Improvised music scene in Krakow seems to be very lively and rapidly developing. The recording here is a good example of what we mean.
Well-known Swedish pianist, Lisa Ullen, came to the city in July and performed an astonishing concert with local musicians - the Process ensamble featuring Rafal Mazur on custom-made acoustic bass guitar, Rafal Drewniany on laptop and electronic devices and Michal Dymny on electric guitar.
Starting off with a low but intense sound the performance went into the area of unstoppable fury and passion. Four great musicians understanding each other almost perfectly made this slighlty more than 30 minutes a really enjoyable concert.
Two sets of high quality improv music are available here for free download in 320kbps mp3 files or - if you prefer - lossless .flac format. You should have been there... but if you couldn't, just listen to it now.
released July 30, 2008
Lisa Ullen: grand piano
Rafal Mazur: acoustic bass guitar
Rafal Drewniany: laptop
Michal Dymny: electric guitar
Recorded live in Contemporary Art Centre Solvay
Recorded by Bogdan Czyszczan
Mixed and mastered by Rafal Drewniany - Mobile Recording Studio "Dźwięk to Sztuka/Sound is Art"
Rafal Mazur plays acoustic bass guitar made by Jerzy Wysocki.
This quintet has acquired legendary status as a working unit...all the musicians are exemplary at their craft and DD is one of my 'Big5'...he is an exquisite composer of both depth and breadth of vision...you can instantly recognise Dave's DNA in a tune...what's more, you feel there is also so much more to come!;his powers of expression are so special.
These compositions are from the heart and I can only suggest that you take them to yours...
Total, complete, and absolute dope! Hawkins has several great albums (including the AH Ensemble ones) but this one really puts his artistry and compositional chops at whole new levels. Do not miss this one! Lula