Cracow Jazz Collective in Gnansk

Jazz Jantar Cracow Jazz Collective

A new, fresh and interesting group.
The only formation of this type in Poland, comprised of the finest young Polish jazz musicians.

The octet's music has its roots in the jazz of the 1960's, drawing inspiration from the musical explorations of John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Krzysztof Komeda and Andrzej Trzaskowski. Beyond jazzbased inspirations, the creativity of composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Wojciech Kilar has also had a profound influence.
The group's repertoire consists of compositions by Mateusz Gawęda – three jazz dramas, connected in a coherent whole. Conceptually, the pieces were composed in such a manner, that the strictly defined form has places allowing for its complete opening, which provides the possibility of creating the whole, through the individuality of each musician. The group had its genesis in Cracow, of course, where the musicians met at the legendary Jazz Core, which
resulted in friendship on a musical, as well as personal basis. The remarkably consistent sound of the group stems from the fact that its members work with one another on a daily basis, in a number of other formations (NSI Quartet, New Bone, PeGaPoFo, among others), and their similar perception of music makes playing together an incredible pleasure, which translates powerfully to the reception of listeners. Their album will be released in April, 2016, by the For Tune Publishing House.

   Mateusz Gawęda piano, compositions, leader
   Cyprian Baszyński – trumpet
   Dominik Mietła – trumpet

   Marcin Ślusarczyk – alto sax

   Sławomir Pezda – tenor sax

   Bartłomiej Prucnal – bari sax

   Alan Wykpisz – double bass

   Dawid Fortuna – drums