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.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Merry Jazzy Christmas 2014 AD

There's no denying it - the blog has been very neglected recently - I'm definitely putting it on my New Year's resolution list.

'Tis the season for giving and forgiving so I hope you'll forgive me If dust off and give you three merry little playlists for the occasion.

May you have the very best Christmas and The Happiest New Year. With a lot of jazz and stuff. 

Yours truly

Jazz Alchemist

(some of the tracks may appear more than once although I remember trying to avoid it)


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Krakow Concert Schedule 08-14.12

The festival-packed weekend is over, it is a fool's hope though to get any rest before Christmas time. No special events, no festivals but Krakow is still up to the task of feeling your evenings with good live music this week.
The latter half of the week will satisfy abundantly indie-rock audience who should check the 11.12 date in Alchemia, Piekny Pies and Kolanko, while those less rock-oriented listeners (me included) can follow the competition for the most inspired rock band name (The Gentle Art Of Cooking People steals the 1st prize in my opinion).

08-09.11 Kołakowski : Wykpisz : Korelus at Piec'ART
The piano trio will explore how the music theory of Arnold Schonberg works in improvised context. Will the band be able to close the gap between classical music and jazz?



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Krakow Concert Schedule 01-07.12

The last week announcement of the end of festival season was premature. Before we all give to up to the pre-Christmas frenzy we have a week ahead of us that is packed full with concerts and 3(!) festivals. There are some very difficult choices to be made.

The festivals are:
15th Silent Movie Festival - check here for the full program
Re:Source fetival dedicated to avant-electronica
38th Jazz Juniors - the festival includes few heroes of jazz history as well as presents the talents of young band

Given the amount of events I'll be as coincise as possible with the selection below. make sure to check the whole program of the festivals.

02.12 Gogol Bordello at Rotunda
for something completely different, a gypsy-punk band that is bound to rock the night.

04.12 SzaZa at Kino Pod Baranami plays "Berlin : Symphony of Great City" (Silent Movie Festival)
SzaZa is a resourcefull duo to play clarinet, violin and all sorts of percussion, toy instruments and electronics - the music they play can be equally haunting as humorous.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Krakow Concert Schedule 24-30.11

It will be difficult to adjust to post-festival reality. Tonight's the last concert of the Krakow's Autumn Jazz and I hope to see you all there. Festival or not though, there's is some music around the next week as well, especially if someone would like to get some rest from jazz related events. The first and the last items on the list are the two musts of the week the way I see it.

24.11 Emiter at Galeria i!
Emiter is a electronic-music magician, one of the most important figures of polish minimal electronica, an artist who finds beauty and melody and rhythm in white noise and cracklings. His solo performances are most highly recommeded.



24.11 Arms And Sleepers at Alchemia
Max Lewis and Mirza Ramic has founded the group in 2006 and they've playing music ever since, the sound is a reminiscent of trip-hop classics and this sounds like a good vibe for a nice chillout evening session.


The Architekt animation from QB Media on Vimeo.

25.11 Hugo Race at Alchemia
Hugo Race was one of the foundind members of the Bad Seeds. And his solo recordings confirm the roots - poetic, moody and dark songwriting, low timbre of voice and melancholic guitar.



26-27.11 Matuesz Kołakowski / Krzysztof Gradziuk at Piec'ART
Mateusz Kołakowski a few years had made a big entrance on polish jazz scene - a teenager only, has participated in a few quite prestigious international compositions playing both classical (Chopin or Bethoven's concertos) and jazz. Krzysztof Gradziuk is definitely among the top jazz drummers in the country, most famous for his work with RGG trio. It might be a very interesting meeting to see.


28.11 Raphael Roginski plays Zion Golam at Cheder Cafe
Roginski was always at the foreground of polish modern jewish music. In fact only few years the term would be basically synonym to his name. The repertoire for the concert will be the music of the Yemenite composer Zion Golam. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Krakow Concert Schedule 17-23.11

The final week of the Krakow Autumn Jazz Festival will fill the week completely. Prepare to make Alchemia the 2nd home for the next few evenings.
PS. Polish readers can check www.jazzarium.pl where I covered some concerts that were part of the festival as well as Wrocawl's Jazztopad concert with Wadada Leo Smith Golden Quartet.

(edit : I admit I forgot to include in the list two events outside of the Krakow Autumn Jazz Festival - there are two concerts Klub Re that are definitely attention worthy although It's a tough luck that the dates coincide with the Alchemia concerts)

17.11 Prophetic Fall - Strycharski / Wojcinski / Szpura in Alchemia
Part of the 3-nights polish scene presentation during the festival. Dominik Strycharski is trying to carve some space in free jazz music for his flute arsenal. Wojcinski and Szpura make probably the strongest rhythm unit on polish stages.



18.11 Ogoya Nengo & The Dodo Women's Group at Klub RE
Ogoya Nengo and her group will bring to Krakow the root music of Kenya. Her name in the local dialect means "Precious" and the music should fulfill the promise thus given. Voice, rhythm music that is hundreds years old and on the verge of extinction.
(The concert will be followed by two post-punk groups The Kurws and UZS)




18.11 Slawek Pezda & Mateusz Gaweda duo at Alchemia
I'm extremely happy this Krakow duo will get a chance to present thesmelves on the same stage and the same evening with the main project of this year Krakow Autumn Jazz. It's high time Krakow's audience get better acquianted with the two names, both musicians being very active on local jazz club scene.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Krakow Concert Schedule 9-16.11

Festival fiesta has begun with a mighty programs in Wroclaw, Tri-City and Bielsko-Biała. But those staying in or coming to Krakow should have they evenings filled with good music as well. Krakow Autumn Jazz Festival continues, the fans of the more experimental and conceptual audio-video art should look closer at the Audio Art Festival programming.

9/10.11 Värt att veta om herr K. at Piec'ART
I've enlisted this duo in the last week schedule but a second mention is in place as the double nights closes the week and launches the new one. The complicated name stands for Karl Hjalmar Nyberg on saxophones and Andreas Skår Winther on drums. Improvising sax-drums duo from Norway? Count me in.



11.11 SamBar + Javier Cremona at Piękny Pies
SamBar is a baritone sax duo with Tomek Gadecki and Paulina Owczarek, they will be joined on stage by Javier Cremona. This is bound the sub-sound version of the clash of the titans.



Monday, November 3, 2014

Krakow Concert Schedule 03-9.11

The Thing & DKV started jazz November, one needs to gather considerable strength reserve before the festival marathon starts (around 12.11). Still that doesn't mean to neglect the weekly concert schedule.

3/4.11 Prucnal / Parker / Parker Trio at Piec'ART
Bartlomiej Prucnal is easily one of the more promising young sax players in Poland working in the mainstream idiom of jazz but not shy of jumping through the fence once in a while. Mike Parker and Frank Parker (no blood relation) should make a fine rhythm section to back him for this sax trio session.
Below a band featuring Prucnal led by Mike Parker.


9/10.11 Värt att veta om herr K. at Piec'ART
The complicated name stands for Karl Hjalmar Nyberg on saxophones and Andreas Skår Winther on drums. Improvising sax-drums duo from Norway? Count me in.