Maciej Obara Quartet / Jazz Festival in the Old Town of 2018.
21 July 2018, at 19: 00 - Old Town Market Square in Warsaw.
Maciej Obara Quartet will perform 21 in July at the 24 edition of the International Jazz Festival in the Old Town with Dominika Wania on the piano, Ole Morten Vagan on the double bass and Gard Nilssen on the drums. The band will perform songs from the latest CD released for the Munich label ECM.
In November 2017, Maciej Obara, Polish alto saxophonist, made his debut in the prestigious ECM label with the album Unloved. The album amazes with the diversity of expression. We will find here both a gentle lyricism and a fiery, unbridled passion. All the songs on the album, with the exception of the title ballad written by Krzysztof Komeda for Janusz Nasfeter's film Niekochana, are written by Maciej Obara and, as the artist recalls, are "a very personal statement about extremely important people and places that inspire me". Obara, however, emphasizes that his themes on the album are only a starting point from which the band releases their sound, showing the intuitive, free and musical agreement of individual members of the band. The quartet is the forefront of the European jazz scene, and each of its members is characterized by individual sound resulting from a variety of musical experiences. Obara invited strong and mature artists to the band, who together create complete, conscious and above all beautiful music.
Through the 5 of recent years, the quartet has performed in the most important halls and festivals around the world, presenting their music to an international audience.
Maciej Obara and the pianist Dominik Wania met for the first time in the composition of Tomasz Stańko and it was at his side that they initiated their musical friendship. Currently, they create an almost perfect duo. Obara and Wania are great individualists who have combined their desire to create a Polish quartet at the European level, which resulted in cooperation with Ole Morten Vågan and Gard Nilssen.
Tomasz Stańko described Maciej Obara as "a wonderful musician whose work is overwhelming, mature, deep, full of charm and beauty, and above all his own". Obara's sound and his approach to creation have always been characterized by a large individuality. The artist - like Stańko in the past years - practiced his improvisational skills on both sides of the Atlantic. While in New York, Obara collaborated with Nasheet Waits, Mark Helias and Ralph Alessi (who praised the saxophonist for "great sensitivity during improvisation.") In his review of the Obary performance at the Molde Jazz Festival, associated with All About Jazz critic John Kelman wrote: "Obara was sensational, able to try everything, but also constantly listening to the music surrounding him, which allowed him a deep and conscious relationship with other musicians."
Pianist Dominik Wania with distinction graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow, also earning a scholarship at the Boston-based New England Conservatory. His improvisations are characterized by an incredible technique - an example of which is the song "Echoes". Wani's solo output includes the album Ravel, which contains his work on the song Miroirs for a jazz trio.
Bassist Ole Morten Vagan is the artistic director of the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, thanks to which trumpeter Mathias Eick floated on the wide waters. Vagan's game will be heard on the album "Time Is A Blind" by Thomas Stronen published by ECM. The bassist is also known from the band Generator X, co-created with Audun Kleiv and Christian Wallumrod.
Gard Nilssen is the leader of the trio Acoustic Unity, in which there are also saxophonist André Roligheten and bassist Petter Eldh. Gard also plays in the power-rock / jazz trio of Bushman's Revenge. His drums will be heard on the ECM album "Skala" by Matthias Eick, and Nilssen himself became one of the most sought-after drummers in Europe. He collaborated with many outstanding jazz artists. Last summer, he appeared at the Molde International Jazz Festival as part of a trio, which also included Arild Andersen and Pat Metheny.
The album "Unloved" was recorded at Rainbow Studio in Oslo in January 2017, and it was produced by Manfred Eicher. This is the first international disc, and also the first studio album of the quartet. So far, the musicians have recorded three concert albums, released by the Polish company For Tune: Komeda: Absolutely Live, Live at Manggha and Live In Minsk Mazowiecki.
Maciej Obara: alto saxophone
Dominik Wania: piano
Ole Morten Vågan: double bass
Gard Nilssen: drums