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Sylwester Ostrowski Quintet w Tokio

Archiwum wydarzeń, Muzyka


1 października 2013 od 19:00 w Yamaha Ginza Studio Tokio

Just Music – Makoto Kuriya i Sylwester Ostrowski Quintet

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http://www.polskieradio.pl/9/200/Artykul/790633,Sylwester-Ostrowski-Quintet-zagral-w-Trojce-zobacz-wideo

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Organizator koncertu: Polska Żegluga Morska

 

Sylwester Ostrowski  – saxophonist and animator of culture.
As a musician he won the first prize in the leading jazz competition in Poland – Siedlce 2002.
He has also won Fryderyk 2007 award for the album of Piotr Wojtasik “Circle” (Polish Grammy).
Mr. Bogdan Zdrojewski Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland awarded Sylwester Ostrowski with “ Merit for Polish Culture” for the establishment of Academy of Arts in Szczecin in 2010 (public university – artistic university).
Sylwester Ostrowski has recorded two discs: “When the groove is low” (2011) and the brand new “ Don’t explain” (2013). Both albums were recorded with American jazz musicians – the pianist Reggie Moore, bassist Wayne Dockery and drummer Newman T. Baker.
S. Ostrowski is also the winner of the artistic award of Szczecin 2012.
For more than a decade he has been the President of the Association of Jazz Orchestra (Polish association of jazz musicians).

Piotr Wojtasik – trumpet player and composer
Polish top jazz musician. Awarded several times with 'Fryderyk' (Polish Grammy), 'Jazz Oscar' (award of Polish Television) for the best Polish artist and the best jazz album of the year, as well as 'Mateusz' (Polish Radio award).
Several times winner of annual 'Jazz Top' survey by 'Jazz Forum' for the most popular Polish jazzman.
For more than 15 years, Piotr Wojtasik has developed his carrier by recording and giving concerts together with top world jazz stars such as:
Billy Harper, Kenny Garrett, Gary Bartz, Dave Liebman, Victor Lewis, Daniel Humier, Joachim Kuhn, Michel Donato and many more.
In total, he has already recorded more than a hundred music albums, of which seven are his own. He performed at nearly all major festivals and jazz events in the world from USA and Canada through European stages, to Morocco and Israel.

Essiet Okon Essiet (bass)
First received critical acclaim more than a decade ago as a member of saxophonist Bobby Watson's post hard bop group Horizon
He has long since established himself as one of New York's premier bassist.Born in Omaha,Nebraska,his parents having moved there from Nigeria, West Africa, the family later moved to Wisconsin where Essiet began his musical studies at age 10 on the violin.
Four years later he switched to the bass.
As a child, and into his teens, his family moved often. His father worked for the US, as well as the Nigerian government, and his job took the family to many places including Europe, Africa and various cities  in the US.
His family finally settled in Portland, Oregon where he began studying jazz at the age of 14. Having traveled widely as a youngster with his family, he had an easy time adjusting to life on the road once he turned professional.
More importantly, his early exposure to many cultures, languages, folkways and religions, fostered his world view of  strength through diversity.
"Some musicians are purist" says Essiet, "but I like to mix styles. I like many different types of cultures".
His first big break came in 1982 when he met Chicago based percussionist Famoudou Don Moye, a founding member of such important collectives as the Art Ensemble of Chicago and The Leaders.
Moye asked Essiet to join his quartet and during that same year the bassist met Abdullah Ibrahim, the famed South African pianist.
Working with Ibrahim, Essiet toured the globe splitting his time between Europe and the US during the period from 1982 to 1986.
Eventually Essiet settled in NYC. Two years later, he joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and remained in the group until the famed drummer/teacher's passing in 1990.
During the next decade, the bassist began what has proven to be a significant freelance career. He has  performed and recorded with such notables as Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, James Moody, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Cedar Walton, Sam Rivers, George Adams, Pat Martino, Kenny Burrell, Jackie McLean, Frank Morgan, Kenny Barron, Louis Hayes, Ben Riley, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Higgins, Billy Hart, Art Farmer, Abby Lincoln, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Billy Cobham, Bennie Maupin, Al Foster, Eddie Henderson, Steve Turre, Jon Faddis, Bobby Watson, Victor Lewis, Kenny Garrett, Kenny Kirkland, Mulgrew Miller, Jeff "Tain " Watts, Mike Stern, Kevin Mahogany, Kurt Elling, Fort Apache Band, Danilo Perez, Claudia Acuna, Geri Allen, and Ralph Peterson to highlight only a partial list.
In 1997, he was asked to join an incarnation of the Blue Note Allstars which included Greg Osby, Javon Jackson, Tim Hagens, Kevin Hays, and Bill Stewart. The Blue Note Allstars embarked on a number of  tours including Canadian Festivals,US tours,Europe and Japan.
In 2000 he joined Danilo Perez's Motherland project for 2 years touring the US,Europe and Central America.
Currently ,Essiet leads his own group called "IBO" named after a Nigerian tribe.
It is a Nigerian jazz project which mixes jazz harmonies with West African rhythms.

Newman T. Baker, drummer, composer, singer;
b. Petersburg, VA, 4 February 1943.
His paternal grandfather, T. Nelson Baker, Sr., was the only former slave to receive a Phd. from Yale University (1906).
He received his first drum the Christmas before he turned three; soon he was playing at home with jazz and classical recordings.
Growing up on the campus of Virginia State University, he attended performances of leading international artists and orchestras, and was mentored by members of the music faculty: He began formal study of drums at 5 years old as a member of the Children's band for kids in the campus elementary school and played in the university concert band from 4th grade thru 7th grade.
He was the youngest member in both bands.
He studied with Dr. F. Nathaniel Gatlin, Head, Dept. of Music Va. State Un. as a child 1947-52 and as an adult 1961-65.
Similarly, he studied with composer Undine S. Moore, Dept. of Music Va. State Un. 1947-48 and 1961-65.
He also studied with Dave Hoggard and Drummers of Va. State Un. 1947-56,  Jonella Jackson, Va. State Un. 1951-55, Dr. Thomas C. Bridge Va. State Un. 1952-55 & 1961-65 (Baker graduated with a Bachelor of Science with a major in education, 1965), Fred Begun, Solo Timpanist National Symphony Orchestra Washington, DC 1966-68, and Harold Jones, School of  Music East Carolina Un. Greenville, NC 1968-69.
Baker earned his Master of Music in Education there, 1969. Settling in NYC, he studied with Saul Goodman, Solo Timpanist, New York Philharmonic Repertoire Institute 1971; and Billy Hart, New York, NY 1980-85.
He has performed internationally with the Billy Harper Quintet, Francesca Tanksley Trio, Henry Threadgill Sextett (sic), Sam Rivers Quartet, Benny Powell, Lou Donaldson, Delaware Symphony, Rufus Thomas, Avodah Dance Ensemble (2002), and in the TV show 2002 Emmy Award Nominee "Meeting with a Killer" (Court TV Lucky Duck Productions), and theater pieces such as 2001 The 3 Willies (music by Leroy Jenkins, libretto by Homer Jackson), 2000 Yuka and the New York Jazzmen – Tour of Japan (Yuka Aikawa), 1999 Pulitzer Prize Finalist Running Man (music and story by Diedre Murray, text by Cornelius Eady).
He has also played in the national touring companies of Broadway shows.
He has participated in USIA tours to Turkey, Poland, Romania, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Peru, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia (1980, 1983, 1991) Funded by Meet The Composer, his solo performance Singin' Drums premiered  at the Williamsburgh (Brooklyn) Music Center in 1995 and grew with projects Virginia Peanuts Meets Buffalo Chips with saxophonist Joe Ford (The Internet Cafe 1996) and Sound of the Drum/Language of the Heart with dancer/choreographer Mickey Davidson (The Internet Cafe/JVC Jazz Festival  1997).
In 1999, Singin' Drums was presented live- in-concert on Jazz Corner, the BETA Award-winning New York cable tv jazz show. As artistic director for A Celebration of the Drum Set: Give The Drummer Some, on the opening night of the Warwick Summer Arts Festival 2001 Warwick, NY, he performed Singin' Drums, and presented guest artists Steve Berrios and
Susie Ibarra in solo and trio settings. Recent appearances of Singin' Drums include, A "Little Gem" of a Concert! at Cobi's Place,
The Beansprout Series at Marguerita's both in N.Y.C, N.Y. and the 2002 Pilot Pen WTA Tennis Tournament in New Haven, CT as special guest of Phil Bowler, bassist, in solo and duo settings.
Extremely active as an educator, he has taught all ages on both percussion and voice, including workshops and classes through Friends of the Arts, Roosevelt, NY 2001-present; Young Audiences New York, New York, NY 1988-present; Arts Horizons, New York, NY 1996-present; Jazz Mobile, New York, NY 1990-present; The Bob Kindred Quartet, Young Audiences, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, 1975-1978; Rutgers University-Newark, Newark, NJ, 2000-present; Jazz Workshop Wilmington Public Schools, Wilmington, DE,

Makoto Kuriya – pianist and composer.
Born in Kobe, Japan, graduated from West Virginia University with a linguistics major, and later studied and performed with Nathan Davis at the University of Pittsburgh.

 He spent most of 80's in the States and toured with Grammy winning Chuck Mangione in the late 80's. Back to Japan in 1990, he produced a series of CD's resulting in many awards, and was also much in demand for commercial recording work.

In the mid 90', he performed the soundtrack for the platinum winning “Neo Genesis Evangelion” which became a global success.
Since 2001, Kuriya has been writing and producing songs for best selling pop artist, Ken Hirai. In 2002, he completed the movie soundtrack for  “Nitaboh” performed by the Warsaw Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004, Kuriya performed with his own group and with Herbie Hancock at "Tokyo Jazz", the largest jazz festival in Japan, and in Paris for the “International Music Day” organised by UNESCO, with such greats as Billy Cobham, John Faddis ,and Jonny Griffin.
In 2005, the first European tour ended in great success. The year 2006  went with the second European tour including performances at "the City of London Festival". In 2006, Kuriya also produced a Japan-Australia joint  project and toured with the mixture unit in both countries.
The year 2007 went with the third European tour including performances at "TanJazz" in Morocco.

In September 2013 in Tokyo (Japan) the artists will record a joint album under the title “Just music”. The album release will take place next year and will be accompanied by extensive promotional campaign in the media and a series of tours organized particularly in Asia, Europe and the USA. The release date is scheduled for March 2, 2014  when the band will play a concert marking the opening of the new Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin (Poland). The group will then set off on a European concert tour. The concerts in Asia are planned for the second half of 2014 (September and October). The artists ambitiously consider such renowned events as Tokyo Jazz Festival, java Jazz Festival and many others.

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