Tuesday, April 21, 2015

7th Lublin Jazz Festival invitation

There's plenty of happening in Krakow this week due to the Starzy i Mlodzi Jazz Festival which will be covered on the blog in a more detailed way.

Before I pass to that I'd like to invite you as well to Lublin Jazz Festival, I have some very fond memories of it's edition few years back (documented on the blog as well). The festival has a very intriguing line-up including the dynamic scandinavian unit Atomic, the funkiest band I've ever seen live The Apples or Jazzpospolita playing the material from the masterpiece of polish jazz "Winobranie" by Zbigniew Namysłowski (who will appear himself as well).

more on the festival's website.
http://lublinjazz.pl/en/







Sunday, April 12, 2015

Kraków Concert Schedule 13-19.04

Clear your schedules this week for those couple of events. A lot of good music is coming your way.

14.04 Daisy / Dickaty / Wojcinski Trio at Alchemia
I'm having very high hopes for this one. Tim Daisy has been one of the top drummers of the busy Chicago free jazz scene and has visited Alchemia plenty of times. Ray Dickaty is one of the strongholders of Warsaw improvising scene,a true activist of free music. Ksawery Wojcinski's lays the bass foundation like few others, Charles Gayle's bass player of choice.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Krakow Concert Schedule 07-12.04

Welcome back after Ester break, hope you're all ready for the spring to come (hopefully soon). The main event of the week is the Harris Piano Jazz Bar birthday nights but some other suggestions are present below

9/10/11.04 Pawel Kaczmarczyk Directions In Music - 18th Birthday celebration for Harris Piano Jazz Bar.

Harris Piano Jazz Bar has come of age. Kaczmarczyk's Directions In Music is a conceptual series of concerts in which the pianist pays tribute to some of the major figures in music history, each tribute features a different band usually with an acclaimed guest starring for the tributed hero.

9.04 Tribute to Thelonious Monk (with Radek Nowicki, Andrzej Swies and Jacek Kochan)
10.04 Tribute to Frank Sinatra (with Marcin Jajkiewicz on vocal, Tomasz Grzegorski, Andrzej Swies and Arek Skolik)
11.04 Tribute to Zbigniew Seifert (with Matusz Smoczynski, Vitold Rek and Krzysztof Dziedzic)


10.04 Stardust Memories at Alchemia
For Something Completely Different. The band that calls their music "space folk" or "dark country" which seems to capture their melancholic spirit quite well.



12/13.04 Jacques Kuba Seguin "Litania Project" at Piec'ART
Canadian trumpet player with a lyrical sound will led a quartet for two nights. The band merges modern jazz with european traditions.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Krakow Concert Schedule 30.03-05.04

Well, a week before Easter is usually not the busiest one concert-wise but something can be found for your ears.

01.04 Mike Parker's Trio Theory at Tak Było
Mike Parker, Frank Parker and Sławek Pezda are a hard swinging modern jazz trio. The well-established groove along with some free bit of madness by Sławek Pezda should provide for a great concert. If you only want to see one gig this week, I believe this should be the one.



Monday, March 23, 2015

Krakow Concert Schedule 23-29.03

A Murphy's law applied - if there are two parties this week, they will both take place on the same day in possibly distant locations. 26.03 is a bit of a conundrum.

26.03 Jachna / Buhl at Piekny Pies
Trumpet - drums duo with a handful of electronics courtesy of Wojtek Jachna and Jacek Buhl. Cinematic and minimal, jazzy and experimental, psychodelic, surreal. Upon its 4th release the duo's music still holds many surprises.




26.03 The Fuse at Alchemia
The Fuse is a Krakow - based group that is soulful and groovy and, by my standards, should have become already crazy popular, mostly thanks to the brilliant vocal by Agnieszka Sienkowska. This is music that cheers you up and sends a positive vibe.


Monday, March 16, 2015

Krakow Concert Schedule 16-22.03

Relax, go for a walk, ride a bike, see a movie - spring is coming! Also, not too many concerts happening this week.

20.03 Check The Groove vol. 11 - Wake Up & Superficial at Alchemia
Check The Groove is a party cycle with a lot of funk beats and vinyl scratches. A great way indeed to start your weekend with some dance moves.



22.03 Tara Minton & Tristan McCoppin at Alchemia (part of II Harp Days Festival)
There are few sounds as that of harp's strings. A special harp-duo from Australia seem to be good way to end your weekend with some chillout smooth tunes.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Krakow Concert Schedule 09-15.03

It's almost spring time, so  stay strong, drink juice, eat fruits and listen to some live music (I don't know how but it makes sense right?).

09.03 Marcin Banaszek "Stations of the Cross" at Akademia Muzyczna
A classic piano trio led by young Marcin Banaszek with Patryk Wszołek on bass and Patryk Dobosz on drums with a composition dedicated to the biblical theme. Starts at 7pm, free entrance.


11.03 Jacek Kochan & Co at Piec'ART
Jacek Kochan is an internationally recognised drummer, a great band-leader, a composer interested in the marriage of acoustic and electronic. This edition of Company will feature the promising talents of Mateusz Gaweda on piano, Bartek Prucnal on alto sax and Michał Kapczuk on bass.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Krakow Concert Schedule 02-08.03

You may take the first days of the week to gather stretgth, the weekend is going to be lege -wait for it -ndary. Also becasue there's a BeerWeek festival coming, but that's another point :)

05.03 Surreal Players at Piec'ART 
Magda Pluta on cello and Krystian Jaworz on piano. Cinematic, chamber, passionate music. Especially recommended to those in love with majestic sound of cello.



06.03 The Flash! at Alchemia
The Flash! is getting some steady public in Krakow reaffirming it's position as one of the most dynamic, energetic stage trios. Madness, jazz, punk, funk will start your weekend with a blast.




07.03 Kaczmarczyk / Skolias - Directions in Music: Ray Charles at Harris Piano Jazz Bar
Directions in Music is a project led by Pawel Kaczmarczyk designed to honor some of the greatest in music history, each edition featueres a different line-up and a special guest, the one dedicated to Ray Charles is clearly, and rightfully, the audience favourite and will make another appearance in Harris coming Saturday.



08.03 Ladies Jazz Night at Piec'ART
Ladies will rule the stage. Special concert on the occasion of Ladies Day at Piec with Dominika Rusinowska on violin, Paulina Atmanska on piano, Monika Muc on alto saxophone, Kamila Drabek - bass, Wiktoria Jakubowska - drums.

08.03 Gorzycki & Dobie at Alchemia
Rafal Gorzycki, a versatile drummer, memeber of such groups like Sing Sing Penelope, Maestro Trytony or Ecstasy Project has finished his duo triptych with a "Nothing" cd recorded with idiosyncratic guitarist Jan Dobie, a frequent visitor in Poland since the birth of famous yass movement. The duo embarks on a tour to promote the cd and fortunately Krakow has made the cut.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Krakow Concert Schedule 23.02-01.03

Take the monday off, starting tomorrow the week is pretty busy.

24.02 Peter Brotzmann, Steve Swell and Paal Nilssen-Love at Alchemia
Three giants of free jazz scene. Three generations (33 years of difference between them). Three masters of their instruments. Not for the faint of heart - this should be a fiery adventure.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Krakow Concert Schedule 16-22.02

What a weekend has it been - Mardi Grass (actually, in Poland it's done on Thursday), Friday the 13th, Valentine's Day - a three-peat of sorts. Anyway, below the concert suggestions for the following week. Stay tuned.


17.02 Surreal Players in Alchemia
For a change of pace and to sooth your soul. Piano - cello duo that merges classical and folk traditions, just a hint of jazz. The cello sound is truly majestic.




18.02 The Flash! in Piec'ART
One of my favourite concert bands of recent - punk, free jazz, funky anarchy - if you haven't seem them yet, here's your chance.



19.02 D R A G in Piec'ART
A very intriguin line-up with Dominika Rusinowska on violin, Matuesz Gaweda on piano, Jakub Mielcarek on bass and Jacek Rusinowski on drums. They cite McCoy Tyner, Zbigniew Seifert, Eric Dolphy or Matthew Shipp as their main inspirations for the band - sounds good to me.




21.02 HiQ at Galeria i!
HiQ (read: haiku) is a an audio-video experimental unit with some of the Cracow's finest improvisers. In this edition of the project will perform: Rafal Mazur, Michal Dymny, Alek Janicki, Tomek Choloniewski, Marianna Janicka, Michal Gorzyca. The concert will introduce a picture exhibition by Alek Janicki.



21.02 Red Bull Thre3style - first semi-finals of international DJs competition.
Party night at Forum Przestrzenie. Six DJs will compete to get to the national finals that will take place in Poznan on 14.03 (international final will take in Tokyo). The Jury for the evening, as well as in-house DJs for the after-competition party will be Mr Krime, Falcon1 and DJ Twister.











21.02 Albert Vila Quartet in Harris Piano Jazz Bar
22.02 Albert Vila Quartet in Piec'ART
Two concerts with Albert Vila who I am not familiar with but the samples I've checked (like the one below) sound quite promising as far as contemporary guitar jazz goes (especially given the fact I rarely like it). Plus a very intriguing line-up surrounding the leader - Dominik Wania on piano, Alan Wykpisz on bass and Dawid Fortuna on drums - all three among the most active young musicians on polish scene.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Krakow Concert Schedule 9-15.02

The first half of the next week you get to stay lazy but for the latter half, if you stay home, you'll miss some great live music.

12.02 Parker / Parker / Pezda Trio at Harris Piano Jazz Bar
Mike Parker on bass, Frank Parker on drums and Slawek Pezda on sax - that's high energy trio.



12.02 Plug Trio at Piec'ART
Plug Trio are Kuba Pluzek, Kuba Dworak and Patryk Dobosz - all three among the most active and talented musicians of young generation in Krakow.



14.02 Ennio Morricone at Krakow Arena
Ennio Morricone is celebrating 50 years of work. I admit the ticket's prices (350 zl and up) are rather discouraging but I have no doubt those who will be in Krakow Arena on the night will find the evening most memorable.


15.02 Pawel Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Trio - Bday concert at Harris Piano Jazz Bar
Best Birthday wishes to Pawel Kaczmarczyk - Sunday night you'll be able to pass the wishes yourself while listening to some good music.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Krakow Concert Schedule 02-08.02

I haven't posted this sooner mainly because I was hoping something else would come along. You can be lazy this week or go to see movies (Birdman - very recommended). I see only one musical event that caught my eye:

07.02 Skalpel (support Kfjatek and Mr Krime) at Fabryka
Skalpel is an electronic ensemble that made huge impact on the scene few years back (a decade actually) and put Poland and Polish Jazz series on the map. Their concert at Fabryka with the strong support by Kfjatek and Mr Krime should be a party to remember.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Krakow Concert Schedule 26.02-01.02

A very good weekend is over, there's not much going on during the next few days, but you should look forward for the next weekend in Krakow.Not only it's weekend and it's in Krakow so it's good by definition but it offers some good live music for the creative jazz hungry ears.

30.01 The Flash! at Harris Piano Jazz Bar
The energetic and crazy trio is back for another rocking night.



01.02 HRH Trio at Piec'ART
I remember Mateusz Rybicki on clarinet from jam sessions in Wroclaw during the Jazztopad festival and he made a very strong impression - adventurous and energetic player. HRH Trio is an international ensemble with Rybicki, Lennard Heynelds on bass (Belgium) and Samuel Hall on drums (Australia).

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Krakow Concert Schedule 19-25.01

I've skipped the duty of the annual "top of 2014" polls since I don't believe I've covered the past year closely enough. Polish readers can find a short essay and random thoughts I launched on www.jazzarium.pl  and I invite everyone to have a quick view at El Intruso's poll which will definitely hold some great "to listen" suggestions.
Let's get now to the next concert schedule, not much to start the week but the weekend will be beautiful :)

22.01 Mikrokolektyw & Noel Akchote at Klub RE
Mikrokolektyw has long been one of the most original and most internationally appreciated polish improvising groups. Melodic compositions, original mixture of acoustic and electronic (old school) sounds, boundless immagination. The duo will be joined by exquisite improviser Noel Akchote once again.



23.01 Healatone Trio plays "A Trip to Mars" at Piekny Pies
Helatone are Bartek Kapsa on drums, Kamil Pater on guitar (both from, among other projects, Contemporary Noise Sextet) and Thomas Kolarczyk on double bass (Tone Raw). They will play music along a 1918 danish movie "A Trip To Mars". A sci-fi movie about alien race from 1918 and free jazz music along it? If that doesn't sound cool, I don't know what does.


24.01 Wovoka at Piekny Pies
Wovoka's debut album was in my definite top of 2013 thanks to its hypnotizing mix of root blues and native american music, psychodelic rock - Wovoka's music is devilishly sensual and religiously passionate. The band is back (finally!) with a new cd and they are rocking the stages on the tour.



25.01 Swingin' Dance Nights at Tak Było
A time travel back into the years of good style and joyful smile. With Kuba Pluzek (piano), Szymon Mika (guitar) and Kuba Dworak (bass).

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Krakow Concert Schedule 11-18.01

Christmas and New Year's Eve time is over and we go back to out weekly concert schedule, starting from tonight. We'll start slowly but the next week we'll increase the pace.

11.01 Tomasz Dabrowski solo at Piec'ART
Dabrowski is one of the most recognizable voices of the young polish jazz scene, he'll be celebrating his 30th birthday with 30 solo concerts in 30 cities, I'm glad Krakow made the cut.


13.01 The Flash at Piec'ART
The Flash trio, awarded recently on the Jazz Juniors Competition, is a dynamic trio that will punk, jazz and rock'n'roll the house.



and some electronica early kick-off for your weekend:

15.01 Koeju with Swingin' Blue at Tak Było
Electro duo with swinging ensemble - sounds like a party.

16.01 Koeju & guests at Alchemia
Once again the eclectic club duo and some other guests.



16.01 Rococo Rot at Klub RE
A farewell tour by a band that mixes indie, post, ambient, minimal rock and electronica.



17.01 Kinior at Simple Free at Dali's Club
Wlodzimierz Kiniors is a powerfull tone sax player that represents the polish avant jazz from the time when there was virtually none to talk about. With Rafal Mazur and Kuba Rutkowski they will definitely have some fun on the stage.