Rafal Mazur Keir Neuringer duo (PL)


One of the greatest free-improvisation jazz-duos of our time is the Mazur-Neuringer tandem that has been stunning its audience and taking it to the sky since 1999.

Sunday 17 November 2013, 8:00 pm

A38 Hajó – Petőfi híd budai hídfő

Photo: Petra Cvelbar

RAFAŁ MAZUR (Kraków) and KEIR NEURINGER (New York) met in October 1999 at a wild, late-night, drummerless jam session in one of Kraków’s cellar jazz clubs and have been collaborating ever since. They have been instrumental in establishing Kraków’s now thriving free improvisation scene and in connecting many musicians internationally. Polish jazz blogger Maciej Nowotny has written “there are few duos in Poland, if not in Europe, that can conjure in musical dialogue emotions stronger and more primal than these two musicians.”

Mazur and Neuringer share an intuitive sense of form developed in real time and in tandem with each other, and produce an extraordinary range of sonorities employing limited physical sound sources (acoustic bass guitar, occassionally bowed, and unamplified saxophone). In their years of playing together they have moved between and within extremes of energy and restraint, achieving what reviewer Stef Gijssels dubbed “a perfect symbiosis of sound, jointly creating something that goes beyond the voice of the individual instruments.”

Their most recent tour, in late 2012, included shows in Poland, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovakia, both as a duo and in first-time meetings with many local improvisers. THE KRAKÓW LETTERS, the follow-up to their 2010 release UNISON LINES, is anticipated for the fall of 2013.