4 Works 4 Orchestra – Włodek Pawlik
In June 2016, a new double album by jazz pianist Włodek Pawlik was released – 4 Works 4 Orchestra.
Pawlik, who is a 2012 Grammy laureate for A Night in Calisia, recorded the album with his son, Łukasz, a piano and cello player, and the Concertino Chamber Orchestra of Myślenice under direction of Michael Maciaszyk. The album is comprised of four compositions, joining jazz and symphonic traditions.
Musicians with whom the artist normally performs as the Włodek Pawlik Trio were also invited to cooperate – double bassist Paweł Pańta and drummer Cezary Konrad. Łukasz Pawlik and flute player Natalia Jarząbek perform, alongside with Włodek Pawlik, as soloists. As the artists described their cooperation during a press conference in the Warsaw headquarters of the National Audiovisual Institute:
This album is the result of cooperation in a family tandem. My wife is the producer, my son Łukasz plays piano and cello, and I play piano. … This album was recorded from last July – that’s when we entered the recording studios of Polish Radio. … There are four big music forms, each requiring a different ensemble.
Pawlik also emphasised that organising the sessions and arrivals of musicians from the chamber orchestra of Myślenice was a challenging aspect of recording the album. The first recording session took place in November in the Recording Studios of Polish Radio in Warsaw. The album’s producer, Jolanta Pawlik, said:
Please imagine all these young musicians, eager and enthusiastic. During rehearsals, nobody watched the clock, nobody asked when the session would be over.
As the pianist noted, his new record is the result of numerous beneficial events:
After I won the Grammy, I was invited to various festivals. One of them was Festival dell’ Arte in Wojanów. … Thanks to Michael Maciaszyk, the director, I performed there with my trio. My wife and son also did. It turned out Michael is also the conductor of a young orchestra established in Myślenice. He came up with the idea of giving a concert at the end of a festival in Łańcut together, conjoining jazz and chamber music in a new repertoire. I remember I wrote these four pieces earlier, and we created the programme. … Michael proposed his orchestra. The concert last May was so good that we had no other choice – we decided to enter the studio and release an album.
sources: PAP, written by az June 2016, translated by NS July 2016.Culture.pl