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kIRk [PL]

kIRk has been given shoutouts by Michael Gire – the Swans frontman, and Mary Anne Hobbs. They have performed in Berlin clubs and Open'er, OFF, and Satta Outside festivals.

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kIRk is a band looking to express themselves using a sound from the borderlands of electronic and acoustic music. The group consists of: Paweł Bartnik (electronic music), Olgierd Dokalski (trumpet), and Filip Kalinowski (gramophone). Each one of them has grown up among different sounds, and thus, each one of them contributes something different to the band. They communicate through improvisation, allowing them to go beyond genre boundaries.


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Stara Rzeka [PL]

Under the moniker “Stara Rzeka” hides Kuba Ziołek's one-man project. How does it sound like? Ziołek himself calls it “magical brutalism”.

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This magic conjoins samples with acoustic sounds, and wind instruments with electronica.
As Stara Rzeka he has released one album so far, “Cień chmury nad ukrytym polem”, which has been distributed by Instant Classic and Few Quiet People. A symbolic summation of Ziołek's musical activity has been the nomination for the Paszporty Polityki award in the popular music category.
He has performed during festivals in London, Liverpool, Barcelona, and New York.

 

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Wilhelm Bras [PL]

Wilhelm Bras' (Pawerł Kulczyński's pseudonym) performs in total darkness.

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It is not a coincidence, since his music is best enjoyed in such an atmosphere. His uncompromising, harsh, organic electronica brings to mind the sounds of Telefon Tel Aviv, Fenesz, or Apparat.
As Wilhelm Bras, Kulczyński reshapes his experiences into an accessible and rhythmical form, retaining all the while his characteristic roughness.
His first album, “Wordless Songs By The Electric Fire”, has been released by Mik Musik.

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RSS BOYS [UA]

Without doubt, they are the most enigmatic artists of Art Meetings.
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The story goes, that the Polish-born Boy One and Boy Two met for the first time in Berlin. This can be confirmed by the sound of their multi-cultural music, incorporating raw techno, African sounds, and dancing melodies.
They have found their base at the Mik Music label.




 
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Piotr Damasiewicz [PL]

Piotr “Damas” Dmasiewicz bravely reaches for various colorful variants of jazz.

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From the language of modern hard bop and modal jazz, through free-jazz and the traditions of classical European music, to improvisational music. He is the founder of “Music According to Art” (MATA) – an association presenting artists looking for alternative solutions in art. He is a member of the prestigious JazzPlaysEurope – a musical platform presenting musicians and composers from France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovakia, and Poland.
Laureate of the Krzysztof Komeda competition, winner of the Gazeta Wyborcza “Warto” cultural award. Has received the Fryderyk award in 2013 for his jazz debut. He also represented Poland in Take Five Europe in 2013.




 

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Ostap Manulyak [UA]

Ostap comes from Lviv. He has studied composing at the Lviv Academy of Music.

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He has received the Stanislav Lyudkevychin grant and the “Gaude Polonia” fund.
He has perfected his skills in Freiburg and Cracow, among other places. He is the member of the Ukrainian National Committee of Composers and the laureate of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences award and the Levko Revutsky award.
In 2011 he has returned to the Cracow Academy of Music's Electroacoustic Music Studio and has received the “Gaude Polonia” scholarship a second time.
Thanks to his undying desire for self-improvement, Manulyak had the opportunity to take part in numerous master courses all over the world alongside composers such as Carol Bauckholt, Edward Hart,Sergej Newski, Serhij Pilyutikov, Bogusław Schäffer, Yuval Shaked, Gerhard stabler, Martin Smolka, Trevor Weston and Wojciech Widlak.
He has performed in Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and the USA

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Lotte Anker [DK]

Composer, improvisation musician and saxophone virtuoso, she is known for her brave experiments which always succeed.

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She is best known for her leadership over the “Copenhagen Art Ensemble” group. In addition, she has played in various constellations with Marylin Crispell, Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver.
Her wide array of composing skills has allowed her to cooperate both with small groups,big bands and choirs alike. She is a laureate of numerous awards and musical grants.
Musically, she explores the realms of modern jazz, improvisation music, modern music, and all possible combinations of those genres.

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Hang Em High

An international collective which eagerly describes their music as “low-western-rock-blues-jazz-soul-punk”.

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Under this eclectic denomination hide three personalities from all over Europe, joined by a love for music from the desert regions of the USA. Besides, “Beef & Bottle”, the title of their new album, suggests the band's interests quite discreetly.

 The band consists of Bond (Poland), playing a two-string slide bass, known worldwide for his unique playing technique. He has collaborated with a wide variety of artists from all over the world, such as   Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang, Arve Henriksen, Roli Moismann, Anti Pop Consortium, Blu Rum 13, Tom Mays, Wu Wei and many others. Founder and leader of Eklektik Session – a festival and an international artist platform.

Drums are handled by Alfred Vogel (Austria), one of the most productive members of the Austrian jazz scene, MW Welt Jazz Award nominee and founder of the Boomslang label. He cooperates with Billy Martin (Medejski Martin Wood), Peter Madsen and his CIA, John Schröder and Kalle Kalima.

Brass instruments (tenor saxophone, bass and contrabass clarinet) are the domain of Lucien Dubuis (Switzerland), an exceedingly active jazz musician, sporting over 20 recorded albums under his belt. He has worked with musicians such as Marc Ribot, Hans Koch, Daniel Humair, Richie Beirach, Barry Guy, Kalle Kalima, Linda Sharrock and Daniel Erdmann.

special guest : Roli Mosimann - real time audio deconstruction.

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PER ZANUSSI [N]

After studies at NTNU and a Masters degree from the Norwegian Academy of Music, Per Zanussi has been one of the most active double bass players

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on the jazz and improv scene in Norway.

In addition to his own ensembles Zanussi 5 and Zanussi 13, he has worked with a wide range of musicians, and appears on more than 50 recordings. 

Zanussi has composed for theatre, dance and short films, as well as comissions for amongst others Nils Petter Molvaer (with Rolf Wallin), Bit 20 for the Ultima Festival, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Stavanger’s Kitchen Orchestra.

He is currently a research fellow at UiS through the Norwegian Programme for Artistic Research.

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Magda Mayas [DE]

Magda Mayas is a pianist living in Berlin. She expresses herself mainly through this noble instrument, although she isn't afraid to use for other related “work tools” such as the

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clarinet or pianet, the technical innovations of the German music industry of the 60s.
Thanks to her courage, Magda Mayas' music extends far beyond the scope of the traditionally defined piano music.
Although Magda has collaborated with other musicians and composers many times (including John Butcher, Peter Evans, Annette Krebs, Phill Niblock, Andrea Neumann, Axel Dörner), she is equally skilful when left alone on the scene with her audience.
Her latest endeavors include, among others, “Spill”, a cycle of musical collaborations with the drummer Tony Buck, cellist Anthea Caddy, saxophonist Christine Abdelnour, and playing in the trio “Great Waitress” with Monika Brooks and Laura Altman.

She has performed on the scenes of Europe, the United States, Australia, and... Liban.

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Piotr Gospodarczyk [PL]

Economist, pedagogue, devoted musician. He has been active in education

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and workshop organization for years, introducing their members to the experience of co-creating and playing in percussion instrument orchestras from various cultures. He designs games for children and youth incorporating singing and percussion instruments, with the aim of aiding pedagogues and teachers in organizing original school art or music lessons and artetherapy. He employs musicmaking as an illustrating medium developing a wide array of social skills.

SAMUEL BLASER [CH]

Since his 2007 debut as a leader, 7th Heaven (Between the Lines)

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, Blaser has grown at an almostin comprehensible rate, from straight-ahead hard bopper in his mid-twenties to innovative freeplayer and ever-searching composer and bandleader in his early thirties, one whose improvisational strength has received praise from source slike Audiophile Audition, citing Blaser's music as occupying "ambient/free jazz terrain that has a depth of vision and clarity revealing musical maturity beyond Blaser's nearly three decades of life."

Born and raised in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland - a lesser-known but no less significant jazz metropolis which was, for a time, home to expatriate Americans Sidney Bechet and Kenny Clarke, as well as Swiss jazz trombonist Raymond Droz - Blaser has also spent considerable time living in New York City and currently resides in Berlin; truly an international musician, then, in cleardefiance of bound aries cultural, musical and stylistic. Beginning trombone lessons at the age of 9, he "couldn't go past third position and had to have a trolley to carry trombone because it was too heavy," says Blaser. Still, with plenty of music in the Blaser household, where he was the middle of three children - ranging from Swiss folk music to American R&B and jazz - Blaser progressed quickly, entering the local conservatoryat 14 and graduating seven years later in 2002 after receiving a number of awards in both the jazz and classical spheres, including the 2000 Benny Golson Prize.

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