LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: TYMANSKI MOZDZER + POLISH BRASS

DATE: 13.11.2010, Sat
VENUE: Jazz Cafe
ADDRESS:  5, Parkway, Camden, London, NW1 7PG
DOORS: 7 PM
TICKETS: £15 (presale) £20 ( ATD )

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Event is a part of world famous LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL.

Composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet and writer Tymon Tymanski reawakens the anarchic spirit of his now legendary Polish jazz ensemble milosc (Love), who were famed for their riotous stage show. Together with Polish superstar Leszek Mozdzer, he brings his new project Polish Brass Ensemble for a wild night of leftfield European jazz.

Tymon Tymański bass, vox; Antoni "Ziut" Gralak trumpet, tenor tuba; Marcin Slusarczyk flute, alto sax; Irek Wojtczak flute, alto and tenor sax, bass clarinet; Bronek Duży trombone; Kuba Staruszkiewicz drums; Leszek Możdżer piano .

 

 

Tymon Tymanski -

a composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet and writer. Born September the 30th, 1968 in Gdansk, he took private lessons in classical guitar since 8. Tymanski would lead his own groups since his early teenage, his first important band being the Beatles- and hard rock-influenced the Howling Dogs. Between 1982 - 86 he went to a high school, setting up SNI SREDSTVOM ZA UKLANIANIE, a new wave band inspired by Joy Division, Birthday Party and Pere Ubu. In 1986 he enrolled at the English Departament of the Gdansk University, where he joined TOTART, an informal group of poets/performers notorious for their scandalous actions, iconoclastic poetry and manifestos.

His cooperation with TOTART brought about a further transformation of his music and lead to a crucial change in his concept of a stage performance. In 1988 Tymanski founded MILOSC, the most important Polish jazz group of the next decade. Initially free jazz oriented, after clarinetist Mazzoll’'s (MAZZOLL & ARHYTHMIC PERFECTION) and guitarist Tomasz Gwincinski’'s departure (MAESTRO TRYTONY, ŁOSKOT), the quintet became well known in its "classic" line-up consisting of Mikolaj Trzaska on alto sax, Maciek Sikala on tenor, Leszek Mozdzer on piano, Tymanski on double bass and Jacek Olter on drums. Famous for their great stage act, MILOSC dominated the Polish music scene as well as the jazz magazines’ annual polls, voted the best acoustic jazz band for four times in a row and pronounced the most influential group of the decade (Jazz Forum). MILOSC, disbanded in 2002, recorded seven albums, three of which featured Lester Bowie of ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO, the late legendary American trumpet player.

In the meantime Tymanski founded avant-rock KURY (1992) with Piotr Pawlak (BIELIZNA), one of the Polish most innovative guitar players and Jacek Olter, the regrettably late, outstanding jazz drummer. KURY's other satellite members who appeared in the line-up in the span of 11 years of the band's activity were Anka Lasocka (KOBIETY), Mazzoll, Jacek Stromski (APTEKA, SKAKANKA, GROOVEKOJAD), Rory Walsh (FREDDIE HUBBARD BAND, MEDICINE SUNDAY) and Kuba Staruszkiewicz (PINK FREUD). KURY recorded three studio records, one EP and an official bootleg which captured the band live. Especially their second album, the bitingly satirical "P.O.L.O.V.I.R.U.S.", won general acclaim among music fans and critics and was distinguished with lots of important awards (Fryderyk 98, Machiner 98 etc.). Beside running his own bands, Tymanski would participate in many side projects, being the leader of TYMON & TRUPY, CZAN and the member of THE USERS, NRD and MASLO. As an actor, he played in "Segment '76" and "Wesele", co-led BIODRO Records, an independent Gdansk-based record label, wrote music for films ("Sztos", "Przemiany", "Wesele" and theater plays ("Top Dogs", "Shakespear's Complete Works", "Monachomachia", "Beztlenowce", "Matka", "Letnicy", "The Shape of Things").

In 2001 his co-authorial novel "Chlopi 3" was published (written with Zbigniew Sajnog, an ex-TOTART leader). Tymanski was awarded with the Pass of Polityka, one of Poland's most influential weeklies. After KURY’s farewell tour in the fall of 2003, Tymanski focused on solo work. In 2004 his two new bands, the alternative rock TYMON & TRANSISTORS and the improvising POLISH BRASS ENSEMBLE with the prominent trumpet player Antoni Gralak (TIE BREAK, GRAAL, YESHE). Debut album : " Jitte " recorded in his Biodro Studios and his next album: " Free Tibet ". At the moment Tymanski is working on the new albums of his bands, both of which are to show up this year. Him and Pawlak are also co-producing new Biodro Record's issues (MILOSC & Lester BOWIE's long awaited "Nobody's White" to be published this fall).

 

Leszek Mozdzer

An outstanding pianist, composer and producer, Możdżer is widely considered to be the greatest revelation of the Polish jazz of the last decade. Born in 1971, he has been playing the piano since the age of five. He has covered every stage of the formal education until graduating from the Gdansk Academy of Music named after Stanisław Moniuszko in 1996. He became interested in jazz relatively late - in the last grade - when he was 18. He was introduced into jazz in the band of Emil Kowalski, a clarinet player, but his proper start took place at the first rehearsal with a band called Miłość (Love) back in 1991. One year later, he received an individual award at the International Jazz Competition Jazz Juniors '92 held in Krakow. He was also a member of the Zbigniew Namysłowski Quartet. In the poll organized among Jazz Forum readers Możdżer was voted the Most Promising Musician of the year 1993 and 1994, the Best Jazz Pianist – each year since 1994 till present as well as the Musician of the Year 1995 and 1996.

Since then the young pianist has collected numerous music awards, including:
   
Krzysztof Komeda prize awarded in 1992 by the Foundation of Polish Culture
   
1st prize at the International Jazz Improvisation Competition in Katowice in 1994
   
Mateusz Święcicki Prize awarded by 3rd Channel of the Polish National Radio
   
Grand Prix Melomani – the Artist of the Year 1997 awarded by ŁÓdź Music Lovers’   
 
 Society
   
Fryderyk 1998 – the Jazz Musician of the Year 1998
   
Prize of the Mayor of the City of Gdansk for outstanding artistic achievement
   
Grand Prize of the Polish Culture Foundation- 2006– for outstanding performances in promoting Polish Culture, prize shared with Jerzy Jarocki
   
Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prize for the Polish Culture Promotion abroad - September 2007
 
On many occasions Możdżer recorded film music with Zbigniew Preisner he also regularly works with Jan Kaczmarek, polish composer working in LA, while recording music score (for 20th Century Fox and Mira Max). He has been invited to perform jointly with the celebrities of Polish jazz, such as Tomasz Stańko, Janusz Muniak, Michał Urbaniak and Piotr Wojtasik; and has also worked with acclaimed international musicians, including Arthur Blythe, Buster Williams, Billy Harper, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny and Archie Shepp.
 
To date, Możdżer has recorded over 100 albums, including 12 released under his own name:
   
"Chopin - impressions " in 1994
   
"Talk to Jesus " in 1996 (considered to be the Album of the Year 1996 according to a survey by Jazz Forum)
   
"Facing the Wind " 1996 in a duo with an      American contrabassist, David Friesen
   
"Live in Sofia " in 1997 with Adam Pierończyk (voted the Album of the Year 1998 by the readers of Jazz Forum)
   
"Chopin Demain-Impressions " in 1999
   
" Live in Ukraine 2003 "
   
„Makowicz vs Możdżer” - At The Carnegie Hall NYC, EMI      2004
   
PIANO”, Arms Recrds 2004
   
„Możdżer, Danielsson, Fresco - The Time”,      Outside Music 2005 ( Double Platinium Award in two months after album’s premiere)
   
“Możdżer, Danielsson, Fresco – Between      Us  And The Light”,  Outside Music 2006    ( Double Platinium Award in two weeks after albums premiere)
   
Lars Danielsson & Leszek Możdżer - Pasodoble, ACT 2007
   
Możdżer Danielsson Fresco LIVE CD&DVD, Outside Music 2007
 
Improvisations on the themes by Fryderyk Chopin have further strengthened his position of the artist and ranked him among the most outstanding individualities and virtuosos of the European jazz.
 
His theatrical projects are also remarkable:
 
   
"Hair - love, rock musical" - Musical Theatre in Gdynia
   
"Tango with Lady M." - Polish Theatre of Dance in Poznan  
   
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" - Musical Theatre in Gdynia in October 2001
   
"Psyhosis" Sarah Kane, directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna, Dueseldorfer Schauspielhouse
   
 "Rewizor" M. Gogol, directed Andrzej Domalik, Teatr Dramatyczny, Warsaw,2002.
   
"Mandarynki i Pomarańcze" Julian Tuwim, dir. Wojciech Kościelniak,  Capitol - Music Theatre, Wroclaw 2003
   
“Śluby Panieńskie” by Aleksander Fredro, dir. Jan Englert, Teatr Narodowy, Warsaw 2007
   
“Operetka” by Witold Gombrowicz,  dir. Michał Zadara, Capitol  - Music Theatre, Wroclaw 2007
 
 
Up to date, Leszek Możdżer has recorded over 100 albums, including many released under his own name:
        "Chopin - impressions " in 1994
"Talk to Jesus " in 1996 (considered to be the Album of the Year 1996 according to a survey by Jazz Forum)
 "Facing the Wind " 1996 in a duo with an American double bass player David Friesen
"Live in Sofia " in 1997 with Adam Pierończyk (voted the Album of the Year 1998 by the readers of Jazz Forum)
"Chopin Demain - Impressions " in 1999
"Live in Ukraine" in 2003
"Makowicz vs Możdżer" - At The Carnegie Hall NYC, EMI 2004
"PIANO" , Arms Records 2004
"The Time" Możdżer, Danielsson, Fresco - Outside Music 2005 ( Double Platinium Award in two months after album’s premiere)
"Between Us  And The Light" Możdżer, Danielsson, Fresco - Outside Music 2006
(Double Platinium Award in two weeks after album’s premiere)
"Pasodoble"  - Lars Danielsson & Leszek Możdżer, ACT 2007
"LIVE CD&DVD" Możdżer, Danielsson, Fresco - Outside Music 2007
"FIREBIRD VII” Phil Manzanera, Leszek  Możdżer, Charles Hayward, Yaron Stavi, Expression Records, 2008
"Missa gratiatoria" – Leszek  Możdżer with Gdańsk University Choir, 2008
 
         Improvisations on the themes by Fryderyk Chopin have further strengthened his position of the artist and ranked him among the most outstanding individualities and virtuosos of the European jazz.
       
Year 2008 brought not only many great performances and successes during concerts in China, South Korea, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Czech Republic and Slovakia) but also new projects as FIREBIRD VII and MISSA GRATIATORIA. Together with Andrzej Bauer – outstanding cellist and Michał Skrok, named m.bunio.s, hit maker; Leszek Możdżer works on a project LUTOSPHERE, based on Witold Lutosławski works of art. LUTOSPHERE was shown to the audience many time up to date, but still waits for being released.  

Możdżer has toured all European countries, as well as the US, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzia, Brazil, Canada, Urugway and in Chile for the audience of almost 15 000 people.
 
 
"I consider him to be the greatest talent among Polish jazz pianists of recent years", "Personally, I think Leszek is the best Polish pianist." - Zbigniew Preisner

"Leszek Możdżer is a revelation we have not had for years. The leader has arrived on the stage. And, whether we like it or not, he is already becoming the most distinguished musician of the Polish jazz" - Jan Ptaszyn WrÓblewski

"A jazz pianist with exceptional gift for improvisation as well as a great individual style. Music of Leszek  Możdżer is an artistic phenomenon not to be missed" - Robert Holzmann

"Leszek Możdżer, one of the greatest piano virtuosos, could easily be dubbed the Star of the East" - Frankfurter Allgemeine (Germany)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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