The Vanguard Project concert - "Recollections of the Past" (Poland)
28.07.2006, 8:00 PM, Alchemia
Vanguard Project is an experimental vision of making Krakow's Kazimierz a culture centre for the most prominent musicians of young generation from Poland and abroad. The concept is to organise concerts in an open form that allows artists to create any particular music style spontaneously by choosing different instrumental composition. One of the most important centres of this kind of art is New York, where you can hear in the role of music guides legends such as: John Zorn, Derek Bailey, Greg Cohen, Anthony Coleman, Dave Douglas, Mark Dresser, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, John Medeski, Marc Ribot and Kenny Wollesen.
Jarosław Bester (Poland)
Accordionist and composer, graduate of the Academy of Music in Krakow, creator of The Cracow Klezmer Band – the only band in Poland regularly cooperating with prestigious Tzadik Records label of John Zorn from New York. In his playing he connects experiences from classical music with many others music styles and use of legible improvisational forms, which has an effect in an amazingly energetic mixture of timbre and technical capabilities of accordion, that were never heard before. Because of that he is recognized as one of the most original musicians of young generation in Europe and in the world. In his artistic legacy he has not only albums published by Tzadik Records and featuring in many other phonographic productions, but also a lot of recordings for radio and TV in Germany, Sweden, Finland and Poland. He cooperated with many brilliant musicians from the classical music circle, as well as avant-garde music, by performing, arranging and composing. Some of them are: John Zorn, John McClean, Don Byron, Grażyna Auguścik, Frank London, Ernie Adams, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Waldemar Malicki and Vadim Brodsky.
Oleg Dyyak (Poland/Ukraine)
Multiinstrumentalist, playing on accordion, clarinet and percussion instruments – a graduate of the Academy of Music in Krakow. He is a laureate of domestic and international accordion competitions. Before he had been concerting as a soloist in a cameral form, performing exclusively accordion standards. Currently he is concerting with much respected in wide music circles all around the world – The Cracow Klezmer Band. Also with this band he made a lot of recordings that were published in famous John Zorn's Tzadik Records.
Vitold Rek (Germany/Poland)
He connects in his playing the jazz tradition with elements of classical and traditional music. He is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Krakow in the class of double bass. In 1975 at the „Jazz nad Odrą” contest he got the special individual award in the cathegory of soloists. In 1977 he became a bass player in Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski's bands and in 1978-81 he played with the band Sun Ship. In the late 70's he started long cooperation with Tomasz Stańko, with band of who he could be spotted at famous international jazz festivals. Since 1984 he has been leading his own bands: Basspace and The Spark. At the „Jazz Forum” readers choice award he won in 1986 and 1988 at the double bass cathegory. Currently he is working in Germany as a double bass player, composer and producer. Vitold Rek is an associate professor in the class of jazz double bass at the Hochschule fur Musik in Frankfurt-am-Mein and at the Hochschule fur Musik in Mainz.