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Awatair (Gos / Tokar / Gadecki): Awatair Plays Coltrane (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Surprising, singular and unconventional interpretations of four pieces from John Coltrane--"The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost", "Naima", "Improvisation For Mr. J.C.", and "Inspired by Seraphic Light"--from the Gdansk trio of Michael Gos (drums), Mark Tokar (bass) and Tomasz Gadecki (tenor & baritone sax), comissioned by and performed at the 2019 Jazz Jantar Festival.

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UPC: 5905279364547

Label: Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
Catalog ID: FSR16 | 2019
Squidco Product Code: 28216

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recording at the Klub Zak during 22th Festiwal Jazz Jantar, in Gdansk, Poland, on April 15th, 2019, by Rafal Drewniany.


Michal Gos-drums

Mark Tokar-double bass

Tomasz Gadecki-tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

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Artist Biographies:

"Michał Gos. Born in 1974 - drums, percussion instruments. composes

Experimenting with sound, he uses not only company drum and drum kits, but also sounded objects (chairs, ashtrays, barrels, hangers, etc.).

He started his musical path from the Gdańsk alternative scene, performing with many rock and jazz bands.

Michał Gos presents his own and very versatile style of playing drums. In 2004 he presented himself in an original project at the Warsaw Autumn festival.

Has cooperated with such musicians as: Tomasz Gwinciński, Andrzej Izdebski, Peter Kowald, Assiff Tsahar, Jacek Majewski, Zdzisław Piernik , Piotr Pawlak, Mikołaj Trzaska, Ryszard Tymon Tymański, Olgierd Walicki and others as well as concerts at many important events in country (also at festivals, including Warsaw Autumn, Malta in Poznań, Yass-no and Feta in Gdańsk, Gdynia Summer Jazz Days, Warsaw Summer Jazz Days, Przystanek Woodstock) and abroad (Jena Jazz Thuringen, Sergei Kuriohin Festival in Moscow, SKIP in St. Petersburg, Art Genda in Stockholm). Currently, he participates in two projects with Warsaw guitarist Andrzej Izdebski - Sonus Akrobata and Boys Band Trio. In addition, he co- creates the Rogulus X Szwelas und Gos bandand a trio with Asia Charchan and Piotr Pawlak. Gos also has numerous projects for radio and television."

-Fundacja TNS (Translated by Google) (

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"Mark Tokar originally studied classical guitar at S. Lyudkevych Music College. During this time he began to play double bass, which became his main instrument.

During 2002-2004 he repeatedly participated in the Krakow Jazz Workshop, directed by M. Parkinson (USA). In 2006, via the "Gaude Polonia" scholarship program, Mark studied at K. Szymanowski Jazz Academy under the direction of Professor Jacek Niedzela. The program was granted by the Minister of Culture in Poland. Since 2006 he has given private lessons at various jazz schools. During 2005-2006 Mark worked as art director of the Ukrainian-Polish Jazz Bez festival. He organized a series of Metro Jazz Philharmonic musical performances in Lviv.

Mark has performed with various bands at numerous festivals in Germany, Poland, Lithuania, USA, Austria, France, Ukraine, Russia, Italy, Hungary, Georgia, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic. He participates in Ken Vandermark's international project "Resonance". He also plays in the groups Undivided, Five Spot, Four, Varpaj, and Yatoku. Additionally, he is the leader of the international projects Leo'm'art, Mark Tokar's Quintet and Avtokar. Mark Tokar has performed with Ken Vandermark, Bobby Few, Perry Robinson, Steve Swell, Michael Zerang, Tim Daisy, Dave Rempis, Roberta Piket, Fred Frith (USA), Klaus Kugel, Arkadij Shylkloper (Germany), Petras Vishniauskas (Lithuania), Mirchea Tiberian (Romania), Mazzol, Mikolaj Trzaska, Waclaw Zimpel, Piotr Baron, Kazimierz Jonkisz (Poland), Jurij Jaremczuk (Ukraine), Magnus Broo, Per-Ake Holmlander (Sweden), and Mark Sanders (England)."

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"Tomasz Gadecki, born August 15, 1971

According to the artist himself, he started his musical adventure playing the trombone in a parish brass band. The Gdynia, Poland-born artist eventually switched to the saxophone; the results of his first fascination with jazz was the band SŁOŃ (which he founded with friends from school), and a duet with Piotr Mania. Later on, in 2006, Gadecki's band Bikomutant won a contest for alternative bands organized by Alchemia. He has collaborated with improvisation artists such as Jacek Mazurkiewicz, Marcin Dzidzia Zabrodzki, Mikołaj Trzaska, Tomasz Sowiński and Rafał Mazur. He also had a hand in recording the soundtrack to Wojciech Smarzowski's Pod Mocnym Aniołem (The Mighty Angel). Apart from the duet Olbrzym i Kurdupel, Gadecki formed Sambar with Paulina Owczarek, which debuted with the albumMelt!

Bands: Brass Band of the Franciscan Parish in Gdynia, Brass Band of Gdynia Shipyard, DK Orchestra in Gdynia, 'Elephant', 'Praise the Lord', duet with Piotr Mania, duet with Jacek Mazurkiewicz, 'Jazzmassacra', 'Bikomutant', 'Giant and Kurdupel ", Ikenga Drummers, Contemporary Noise Sextet - during Warsaw Summer Jazz Days (2011), Groont Ansamble, Dzidzia - Marcin Zabrodzki, Walkirie Saxophone Animals."

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track listing:

1. The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost 10:22

2. Naima 8:41

3. Improvisation For Mr. J.C 10:58

4. Inspired by Seraphic Light 15:12
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"Two excellent muscians from Gdańsk - baritone and tenor saxophone player Tomasz Gadecki, drummer Michał Gos and Ukrainian famous bass player known for example from the great and legendary Ken Vandermark's Resonance made a band and decided to pay astonishing and uncommon tribute to John Coltrane.

But this is not a simple tribute. It's the music inspired by Coltrane as musician, personality and human being. Great Coltrane's songs like Naima, The Father And The Son, And The Holy Ghost or Sephardic Light became only a starting point to show us how Trane's music can live in contemporary improvised act.

All music was commissioned and played in Klub Żak during famous Jazz Jantar Festival 2019."-Fundacja Sluchaj!

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