Jazz Showcase – Jazz Talent Exchange


Nikola Kołodziejczyk Trio –Stryjo / Maciej Obara Quartet / Marcin Wasilewski Trio

Friday 13 January 2012

Palace of Arts

Budapest, IX. Komor Marcell u.1.

Maciej Obara



13 January 2012, 4.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Palace of Arts

4:45 pm Nikola Kołodziejczyk Trio –Stryjo (PL)

Nikola Kołodziejczyk - piano, Maciej Szczyciński -double bass, Michał Bryndal – drums

6:15 pm Maciej Obara Quartet (PL)

Maciej Obara - sax, Dominik Wania - piano, Maciej Garbowski – double bass, Krzysztof Gradziuk - drums


The Jazz Showcase celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2012 by throwing its doors open to the best of emerging young jazz talent in Hungary and the other countries of the Visegrád Four region. Each of the concerts commencing at 5 pm will feature four ensembles entertaining an audience eagerly awaiting fresh new trends. Jazz experts, journalists, club owners and festival organisers flock to Müpa from all corners of Europe, offering recording and performance opportunities to the most exciting bands. The local audience will be exposed to some of the performers for the first time, such as the quartet of Maciej Obara and Nikola Kołodziejczyk’s trio Stryjó from Poland, the Slovak Pink Horse Trio and Martin Uherek Orchestra, not to mention the Czech Infinite Quintet and the Sato-San To formation. These may well prove the leading groups of the near future in this region, perhaps in collaboration with Hungarian musicians. Local jazz stars include the Júlia Karosi Quartet, the Boglárka Csemer Quartet, the János Ávéd Balance, Máté Pozsár, XY and XY, all of whom we hope will extend the good news of Hungarian jazz to the Visegrád Four countries and beyond. The ensembles will each occupy half-hourly slots on the Banner Square and Foyer stages, where the audience can enjoy the performances free of charge.

8.00 pm - 10.00 pm  - Festival Theatre

Jazz Showcase
Marcin Wasilewski Trio (PL)

Featuring: Marcin Wasilewski – piano, Slawomir Kurkiewicz – double bass, Michal Miskiewicz – drums

The Polish formation with the somewhat challenging name first came to prominence at the turn of the millennium after being discovered by famous trumpet player Tomasz Stańko. Stańko’s The Soul of Things, released in 2002, and Suspended Night from 2004, both received enthusiastic reviews with the Marcin Wasilewski Trio providing the rhythm section. The trio’s performance with Stańko on the Palace of Arts Jazz Stage at the Sziget Festival in 2006, followed by their appearance at the MOL Jazz Festival in Budapest later that year, then as Simple Acoustic Trio, enthralled listeners and helped further broaden the audience for European progressive jazz. This was thanks in no small part to Wasilewski’s energetic and lyrical piano style, coupled with the interplay with his like-minded childhood friends Kurkiewicz and Miskiewicz.
Having worked with Stańko, it was only natural for the Marcin Wasilewski Trio to sign a contract with a leading European record company. Their first disc, entitled Trio, was released in 2005. This was followed by their album January in 2008, which was received enthusiastically by the international jazz community, partly due to its unique arrangements of Prince's Diamonds and Pearls and Stańko’s Balladyn, not to mention their success with self-expressive, ground-breaking compositions. Their latest record, Faithful, was released in 2011. Their performance at the Jazz Showcase Polish day will largely comprise this new material.

Prices: 1400, 1900, 3200 Ft