Are you up for the next week with plenty of music?
26-27.05 Mopti at Piec'ART
Straight from Scandinavia but clearly inspired by the warm African sound. Double night with young quintet.
27.05 Ghedalia Tazartes at Alchemia
A music of journey by mystic nomad who croesses boundaries of musican genres and times.
27.05 Institute of Intuition with Tomek Gadecki at Galeria i!
Part of the Paulina Owczarek and Tomek Gadecki SamBar tour. Our guest from Gdansk will join the Krakow workshop group with Michal Dymny, Tomek Choloniewski, Rafal Mazur and Paulina. (The concert starts at 7pm so it's perfectly possible to catch before going to Alchemia).
28.05 The Mob Fixing Freedom at Piekny Pies
Straight from Vienna a melodic punk trio will fix you freedom.
30.05. Pixar in Concert at Krakow Arena
for something completely different. Inagural concert at the Krakow Arena especially for the children's day. Orchestral performances of the music known to the younger ones (and the ones not so young anymore) from the modern classics of animation. Sounds like a lot of fun to me.
01.06 Francois Carrier, Michel Lambert and Rafal Mazur at Alchemia
The french guests need no introduction, nor, to any reader of the blog, does Rafal Mazur. We'll see what will come out of their meeting.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
I've complained last week about lack of events. I should've better kept my mouth shut. You better gather your strenghths in the first few days of the next week because starting thursday there are places to be and the number of difficult choices can melt your brain.
22-25 Green Zoo Festival IV
Green Zoo Festival is presents 10 events within three days, dedicated to all sides of the alternative in music. Indie rock, pop, electronica, experimental, improvisation. There will be techno, hip hop, dance along with free improvisation. You name it. Most of the names in the schedule remain unknown to me but you can trust the selection. The concerts of most interest from jazz ear perspective are listed below:
22.05. Mikrokolektyw at Klub Re (Green Zoo Festival)
Artur Majewski andKuba Suchar duo is internationally recognised for their mixture of acoustic and electronic improvisation.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The previous list was posted too early to include invites for two interesting events in the alternative space at Jozefinska 21 which has become a sort of community center in the Podgorze area.
Institute of Intuition is another collaborative series featuring guest musicians with Krakow's improvisers. The concert will feature Tomek Choloniewski, Rafal Mazur, Michal Dymny along with Paul N Roth. Attention: starts early - 7pm.
16.05 Official opening of the space as art gallery "I!" (And!) with Krakow's experimental audio-video unit HiQ (read: haiku).
The group will include Alek Janicki (multimedia), Maria Janicka (laptop), Rafal Mazur (acoustic bass guitar), Michal Dymny (el. guitar), Michal Gorczyca (electronics), Andrzej Skwarek (el. cello).
Sunday, May 11, 2014
After four spectacular nights at Pardon To Tu, the next week in Krakow seems very much eventles. There's an electro concert at Alchemia, a punk night at Piekny Pies, but jazz fans are left with the standard everyday concerts of the mainstream venues. Among which the trio below is in my oppinion the most intriguing proposition.
12.05 Matuesz Gaweda Trio at Piec'ART
Mateusz Gaweda with Piotr Poludniak and Dawid Fortuna are among the most active jazz musicians of their generation, still at the very beginning of their artistic paths but well on the road of finding their own musical language.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Let us start this time with where rather than who. Pardon To Tu has established itself in the recentyears as the busiest free jazz stage in Poland. Few years back such statement could be made Krakow's Alchemia, now I've came to envy the jazz fans in or Capitol. I believe it's perfectly natural that such places come to live and go, but I what I've witnessed in Pardon To Tu gives reasonable hopes that this particular places will live and love the music for a longer while.
The place, cosy and warm, makes the musicians feel at home, the audience is there, filling the house and listening enthusiastically. The musicians are there in the audience as well, to listen to each other, to learn and to enjoy themselves. Warsaw's free jazz scene is flourishing and Pardon To Tu has become it's hang out space. There's creative impetus around the place and its probably the most important manifestation is how the club tries to participate actively in forming its artistic enviroment, an example of which is the residence series of the "2 nights with" and improvised sets featuring the internationally acknowledged guests playing with polish musicians.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
The biggest event of the week in Krakow is the double concert with the legend Tomasz Stanko and the rising star of polish jazz scene Marcin Masecki. The two will play two separate concerts on the 7th may in Alchemia. Meanwhile in Warsaw, Pardon To Tu continously reaffirms its position as the best stage for improvised music in Poland. While in Warsaw I'm hoping to finally get some writing done, there are two boxsests than just can't leave my cd player right now which stands in the way of "new releases". I'll let you know what two boxes are they very soon.
07.05 Tomasz Stanko and Marcin Masecki at Alchemia.
The veteran of european jazz and the wild youngster toghether will play two separate sets at 7pm and 9pm. Unpredictable evening is to be expected.