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RGG feat. Marta Grzywacz / Artur Majewski / Dominik Strycharski: October Suite (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

The Polish piano trio RGG of Lukasz Ojdana on piano, Maciej Garbowski on bass and Krzysztof Gradziuk on drums & percussion are joined by vocalists Marta Grzywacz, trumpet player Artur Majewski and block flutes virtuoso Dominic Strycharski to close out the 2020, 15th Ad Libitum Festival in Warsaw Poland, presenting seven improvisations in a beautifully informed journey.

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UPC: 5904441617108

Label: Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
Catalog ID: 09 | 2022
Squidco Product Code: 32098

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at 15th Ad Libitum Festival, Laboratorium, U-Jazdowski, Wojciech Krukowski Hall, Warsaw, Poland, on October 17th, 2020, by Kuba Sosulski.


Lukasz Ojdana-piano

Maciej Garbowski-bass

Krzysztof Gradziuk-drums, percussion

Marta Grzywacz-voice

Artur Majewski-cornet, electronics

Dominik Strycharski-blockflutes, electronics

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Artist Biographies:

"Łukasz Ojdana - jazz pianist and composer. In 2016 he graduated from the Institute of Jazz at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. Since 2018 teacher in a Institute of Jazz on the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.

A member of the piano trio RGG - very well stated in Poland. In 2016-2018 a member of the Tomasz Stanko Band.

He performed in Poland, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Turkey, Russia, Hungary, South Korea, Kazakhstan, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Czech Republic.

Cooperation: Tomasz Stanko, Zbigniew Namyslowski, Evan Parker, Samuel Blaser, Verneri Pohjola, Trevor Watts, RGG and many others..."

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Maciej Garbowski: "Graduated from the Jazz Institute (2004) and the Classical Faculty (2005) on the Academy of Music in Katowice In 2002-2005 a member of the Aukso Chamber Orchestra conducted by Marek Moś. Co-former of the piano trio RGG very well stated in Poland and Europe. Since 2007 teacher in a Jazz Institute on the Academy of Music in Katowice. A member of a Tomasz Stańko's project - New Balladyna Quartet.

The initiator of the project Lutosławski Collective. Garbowski is foremost jazz and classical bassist, composer, and the forerunner of the idea of international collaboration of artists from different musical cultures under the banner of IMP (International Musical Project). Participant of European art initiatives such as the Jazz Plays Europe or Take Five Europe.

Maciej Garbowski is a winner of numerous awards, such as: I Prize on the Jazz Blizzard Festival 2003 and 2007, II Prize and the Audience Prize on XXVII Internacionale Festival de Jazz w Getxo (Spain) in 2003, Key to the Carreer Award on Pomerania Jazz Festival 2003, Jazz Album of the Year - Rzeczpospolita & Jazz Radio (RGG -Unfinished Story), "Melomani 2008" Award for the best jazz album (RGG - Unfinished Story).

His solo debut album "Elements" was nominated to the most important Polish musical award Fryderyki 2013. Garbowski has reached the number of 25 released CD albums yet.

Cooperation: RGG, Maciej Obara Trio, Aukso Chamber Orchestra, Esus, Tomasz Stańko, Terje Rypdal, Thomas Gustafsson, Jon Fält, Antoine Roney, Jan "Ptaszyn" Wróblewski, Anders Jormin."

-Culture.PL (

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Krzysztof Gradziuk: "A jazz drummer and teacher. A graduate of the Institute of Jazz at the Academy of Music in Katowice. In 2003 he was awarded a one-term scholarship from the Hohschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig (Germany) and in 2004 he took part in the Summer Jazz Workshop in Louisville (USA) in the class of John Riley and Steve Davis. In 2004 he was granted the scholarship of the Minister of Culture and Arts. Since 2001 he has been a member of the RGG piano trio, one of the major jazz ensembles in the country.

Other groups he is permanently involved with include: Maciej Obara Quartet, Anna Gadt Quartet, Maciej Fortuna Trio, Daniel Popiałkiewicz Quartet and Leszek Kułakowski Trio. He is currently teaching in the percussion class at the Institute of Jazz at the Academy of Music in Katowice, at the Faculty of Jazz at the Fryderyk Chopin State Music Schools (2nd Degree) in Warsaw as well as at the Post-secondary Henryk Majewski Jazz Study in Warsaw."

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"Marta Grzywacz (1980) - mezzo: Improviser (voice, piano, movement). Graduate and a lecturer at Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. She perfected her performance and creative skills under the guidance of i.a. Szábolcs Esztény and Teresa Manasterska (improvisation, piano), at Anto Petts piano improvisation class and Anne Lis-Poll vocal improvisation class in Estonia as well as at the Jaques-Dalcroz Institute in Geneva. She won the 2nd Prize and the title of Instant Composer at the Transatlantic Festival for improvising composers in Poznań (2012). Since 2013 she is a member of Hashtag Ensemble, with which she recorded two albums "Visegrad Songs" (2015, Requiem Records) and "Witkacy" (2018). She recorded an album "Shahmat" with Tadeusz Sudnik and Andrzej Rejman in 2014 and she appeared as an improvising pianist and vocalist on The Intuition Orchestra's "Case of surprise" album in 2015. In 2017 she co-created and performed a piece by Wojciech Błażejczyk "Wytrącone z równowagi". In the same year she performed together with double-bassist Joëlle Léandr during Ad Libitum festival. She participated in Abner Preis performative project "Duch drzew". She sung vocal parts in the works of i.a. George Crumb, Ryszard Borkowski, Alejandro Iglesias Rossi, Wojciech Błażejczyk, Dariusz Przybylski, Agnieszka Stulgińska, Ignacy Zalewski. She performed at Warsaw Music Encounters, Musica Electronica Nova festival, Warsaw Autumn and Nowe Epifanie Festival."

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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.


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."

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"Dominik Strycharski: A Polish composer, blockflute player, singer, improviser, performer and writer. He plays and composes contemporary jazz in many electric and acoustic incarnations, contemporary music, electronic music, theater music, post-hip-hop, noise as well as various types of improvised music in his own bands: Pulsarus, Prophetic Fall and Organic Panic Quartett. He also works with contemporary vocal techniques and plays improvised and jazz music on modern recorders/blockflutes.

Pulsarus (Dominik Strycharski - processed blockflutes, vocals, electronics, leader, Jakub Rutkowski - acoustic and electronic drums, Alexander Papierz - saxophones) made its debut album Digital Freejazz in May 2005. The band performed at the festival Arhytmic Depot Art in Gdansk in 2005 and twice at Warsaw Summer Jazz Days (2005 and 2006), as well as JAZ festival in Zabrze and Slot Art Festival in Lubiąż. In 2006 their second album was released, with guest apperance of Tomasz Gwincinski. Squared Rotoscope was produced by Piotr Pawlak.2009 saw the release of the third and the most important album of the trio so far, FAQ. Among other venues, Pulsarus appeared at Warsaw Summer Jazz Days, Avant Festival, Art Depot, Slot Art Festival, Transvisualia, Cinema on the Border, the Malta Festival in Berlin, the Polish Cultural Center, Era New Horizons, in Recklinghausen and in many clubs as well.

Strycharski is widely recognized as a composer of music for theatre. He also creates Doministry, a multi-dimensional solo project that combines contemporary electronic music, performance and electro-ambient. It is developed using the voice and its total electronic transformation. Improvisation plays a very important role in the project, which is open to all possible influences and concepts. Since 2001, as a composer and performer, he has been a part of Bretoncaffe Theatre, which was awarded several times. Theatre performances created by the group are staged regularly at Polish and international festivals (Berlin, Tallinn, Paris, Budapest, Prague)."

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track listing:

1. Part One 4:07

2. Part Two 5:07

3. Part Three 5:16

4. Part Four 13:35

5. Part Five 12:05

6. Part Six 7:36

7. Part Seven 9:12

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"The greatest Polish piano trio RGG played in the great final of Ad Libitum Festival 2020. In the middle of pandemic restrictions, almost without the audience but with a great companion on three additional and at the same time exceptional guests. Next to the band stood on the festival's stage, one of the most interesting and promising vocalists Marta Grzywacz, great trumpet player Artur Majewski, and block flutes virtuoso Dominic Strycharski.

They met for the first time, they knew nothing about what they will play, and from the beginning, they knew that it will be a surprising and unexpected musical journey. Almost one-hour music without any intermissions played in full concentration and artistic elation."-Fundacja Sluchaj!

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