Anthropology | Mark Solborg | Czajka & Puchacz
Thursday 29th September 7pm- 10pm
Anthropology + Mark Solborg + Czajka & Puchacz | Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2022
Live | £12
7.00pm - 7.40pm
Czajka & Puchacz: Kaja Draksler (Vocals - Piano - Electronics - Objects) / Szymon Gasiorek (Vocals - Piano -Electronics - Objects)
8.00pm - 8.30pm
Mark Solborg: Mark Solborg (Solo Guitar)
9.00pm - 10.00pm
Anthropology: Martin Archer (Saxophones and Electronics) / Charlotte Keeffe (Trumpet and Flugelhorn) / Chris Sharkey (Guitar and Electronics) / Pat Thomas (Keyboards and Electronics) / Orphy Robinson (Xylosynth) / Dave Stuart (Bass Guitar) / Peter Fairclough (Drums)
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This concert is presented by Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music with support from
Jazz at the Literary and Philosophical Society, Jazz North East and Arts Council England.
Czajka & Puchacz
Czajka & Puchacz is the Copenhagen based duo of Kaja Draksler (prepared piano, keyboards, percussion) and Szymon Gasiorek (drums, percussion, electronics).
A pianist, composer and improviser, Estonian-born Draksler is at the vanguard of contemporary music. Her recent projects include Punkt.Vrt.Plastik, an acclaimed trio with bassist Peter Eldh and drummer Christian Lillinger, and her brilliant solo album In Otherness Oneself.
Polish drummer and composer Gasiorek plays with Pimpono Ensemble, E/I, The Love And Beauty Seekers, Wood Organization, G•Bop Orchestra, Franciszek Pospieszalski Sextet, Alfons Slik, Perfect Volume. He co-runs the independent label Love & Beauty Music with Jędrzej Łagodziński.
Czajka & Puchacz released their first, predominantly acoustic album Bivališča in July 2020, following it with a retro-avant-pop single Entschuldigung under their alter-ego Kiebitz & Uhu a year later.
Since their second release, which explored experimental songwriting within a field of existentialism and abstraction of daily life, the duo has continued exploring ways to merge instant songwriting with the aesthetics of European free improvisation and musique concrete.
“Their performance was seemingly improvised – if prepared – and was smart, attuned and playful,
their chemistry as a group and performative gestures resonating well with a crowd who, although
serious about music, were still at the festival for a good time." - Drew Stephens (Journal Of Music)
Guitarist Mark Solborg strives to create contemporary music that requires presence, and in different ways – with respect – challenges tradition, listener and musician. He believes in music where the sum of the collective efforts is greater than the individual performance. A personal and unpolished approach is a key ambition.
Active since 2000 as composer, leader or co-leader, Solborg has released 19 albums of original works. He has worked extensively in theatre and film, and has won and been nominated for numerous awards and prizes.
Solborg’s latest project, TUNGEMÅL means Tongue or Idiom in Danish. The music is accompanied by two beautifully printed hardback books containing the poetics of the project in written reflections, scores, footage and graphic illustrations.
For NFOJAiM Mark Solborg will perform in both Solo and Trio formations.
‘One of the most fervid and intriguing musicians on the European scene.’ - Vincenzo Roggero (All About Jazz Italia)
Taking the electric music of Miles Davis as its starting point, Anthropology Band is about finding the atmosphere through a deep rhythm, a searing blues run, a delicate melody, or a cascading solo statement. Band leader Martin Archer has kept the music as simple as possible – often driven by the bassline – and the structures loose, to enable this who’s who of UK creative musicians to let the music breathe in a different way each time it is played. There are multiple
chordal instruments in the centre of the sound, allowing each soloist to sit on a kaleidoscopic wave of intercrossing figures which push the music forward.
“An outstanding collection of improvisers with a programme that is inspired by, but definitely not copied from, electric Miles. It’s how Miles might have sounded if his collaboration with Jimi Hendrix and Gil Evans had come about.”
- Peter Slavid (London Jazz News)
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