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Liquid Quintet (feat Agusti Fernandez / Artur Majewski / Albert Cirera / Rafal Mazur / Ramon Prats): (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Hailed as the most pyrotechnic and adventurous concert of the 12th Ad Libitum Festival in Warsaw, Poland, the collective quintet of Agusti Fernandez on piano, Artur Majewski on trumpet, Albert Cirera on saxophones, Rafal Mazur on bass, and Ramon Prats on drums, rage and flow through three movements of "Flux", starting at the "Source" and ending in an "Estuary"; awesome.
 

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Agusti Fernandez-piano

Artur Majewski-trumpet

Albert Cirera-soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone

Rafal Mazur-electric bass, acoustic bass

Ramon Prats-drums


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UPC: 5905279364561

Label: Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
Catalog ID: FSR 17 | 2019
Squidco Product Code: 28215

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at Laboratorium, U-Jazdowski at the 12th Ad Libitum Festival, in Warsaw, Poland, on October 14th, 2017, by Jakub Sosulski.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"The second chapter in our catalogue of liquid music arranged by Agusti Fernandez. This time three marvelous improvisers from Barcelona - great pianist Agusti Fernandez and two young but very promising cats Albert Cirera and Ramon Prats met two on the most excellent imprivisors from Poland trumpeter Artur Majewski (Mikrokolektyw, Rob Mazurek, Jamaladeen Tacuma a.o) and acoustic bass guitar virtuoso Rafaa Mazur (Nobject, Agusti Fernanadez, Joelle Leandre, Martin Kuchen a.o).

Everything you can listen to here was recorded at the Warsaw-based Ad Libitum Festival and, in the opinion of many journalists and listeners- was simply the most pyrotechnic and adventurous concert of 12th editionn of the festival."-FSR


Artist Biographies

"Agustí Fernández (Palma de Mallorca, 1954), with a perfectly based career and a well-deserved international reputation, is one of the Spanish musicians of major international projection and a world reference in the field of improvised music. Fernández has worked with famous musicians of the free improvisation scene like Peter Kowald, Derek Bailey, Butch Morris, Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Mats Gustafsson, Joel Ryan and Peter Evans a.m.o. He is a member of the Blue Shroud Band, Mats Gustafsson NU Ensemble and Barry Guy New Orquestra. Up to the current date he has published more than 80 CD's

He has also worked with the recognised composer of contemporary music Héctor Parra, who composed in collaboration with the pianist FREC, a solo for expanded piano. FREC has been premiered at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2013 with the collaboration of the video artist Lucas Caraba. He has conducted various improvised music ensembles like Ad Libitum Ensemble (Varsaw), Free Art Ensemble (Barcelona), Ansambl Studio 6 (Lujbljana) Orquesta FOCO (Madrid), Entenguerengue (Jérez de la Frontera), Impromtu Ensemble (Valencia), etc.

Along his professional life Agustí Fernández has received much recognition. His solo for piano "Mutza" presented in New York in 2007 was distinguished by the New York magazine AllAboutJazz as one of 10 best concerts from that year. The CD "Un llamp que no s'acaba mai" on PSI (Agustí Fernández, John Edwards and Mark Sanders) has been distinguished by Allaboutjazz as one of the best 10 cd's in 2009; the CD "Aurora" on Maya Recordings (Agustí Fernandez, Barry Guy and Ramón López) was selected by Cuadernos de Jazz magazine as the best CD in 2007, by the Jaç magazine as the best fourth disc of the history of the Catalan jazz and it was Disc d'émoi (February, 2007) for the French Jazz Magazine. The "Agustí Fernández Aurora Trio" received the second prize at the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2012 celebrated in Münich, Germany. In 2000 he received the Festival Altaveu Award, Sant Boi de Llobregat (Catalonia). In 2001 he received the FAD - Sebastià Guasch Award, Barcelona (Cataluña) with Andrés Corchero por el or the performance "A modo de esperanza". In 2011 Agustí Fernández was the main character of the documentary film "Los dedos huéspedes" by Lucas Caraba, which has been screened in several international festivals of documentary. In 2014 the Ad Libitum Festival (Warsaw) dedicated a monographic edition to celebrate Fernández's 60th Birthday.

He's professor of improvised music at the Escuela Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC). He's developing an important teaching activity in the field of improvised music and, among other, he has been teaching in IRCAM in Paris, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre de Tallin, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (Holland), the Conservatory in Arhem (Holland), the Taller de Músicos in Gijón (Spain), the Taller de Músics in Barcelona (Spain) and the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Salamanca (Spain)."

-Agusti Fernandez Website (http://www.agustifernandez.com/biografia/)
7/10/2024

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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)
7/10/2024

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"Saxophonist, renowned for his vigorous sound, melodic and abrupt phrasing, and great versatility in terms of musical styles, collaborates in numerous projects of the most diverse nature, from the most classic to the most contemporary and risky jazz, even in some of them closer to pop National or song author.

He began his musical training at the age of six with the violin as his main instrument. A few years later, by the hand of Professor Alfons Carrascosa, will change this by the tenor sax. After years of classical training at the Music School of Igualada and many others in modern music schools in Barcelona, ​​he continues his formative career at the Catalan School of Music where he receives classes from Eladio Reinon, Xavi Figarola, Dani Pérez, Agustí Fernández among others. He also moved to The Hague (Holland) to study for a year at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague with John Ruocco, graduating finally in 2007. During these years he also receives advice from Tony Malaby, Ellery Eskelin, Bill Mchenry, Perico Sambeat ..

Since 2011 leads su propio quartet Albert Cirera & Tres Tambor forming part también en proyectos as Duot, Agusti Fernandez Liquid Trio / Quintet, Free Art Ensemble, Landspace, Javier Galiana & the Spice berberechos, Wooookam, Triot, IED'8, Nelson Projecte, Free Orchestra Association, Esther Condal, El Petit de Cal Eril, etc, receiving with some of them prizes such as the AMJM (Association of Jazz Musicians and Modern Music of Catalonia) in 2011 to the best jazz group with Duot and also, That same year, the Enderrock prize of the critic to the best disc of jazz by "Vol.2 Mode Joe" of Nelson Project.

He has played and continues to do so with musicians like Joe Morris, David Mengual, Joe Smith, Agustí Fernandez, Johannes Nästesjö, Massa Kamaguchi, Carlos Zingaro, Ulrich Mitzlaf, Dani Perez, Jaume Llombart, RJ Miller, David Soler, Celeste Alias, Alessandra Patrucco, Marc Egea, Tom Chant, Pablo Rega, Vasco Trilla, Olle Vikstrom, Julian Sánchez, Sonia Sanchez, etc., in various clubs and other jazz venues in the Iberian peninsula, Belgium, Hungary, Italy and Portugal as well as in festivals Jazz of Barcelona, ​​Vic, Tarrasa, Egido, Girona, Granollers, Banyoles, Lleida, Ibiza, Ezcaray, Sant Juan Evangelista, Hurta BCN color, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Skodra, Hungary), Noth Sea Jazz (Holland), Rocella Jonica (Italy) and Minde (Portugal).

He currently resides in Lisbon where he integrates into the eclectic music scene by playing and building new projects with musicians such as Hernani Faustino, Miguel Mira, Luis Vicente, Vasco Furtado, Fededico Pascucci, Marcelo Dos Reis, Marco Franco, Big Band Reunion, Francisco Andrade, Joao Lencastre or Gabriel Ferrandini."

-Albert Cirera Website (http://www.albertcirera.com/)
7/10/2024

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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)
7/10/2024

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"Ramon Prats - drums, percussion

As a student:

-Isaac Albéniz Conservatory of Girona: flute and solfeo.
-Workshop of Banyoles Music: drums, saxophone and combo.
-Workshop of Musicians of Barcelona: combo, musical language and harmony.
-ESMuC (School of Music of Catalonia); Jazz drummer upper degree (2007).

As a teacher:

-Class classes, solfeo and combo at the Besalú Music School, the Banyoles Music Workshop, the Cerdanyola del Vallès Municipal Music School and the Conservatory of Girona (from 2000 to 2011).
- Seminars of Avignon (from 2007 to 2016), Almería (2011), Málaga (2011), Tenerife (2013) and Monforte de Lemos (2010 and 2011), Gijón (2016), La Línea de la Concepción (2016).
-Currently teaches drums and rhythmic improvement at the Conservatory of Music of the Liceu, and the EMMB of Banyoles.

As a musician:

People
He has worked with such musicians as Lee Konitz, Seamus Blake, Dave Kikoski, Esperanza Spalding, Agustí Fernández, Guillermo Klein, Bob Mintzer, Greg Ward, Perico Sambeat, Martirio, Carme Canela, Jordi Rossy, Dayna Stephens, Roberta Gambarini, Deborah Carter, Eric Alexander, Mats Gustafsson, Rene Hart, Bill McHenry, Sheila Cooper, Ryan Blotnick, Andrea Motis, Martín Leiton, Jaume Llombart, Marco Mezquida, Ernesto Aurignac, Enrique Oliver or Julian Sánchez.
In 2012 he was awarded by the AMJM (Association of Jazz Musicians of Catalonia) as a group of the year with DUOT.
In 2014 he was awarded by the AMJM (Association of Jazz Musicians of Catalonia) as Musician of the Year, Disc of the Year (by Ramon Prats Quartet) and Group of the Year (by Ramon Prats Quartet).

Places
At international jazz festivals in Barcelona, ​​Brussels (Belgium), Quito (Ecuador), Guayaquil (Ecuador), Barquisimeto (Venezuela), Sardinia (Italy), Gibraltar, Perpignan, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Valencia, Getxo, Menorca , Zarautz and Vigo."

-Ramon Prats Website (Translated by Google) (http://www.ramonprats.cat/bio-press/)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Source 8:29

2. Early Flux 9:52

3. Middle Flux 7:59

4. Late Flux 9:01

5. Estuary 6:43

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Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
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European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
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