. Samuel Hall is an Australian Drummer/Percussionist currently based in Berlin who spent the last eight months working in Europe as an improvising musician with Tony Buck and Han Bennink.
Marcin Wasilewski Trio
Marcin Wasilewski – piano
Sławomir Kurkiewicz – double bass
Michał Miśkiewicz – drums

The Marcin Wasilewski Trio is one of the brightest stars of the Polish jazz scene, recognised for their unique talent in blending tradition with contemporary sound. The Trio is present on the jazz scene from the beginning of the 1994, first as Simple Acoustic Trio, and from 2008 as Marcin Wasilewski Trio. They were members of Tomasz Stanko Quartet for 15 years, the longest collaborators of Stanko. They are ECM recording artists also as a Trio (latest is “Spark Of Life”, 2014). They worked together with masters of improvisation such as Jan Garbarek, Gianluigi Trovesi, John Surman, Louis Sclavis, Arthur Blythe, Joe Lovano, Bernt Rosengren, Dino Saluzzi, Bobo Stenson, Anders Jormin, Manu Katche and Jon Christensen.

23:00, NFM Black Hall
Nikola Kołodziejczyk Instant Ensemble
Nikola Kołodziejczyk – piano, programing, composition
Maciej Szczyciński – double bass
Michał Bryndal – drums
Cyprian Baszyński – trumpet
Tomasz Pruchnicki - tenor and soprano saxophone
Marcin Wołowiec – trombone
Szymon Białorucki – trombone

Nikola Kołodziejczyk loves to stay in large groups of people, which probably gave rise to a passion for composing for large ensembles and made him like to ride and wait for Polish trains. Music for Nikola is the search for new answers to familiar questions - his multicolored narratives draw in with interesting story and thoughtful twists. He studied under the guidance of eminent educators - Edward Anthony Partyka (USA), Irena Rolanowska, Andrzej Jagodzinski, Kazimierz Chludek, Emilian Madey, Dariusz Janus, Bogdan Chmura and Wojciech Niedziela. He also owes his musical skills to brief but impactful encounters with such figures as Vince Mendoza, Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi, Lotte Anker, Maria Schneider, Jim Black and Kurt Elling.

To register for the European Jazz Conference please go to: https://ejc2016.eventbrite.co.uk​

DEADLINE for external registrations: Friday 16 September 2016