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Kordiak, Natalia: Ytinamuh (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

The album title translating to Humanity, Polish improvising vocalist Natalia Kordiak demonstrates her skills both as a jazz singer and as part of the continuum of creative free improv vocalists, with a tremendous quartet of young musicians: Przemyslaw Chmiel on tenor & soprano saxophones, Mateusz Kolakowski on piano, Alan Wykpisz on double bass & bass guitar and Grzegorz Palka on drums.

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UPC: 5904441617306

Label: Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
Catalog ID: 05/2023
Squidco Product Code: 33176

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, on June 29th, 2022, by Mateusz Soltysik.


Natalia Kordiak-voice, live electronics

Przemyslaw Chmiel-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophones

Mateusz Kolakowski-piano

Alan Wykpisz-double bass, bass guitar

Grzegorz Palka-drums

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Natalia Kordiak is one of the most promising vocalists, we believe, not only on the Polish but also on the European jazz scene. Ytinamuh (Humanity) is her new album, the second in her career, recorded with a band composed of Poland's most talented young musicians. "Maciej Lewenstein wrote in his review : A clear Masterpiece, and one of the best Polish improvised vocal records of all times!!!"-Fundacja Sluchaj!


IMPROVISATION I, excerpts from "THE FOUNTAINHEAD" Ayn Rand [Polish translation by Iwona Michałowska-Gabrych], "Czuły Narrator" Olga Tokarczuk, "Szczeliny istnienia" Jolanta Brach-Czaina

Part I, excerpt from Sylvia Plath's poem "Mirror"

Part VI, by Natalia Kordiak

All music by Natalia Kordiak.

Artist Biographies

"Natalia Kordiak has been nominated for the "FRYDERYK 2020" award of the Polish Phonographic Academy in the PHONOGRAPHIC DEBUT OF THE YEAR - JAZZ category. Leader of her own band, who she has been working since 2019 (Natalia Kordiak Quintet "Bajka", Hevhetia, 2019) and co-founder of the TANŌK band, which she co-created with the Ukrainian jazz pianist Kateryna Ziabliuk. In music, she values ​​the authenticity of dialogue, being present and creating a space where the line between reason and madness blurs, and reality becomes an abstraction."

-Women in Jazz Media (

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"Przemysław Chmiel - saxophonist playing the soprano and tenor saxophone. A graduate of ZPSM im. Fryderyk Chopin in Warsaw (", Bednarska") in the saxophone class of Łukasz Poprawski. Currently a student of the Academy of Music. Karol Szymanowski in Katowice in the class of Marcin Kaletka.

Winner of the 2nd place at the IX International Jazz Improvisation Competition in Katowice in 2019. Winner of the First Prize in the Solo category at the Tarnów Jazz Contest 2018. That year, together with the original Przemysław Chmiel Quartet, he won the 2nd place at the 2018 Blue Note Poznań Competition. With Natalia Kordiak's band, he won 2nd place at the Tarnów Jazz Contest 2017.

In 2019, two albums with Przemysław Chmiel were released. The first is "Bajka" by Natalia Kordiak Quintet. The premiere of the album - released by the Slovak HevHetia label - took place in Prague, Czech Republic, as part of the Voicingers on Tour festival. "Bajka" received great reviews, was included in many lists of the best albums of 2019 and was nominated for the Fryderyk award in the "Phonographic debut of the year - jazz" category. The second album is, "Word on T." by Sabina Meck Sextet (SJ Records). The album also received great reviews and was recognized as one of the best vocal albums of 2019."

-Polish-Jazz Globspot (Translated by Google) (

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Mateusz Kołakowski is a Polish jazz pianist, known for the groups Kołakowski:Wykpisz:Korelus. He studied at the Academy of Katowice. He was the winner of 3rd prize at the International Chopin Competition in Antonin, Poland (1996), and at the Padereweski Competition in Katuuzy (1997). In 1997, he was made a laureate of "Vertuosi per musica di pianoforte" (Usti). He has also performed Beethoven & Mendelssohn concertos with the Polish Youth Symphony Orchestra in Erkelenz, Germany.

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Alan Wykpisz: "Born in 1991, Alan Wykpisz is a distinguished figure of the generation of young double bass players. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow and Katowice. Awarded at international festivals such as: Jazz Hoeilaart 2011, Bass Copenhagen 2012, Tarnów International Azoty Jazz Contest 2013 and 2014 and Jazz Nad Odrą 2015. With High Definition Quartet nominated for the Fryderyk 2014 award for the best jazz debut of the year for the album Hopasa released for Universal Music Polska.

He is or has been a member of groups High Definition Quartet, Kołakowski:Wykpisz:Korelus, Marek Piowczyk Trio, Mateusz Gawęda Trio, Piotr Budniak Essential Group, Tomek Nowak Quartet, Vehemence Quartet.

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"Grzegorz Pałka is a Polish drummer, known for the groups Łukasz Kokoszko Quartet, Mateusz Gawęda Trio, Mateusz Sobiechowski Quintet."

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Track Listing:

1. Improvisation I 04:14

2. Part I. Mirror (Rorrim) 04:57

3. Improvisation Ii 01:03

4. Part Ii. Nature (Erutan) 03:44

5. Improvisation Iii 03:24

6. Part Iii. Can You Hear Me? (Em Raeh Uoy Nac?) 08:23

7. Improvisation Iv 03:07

8. Part Iv. Aria (Aira) 01:48

9. Improvisation V 03:59

10. Part V. The Universe (Esrevinu Eht) 04:24

11. Improvisation Vi 03:02

12. Part Vi. Epilog / Golipe 07:07

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Improvised Music
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European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
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