American saxophone virtuoso, Joe Lovano, teams up again with the internationally acclaimed Poland’s Marcin Wasilewski Trio for an electrifying performances at the iconic Village Vanguard club from November 14 to 19, 2023(Tue – Sun)! Performances are 08:00 and 10:00 PM. The concerts are co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, Association of the Performing Artists STOART and co-organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Before Lovano first met the Marcin Wasilewski Trio in 2006 at Bielska Zdymka Jazzowa festival in Poland, pianist Marcin Wasilewski, bassist Sławomir Kurkiewicz and drummer Michal Miskiewicz had also been members of the Tomasz Stanko Quartet, toured and recorded with the renowned Polish trumpeter's ECM releases Soul of Things (2002), Suspended Night (2004) and Lontano (2006).
Lovano and Wasilewski's trio crossed paths many times at international festivals over the years until they eventually met at Studios La Buissonne in the south of France in August 2019 to record Arctic Riff album, which was produced by ECM founder Manfred Eicher. Lovano and Wasilewski's trio toured in support of the album in 201 and '22. Arctic Riff marked the first-time creative teaming of Marcin Wasilewski Trio and Lovano, and it brought forth special music of concentrated, deep feeling, in which lyricism and strength seem ideally balanced. The alliance plays tunes by Wasilewski and by Lovano, as well as Carla Bley’s classic “Vashkar”, plus collective improvisations with strong input from all four players. In September 2022, Marcin Wasilewski Trio and Lovano were part of the Remembering Tomasz Stanko concert at Roulette in Brooklyn.
The mesmerizing melodies and unparalleled talent of these world-class musicians will bring the magic of Arctic Riff, their groundbreaking album released under the legendary ECM Records label in 2020 and new compositions.
Joe Lovano, the maestro of the tenor saxophone and an icon of global jazz, allways takes the listeners on a musical journey that's both profound and exhilarating. Lovano’s strengths as a player include his enthusiastic capacity to embrace all the things that jazz has been, including its traditional, modern and experimental expressions.
The Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Poland’s jazz powerhouse with an unmatched 30-year history of collaboration, featuring Marcin Wasilewski on piano, Slawomir Kurkiewicz on double bass, and Michał Miśkiewicz on drums, is set to make their Village Vanguard debut. Their exceptional blend of lyricism and power will transport Village Vanguard audiencje to a different realm. The stage is set for an unforgettable fusion of talent and creativity.
Located in the heart of the Greenwich Village, the Village Vanguard, founded in 1935, is the world's oldest, most prestigious, and renowned jazz venue. This legendary triangular basement, with room for just 120 people, has witnessed the greatest improvisational moments in history, making it the ultimate honor for any jazz artist to perform here. The number of famous albums recorded during these performances runs into the dozens and all of them grace the catalogs of the most important record labels (Verve, Impulse!, Blue Note, Mack Avenue, ECM and others). A performance at the Village Vanguard is an ennoblement and prestige for every artist and a confirmation of his belonging to a small group of the most outstanding jazz artists.
Only a handful of Polish artists have graced the Vanguard stage over 40 years ago (Adam Makowicz in 1977, The Quartet, feat. Tomasz Szukalski, Slawomir Kulpowicz, Pawel Jarzebski and Janusz Stefanski, in 1980, as well as Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski Quartet in 1981 and Michał Urbaniak in 1985. Invited by Maestro Joe Lovano, the Marcin Wasilewski Trio is ready to make history by bringing Polish jazz back to the heart of Manhattan after nearly 40 years.
These extraordinary concerts are proudly co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, co-organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, and supported by the Union of the Performing Artists STOART.
Joe Lovano feat. Marcin Wasilewski Trio at Village Vanguard, New York
Joe Lovano – tenor saxophone
Marcin Wasilewski – piano
Sławomir Kurkiewicz – double bass
Michał Miśkiewicz – drums
November 14 – 19 (Tue- Sun), 2023
178 7th Avenue South, NY 10014, New York, USA
Performances are 8:00 and 10:00 PM
Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer and producer Joe Lovano is fearless in finding new modes of artistic expression. With a Grammy Win for his 52nd Street Themes and 14 other nominations, he has won DownBeat Magazine ’s Critics and Readers Polls countless times as Tenor Saxophonist, Musician of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year and Triple Crowns from DownBeat. He has also received numerous awards from Jazz Times and the Jazz Journalists Association for Tenor Saxophone, Album of the Year and Musician of the Year. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 29, 1952 he attended the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston where years later he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. Since 2001 he has held the Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance and is a founding faculty member since 2009 of the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee directed by Danilo Pérez. He is a guest lecturer at New York University’s Jazz Program, Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music as well as Clinician at Universities around the globe. From 1991 through 2016, Lovano released an unprecedented 25 records as a leader for the historic Blue Note Records. Joe Lovano Quartet: Classic! Live at Newport featuring Hank Jones was recorded in 2005 and released in 2016 to critical acclaim.
Joe Lovano made his ECM debut in 1981 with Paul Motian’s Psalm. Further recordings with the Motian/Lovano/Frisell are It Should have Happened A Long Time Ago, I Have The Room Above Her, and Time And Time Again. Lovano has also recorded for ECM with John Abercrombie (Open Land, Within A Song), Marc Johnson (Shades of Jade, Swept Away), and Steve Kuhn (Mostly Coltrane). 2019 saw the release of two critically-acclaimed recordings with Lovano – Trio Tapestry, introducing Joe’s trio with Marilyn Crispell and Carmen Castaldi, and Roma, a live album with Enrico Rava, Giovanni Guidi, Dezron Douglas and Gerald Cleaver. In 2022, Lovano, together with Danish guitarist Jakob Bro, celebrated Paul Motian’s musical legacy and influence on the ECM album Once Around The Room while Lovano released his third Trio Tapestry album, Our Daily Bread, in 2023.
Marcin Wasilewski Trio
The Marcin Wasilewski Trio’s members have been playing together since high school days in Koszalin, Poland; the present line-up was established in 1994. Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz and Michal Miskiewicz first recorded for ECM as members of Tomasz Stanko’s quartet on the album Soul of Things in 2001, soon followed by Suspended Night and Lontano. Previous ECM albums in trio format are Trio (2004), January (2007), Faithful (2011), Live (recorded 2016, released in 2018) and En attendant (2021). For Spark of Life (2014), the trio was joined by Swedish saxophonist Joakim Milder. Wasilewski, Kurkiewicz and Miskiewicz also appear on Norwegian guitarist Jacob Young’s album Forever Young (2013). The Marcin Wasilewski Trio stands as the unequivocal luminary of Polish jazz, and its reputation as the most renowned Polish jazz trio on the global stage is unquestionable. With a steadfast commitment to their craft for nearly three decades, this remarkable ensemble, has garnered the admiration and respect of jazz enthusiasts worldwide.
In their homeland of Poland, Marcin Wasilewski has earned the most distinguished Fryderyk Music Award, being named Jazz Artist of the Year five times, and winnig Jazz Album of the Year Fryderyk’s statuettes with the Trio six times– make Wasilewski an impressive eleven times Fryderyk Award winner– the most in Polih jazz. Additionally, the trio's musicians forged an enduring collaboration with the illustrious Tomasz Stańko Quartet for over two decades, with 15 of those years marked by their pivotal role as permanent collaborators. Moreover, their musical acumen has transcended boundaries and genres, with collaborative endeavors alongside some of the most esteemed names in jazz, including luminaries such as Joe Lovano, Charles Lloyd, Branford Marsalis, Jan Garbarek, Al Foster, Nils Petter Molvær, Manu Katché, Dino Saluzzi, and Bobo Stenson. The Marcin Wasilewski Trio's illustrious journey has etched an indelible mark on the world of jazz, symbolizing an unwavering dedication to their craft and a continued source of inspiration for audiences across the globe.
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ABOUT Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Adam Mickiewicz Institute is a national cultural institution, whose goal is to build a lasting interest in Polish culture around the world. The institute works with foreign partners and initiates international cultural dialogue in line with the goals and aims of Polish foreign policy. The institute has put on cultural projects in 70 countries on 6 continents. AMI is funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Marcin Wasilewski Trio feat. Joe Lovano „Arctic Riff”
ECM · Release Date: June 26, 2020
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