Sunday, March 20, 2016

Mateusz Pulawski Lunar Quartet - Changes of Seasons (2016)

In the for him unknown, the western city, Amsterdam, cycling along the canals with the moon vividly shining over him, Mateusz Pulawski has decided to embrace Amsterdam as his new home. In 2012 he had moved here for his passion- music. Some get touched by the people, some by the cleanliness of the city. Mateusz Pulawski not, he’s got carried away by the moon.

The moonlight that reflected in the canals of Amsterdam has inspired him to write the music about the healing of a broken heart.

Like a common thread there runs the moon through his music. Therefore the composer and guitarist Mateusz Pulawski founded the Lunar Quartet and with this group he released his debut album ‘Half Moon Heart’ in December 2014. Mateusz presented his album a.o. in the Netherlands, Poland and Belgium.

Mateusz Pulawski Lunar Quartet ‘Half Moon Heart’ (2014)
Leah Kline ‘This Precious Life’ (2015)
Deborah J. Carter ‘Diggin’ The Duke!’ (2015)
Esther van Hees ‘…’ (to be released in 2015)

Finalist of the ‘Jazz Nad Odra 2012” competition in Wroclaw in Poland
Finalist of the ‘Jazz Nad Odra 2013” competition in Wroclaw in Polen
Semi-Finalist of the ‘Keep an Eye International Jazz Award 2014’ competition in Amsterdam
Incentive Prize in the ‘Keep an Eye International Jazz Award 2015’ competition in Amsterdam
Third Prize in the ‘Dortse Sena Jazzprijs 2015′ in Dordrecht

The most important venues in the Netherlands where Pulawski performed:
Bimhuis (Amsterdam), North Sea Jazz Club (Amsterdam), Lantaarn Venster (Rotterdam), Bird (Rotterdam), Paradox (Tilburg), Gitaarsalon (Enkhuizen), Brinkhuis (Laren), Cultuurschip Thor (Zwolle), Goois Jazz Festival (Bussum), Meerjazz Festival (Hoofddorp), Grachtenfestival (Amsterdam), Jazzdag (Rotterdam), Big Rivers Festival (Dordrecht), Jazz in de Gracht Festival (Den Haag)

Passion and irresistible experience. The music, settled in the acoustic jazz genre, is a pure flow of emotions reinforced by skillful play of the fellow musicians over a deeply grounded structure. Based on respect to the tradition, the mutual vision on music soars towards the freedom of expression and interpretation. That togetherness breaks all the existing limits and connects improvising musicians with listeners, enriching both sides.

Pulawski received musical training in Poland. At the beginning of 2012 he has got accepted to Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he currently studies jazz guitar. Mateusz is well known for his accompaniment skills therefore he gets asked to play with many singers. That’s how his fixed duo with a Belgian singer Esther Van Hees came into existence. Together they took part in the semi-finals of the Keep an Eye International Jazz Award 2015 and in 2016 their first duo album will be released.

Mateusz Pulawski, guitar
Gideon Tazelaar, tenor sax
Hendrik Mueller, bass
Stefan Franssen, drums

Special Guests

Evgenii Bondarev, trumpet
Esther van Hees, vocals, lyrics

1. The Secret of Herons
2. New Life Born in the Heart of the Heart
3. What Is Hard to Find (feat. Esther van Hees)
4. Juju
5. Noc nad Swidnica (feat. Esther van Hees & Evgenii Bondarev)
6. Change of Seasons
7. The Thought of Me Is There
8. Still into Bop
9. All Alone