For the second year in a row, The Jazz Gallery will team up with the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, this Saturday to present a night of Polish and American jazz musicians in dialogue. The first set features a special duo performance of two of Poland’s most acclaimed young improvisers—pianist Piotr Orzechowski and multi-instrumentalist Wacław Zimpel. Orzechowski, also known as Pianohooligan, has released three solo piano records on Decca, including 2017’s 24 Preludes & Improvisations, which showcases Orzechowski’s fluency in myriad idioms.
Zimpel is an inveterate explorer of musics from around the world, including American jazz and Indian classical music. He has released overdubbed solo tracks evocative of Colin Stetson’s practices, and last year released his second album with Saagara, a group featuring featuring top Indian musicians.
For the second set, saxophonist Kuba Więcek will team up with a New York rhythm section featuring pianist Kris Davis, bassist John Hébert, and drummer Francisco Mela. Więcek, a recent graduate of Denmark’s Rhythmic Music Conservatorium, has performed with the likes of Ralph Alessi and Gilad Hekselman, and released his debut record, Another Raindrop, last year.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see some of Eastern Europe’s top emerging improvisers in New York.
The Jazz Gallery presents The Jazztopad Festival in New York on Saturday, October 6, 2018. The first set features the duo of Wacław Zimpel on woodwinds and Piotr Orzechowski on piano. The second set features Kuba Więcek on saxophone, Kris Davis on piano, John Hébert on bass, and Francisco Mela on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved cabaret seating ($20 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.