Monday, February 6, 2017

Evan Parker & RGG - Live​@​Alchemia (FUNDACJA SLUCHAJ 2017)

On June 15th 2016 the website celebrated its fifth anniversary. It wasn't turning 18, but in the virtual reality time flows a bit differently, you count it not the same way as outside the Internet. Little or full-grown, we are very happy that thanks to you we were able and we are still able to do what we do. For you. Without you: both listeners and concert-goers, both CD producers and organisers of concerts, we wouldn't have been at the place we are now and most probably we wouldn't have found the power to continue. 

We are not big fans of exuberant celebrations and grand gala evenings, or PR slogans which are often much louder than the music they are supposed to promote. However, our fifth birthday was so important to us, that we decided to celebrate it in an appropriate way.

What was the way? Music, obviously – but what music? On such occasion we wanted to hear music that was unheard before. Music, that gives you no chance to prepare for or to anticipate its perception; music that is full of risk on one hand, and that can open new horizons for both listeners and musicians on the other. 

Therefore, we decided to invite artists, who in theory have very little in common (country of origin, years of stage experience, range of musical background), but in fact are not that different from one another – they have all dedicated their whole life to music and they've been doing it consequently and with just as much enchantment as at the beginning of their career. And, what's even more important, they keep taking their own way. 

It was a great honour to host the great magician of improvisation, Even Parker together with the most promising, in our opinion, formation of the Polish jazz scene, RGG. They played together on the hospitable stage of legendary Alchemia club inKrakow and today we're handing the recording of this meeting to you, believing that their music will be remembered by you as long as it's remembered by us.

Released February 6, 2017

Live At Alchemia 
Part One 16:54 
Part Two 18:31 
Part Three 18:07 
Part Four 19:05

All music improvised by Evan Parker / Łukasz Ojdana / Maciej Garbowski / Krzysztof Gradziuk 

Recorded June 12, 2016 at Alchemia, Kraków by Rafal Drewniany 
Mixed & Mastered at studio TOKARNIA by Jan Smoczyński 

Special thanks to: Evan Parker / Łukasz Ojdana / Maciej Garbowski / Krzysztof Gradziuk / Rafał Drewniany/ Jan Smoczyński / Lucjan Towpik 

Produced by Krzysztof Gradziuk & Maciej Karłowski 
Executive Producer: Maciej Karłowski 
Cover Design: Małgorzata Lipińska

Niculin Janett – No Parking Any Time (feat. Rich Perry) QFTF 2017

‘No Parking Any Time’ is a very powerful statement by Niculin and his crew, with superb playing by everyone and a repertoire that keeps it interesting throughout. The originals are specially strong and the choice of standards is refreshing to hear. Greatly enjoyed listening to this one and I’m sure I won’t be the only one Miguel Zenón, Saxophonist, NYC (2016)

 Niculin Janett auf Wallfahrt im Big Apple

[…[ Was wiederum nicht heisst, dass «No Parking Any Time» die Musik eines Gurus und seines Meisterschülers böte. Von den Spielanteilen her ist immer klar, dass hier Niculin Janett sein eigenes Album vorstellt. Ohnehin sind Janetts Töne erstaunlich stark und ausgereift. Und keine Sekunde lang braucht der junge Zürcher sich zu verstecken hinter Perry, dem New Yorker. –  Christoph Merki, Tagesanzeiger (07. Dec. 2016)

Niculin Janett Quartet – Einladung zum parkieren

Locker, Luftig, Cool […] Der Jungmusiker Janett gibt also ordentlich Gas. Vom faszinierenden Tempo und vom nimmermüden Puls der Stadt New York spricht er auch im CD-Booklet – und im Titel des Albums. Doch seine Musik ist keineswegs rasend oder gehetzt.  –  Jazz’n More (Jan. 2017)

Auch im Flüsterton durchaus dringlich

Ob vertrackte Eigenkompositionen oder zeitlose Standards: Dieses Quartett meistert jede Herausforderung mit Bravour und Souplesse. – Tom Gsteiger, St. Galler Tagblatt (04.Jan. 2017)

Body and Soul (07:57)
Alternate Ending (07:10)
30 Orchard Street (06:35)
Purcell’s Revenge (06:45)
Hypocrisy (04:02)
Exclamation (07:56)
The Importance of Being Idle (07:27)
I’ll Be Seeing You (10:00)

Rich Perry tenor Saxophone
Lisa Hoppe standup bass
Rodrigo Recabarren drums

All Songs written by Niculin Janett except 1 (Green), 2/7 L. Hoppe, 8 (Fain)

Recorded Sep.11, 12 2015 at Big Orange Sheep Studios, Brooklyn, NY. Engineered, mixed and masterd by Mike Perez-Cisneros.

Photos: Edward Grams, NYC
Artwork: Florine Baerswyl, CH