At the turn of November and December, Grzegorz Karnas Formula will give a series of concerts in China, Malaysia and Indonesia. Polish vocalist will also conduct workshops for Asian students in all three countries. The tour is a part of the Jazz Po Polsku project promoting independent Polish music worldwide.
Grzegorz Karnas Formula is far removed from the classical jazz paradigm. The group likes drawing on the trance-like nature of ostinatos and the abstraction of modal playing, developed on the basis of simple melodic themes. Karnas has worked with Poland’s jazz legends as well as top-line artists of Europe’s jazz scene.
The tour will last from 23rd November to 12th December. It will kick off at Chengdu’s West Village, one of the city's biggest cultural hub. Then, the band will perform at the Nanjing University of the Arts and prestigious JZ Club in Shanghai. Early December will see Polish musicians setting out to Malaysian’s biggest jazz event, 14th Penang Island Jazz Festival. The group will also perform in Kuala Lumpur (No Black Tie) and Taiping (Manison V). Finally, Grzegorz Karnas Formula will present their music in clubs and music academies across Indonesia, in Bandung, Bali, Jakarta and Yogyakarta.
The upcoming Asian tour promotes Grzegorz Karnas’s latest CD/DVD titled Power Kiss. The album was recorded as part of his 2016 China tour and released in August 2017 by Hevhetia. The band will perform in the following line up: Grzegorz Karnas – vocal, Radek Nowicki – saxophone (in China), Alan Wykpisz – double bass, Grzegorz Masłowski – drums. During the concerts in Malaysia the band will be joined by pianist Sri Hunaraga. In Indonesia the band will perform as a trio.
Karnas will also conduct music workshops and lectures at universities in all three countries. He says:
The workshop is for everyone who is interested in discovering what the 'backstage' of interaction in making music is all about. It is open for anyone who wants to use their voice in a manner that doesn't stay in the way of expressing whatever they want to express. It is open to non-musicians or amateurs who are interested in the nature of their own voice. It is open to working singers who would rather try to establish how they really sound in order to make sure if they can use that sound in music. It is open to instrumentalists who are interested in the nature of creativity and the obstacles on the way to it.
Grzegorz Karnas Formula Asia tour is a part of the Jazz Po Polsku project presenting a wide spectrum of Polish jazz and improvised music abroad. It also helps in establishing cultural cooperation and integrates artists from many countries. Since 2014 Jazz Po Polsku has already organised over 100 events in Asian countries, including China, Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam.
23rd November 2017, China, Chengdu, tba
24th November 2017, China, Chengdu, West Village, workshop, 3:00 pm
25th November 2017, China, Chengdu, West Village, 8:00 pm
26th November 2017, China, Chengdu, Yanjiyou, workshop, time tba
27th November 2017, China, Nanjing, Nanjing University of the Arts, workshop, 7:00 pm
28th November 2017, China, Nanjing, Nanjing University of the Arts, 7:00 pm
29th November 2017, China, Shanghai, Yanjiyou, workshop, 7:00 pm
30th November 2017, China, Shanghai, JZ Club, 9:30 pm
1st December 2017, Malaysia, Taiping, Mansion V, 7:30 pm
2nd December 2017, Malaysia, Penang, Penang Island Jazz Festival
3rd December 2017, Malaysia, Penang, Penang Island Jazz Festival, workshop
4th December 2017, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, 7:00 pm
5th December 2017, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, No Black Tie, 9:30 pm
6th December 2017, Indonesia, Jakarta, Institut Musik Daya Indonesia, music workshop, 7:00 pm
7th December 2017, Indonesia, Jakarta, tba
8th December 2017, Indonesia, Bandung, TP Jazz, 8:00 pm
9th December 2017, Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Rumah Tembi, 8:00 pm
10th December 2017, Indonesia, Bali, Rumah Sanur, 8:00 pm
11th December 2017, Indonesia, tba
12th December 2017, Indonesia, tba