Music Program
 


Friday, September 23, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 general, $10 members/students/seniors

Polish Cultural Institute of New York presents

Mikrokolektyw

Mikrokolektyw Artur Majewski (trumpet, electronics)
Kuba Suchar (drums, electronics)

The uncategorizable Polish duo MIKROKOLEKTYW is a collaboration between trumpeter Artur Majewski and drummer Kuba Suchar. The two started playing in duo in 2004 as a freely improvising outfit in search of new solutions for a jazz duo, inspired by the likes of Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell and Max Roach. Their music is mainly acoustic, only with the minimoog and sampler in the background. This stripped down sound has helped these musicians find new freedom of expression and develop their own idiosyncratic sense of improvisation. Their style is strongly impressionist, somewhat melancholic, organically building musical microworlds. There is no doubt it is some of the finest Polish music around today.

MIKROKOLEKTYW have performed and collaborated with Sao Paulo Underground (Rob Mazurek, Mauricio Takara, Richard Ribeiro), Layalloverit (Jason Ajemian, Nori Tanaka), Exploding Star Orchestra, and Jason Ajemian. Both members of the band have been relentlessly touring (among others, Knitting Factory - New York 2002, Paradiso - Amsterdam 2004; AB - Brussels 2004), also at various festivals: "XI Warsaw Summer Jazz Days 2002", "Sergey Kuryokhin International Festival 2003" in Berlin, "Eurosonic Festival 2004" in Groningen, "16th Dour Festival" in Dour , "26th Saalfelden Jazz Festival", "Leipziger Jazz Tage 2005" Leipzieg, Germany, "Sziget Festival 2005" Budapeszt - Hungary, "Jazz im Goethe Garden 2006" Lisbon - Portugal, "White Night Festival 2008" Tel Aviv - Izrael. Majewski and Suchar have played next to Nils Peter Molvaer and Khamer, Chicago Underground Duo/Trio, Tied and Tickled Trio, De Kift and Fennesz. In April 2002 they toured briefly in USA and since January 2004 have been regularly playing in Holland, Belgium, France and other European countries.

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