NU ENSEMBLE

We begin with four days of concerts at Alchemia featuring small groups (8, 9, 10, 11 October) and then finish off with panache with a concert featuring the whole group (12 October) in Manggha!

Mats Gustafsson, one of the most important improvisers of his generation in the eyes of many critics, is coming to Krakow at the head of the twelve person orchestra. Gustafsson has played on the Krakow festival stage many times; with the saxophone, star formation, Sonore and renowned band, The Thing. This year, he is here with a select formation, not seen nor heard for almost a decade on the international scene, the NU Ensemble.

Mats Gustafsson (phot. K.Penarski)

Consisting mostly of Scandinavian musicians, the formation includes renowned rhythm section Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten and Paal Nissen-Love from The Thing and tube virtuoso Per-Åke Holmlander.

The line-up is completed by distinguished guests from other countries; Austrian DJ, Dieter Kovačič (known as dieb13), Catalan pianist, Agustí Fernández, and two fine musicians from the United States representing the new generation of improvisers; trumpeter Peter Evans and saxophonist Joe McPhee, living legend on the free-jazz world scene.

Paulina Owczarek

Paulina Owczarek

From its very inception, Krakow Jazz Autumn has not only featured stars of the international improvisation scene and provided a stage for the most interesting phenomena in this genre from around the world, but has also served as a forum at which particularly promising artists on the Polish scene have an opportunity to show what they’re capable of.

Before November’s big events, when the festival stage will mainly be occupied by small groups selected from Mats Gustafsson’s Nu Ensemble, you are also encouraged to attend concerts by two duos that have extremely surprising instrumental lineups and musical conceptions that are unusual by any standards.

First of all, Paulina Owczarek, a baritone saxophonist familiar to Kraków’s concertgoers, will be playing in a duo with another baritonist who is active in Gdańsk, Tomek Gadecki. They will be followed a day later by a Kraków-Warsaw combo comprised of Rafał Mazur on acoustic bass guitar and Dominik Strycharski on recorders and electronics.

 

Tickets 35 zł in advance, 45 zł on the day of the concert (Alchemia, 08, 09, 10, 11)

Tickets 60 zł in advance, 70 zł on the day of the concert (Manggha, 12 October)

 

Programme:

Tuesday 08 October 2013, 7 p.m., Alchemia, Estery 5

Paulina Owaczarek (baritone sax) & Tomasz Gadecki (baritone sax) duo

Stine J. Motland – solo

Christer Bothén / Joe McPhee- duo

Jon Rune Strøm – solo

Swedish Azz – (Mats Gustafsson, Per-Åke Holmlander, Erik Carlsson, DJ Dieter Kovacic, aka dieb13, Kjell Nordeson)

Wednesday 09 October 2013, 7 p.m., Alchemia, Estery 5

Dominik Strycharski / Rafał Mazur duo

Joe McPhee – solo

Jon Rune Strøm / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten duo

Christer Bothen – solo

EFG Trio (Peter Evans , Agustí Fernández, Mats Gustafsson)

Thursday, 10 October 2013, 7 p.m., Alchemia, Estery 5

Agustí Fernández – solo

Stine Janvin Motland / Paal Nilssen-Love / dieb13 trio

Peter Evans – solo

Christer Bothén Acoustic Ensemble

ad hoc formation

Friday 11 October 2013, 7 p.m., Alchemia, Estery 5

dieb13 – solo

Peter Evans / Per Âke Holmlander –  duo

Kjell Nordeson – solo

The Thing & Joe McPhee

ad hoc formation

Grand finale  in Manggha, Saturday 12 October 2013, 8 p.m., Manggha M. Konopnickiej 26

Peter Evans – trumpets

Mats Gustafsson – saxes, electronics and conduction

Joe Mcphee – trumpet, sax and space organ

Christer Bothén – bass clarinet and guimbri

Agusti Fernandez – piano and organ

Kjell Nordeson – vibes and drums

Stine J Motland – vocals

Dieb 13 – turntables

Per Åke Holmlander – tuba

Jon Rune Strom – bass

Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten – bass

Paal Nilssen- Love – drums

 

 

 

Video: Krakow Jazz Autumn 2013 – Mats Gustafsson’s NU Ensemble

Mats Gustafsson, one of the most important improvisers of his generation in the eyes of many critics, is coming to Krakow at the head of the twelve person orchestra. Gustafsson has played on the Krakow festival stage many times; with the saxophone, star formation, Sonore and renowned band, The Thing. This year, he is here with a select formation, not seen nor heard for almost a decade on the international scene, the NU Ensemble.

Paulina Owczarek

Article: The Polish improvised music scene

From its very inception, Krakow Jazz Autumn has not only featured stars of the international improvisation scene and provided a stage for the most interesting phenomena in this genre from around the world, but has also served as a forum at which particularly promising artists on the Polish scene have an opportunity to show what they’re capable of.

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