Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Xth Ad Libitum Festival (Warsaw; 15-17.10)

Ad Libitum celebrates its Xth edition with a program that's both coincise and packed with excitement. The festival will present few insights into the polish improvisation scene, features few living legends of the genre and will show a broad spectrum of modern improvisation - from a piano solo recital to a big band.

The resident artist will be Alex Von Schlippenbach who will perform three times during the festival - solo, with his legendary trio (Evan Parker and Paul Lovens) and leading Globe Unity Orchestra (joined by an old camrade Tomasz Stanko). Peter Brotzmann will appear with his recently most active quartet featuring Jason Adasiewicz on vibes and the powerful combo John Edwards - Steve Noble. Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band will perform the magnificent piece "Guernica" which was premiered last year in Krakow - which is probably the performance I look forward the most.

See below the full program. Fans of of free jazz - Unite!

15.10  g. 19.30, Laboratorium CSW, Sala im. W. Krukowskiego  


Krzysztof Cybulski – bass guitar, electronics,
Mikołaj Pałosz – cello, electronics
Sławomir Wojciechowski – cello, electronics


Mikołaj Trzaska – saxophone,
Evan Parker - saxophone,
Tomasz Dąbrowski - trumpet
 Mike Majkowski - double bass


Peter Brötzmann – saxophone, clarinet, torogato,
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
John Edwards – double bass
Steve Noble – drums

16.10 g. 19.30, Studio Koncertowe Polskiego Radia im. W. Lutosławskiego  


Jerzy Kornowicz – fortepian,
Tadeusz Wielecki – kontrabas,
Ryszard Latecki trąbka,
Mieczysław Litwiński – głos, instrumenty strunowe,
Tadeusz Sudnik – media elektroniczne,
Krzysztof Knittel – instrumenty elektroniczne
oraz gościnnie:
Wojciech Błażejczyk -gitara, elektronika


Alexander von Schlippenbach – piano
Evan Parker – saxophone
Paul Lovens – drums

g. 19.30, Studio Koncertowe Polskiego Radia im. W. Lutosławskiego  


Barry Guy – double bass, conducting,
Savina Yannatou – voice, Maya Homburger – violin, Fanny Paccoud -viola, Ben Dwyer – guitar, Per Texas Johansson – clarinet, saxophones, Michael Niesemann – oboe, saxophones, Percy Pursglove – trumpet, Julius Gabriel – saxophones,
Torben Sneakedstadt – trumpet, saxophones, Agustí Fernández – piano, Michel Godard – tuba, serpent, Ramon Lopez, Lucas Niggli – drums


Alexander von Schlippenbach – piano


Alexander von Schlippenbach – piano, leader,
Tomasz Stańko, Jean­Luc Capozzo, Axel Dörner – trumpets
Evan Parker, Gerd Dudek, Henrik Walsdorff – saxophones,
Rudi Mahall –  bass clarinet,
Gerhard Gschlößl, Christoph  Thewes – trombones,
Paul Lovens, Paul Lytton – drums

Monday, October 12, 2015

Krakow Concert Schedule 12-18.10 / Xth Krakow Autumn Jazz Festival

It may seem winter has arrived. But make no mistake, it's autumn. More importantly. It's jazz autumn. The season of jazz festivals. Xth Krakow Autumn Jazz Festival. Jazz Jantar in Gdansk. Autumn Jazz in Bielsko Biala. Jazztopad in Wroclaw etc. I'll try to cover closely two festivals both of which start this week. The condensed three-days Ad Libitum in Warsaw (more about which tomorrow) and extended for a few weeks Xth Krakow Autumn Jazz in Krakow. Here's where to be in Krakow this week.

Honestly, the week is full-packed so I'll try to as brief as possibly.

12.10 Aga Derlak Trio at Piec'ART
Aga Derlak's Trio is a young ensemble that nonetheless has quite a few successes under their belt, they're part of the polish jazz offensive in the slovachian label Hevhetia that has recently published their debut cd that presents their personal take on the modern jazz piano trio idiom.

14.10 Angles 9 at Alchemia (Xth Krakow Autumn Jazz)
The band led by Martin Kuchen is among the among the best in modern jazz. Brilliant arrangements, striking melodies and inspiring improvisations - it's definitely among the most well balanced acts of the kind and I can't imagine how one could miss the chance to see them live (incidentally roughly the half of their recorded output is live registered). If you don't know them yet, you should.