The music of Pink Freud can’t be described with a single word or easily pigeonholed. What is certain, however, is that it is a quartet driven by its charismatic leader Wojtek Mazolewski, and that it is widely regarded as Poland's most energetic improvised music band.
On 3rd and 5th July, the 21st Istanbul International Jazz Festival will host three important concerts by world-renowned masters of contemporary Polish jazz - Leszek Możdżer, Tomasz Stańko Quartet, Stryjo trio and Mitch&Mitch With Their Incredible Combo.
Mikrokolektyw is a duet that continues to explore the boundaries of jazz, post-jazz and free improvisation. The band composed of Artur Majewski and Kuba Suchar demonstrates an advanced understanding of contemporary music, blending electronics with acoustic instruments as well as elements of classical jazz with the most far-out improvisation.
Polish saxophonist and composer Maciej Obara burst onto the international jazz scene. In 2008 he toured Poland with US saxophonist Antoine Roney and was also recommended by Manfred Eicher (ECM) to Tomasz Stanko, which resulted in their fruitful collaboration.
The Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet sets off on tour with their latest album, Wisława, presenting material from the record devoted to Wisława Szymborska, the late Nobel Laureate poet, across 10 Polish cities and Oslo, London and Hamburg.
The Polish percussionist takes his inspiration from jazz, improvisation and other contemporary music forms. Zemler fuses these models to create a sound comparable to avant-garde American jazz of the 1960s, and he promotes Krzysztof Komeda's music for today's audiences.
A versatile pianist, composer of jazz, film and theatre music as well as the leader of the Włodek Pawlik Trio – a band known for its celebrated jazz-rock albums and cooperation with musicians such as Randy Brecker, Billy Hart and Richie Cole. He is a winner of the 2014 Grammy Award for the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.