Jerzy Małek Gravity Group

April 27, 2023 11:00 pm
Vertigo Jazz Club & Restaurant
Oławska 13

Tickets price:  40 PLN


Jerzy Małek Gravity Group

Jerzy Małek – trumpet, flugelhorn

Piotr Wyleżoł – piano, keyboards

Jan Smoczyński – keyboards, programming

Marcin Pospieszalski – bass guitar

Sebastian Frankiewicz – drums

Wojciech Lichtański – alto sax

photo: press materials

The artist’s latest original project was named Gravity. The album featuring the new material was slated to be released in autumn of 2022. The new release will be promoted by Jerzy Malek and his four/five/six-member line-up on a tour around Poland and the world. Their music is a fusion of many genres blended together like an unbridled jazz improvisation. The musical style in which the artist expresses himself̨ both as a composer and instrumentalist,̇ can be interpreted in numerous ways.

Starting with the harmonic layer, the music features elaborate modernist chord combinations that form a common narrative, the hallmark of which is an impressionistic expansion of form. This feature allows combining elements of modern jazz with other musical genres or their components, which a skilled ear will recognise after a second. The melodic layer features leitmotifs that can be repeated after ̇ the first listening, which makes even the most exquisite music ̨easy to understand even to fresh audiences. This is complemented by the rhythms, which bind the whole project together, constituting a quintessential element of this musical style.

The band consists of the artist’s friends – some of the best Polish jazz musicians, who have worked for many years with legends of both the Polish and world music scene, developing their own individual playing styles – pianists Piotr Wyleżoł, Jan Smoczyński, Aga Derlak bassists Marcin Pospieszalski, Andrzej Święs and drummers Sebastian Frankiewicz and Patryk Dobosz. The line-up is complemented by an excellent saxophonist of the younger generation – Wojciech Lichtański.

Jerzy Małek — trumpeter, composer, music producer, cultural animator and academic professor working at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk and the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin.

Over the past three decades, he has gained recognition as composer of his original works, leader of original projects and sideman working with numerous prominent artists, including Michał Urbaniak, Wojciech Karolak, Zbigniew Namysłowski and Zbigniew Wegehaupt.

Winner of the 1998 Individual Prize and the 1999 Band Prize of the National Review of Jazz and Blues Bands in Gdynia, as well as 1999 Jazz Juniors in Krakow and Pomeranian Jazz Autumn with his bands, and as a soloist at the 2000 International Jazz Improvisation Competition in Katowice and the 2004 International Jazz Struggle Competition in Szczecin. In 2012, he was nominated for a Fryderyk Award in the Jazz Musician of the Year and Jazz Composer of the Year categories.

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