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Pospieszalski, Marek Quartet (Pospieszalski / Stemeseder / Mucha / Andrzejewski): Durer's Mother (Clean Feed)

Following saxophonist Marek Pospieszalski Octet album on Clean Feed interpreting Polish composers of the 20th Century, he continues his work in a quartet setting with original compositions inspired by 19th & 20th Century composers, including Schubert, Britten & Lachenmann, performed with Elias Stemeseder on piano, Max Mucha on double bass and Max Andrzejewski on drums.

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UPC: 5609063005998

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF599
Squidco Product Code: 32505

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Emil Berliner Studios, in Berlin, Germany, in May, 2019, by Lukas Kowalski.


Marek Pospieszalski-tenor saxophone

Elias Stemeseder-piano

Max Mucha-double bass

Max Andrzejewski-drums

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"Marek Pospieszalski is one of the most promising musicians in Europe according to German magazine JazzThing. His musical education has been greatly influenced by his family and the environment around the band Tie Break. His environment is a broadly understood and unlimited improvised music. At the same time, Pospieszalski draws on a variety of genres and styles, often going beyond the usual patterns.

He has made joint albums with such artists as Marco Eneidi and Dennis Gonzalez. He leads his own quartet (with Elias Stemeseder, Max Mucha and Max Andrzejewski) and the Malediwy duo with Qba Janicki. He is also one of the pillars of Wojtek Mazolewski's quintet. He performed among others in Japan, China, India, the United States, Norway, Sweden, England, Ireland, France, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Turkey, Romania, Greece. As a session musician, he has taken part in dozens of radio and television concerts and recorded several dozen albums."

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"Elias Stemeseder: Born in Salzburg, Austria in 1990, Elias lived in Berlin from 2010 and moved to New York in 2015. Besides his main instrument, the acoustic piano, he also plays synthesizers. He performs in a variety of musical idioms ranging from the song-oriented music of Jim Black's trio to contemporary classical pieces by John Zorn to the electric music of Eyebone.

Current projects include collaborations with John Zorn (John Zorn's Bagatelles), the Greg Cohen Quintet, Philipp Gropper's "Philm", Jim Black's "Malamute" Anna Webber's "Percussive Mechanics", Robert Landfermann Quintet and "OTIS+WEDDING".

Elias Stemeseder has performed solo concerts at the Nuoro Jazz Festival (IT), Haus Der Berliner Festspiele (DE), 12points Festival Dublin (IRL) and Südtirol Jazzfestival (IT). He leads a Berlin - based quartet with Eldar Tsalikov, Igor Spallati and Ugo Alunni and co-leads the bands Jagged Spheres (with Anna Webber and Devin Gray) and Eyebone (with Nels Cline and Jim Black).

Since 2008 Elias has been working extensively with the American drummer Jim Black. The Jim Black trio (with Thomas Morgan on double bass) has released the critically acclaimed recordings Somatic and Actuality on the German label Winter&Winter Recordings and The Constant on the Swiss label Intakt Records. In 2013, Elias formed the collective trio "Eyebone" with Jim Black and guitarist Nels Cline, in which he plays the Wurlitzer piano and bass synthesizers.

Elias has received scholarships and grants from SKE/austro mechana and BKA Österreich Kunst und Kultur."

-Elias Stemeseder Website (

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"Max Mucha: Jazz double bass player, graduate of the Jazz Institute of the Academy of Music in Katowice. He currently lives in Berlin and is active on the Polish and European music scene. He has cooperated with such musicians as Dominik Wania, Adam Pierończyk, Mateusz Pospieszalski, Maciej Obara, Kuba Płużek, Elias Stemeseder, Max Andrzejewski, Szymon Mika. He has performed at many European festivals, including the Jazzfest Berlin, Moers Festival, Warsaw Summer Jazz Days. Winner of many awards at European festivals, such as: Jazz Hoileaart in Belgium, Getxo Jazz in Spain or Jazz Juniors."

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"Max Andrzejewski (*1986) is a composer, drummer and improviser living in Berlin.

His energetic musical work between experimental jazz, contemporary composition and improvised music takes him around the world for concerts and with composition commissions. The "maverick aesthete" (Süddeutsche Zeitung) Max Andrzejewski studied drums at KHM Cologne and JIB Berlin. His own band HÜTTE won one of the biggest German Jazz Prices - Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis 2013.

He also plays in and writes music for the experimental duo TRAINING and the improvisational chamber musical group "Stemeseder Andrzejewski LIGHT/TIED". Max played in bands with Julien Desprez (ABACAXI), Charles Gayle, Kalle Kalima, and many others.

Max composes contemporary music - commission works include works for Ensemble Resonanz, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Podium Festival Esslingen, Outernational, aDevantgarde Festival Munich, Berliner Ensemble, Thalia Theater Hamburg, Münchner Kammerspiele, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Maxim Gorki Theater a.o.

Max was on tour in Aserbaijan, Israel, Russia, Cuba, USA, Czech, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, Egypt, Austria, Serbia, Switzerland, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexiko and appears on numerous albums on Whyplayjazz, Backlash, Pirouet, Traumton, Act, Wizmar, Unit, Jazzhaus, NWog.

The journalist Peter Margasak writes about Max: " His work in the jazz and improvised world has never been conventional, whether he's embraced an art-song ethos in his long-running ensemble Hütte, which put a unique, lyric gloss on the songs of Robert Wyatt with its 2019 album Hütte & guests play the music of Robert Wyatt, or built compositions from microscopic, unconventional field recordings in his collaborative duo Training, with saxophonist Johannes Schleiermacher featuring John Dieterich from Deerhoof as special guest and producer. Over the last decade he's worked with an impressive array of improvisers, including old-school firebreather Charles Gayle and acclaimed reedist and composer Anna Webber, who also blends contemporary music and improvisation in her own writing. He's also been a crucial percussionist in groups led by guitarists Julien Desprez and Kalle Kalima, among others. His superb 2020 project with Austrian keyboardist Elias Stemeseder, light/tied, provided compelling evidence of his developing interest in fusing contemporary music with improvisation. (...)

"I'm working on two strange things at the same time, playing drums and writing chamber music," Max explains. "I always try to bring it together." The seams between disparate traditions and practices are increasingly invisible in his work, and the possibilities only seem to broaden under his assured, feverish creativity." "

-Max Andrzejewski Website (

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track listing:

1. The Last Days of Franz Schubert 7:05

2. Primitive Memory Structures 6:30

3. Durer's Mother 3:50

4. Parallel Universes 4:15

5. The Last Romantic 5:54

6. Baron of Aldeburgh 3:51

7. I Am All That Remains 7:36
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"Marek Pospieszalski presents the next album of his quartet. The music on Dürer's Mother is inspired by the work ofs 19th and 20th century composers, from Schubert to Britten to Lachenmann. Pospieszalski's compositions, full of references to the works of masters, are immersed in contemporary times and go into unexplored areas of free improvisation. They are a starting point for an open and multifaceted interpretation, in which the other members of Pospieszalski's ensemble find themselves masterfully. A lot has already been expressed within the classical quartet formula, however, this encourages the musicians to search for new forms of expression, placing the main emphasis on tone color, using non-standard consonance, or provoking cross-genre meetings.

Marek Pospieszalski Quartet is at the forefront of the European improvised scene. Each of the musicians has an individual sound resulting from their diverse musical experiences. Apart from one of the most sought-after double bass players, Max Mucha, we can also hear Elias Stemeseder on piano and Max Andrzejewski on drums. The material was recorded at Berlin's Emil Berliner Studios, with the Jeremy Loucas responsible for mixing and mastering.

Marek Pospieszalski was selected as one of the 25 most promising musicians in Europe by German magazine JazzThing. Both his musical family and environment focused around Tie Break band, had a huge impact on his development. His musical foundation consists of improvised and experimental music, contemporary jazz, nevertheless, he is open and draws from any musical genre. He recorded albums with artists such as Dennis Gonzalez and Marco Eneidi. He is the leader of his own quartet, octet, and plays in a duo with Qba Janicki called Malediwy. He is a member of Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet."-Clean Feed Records

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