12.11.2016 Events, Music

Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet

Szeged Jazz Days 2016

Saturday 12 November 2016, 7:30 pm
IH Rendezvényközpont, Szeged, Felső Tisza-part 2.

Oskar Török: trumpet
Marek Pospieszalski: saxophones
Joanna Duda: piano
Wojtek Mazolewski: double bass
Kuba Janicki: drums

“Mazolewski redefined the jazz form, lending it a more contemporary shape as well as opened the audiences to the type of music hitherto considered hermetic. He managed to ‘tame’ the jazz music and introduce it to music charts, television screens or… the popular press.” (Gazeta Wyborcza)

Bass and double bass player Wojtek Mazolewski embarked on his adventure with improvised music after playing punk rock. He became well-known as the leader of different groups like Pink Freud, Bassisters Orchestra, Freeyo and the Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet.

With his flagship band Pink Freud, Mazolewski published the album Punk Freud in 2007, which launched a major breakthrough in the reception of jazz in Poland – its echoes reverberating to this very day. After some line-up changes both in Pink Freud and Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet he started a new chapter of his musical biography in 2009. The success of his albums Monster of Jazz (2010), Horse and Power (2012), Smells Like Tape Spirit (2012) and Wojtek in Czechoslovakia (2012) opened the way to concert tours throughout Europe, Japan, the United States, Mexico, Morocco or Ukraine.

With Pink Freud he received three times the prestigious Jazz Forum award in the „Best Electric Band” category, but earned appreciation of the popular media as well, receiving several prizes of the Polish Radio 3. Mazolewski has been a musical partner of musicians as Tim Bern, Tomasz Stańko, John Zorn, or Peter Kowald, just to name a few. He has composed music for theatrical shows and alternative movies, runs his own radio shows at Polish Radio and Chilli Zet Radio and, most recently, he composed tracks for a series of audio books. 

After working on it in the past three years, Polka, the quintet’s sixth studio album was released in October 2014. The recording took place in a special analogue studio at Radio Gdańsk, where the band recorded in one room, in real time, capturing their natural sound without use of any alterations or digital interactions.


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