The Center for World Music will cross-stream one concert of THE GREAT IMPROVISION series, presented by the JAZZTOPAD FESTIVAL in partnership with POLISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE NEW YORK.
MANIUCHA & KSAWERY
LIVE CROSS-STREAM from National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Poland
Sunday, April 11 at 11 AM PDT / 2 PM EDT / 8 PM CET
Maniucha & Ksawery are a vocal and bass duo drawing inspiration from the deep-rooted yet endangered traditional songs of the vast Polesie region in Ukraine. Their compositions combine jazz improvisation with songs of spring, harvest, weddings, lullabies and love, to create a narrative of the cycles of nature and human life.
About Maniucha & Ksawery
Maniucha & Ksawery is a duo that draws on the deep-rooted yet endangered traditional songs of the vast Polissya region in Ukraine. Their compositions combine jazz improvisation with songs of spring, harvest, weddings, lullabies and love to create a narrative of the cycles of nature and human life. Vocalist Maniucha Bikont is known for her long-term involvement in both traditional and experimental fields and has spent many years traveling to meet and learn from old singers in the Ukranian villages. Double bass virtuoso Ksawery Wójciński’s spectrum of musical genres reaches from early music to contemporary improvised music. Together Maniucha & Ksawery produce vibrant and adventurous tone-poems out of their minimal instrumentation, as heard on their debut album, Oj Borom, Borom, recorded thanks to the Polish National Radio Award and the support of their fans. Maniucha & Ksawery enjoy performing in cozy intimate spaces (small stages, backyards, countryside barns) as well as acoustically refined concert halls. During their concerts, they not only sing and play music but also recall the stories and fables connected with their repertoire.
Ksawery Wójciński is a double-bass player, composer, and musician with extraordinary sensitivity and daring for experiments. His spectrum of musical genres reaches from early music to the most refined contemporary improvised music. He collaborated with musicians such as: Charles Gayle, Uri Caine, Mikołaj Trzaska, Michael Zerang, Satoko Fuji, Nicolle Mitchell, Tim Sparks, Klaus Kugel, Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson, Gaba Kulka, Robert Rasz, Wacław Zimpel, Paweł Postaremczak, Raphael Roginski. He is a co-founder of ensembles such as Emergency and Hera.
Maniucha Bikont is a vocalist, musician, anthropologist. She conducted a number of field recordings in Poland, Ukraine, and Russia. Maniucha is a member of music and theatre groups dealing with traditional music, rituals, improvisation, and unconventional vocal techniques such as Dziczka, Z Lasu, Niewte, Gęba, and Tęgie Chłopy (where she sings and plays the tuba). She collaborates with Janusz Prusinowski Kompania and other Polish groups performing traditional music in crudo as well as jazz and avant-garde musicians like Ksawery Wójciński, Assaf Talmudi, Shay Tsabari, Rafael Rogiński, Ilia Saytanov.
About The Great Improvisation
Jazztopad Festival, in partnership with Polish Cultural Institute New York presents The Great Improvisation series live-streamed from the National Forum of Music (NFM) in Wrocław, Poland. The series presents various faces of jazz – from bold avant-garde and daring improvisation through to the mainstream. The ideal acoustics of the NFM halls provide a perfect environment for both young Polish bands as well as established artists. The series has presented such musicians as Wynton Marsalis, Bobo Stenson, Gregory Porter, Tomasz Stańko, Kuba Więcek, Brad Mehldau, and Dianne Reeves.
The Polish jazz scene has been a strongly recognizable brand in the world, both in terms of the quality of festivals and the craft of artists. Jazztopad Festival has been running for the past 17 years under the umbrella of the National Forum of Music. Jazztopad’s most distinctive feature is its commitment to commissioning new music and presenting special projects tailored for the festival. As the only Polish festival, Jazztopad has built relationships with the most important jazz centers in the world, supporting the promotion of Polish improvised music and cultural exchange for many years. Since 2015 Jazztopad has had annual editions in New York.
The Great Improvisation online series is presented by Jazztopad Festival and National Forum of Music, in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York. This concert is presented in collaboration with Lincoln Center and Polish Music Center USC Thornton School of Music.
All concerts will also live stream on the websites and social media channels of the National Forum of Music, Jazztopad Festival, and Polish Cultural Institute New York.