XIV. Lamantin Jazz Festival and Improvisation Workshops


Concert of Grzegorz Karnas Quartet (PL).

Friday 28 June 2013, 8:00 pm

Bartók Hall

Szombathely, Rákóczi Ferenc u. 3.

Vocalist Grzegorz Karnas's latest album, entitled Karnas, is a one-of-a-kind mixture of 'borrowed songs' and original compositions by this outstanding alternative performer, whose creativity draws from a broad range of musical genres which, by virtue of his tremendous expressiveness, unique lyrics and exquisite playing on the part of the band, are fused into a single, coherent, jazz-based whole. It's been more than fourteen years since Grzegorz Karnas led his own band. His project in concert is either a quartet or a quintet, and though its instrumental line-up (drums, acoustic bass, piano, and vocal) could portend somewhat of a mainstream adventure, it is far removed from the classical paradigm, although Karnas loves to perform jazz standards. The group often draws on the trance-like nature of ostinatos and the abstraction of modal playing, developed on the basis of simple and catchy melodic themes. A brief, general outline of Grzegorz Karnas's Quartet in concert would be: energy-filled, groovy, acoustic music-making with a hefty dose of improvisation, at times almost bordering on musical nonchalance.

The band:

Grzegorz Karnas – vocal

Michał Tokaj – piano

Michał Jaros – double bass

Sebastian Frankiewicz - drums