Jazz and Experimental Music From Poland back to London

The Jazz and Experimental Music From Poland returns to present the next generation of Polish contemporary music to London audiences.

Taking place at various venues in north and east London, the festival showcases groundbreaking acts producing challenging, experimental and improvised music.

This year’s programme celebrates artistic collaboration across jazz, classical and improvised music with new commissions plus workshops, residencies, soundwalks, talks, field recording sessions and an exhibition.  

The festival running from 25th to 28th November 2012, aims to bring inspiring experimental music from Poland to new audiences as well as challenging established fans with innovative new approaches.

This intensive four-day music experience begins at The Forge with Postatemczak/Kusiolek, whose performances straddle jazz, folk and beyond on accordion and saxophone.

The second part of the evening will present a performance by Vocal Constructivists and their unique interpretation of Boguslaw Schaeffer’s graphic scores plus a new commission from outstanding composer Jan Duszynski.

The festival will continue with a night of improvisation at the Vortex with percussionist Hubert Zemler’s performing his latest album “Moped” followed by Rafal Mazur’s acoustic bass guitar solo performance and Marcin Masecki on solo piano and harpsichord.

As part of the festival’s collaboration between the UK and Poland the evening will conclude with a performance by a hot young UK vibes player Jim Hart.

The Queen of Hoxton will play host to the superb Paris Tetris, one of the most exciting bands to come out of Poland. The band combines avant art pop with modern underground genres as guitar noise and a generous dose of humour.

Expect music with an affinity to The Pixies, The Ex, Tom Waits, Klaus Nomi, Micachu and the Shapes, Deerhoof and Angelo Badalamenti's collaboration with David Lynch…

The Festival will close at the brand new venue The Hackney Cut with a performance by Kacper Ziemianin, Patrick Farmer and Krzysztof Topolski. The performance is a result of a long-term collaboration responding to the phenomena of wild, or absent, sound in urban areas of London and Tricity (Poland).

The artists have studied the diverse social and natural aspects of each metropolis through sound in order to develop new understandings of both environments.

The search for the “absent” sounds of a city is an integral part of the idea behind this project, entitled Natural. The project also involves the creation of a sound installation that will be accompanied by learning and participation events including workshops, soundwalks, and artist talks that will happen during and shortly after the festival. This will be followed by Levity.

Jazz and Experimental Music From Poland 2012 is funded by Arts Council England, Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and Polish Cultural Institute in London. I tis produced by Deconstruction Project, a non-profit arts organisation that promotes Polish contemporary culture in the UK.

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