Kaczmarczyk has made his debut on one of Europe's most famous record labels, ACT Music, joining the company of stars like Lars Danielsson, Esbjörn Svensson, Leszek Możdżer and Nils Landgren
CAT'S DREAM - Rafał Sarnecki QUARTET!
THIS SATURDAY, Warsaw, you're going to hear Paweł Kaczmarczyk playing a gig with great guitarist, born in Warsaw, living in New York from 2005, RAFAŁ SARNECKI - Rafał Sarnecki QUARTET.
As a leader of his own jazz projects Rafał has performed in clubs and festivals in 11 European countries, Israel, China, Korea and has toured the East and West coast of the US. He has recorded 3 CDs as a leader. The debut album Song From a New Place (2008) was nominated for the Fryderyk 2009 Award, the Polish equivalent of a Grammy. Rafal's second album, The Madman Rambles Again, was released in 2011 by the Fresh Sound New Talent label. Dave Sumner from All About Jazz selected the album as among the 12 most interesting jazz releases of 2011 in the Editor’s Choice section. In August 2014 Rafal's 3rd CD Cat's Dream was released by the Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records.
The "Cat's Dream" album includes 8 original compositions of Rafał arranged for a sextet featuring some of the top New York musicians of the young generation: Lucas Pino, Glenn Zaleski, Rick Rosato, Colin Stranahan and Bogna Kicińska. The sextet has been a working band for the past 5 years. The album was recorded in New York by Michael Perez-Cisneros who is known for recording such albums as Kurt Rosenwinkel's Heartcore.
"Like Rosenwinkel, Sarnecki ventures far beyond the bebop and post-bop idioms of the past and into a freer - though still chordal - musical language. Sarnecki's original compositions merge the high-flown lyricism of Polish culture with an idiosyncratic, thoroughly disarming way of building long and winding musical phrases. He's clearly at the start of forming an improvisational syntax for himself, but it already shows originality and daring . . ." - Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune
Musicians performing in Poland: Rafał Sarnecki – guitar Paweł Kaczmarczyk – piano Wojciech Pulcyn – double bass Łukasz Żyta – drums
tickets: 25 zł (advanced sale), 35 zł (on the day of a gig) - you can buy them in the club Szósta po Południu.
What if not in Warsaw? Next concerts of this fabuous quartet will take place on 22nd May in JAWORKI, PL, (Muzyczna Owczarnia) and 23rd May in CRACOW, PL, in Harris Piano Jazz Bar. Tickets available at the concert places.
Performance video of track "Mr. Blacksmith" (same version as on the record)
New album SOMETHING PERSONAL in stores JULY 9, 2015
PAWEL KACZMARCZYK AUDIOFEELING TRIO Pawel Kaczmarczyk - piano Maciej Adamczak - double bass Dawid Fortuna - drums
Paweł Kaczmarczyk is one of the most important names in Polish jazz, and has also been acknowledged by international media on numerous occasions. He is a phenomenal pianist and composer, has several albums to his name, issued by prestigious European labels, and performs actively throughout the world. A distinctive musical personality, constantly seeking out new contexts for music, he is a creator of unique artistic endeavors and innovative initiatives. SOMETHING PERSONAL is a resultant of experiences, reflecting the pianist's maturity and sensitivity; a personal narrative in sound, comprising modern improvised music of the highest level.
Recorded by Piotr Witkowski at Alvernia Studios, Alvernia (Poland) in June 2014
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. Tomasz Handzlik
Paweł Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Trio Date: 8.06.2014 Time: 7 pm Venue: CK Rotunda Address: Cracow; ul.Oleandry 1