The musicians have of course had a chance to perform at Krakow Autumn Jazz in many roles and musical constellations. As a trio we heard them perform during the sixth edition of the festival, back in 2011. A good reason for their return to the Krakow festival is the trio’s album, issued by Mark Winiarski’s label Not Two. Released in early 2017, the album is a record of Liudas Mockūnas, Raymond Strid and Rafał Mazur’s concerto at Divadlo 29, an ambitious cultural center in the Czech city of Pardubice.
Raymond Strid is the oldest and most experienced musician in the band, although he began his jazz journey relatively late and with no practical musical knowledge. He was however an audiophile, and drums seemed to him like the easiest instrument to master. Since 1971, Strid has co-created GUSH (with Mats Gustafsson and Sten Sandell), joined the Barry Guy Orchestra, Fire! Orchestra, also played with Joëlle Léandre. Today, he is not only a musician, but also a teacher of improvisation.
Liudas Mockūnas and Rafał Mazur are two very enterprising innovators. Mockūnas is a Lithuanian saxophonist and composer, member of the Copenhagen Art Ensemble, and one of the founders of the Lithuanian Jazz Federation. He also founded his own label. Rafal Mazur is a Krakow-based guitarist and philosopher. Playing acoustic bass guitar, for years he has been developing his own concept of free-improvisation (“sound oriented free improvisation”). Mazur also runs improvisation skills workshops, which are designed to support young musicians.
The international trio will be performing at Hevre on Friday, December 1st.
Tickets are available at 30/40 PLN.
Liūdas Mockunas (Lithuania) – saxes
Rafał Mazur (Poland) – acoustic bass guitar
Raymond Strid (Sweden) – drums
- Date: 1st December 2017
- Venue: HEVRE
- Time: 20.00