Polish jazz occupied Dom omladine – Seifert Night at the Belgrade Jazz Festival

Belgrade Jazz Festival he tried to make a really diverse and somewhat specific program for the 50th anniversary of its founding, so some of the best Polish jazz bands were presented in the big hall of the Youth Center in Belgrade. In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Poland and the foundation established as part of jazz musicians Zbigniew Seifert, this year’s festival program was richer for “Seifert Night: The Best of Polish Jazz„.

The pianist had the opportunity to be the first to present his country in front of the Belgrade audience Marcin Wasilewski and his Trio, amplified for, the audience of the Belgrade Jazz Festival, a well-known saxophonist, Joe Lovana, who performed at the festival four times. The only musician who found himself on the stage of the Belgrade festival several times was the legendary one Dizzy Gillespie.

Wasilewski and the team introduced the audience to the gig very slowly. Colored by the blue lights, the quiet and cool tones of the piano and the muffled sound of the double bass, they slowly developed the story, the current album of the quartet, “Arctic Riff„. It was very nice to hear the sound of the piano, because bands often opt for keyboards, and with the slight influence of the saxophone, Lovano he gave indications of where the gig might take him further, though everything was still very well tucked away.

As time went on, the band decomposed and spread their sound at their own pace, and the calm and somewhat relaxing introduction began to be interspersed with occasional dramatic intrusions, emphasizing that something… different was coming. Drama, tension and unpredictability became more and more common, but just when the band reached its peak for a short time, it would suddenly lower everything and return to one straight line. In those moments, the audience was on the edge of the seat for an hour, now deeply reclining in them.

And what they announced, they fulfilled. The lighting changed color to red, and the second part of the concert no longer had points of contact with the first part. Under the new light, the tempo accelerated many times over, and the entire band, conditionally speaking, freaked out. In that part of the concert, songs were also presented Seiferta i Lovana, when the place did not hold, so the rhythm often forced him to move small steps left and right, or rotate around its axis.

For the very end of the performance, two compositions were left Wasilewskog, when the tempo is lowered again and the light is replaced by blue. The focus in those moments was mostly on the piano, as well as Wasilewski himself, who in those moments justified the huge awards he picked up in the 25 years that the band has existed.

The distraught audience really needed a break of about twenty minutes, which helped many to regroup and prepare for the next performance for which they were absolutely not ready. Piotr Damasiewicz & Into The Roots they decided to present a different Poland to the audience, through the music of mountaineers and mountaineers. The large hall of the Youth Center was flooded with heavy string tones, clearly evoking the atmosphere of the Polish mountains, and the trumpet, played by the leader of the band Piotr Damasiewicz, irresistibly reminded of the sound that is recognizable in our area.

In order to bring the atmosphere of the mountain hamlet closer to the Belgrade audience, the band members used numerous aids, ie various instruments and percussion instruments, and even daires hung on the article, which produced sound every time Damasiewicz move. The result was an illusion, which clearly made the murmur of the inhabitants during a market day, the sounds of animals, or simply the sounds of life in one such place.

The rhythm section of the band, drum-double bass, was flawless while Piotr had a somewhat freer role in performing compositions by, in addition to the trumpet, which often traveled in the style of sound on the route USA – Serbia, occasionally showed his vocal abilities, sometimes through unarticulated sounds, which only complemented the rhythm, sometimes through the skate, and sometimes through a minimal, poetic text, performed very theatrically.

All this has led to the band being at times too avant-garde, but in a way that can be said to be quite unique. So they walked from one tone that pressed and pressed the listeners back into their armchairs for a few minutes, all the way to a mixture of a large number of sounds, which led to a noise that was at the very limits of audibility. They went from extreme to extreme, insisting with their music that no boundaries should exist, which is why part of the audience greeted the end of the concert with a bit of mental exhaustion.

The last to take the stage of the big hall of the Youth Center was a trio of a somewhat non-standard composition. Mateusz Smoczynski Trio leads the violinist, follows him Kajetan Galas on the Hammond organ, and the story is rounded off by a drummer Krzysztof Dziedzic. The sound of the violin and Hammond made this trio sound like a super heavyweight category of jazz music from the first song, and the violin itself took on the role of what we in jazz compositions are mostly used to be one of the wind instruments, such as trumpet or saxophone.

The recognizable sound of the Hammond organ sounded much richer and very appropriate for a jazz festival, and in combination with the violin, at the beginning of the concert itself, it produced a very relaxing atmosphere, without unnecessary complication and plot. The music emanating from this trio was very drinkable and easy on the ear, which made Matthew and the team attracted the full attention of all present.

In the second part of the set, when this trio also increased the intensity and tempo of the performance, each of the members was given several opportunities to show the audience what they can do with their instrument. The limits of sophistication were shown by most of the members, while he was a drummer Kryzsztof broke that limit and showed that he would do very well in some, say, non-jazz genres. In that part of the performance, the band also played songs Johna Coltranea, as well as a song Seiferta which contributed to Hammond being heard in a somewhat more natural environment – the blouse.

Belgrade Jazz Festival brought for this important jubilee numerous prominent names of the world, European and even domestic jazz scene, and although, apart from the Polish one, there will be no other themed evenings related to a country, you will surely find something interesting in the double program between the big hall of the House. youth and American halls, while one of the central concerts will be held in Kombank Hall.


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