NEW TAKE - AFTER FIVE (YEARS)
This will be the last in-concert meeting for the Audiofeeling Trio – or rather, the musicians' final 'dress rehearsal' prior to their going into the ultra-modern Alvernia Studios, to produce Paweł Kaczmarczyk's group's long-awaited new album.
Pianist Paweł Kaczmarczyk, acclaimed a couple of years ago as the new promise for Polish jazz (“Jazz Forum”), described as an utterly amazing artist (“Gazeta Wyborcza”), and currently enjoying international renown, is not known for spoiling his fans – especially when it comes to recordings under his leadership. The last disc bearing the artist's name – which received numerous awards – was released exactly five years ago (“Complexity In Simplicity”, ACT Music). Kaczmarczyk didn't go silent by any means following the premiere, surprising us at every turn with new ideas, projects and festivals which he has led or actively participated in. His own discography, however, still has yet to exceed the magical number 3.
Kaczmarczyk is now officially announcing preparations for the recording and release of a new album, though, which he will talk about in person on June 8th, during a very special concert at the Krakow club Rotunda, where he'll be accompanied by his steady and reliable partners in performance, bassist Maciej Adamczak and drummer Dawid Fortuna.
The concert will be special due to the fact that the artist's latest, as yet unpublished compositions will be heard in the course of the program, which will consist of two hour-plus sets. But that's not all! The Rotunda club, a venue well-known to all jazz fans, will also undergo a surprising conversion, with a new sound stage constructed in the center of the auditorium especially for the occasion. The audience will be seated on all sides, which will enable them to experience the acoustic advantages of this uncommon arrangement in full.
Immediately following the 'dress rehearsal', as Kaczmarczyk refers to this concert, the Audiofeeling Trio will begin a three-day recording session in the state-of-the-art Alvernia Studios complex.
“Unlike my previous recordings, this time the music will maintain the style of a modern European jazz trio. Those who attend my concerts are well aware of the importance I attach to being communicative with the audience, and this is the direction I intend to go.” - explains Paweł Kaczmarczyk. The young jazz man's musical concepts are also confirmed by numerous reviews of his performances, which underscore the pianist's gregarious style of improvisation – a style that evokes emotion from even those listeners who are just beginning their adventure with jazz and improvised music.
“They say that a musician begins to mature after the age of 30. I hope this is a good prognosis, especially since I've just turned thirty...” - the pianist adds half seriously, half in jest.
Will he captivate listeners this time as well, and leave them wanting only more of his music after he leaves the stage (or when the disc stops playing)? There's no doubt! It's probably safe to predict, even now, that Kaczmarczyk's new album will earn him a successive array of awards and distinctions. After all, he's highly regarded not only for perfection, but for the exceptional artistic inventiveness he has displayed over the last few years, realizing projects like his exceptional concert series “Directions in Music”, among others. We'll be convinced during the June concert at the Rotunda club, though, as well as towards the end of the year, when the Audiofeeling Trio's long-awaited new CD will most likely be released.
Paweł Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Trio
Time: 7 pm
Venue: CK Rotunda
Address: Cracow; ul.Oleandry 1
IN MEMORY OF KRZYSZTOF KOMEDA
On May 9th, Paweł Kaczmarczyk will be a guest at the VI Film Music of Krzysztof Komeda Festival in Warsaw. Commemorating the achievements of one of the most significant artists not only in the history of Polish jazz, but also in the history of world cinematography, the festival has been captivating audiences for a couple of years now. It offers screenings of films with Komeda's music, “Komeda- Polański” poster exhibitions, which the public has shown a great interest in, and also exceptional concerts by some of Poland's and Europe's top jazz artists.
And the Polish premiere of Paweł Kaczmarczyk's latest musical endeavor – prepared especially for this festival, together with Polish jazz saxophone legend Janusz Muniak - is sure to be this type of event.
Playing with these outstanding leaders in the Muniak/Kaczmarczyk KOMEDA PROJECT will be: Marcin Ślusarczyk (alto sax), Maciej Adamczak (bass) and Łukasz Żyta (drums).
NIGHTLY MARATHONS WITH MUSIC OF THE GIANTS - II Directions In Music Nights
In April and May, the artist will be inviting jazz lovers to an extraordinary concert marathon - “II Directions In Music Nights”, which will honor the Harris Piano Jazz Bar's 17th anniversary (April 24-26th, May 3rd). It's a distinctive continuation of the “Directions In Music” concert series that was launched there a couple of years ago. It was initiated by Paweł Kaczmarczyk, who, together with his group and various guest musicians, has interpreted and enhanced the music of some of the greatest artists in the world of jazz. The musicians have delved into classic material by the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Hank Mobley, Jan Garbarek, Keith Jarrett and Ray Charles, among others. During these birthday concerts for the Harris Piano Jazz Bar, we'll hear which four artists this project will now be focusing on.
For starters - “Directions in Music: Eric Dolphy”, commemorating the creativity of one of the all-time preeminent figures of the American avant-garde – saxophonist Eric Dolphy. The line-up for this presentation will consist of Paweł Kaczmarczyk (piano), Maciej Garbowski (bass), Krzysztof Gradziuk (drums), and a saxophonist who has been lauded as one of the greatest revelations of the Polish jazz scene's younger generation, Maciej Obara.
On the second evening, while listening to the “Directions in Music: Dexter Gordon” project, we'll remind ourselves about a a completely different jazz saxophone legend. Assuming the figure of the American master of jazz ballads and gorgeous sound will be tenor saxophonist Piotr Baron. Also playing alongside Paweł Kaczmarczyk: Maciej Adamczak (bass) and Łukasz Żyta (drums).
The cycle's third evening promises to be exceptional as well - “Directions In Music: Elis Regina”, devoted to the art of Brazilian vocalist Elis Regina, whose work with Antonio Carlos Jobim earned her the title of all-time First Lady of Bossa Nova. For the presentation of this project, Kaczmarczyk will be joined by a phenomenal vocalist with Polish-Peruvian roots, Marita Alban Juarez, along with Jose Manuel Alban Juarez (drums),Tomas Celis Sanchez (percussion) and Andrzej Święs (bass).
The final evening of nightly jazz marathons will surely be explosive, the project being “Directions in Music: Headhunters”. Here the musicians will be bringing back the fantastic compositions of Herbie Hancock and his sensational group The Headhunters, which was a dominant force on the rhythm and blues/energetic funk scene of the 1970's. In this project, appearing alongside Paweł Kaczmarczyk on keyboards will be: Olaf Węgier (tenor sax), Łukasz Belcyr (guitar), Grzegorz Bąk (bass guitar), Filip Mozul (drums) and Tomas Celis Sanchez (percussion).
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POLISH-UKRAINIAN JAZZ UNITY
It's not just the throngs of protesters at Maidan, not just bloggers, writers, internauts... Polish jazz musicians are also expressing their solidarity with our closest, freedom-fighting neighbor – as exemplified by pianist Paweł Kaczmarczyk's group, which will be participating in the International Jazz Festival “Єдність” (“Unity”) in Kiev, on March 29th.
This festival, now presenting its 13th edition in the National Academy Operetta Theater, has its renown and tradition, It's an international event, which has now hosted more than 500 musicians from virtually every part of the world. This year, in light of the dramatic events unfolding beyond our eastern border, the festival acquires a particular significance, with its name reaching the level of a powerful symbol. This musical event is intended to bring the people of Europe and the world together, regardless of their national origin, skin color or political views. Will it succeed? We'll find out soon.
The highlight of this year's edition of the festival will be the only Polish group to participate – The Paweł Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Trio, which will be playing in Kiev with Paweł Kaczmarczyk on piano, Maciej Adamczak on bass, and Dawid Fortuna on drums.
The Ukrainian audience will hear mainly compositions from Kaczmarczyk's exceptional new CD “Complexity in Simplicity” - but there'll also be a handful of the newest pieces the musicians are to record this June, in an upcoming recording session at a state-of-the-art recording studio in the town of Alwernia.