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Kaluza, Anna / Artur Majewski / Rafal Mazur / Kuba Suchar: Tone Hunting (Clean Feed)

With links to Foton Quartet, Rob Mazurek, Nicole Mitchell, Keith Rowe, Kevin Drumm, Matt Bauder, &c, the Polish & German quartet of Anna Kaluza (sax), Artur Majewski (trumpet), Rafal Mazur (guitar) & Kuba Suchar (drums) perform a perfect blend of bebop, free forms, west coast jazz and free improvisation.
 

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Anna Kaluza-alto saxophone

Artur Majewski-trumpet, cornet

Rafal Mazur-acoustic bass guitar

Kuba Suchar-drums, percussion, kalimba, megaphone


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UPC: 5609063002850

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF285
Squidco Product Code: 18214

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded at OPT, Wroclaw, Poland on January 21st, 2012 by Michal Kupicz.

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"This recording confirms everything you may have heard about the dynamism and richness of the Polish jazz and improvised music scene, more and more a rival of the much talked Scandinavian and Portuguese ones. German alto saxophonist Anna Kaluza met in Wroclaw three of the most important musicians around for an exquisite session of abstract jazz, resulting in this beautiful "Tone Hunting". Herself a new value in ascension, coming from a collaboration with the London Improvisers Orchestra and the very welcomed creation of the Berlin Improvisers Orchestra, she couldn't have found more defiant partners.

Artur Majewski is on his way to become one of the most intriguing trumpeters in Europe, judging from his work with drums / trumpet duo Mikrokolektyw, co-led with Suchar and the Foton Quartet. Rafal Mazur is a virtuoso of the acoustic bass guitar, having developed extended techniques of his own for its definitive emancipation as an instrument. Drummer (and also a recognized intermedia artist) Kuba Suchar already crossed Poland's frontiers, having international partnerships with such different people as Rob Mazurek, Nicole Mitchell, Keith Rowe, Kevin Drumm and Matt Bauder, among others. They're hunting tones indeed, but hear what they do to get them..."-Clean Feed


Artist Biographies

"Anna Kaluza studied jazz saxophone in Cologne with Frank Gratkowski, in Vienna with Klaus Dickbauer and in London with Jean Toussaint. As a student she joined Big Bands as the Freiburger Schüler Jazzorchester and the Landesjazzorchester Berlin. She was a member of Simon Rummel's Fantasmofonika, which was awarded the jazz art prize NRW in 2004. With the German Band Futür she released the album "Kein Schnee" in 2007 (Jazzhausmusik). She played festivals in Essen, Idstein, Leipzig, London, Hamburg, Köln, Düsseldorf, Saarbrücken, St. Johann, Sibiu, Palermo, Heiligenkreuz... From 2008 to 09, she lived in London, pursued a Master's degree at City University/Guildhall School of Music and Drama (funded by the German Academic Exchange Service). During this year she became a member of the London Improvisers Orchestra (L.I.O.) and the group Splatter and played with musicians from the not applicable network and label. Since returning to live in Berlin she has been establishing the Berlin Improvisers Orchestra (which includes musicians from the L.I.O.) and regularly plays with international guest musicians. She is a member of the Hanam Quintet (with Alison Blunt /vl, Niko Meinhold /p, Manuel Miethe /ss, Horst Nonnenmacher /b // 2 CDs released by AUT records), the Kaluza Quartett (with Christof Thewes /trb, Jan Roder /b and Kay Lübke /dr), the Frankfurt-based trio Baustelle No 5 (with Julian Keßler and Johannes Held), the Heisenberg Quintet (with Niko Meinhold /p, Hannes Buder /guit, Stephan Bleier /b, Rui Faustino /dr) and Ruth Schepers' little Big Band Rusira Mixtett. In 2013 she released the album Tone Hunting (cleanfeed records) with Artur Majewski (trp), Kuba Suchar (dr) and Rafal Mazur (b)."

-Anna Kaluza Website (https://akaluza.wordpress.com/about/)
6/12/2024

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"Artur Majewski is a trumpeter, born in Wrocław in 1978. Known as a member of Robotobibok, Mikrokolektyw and the Foton Quartet, as well as for his improvisations with various artists.

He started his musical career at a young age on piano but at the age of 10 he switched to the trumpet. In 2002 he graduated from Music Academy in Katowice under world famous trumpeter Professor Piotr Wojtasik . Majewski's thesis focused on the output of Don Cherry - a godfather of avant-garde-jazz trumpet. Robotobibok

During his studies he co-founded Robotobibok (a portmanteau of the Polish words for robot and slacker), a band which explored the boundaries of rock, jazz, electronic and drum'n'bass. Its popularity in late 1990s and early 2000s was considerable in Poland as well as in other European countries. In 2002 they toured the United States and Europe, visiting London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna, Berlin, and Zagreb. During the nine years of Robotobibok's existence they released three albums: Jogging (2000), Instytut Las (Institute Forest, 2003) and Nawyki Przyrody (Nature's Habits 2004). An independent recording company - OM Vytvornia - founded by Robotobibok's members, published all of them.

Mikrokolektyw

Together with Robotobibok's drummer Kuba Suchar, Artur Majewski founded a duet - Mikrokolektyw (Microcollective). It is regarded as one of the most important combos in Polish improvised music. Its value can be proved by enthusiastic reviews and the fact that they are the only Polish band that publishes its albums in the world-famous recording label Delmark Records run by Ken Vandermark.

Other collaborations

Majewski is also a member of Foton Quartet, alongside Gererd Lebik, Wojtek Romanowski and Kuba Cywiński. So far, they have released one album, Zomo Hall, published by celebrated NOT Two Records. He cooperates with the Szczecin band Kristen, as well, and tours in a duet with bass player Rafał Mazur. With him, Anna Kaluza and Kuba Suchar, he recorded the album entitled Tone Hunting, which was published by Portuguese improvised music label Clean Feed Records.

Years into his career, thanks to his unprecedented artistic abilities and his own original musical language, Artur Majewski has become one of the most interesting improvisers in Europe and has started to draw more and more attention from American improvisers. He cooperates regularly with Rob Mazurek in his famous Exploding Star Orchestra and with Joshua Abrahms and his Chicago-based Natural Information Society."

-Culture.PL (https://culture.pl/en/artist/artur-majewski)
6/12/2024

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"Rafal Mazur's involvement with music began in his youth with violoncello studies in Krakow. He switched to bass guitar in the late 1980's. Since 2000 he has played an acoustic bass guitar built to his own specifications by luthier Jerzy Wysocki. He has developed an advanced and individual approach to his instrument, and to improvisation in general, in which sonority, extended technique and gesture combine effortlessly in performance. He has taken an important role in Kraków to support young artists and improvised music. A founder of the ImproArt studio of improvisation, he has performed jazz and improvised music in clubs and festivals across Poland and Europe, and in China, South Korea and Israel. In recent years he has collaborated with Lisa Ullen, Frederic Blondy, Charlotta Hug, Raymond Strid, Keir Neuringer, Zsolt Sores and others. His current focus is the band "Ensemble 56" and "Mazur/Neuringer Duo". He is an organizer of the Laboratory of Intuition, a series of spontaneous art presentations in Kraków. Mazur's main field of interest and activity is collective and solo free/spontaneous improvisation. In his practice as an improvising musician and on his way to mastery/artistry he studys Chinese philosophy (Jagiellonian University). He regards Taoism as a strong base for the enrichment of the improviser's attitude, and to this end he practices the Taoist's martial art TaiJi Quan Chen. For Mazur, following the masters of Chinese philosophy and martial arts is crucial in the development of a state of mind prepared for the unexpected situations an improviser encounters in the act of collective free improvisation. During the Polish Sound Art in China tour in 2006, Mazur presented lectures in NiHiLo Gallery in Foshan and Zendai Art Museum in Shanghai, taking the opportunity to meet Chinese improvisers and discuss and compare his approaches to improvisation, Taoism and TaiJi. Mazur's most recent work is the first album of solo acoustic bass guitar free improvisation: 'Sonor Forms'. Released by independent label DTS Records in Krakow on its Transidiomatic series, the disc is the result of investigation into the practice of solo free improvisation."

-Rafal Mazur Website (http://www.rafalmazur.eu/1bio.html)
6/12/2024

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Kuba Suchar is a Polish drummer and moog player known for the bands Mikrokolektyw, Robotobibok, Wschód, Za Siódmą and Górą. He is also a composer, producer, and a multi-media artist, and author of The Percussion Course. He is the founder and organizer of the Solo Festival at the Creative Arts Centre in Wroclaw, Poland.

-Squidco, Discogs, Arts Center Wroclaw Poland 6/12/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Track 1 16:52

2. Track 2 7:00

3. Track 3 16:28

4. Track 4 14:27

5. Track 5 5:28

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Improvised Music
Jazz
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Free Improvisation
Clean Feed
Quartet Recordings

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