Cezariusz Gadzina “River Dream” feat. Rick Margitza

April 25, 2024 6:00 pm
Grabiszyńska 56

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Cezariusz Gadzina River Dream” feat. Rick Margitza

Cezariusz Gadzina (Poland/Belgium) – soprano & alto saxophones, leader

Rick Margitza (USA) – tenor saxophone

Jean Paul Estievenart (Belgium) – trumpet 

Alexi Tuomarila (Finland) – piano

Joris Teepe (The Netherlands) – double bass

Marco Giovinazzo (Italy) – percussion instruments

Franck Agulhon (France) – drums

European jazz spiced with a dash of American flavour – this is Cezary Gadzina’s proposal for the 60th Jazz on the Oder festival. Flowing along a river, we collect the memories of passing sounds, landscapes and colours. It is similar with the music in River Dream. It combines the creative inspirations of the band’s musicians – leading artists from different corners of Europe, but also the legendary American saxophonist, member of Miles Davis’ group, Rick Margitza. It gathers into a common current the sources of their different roots by flowing in one direction – towards the universal beauty. Discover with them the secrets of this journey.

Cezariusz Gadzina photo credit: Tomasz Cibulla

A Polish saxophonist residing in Belgium for many years. He is a laureate of numerous awards and distinctions. Among the most important are the 1st prize at the European Jazz Competition in Sorgues near Avignon, France, and twice he was in the final rounds of the International Jazz Competition in Hoeillart, Belgium. With the band Ostatni Dzwonek, he won the Golden Key to a Career at the Pomorska Jesień Jazzowa. He was a recipient of scholarships from the Belgian Government as well as Berklee College of Music in Boston. Cezariusz Gadzina is the founder and artistic director of The European Saxophone Ensemble, which was honored with the title of Ambassador of European Culture. With this ensemble, he recorded 3 albums and performed almost all over Europe. Cezariusz Gadzina is also the artistic director of The Belgian Saxophone Ensemble, with which he performed in prestigious venues such as the Doha Opera House in Qatar, Thailand Cultural Centre in Bangkok, SOTA Concert Hall in Singapore, Italian Institute Concert Hall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In his career, he has performed at many music festivals including Festspiele in Salzburg, Ars Musica in Brussels, Zagreb Biennale in Zagreb, Bonner Biennale in Bonn, Aca Festival in Majorca, Warsaw Autumn in Warsaw, Jazz Jamboree in Warsaw, Stockholm Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Brosella Festival, Brussels Jazz Marathon in Brussels, Jazz Brugge, Jazz Krogentocht in Ghent, Jazz à Liège, Jazz Nord in Lille, International Azawane in Laayoune, Western Sahara, Palm Jazz in Gliwice, Sopot Molo Jazz Festival. He has also performed in New York (Lincoln Center), Washington (Kennedy Center), Beijing (National Centre for Performing Arts), Shanghai, Seoul, Bangkok, Singapore, Casablanca, Bobo Dioulasso, Addis Ababa, Doha, Brussels (in the presence of King Albert II of Belgium and the Presidents of the European Commission – Jose Manuel Barroso and Jean Claude Juncker), Barcelona, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Zurich, Palermo, Lisbon, Ljubljana, Bergen, Tallinn, Amsterdam, Rome, Prague, Riga, Vilnius, Stockholm, Helsinki, Budapest, Bucharest, Bratislava, Lille, and many other smaller cities. He has performed as a soloist with the Danish Radio Orchestra from Copenhagen, World Saxophone Orchestra from Amsterdam, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Agnieszka Duczmal, Polish Radio Orchestra, Iuventus Symphony Orchestra, Ricercare Chamber Orchestra from Brussels, Wilanów Quartet, and many Polish philharmonic orchestras. He has also collaborated with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Grand Theatre Orchestra from Warsaw, Belgian Opera Orchestra from Brussels, Ictus Ensemble from Brussels, Ensemble of The New Music from Brussels, Urban Sax from Paris, and other ensembles. He has often inspired contemporary music composers who dedicated their pieces to him. Cezariusz Gadzina has composed dozens of pieces for smaller and larger musical ensembles, including Concert for Saxophone and Symphony Orchestra. He has been a permanent collaborator with Belgian bands awarded the title of Ambassador of Flemish Culture – Blindman Saxophone Quartet and Saxafabra. Cezariusz Gadzina is the first Pole to record the first Polish saxophone concert – Concertino by Roman Palester from 1938. The archival recording was made in 2004 for Polish Radio with the participation of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Agnieszka Duczmal. Cezariusz Gadzina’s career not only has a classical dimension – alongside his classical music career, he is also a highly regarded jazz musician with a European reputation. He has collaborated with Nigel Kennedy, Jarek Śmietana, Nippy Noya, Alexi Tuomarila, Jef Neve, Nathalie Loriers, and Piotr Wojtasik, among others. His collaboration with the Atom String Quartet resulted in the recording of the album The Fifth Element, which was announced as the album of the year 2016 in the Dutch magazine Jazzism. Cezariusz Gadzina teaches at numerous saxophone masterclasses co-organized by various European music schools (Warsaw, Berlin, Thessaloniki, Nicosia, Brussels, Riga, Sofia, Bucharest, Malmo, Copenhagen). Cezariusz Gadzina holds a Doctor of Arts degree. Recordings of Cezariusz Gadzina can be found in the archives of many radio stations and television channels as well as on dozens of compact discs released by the following record companies: BMG, KOCH Classisc, Cypres Records, Not Two, Selles, Edition St Paul, B Sharp, Maelstrom, A-Shams, De Werf, TAK Records, Universal Music.

Rick Margitza photo: press materials

Rick Margitza is a tenor and soprano saxophonist, known as one of the most respected musicians of his generation and possessing a unique, recognizable voice. His musical creativity is primarily inspired by the work of masters such as John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, and Wayne Shorter. In late eighties, of XX century, Rick joined Miles Davis’ band, participating in the recording of three albums: Amandla, Live Around the World and Live in Montreux. From 1989 to 1991, Margitza released three albums under the prestigious Blue Note label. His subsequent five solo albums and collaborations with renowned artists such as Maria Schneider, Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez and McCoy Tyner have enriched his career. Rick Margitza remains an artist of exceptional expression, continuing the legacy of jazz greats and bringing new sounds to the contemporary music scene.

Jean Paul Estievenart photo: press materials

Jean-Paul Estiévenart began his trumpet journey inspired by his grandfather. For ten years, he honed his skills at the Saint-Ghislain Academy. In 2004, he moved to Brussels, quickly becoming a key figure in Belgian jazz. In 2013, he embarked on a new musical adventure, forming his own trio with Sam Gerstmans on bass and Antoine Pierre on drums. The exceptional harmony of this ensemble led to new sonic experiments. In September 2018, Estiévenart introduced his new quintet to the scene. The group’s repertoire includes both lyrical pieces and energetic compositions. Their debut album titled Strange Bird was released under the Outnote label in November 2019, bringing unique jazz sounds.

Alexi Tuomarila photo: press materials

Hailing from Finland, Alexi Tuomarila is a respected pianist on the European jazz scene. His extensive experience includes numerous concert tours both as a leader and as a supporting musician, making him a regular participant in many prestigious jazz projects across Europe. Alexi collaborated with Tomasz Stanko, resulting in numerous concert tours as well as participation in the recording of the album Dark Eyes released by ECM. As a leader, Tuomarila has seven albums to his name, which have garnered recognition worldwide among both critics and fans. His versatility and ability to explore diverse sounds have made him an important figure on the international music scene. Currently, Alexi is actively involved in various musical projects in Finland, Europe, and around the world. His solo piano concerts are highly regarded in various regions of Europe.

Joris Teepe photo: press materials

Joris Teepe, acoustic and electric bass player is an international working jazz musician from Amsterdam, who has been living in New York since 1992. He has been (and still is) working with many Legends & Stars in jazz such as Benny Golson, Barry Harris, Bobby Watson, Sonny Fortune, Tom Harrell, Chris Potter, Billy Hart and Randy Brecker. He worked also with many European musicians including Polish stars Piotr Wojtasik, Zbigniew Namyslowski, Grzegorz Nagorski, Kuba Stankiewicz and Marek Balata.

His longest stint was with Rashied Ali (John Coltrane’s last drummer), with whom he recorded 5 albums and toured the world for 9 years. Joris Teepe has recorded 22 albums as a (co)leader and over 60 as a sideman.

Teepe has composed over 100 originals, including pieces for Symphony Orchestra & small jazz group and for Symphony Orchestra, Big Band & Choir. He leads his own Big Band in New York, performing exclusively his own music. Teepe also established himself as a record producer and jazz educator (Queens College NY and director of the Jazz Department in Groningen). Other teaching projects include Peter Herbolzheimer European Jazz Academy (Germany), Jazzinty (Slovenia), JZ Summercamp (China), Litchfield Jazz Camp (Connecticut, USA) and Chodziez (Poland). In 2004 Joris Teepe has been nominated for the Bird Award at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the category “Artist deserving wider recognition”.

Marco Giovinazzo photo: press materials

Percussionist with a classical background, he graduated from the Conservatory of Torino (Italy) and studied with great masters from all over Europe, with a focus on extra-European languages and the research on new styles. Among the artists and ensembles with whom he has collaborated:  Res Nova Duo, Demoé Percussion Ensemble, Kundalini Quartet, Antidogma Musica, Fabrica, Musica 20, AGON, La Fura Dels Baus, Mezclando Cuba, Ray Lema, Pierre Favre, Daniele Di Gregorio, Luis Agudo, David Moss, Marco Fadda, Mauricio Tizumba, Andrea Molino, Mike Keneally, Bil Aka Kora, Cézariusz Gadzina, Arto Tunçboyacıyan, Adama Dramé… He has been awarded in numerous competitions, in Italy and abroad, produced several audio and video works, participated in TV and radio programmes and important festivals in Europe. He is director of progettoaniké, a cultural cooperation project between Italy and Burkina Faso; teacher at SFOM, Aosta’s main Musical Education institution; and artistic director of the association Tamtando.

Franck Agulhon photo: press materials

Franck Agulhon has, in recent years, become a fixture of the European jazz scene. Having participated in a considerable amount of collaborations both on the stage and in the studio (Eric Legnini, Pierrick Pedron, Stefano Di Battista, Baptiste Trotignon, Sylvain Beuf, Pierre De Bethmann, Mark Turner, Ambrose Akinmusire, Toots Thielmanns, Michel Portal , Henri Texier, David Liebmann, Bunky Green…), Franck Agulhon has an unerring passion for pedagogy (MAI, CIAM, CMDL, CMA, TOUS EN SCENES, many workshops, CRR, DRUM PART). He has also led his solo projects (SOLISTICKS 1 et 2). Franck Agulhon is an artist with a refined, creative style and knows where to put his mark.

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