Polska Jazz: Stryjo (PL)


Stryjo breaks the scheme of a jazz trio and employs democracy and interaction in place of leadership and comping.

Saturday 7 March 2015, 9:00 pm

Budapest Music Center – Opus Jazz Club

Budapest, IX. Mátyás u. 8.

Nikola Kołodziejczyk - piano
Maciej Szczyciński - bass
Michał Bryndal - drums

Stryjo breaks the scheme of a jazz trio and employs democracy and interaction in place of leadership and comping. After touring with original compositions they gradually started to improvise whole concerts, inventing compositions as they went. When improvising they go beyond the typical building blocks of trio idiom with a linear storytelling. Most musicians today break the convention by playing free, but Stryjo has a different kind of invention going on. Lyrical and enthralling, their joint narrative tells about their musical respect for each other, being at the same time persuasive, inspiring and welcoming to the audience.

It is modern European jazz, referring to the roots of classical music, drawing inspiration from Polish folk music, flamenco, disco, punk, IDM and world music. Freedom of juggling harmony, almost Bach-like melodies and clarity create unpretentious approach to musical form, provide a steady stream of positive musical energy. 

“The equalists (piano) trio Stryjo of Nikola Kołodziejczyk, with bassist Maciej Szczyciński and drummer Michał Bryndal, announced itself as an à l'improviste constellation. Surprisingly, the three musicians played and elaborated rather conventional themes of different origin. However, it did not happen in the usual linear way, but rather bumpy-jumpy and swirling with rapid switches, quick jumps between different styles, spheres, and rhythms. A bit like with game pieces, they built up sequences with quick changes, rushes and slowdowns, thereby fitting heterogeneous elements into a puzzle. It provided lively, refreshing, and highly dynamic music, clearly driven by an Esbjörn Svensson spirit. It is quite amazing how these three musicians roam a great diversity of realms and connect them with utmost ease and naturalness.” Henning Bolte – All About Jazz, November 2014 





Tickets are available for 1000 HUF on the spot, in the national JEGYPONT network of Interticket, at jegy.hu and here.