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Malinowski, Marek Trio: Scratching Fork (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Working together since 2015, the Polish guitar trio of Marek Malinowski on guitar, Robert Rychlicki-Gasowski on double bass & bass guitar, and Wojciech Zadruaynski on drums, present Marek Malinowski's embraceable mix of lyrically inclined modern jazz compositions with an explorative side, balancing structure with free space for sprightly spontaneity; a trio to keep track of.

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UPC: 5905279364875

Label: Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
Catalog ID: FSR 02/2021
Squidco Product Code: 29974

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at A/V Studio in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on November 11th and 12th, 2017, by Artur Mackowiak.


Marek Malinowski-guitar

Robert Rychlicki-Gasowski-double bass, bass guitar

Wojciech Zadruaynski-drums

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"A place between structure and fluctuation where planning and spontaneity intertwine, enriched by rational thinking or wild instinct. A connection between cold focus and wonderful oblivion. The art of compromise without compromising. It might be a place where the hardness of metal touches the softness of skin. Scratching Fork could be all of these.

One thing is certain - it is a band, a talented trio playing jazz-like music in contemporary style. The story of this band started in 2015 and since then Scratching Fork has been growing without rush, but consistently and inevitably, just like the mountains of New Zealand. Developing, not seeking attention or caring about changing trends, simply focusing all its energy on its purpose, emotions and discovery.

Slowly cultivating its music, the band has grown stronger by firmly following its local Kuyavian roots. And what about these roots? What, or rather who creates Scratching Fork? The idea to create the group, just like the first song of Iluvatar, seeded in the mind of Marek Malinowski. He then invited two musicians from Torun to cooperate, Wojtek Zadruzynski (drums) and Robert Rychlicki (double bass), who had cooperated in rhythm sections for years. Both were fascinated by Marek's music from the very first rehearsal and thus, adding a touch of their own sounds and emotions, became part of the band."-Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!)

Artist Biographies

Marek Malinowski: Guitarist and composer, graduate of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz Feliks Nowowiejski majoring in Jazz and Stage Music (specialization - jazz guitar, class of Piotr Olszewski). In February 2014, he established a band - Marek Malinowski Quartet, with which he recorded his debut album "Alone" (Requiem Records, 2015).Together with bass guitarist Wojciech Wo niak, he formed the trio of drummer Rafa Gorzycki in 2014-2017. The group has released the album "Playing" (For Tune, 2016), very well received by critics.

In November 2015, he founded the Scratching Fork trio. It is a project that fully performs the guitarist's original compositions. Currently, he is a member of a band led by Wojciech Jachna, trumpeter from Bydgoszcz. In April 2020, the group debuted with the album "Elements" released by the Krakow-based Audio Cave label.The album "Playing" with his participation was ranked 3rd among the best jazz albums released in 2016 according to

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Robert Rychlicki-G sowski: Bass player and double bass player with many years of stage and studio experience. Always looking for new challenges and open to music in its various guises. He is currently collaborating with the Gospel Omnes Fili Dei Domini Choir and Steve Nash. He co-creates the Szczerbate Zaj czki jazz trio and the Toru Improvisation Group NOW.

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Wojciech Zadrużyński: A drummer from the town of Copernicus, playing in many bands and music projects, incl. Toothless Bunnies Trio, Griboyedov, OFDD. As a session musician, he plays at the Wilam Horzyca Theater in Toruń, or alongside Mariusz Lubomski. In addition, he has many other minor and less regular "musical stories" on his conscience.

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Track Listing:

1. When She Sleeps 07:00

2. Mountains 10:05

3. Vertigo 03:06

4. Dancer In Galoshes 05:17

5. 7 O'Clock 04:18

6. Goodbye Poem 04:43

7. Fairytale Land 05:14

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Trio Recordings
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz

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