Marcin Wasilewski – piano
Slawomir Kurkiewicz – double bass
Michal Miskiewicz - drums
of Sv. Nikola, June
28 at 8 p.m.
Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir
Kurkiewicz, and Michal Miskiewicz
are undoubtedly one of the most exciting jazz piano trio in Europe,
if not the world. In the age of acoustic piano renaissance, Marcin Wasilewski
stands side by side with pianists like Brad Melhadu or late Esbjörn Svensson. The
trio's mentor, friend and Polish jazz star Tomasz Stanko once said: "In
the entire history of Polish jazz we’ve never had a band like this one. They
just keep getting better and better". In fact, it was Stanko to first
introduce the trio Wasilewski/Kurkiewicz/Miskiewicz to a wider audience with
his album Soul of Things. The album was
released in 2002 and greatly determined the careers of Stanko and his protégés.
Their collaboration continued with albums Suspended
Night (2003) and Lontano (2005), and
several US tours between 2002 and 2008, which only a few European musicians can
Independently, the trio goes as far back as 1990, when
Wasilewski and Kurkiewicz, two fifteen-year-old music school students, got
together to play jazz. A year later they became a trio, and Miskiewicz took his
place as drummer in 1993. The ensemble has not changed ever since. At first
they performed as the Simple Acoustic Trio, had five local label releases, and
won a number of national music awards.
Their first album for a reputed international label
ECM, plainly entitled Trio, was
released in 2004. It won a German Record Critics prize and received attention from
US critics. This is what Don Heckman wrote for Los Angeles Times: "Their years together have resulted in an ensemble
with an utterly symbiotic creative flow". The second ECM album January was released in New York in 2007 and was
produced by Manfred Eicher. This is when they changed name to the Marcin
Wasilewski Trio. It has continued to be a collective of equals, but its members
have come to accept the convention that piano trios are traditionally
identified by their pianists. In addition, Marcin is the most prolific composer
of the threesome. Their third, 2010 ECM release was named Faithful, after a 1966 composition by Ornet Colemana. Critics have
declared it the trio's most versatile studio project ever.
so many performances on stages and festivals across Europe, Asia, America, and Australia, we can't wait to welcome
this outstanding Polish trio in Poreč.