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Krakow Improvisers Orchestra: KIO at Cricoteka (Not Two)

The 13-piece Krakow Improvisers Orchestra approaches their music through conduction and improvisation, founder Paulina Owczarek leading the ensemble in an impressive 3-part work recorded in the studio, an exciting and quirky set using mostly acoustic instrumentation through reeds, brass and two drummer/percussionist, 2 bass players, free vocal improv, synth & guitar.

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Marcin Bozek-French horn

Tomasz Choloniewski-percussion

Marta Dramowicz-synthesiser

Michal Kiedrowski-violin

Malwina Kolodziejczyk-tenor saxophone

Wiktor Krzak-bassoon

Sebastian Mac-guitar

Adam Nyk-voice

Ernest Ogorek-double bass

Paulina Owczarek-alto saxophone, conductor

Adam Stodolski-double bass

Patryk Zakrocki-viola

Liliana Zieniawa-vibraphone

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UPC: 5906395187621

Label: Not Two
Catalog ID: MW 1002-2
Squidco Product Code: 29292

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at DTS Studio, in Krakow, Poland, on September 25th, 2018, by Rafal Drewniany.

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"The Krakow Improvisers Orchestra is a creative space for the collaboration of improvising musicians with backgrounds in free jazz, classical, and experimental music. Founded by Paulina Owczarek, the Orchestra was inspired by ensembles like the London Improvisers Orchestra, John Zorn's Cobra, Phil Minton's Feral Choir, and the Discordian Community Orchestra. Recorded on September 25th 2018."-Not Two

"Conducted improvisation. The Krakow Improvisers Orchestra was founded in 2012 by Paulina Owczarek - conductor and saxophonist. The orchestra performs free and conducted improvisation.

It includes musicians from academic and non-university environments, representing classical music, free jazz and sound experiments. Their joint meeting marked a new space on the music scene - conducted improvisation.Conducted improvisation referred to as conduction is based on a system of gestures with which the conductor guides the musicians. Its inventor and promoter was Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris, who in the 1980s developed a system of several characters for musicians. Based on formations such as the London Improvisers Orchestra, John Zorn's Cobra, Phil Minton's Feral Choir, or the Discordian Community Orchestra, the musicians have developed a system of non-verbal signals and gestures, which refers to various musical elements, such as tempo, volume or texture.

Artists with many years of experience in conducting improvising bands cooperate with the band, including Charlotte Hug, Satoko Fujii, Javier Carmona, Andres El Pricto Rojas, Miroslav Toth, Michael Fischer.

The repertoire of the Krakow improvisers Orchestra extends from musical improvisations to visual arts. The orchestra's achievements include graphic score projects with Jan Bujnowski, live painting during concerts with Lena Czerniawska and Bartosz Nalepa, and dance improvisations as part of the KIO in motion project.

The uniqueness of the Krakow Improvisers Orchestra has been recognized at many domestic and foreign festivals, including Ad Libitum, Ostrava Days, Krakow Jazz Autumn, Musica Privata, Polifonie or the Spacer Contemporary Dance Festival. An important moment in the orchestra's achievements are the implementation of special projects: Qian means Creative by Rafał Mazur and Com-impro for large ensemble Satoko Fujii."-Krakow Improvisers Orchestra website (translated by Google)

Artist Biographies

"Marcin Bożek - (born on 17th April 1979) A musician, an improviser, a composer. A graduate of the Department of Jazz & Entertaining Music at the Music Academy in Katowice. He received his Master's degree in the field of the Art of playing the bass guitar (in 2003). The laureate of many prizes at the international festivals & contests. Since 2007 he has co-created the Polish improvising music scene. He has improvised with the musicians, actors, painters, artists, dancers as well as solo. The creator and a conductor of "Gdynia Improvisers Orchestra"."

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"Tomek Chołoniewski, aka Tomasz Choloniewski, is a percussionist. In 2001, he completed his studies with distinction at the Academy of Music in Kraków, graduating with a diploma in percussion under Professor Jan Pilch. He is principally involved in improvised music. Chołoniewski co-founded the Młodzi Muzycy dla Młodej Muzyki [Young Musicians for Young Music] Association where, among other things, he worked as one of the creators and project coordinator in the cycle confrontacia. He worked as a consultant on the International Workshops of Contemporary Music in Kraków and Stuttgart (2002). In 2003, he worked as a lecturer at the Seoul National University. Tomek Chołoniewski has collaborated with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra with which he participated in numerous premiere performances (including in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy). He also composed music for animated films directed by Marta Pajek. He works as a teacher at the Bronisław Rutkowski Primary Music School in Kraków. In 2012, Mathka released his debut solo album titled un. Tomek Chołoniewski has performed at many festivals including Audio Art in Seoul (2003), Unsound (2004) and Domowa Atmosfera (2004) in Kraków, Plain Music (2004) in Warsaw, NPAI (2004) in Parthenay, Jazz D'Or in Strasbourg (2005), Przetwórnia Dźwięku (2006) in Warsaw, Festival de Butoh in Paris (2006), Polish Sound Art in Guangzhou, China, Foshan in Shanghai and Beijing (2006), and Ad Libitum in Warsaw (2007)."

-Cricoteka (

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Malwina Kolodziejczyk is a Polish saxophonist and improviser, known for the groups Poleshift Project and The Krakow Improvisers Orchestra.

-Discogs (

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Wiktor Krzak is a Polish bassoonist, known for the bands MusiciansŐ Community Contemporary Ensemble and The Krakow Improvisers Orchestra.

-Squidco 2/16/2024

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Sebastian Mac is a Polish guitarist from Czestochowa, known for the bands Borgmester Dahl, Płucoserce, Pitz and Krakow Improvisers Orchestra.

-Squidco 2/16/2024

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Adam Nyk is a vocalist, artist, animator, producer, graphic designer and video creator. He is a member of the Krakow Improvisers Orchestra, and the band Limboski.

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"Ernest Ogórek is a double bass and bass guitar player. He is an improvising musician who also works in visual arts. Ogórek abandoned his musical studies to study sculpture. He is the co-founder of an experimental animation studio called chłam film studio, and collaborates with Kraków improvising ensembles such as: Maszyna Aladyna and Cracow Improvisers Orchestra. Ernest Ogórek works as a cultural animator and counsellor at the C.K. Norwid Cultural Centre in Kraków."

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Berlin based saxophonist Paulina Owczarek is a member of Sambar and Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin.

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Adam Stodolski is a Polish double bassist, known for the groups 100nka, Aladdin Killers, and Krakow Improvisers Orchestra.

-Discogs (

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"Patryk Zakrocki: Musician, improviser, composer, sound artist, and illustrator (born in 1974 in Warsaw). He currently plays violin, oscillators and electric mbira as a half of the duet SzaZa and together with the guitarist Marcin Olak, alters the melodies of old music boxes, and co-creates two unique projects of his own conception: Gabinet Ucha Wewnętrznego / The Inner Ear Massage Parlour and Kino Dźwięku / Sound Cinema.

He passionately conducts improvising orchestras and choirs, works with chamber and electroacoustic music, and pushes the possibilities of audio drama. Patryk Zakrocki released 12 albums, including two solo works. Aside from countless shows in Europe, he also performed in USA, Island, Uruguay, Israel, Egypt, China and Japan."

-Patryk Zakrocki Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Part 1 8:38

2. Part 2 13:01

3. Part 3 20:39

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Unusual Vocal Forms
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Large Ensembles
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