Rafal Sarnecki Quintet in China
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Rafal Sarnecki Quintet is a unique collaboration of musicians from Poland, China and United States. The ensemble gave concerts in Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai...
Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai 12-21.09.2013
In September, the Rafal Sarnecki Quintet completed their China tour organized with the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. The ensemble was a unique collaboration of musicians from Poland, China and United States.
Rafal Sarnecki Quintet played five concerts and taught three music workshops. The quintet performed compositions of the leader of the group, which can be found on the three albums he has recorded. The style of the music performed by the group could be described as modern acoustic jazz. All the musicians in the band except the leader live in Beijing and are very well known on the Chinese jazz scene.
Rafal Sarnecki, born 1982, is a jazz guitarist and composer currently living in New York. When he moved to New York in 2005 he was already recognized in Eastern Europe as one of the most creative and fresh sounding musicians of the younger generation. He has shared the stage with many top names from the US jazz scene including Gary Thomas, Ben Wendel, John Escreet, Jeb Patton, to list a few. He has performed in jazz clubs and festivals in many European countries, Israel and has toured the East and West coast of the US. Rafal Sarnecki has recorded two CDs as a leader. The second album, "The Madman Rambles Again", was released in 2011 by the Fresh Sound New Talent label. Dave Sumner from All About Jazz selected the album as among the 12 most interesting jazz releases of 2011 in the Editor's Choice section. Additionally, Hi - Fi magazine listed "The Madman Rambles Again" among the best jazz albums of 2011. Rafal Sarnecki's debut album "Songs From a New Place" (2008) was nominated for the Fryderyk 2009 Award, the Polish equivalent of Grammy.
Rafal Sarnecki Quintet:
Rafał Sarnecki - guitar (Poland)
Nathaniel Gao - alto saxophone (USA)
Xia Jia - piano (China)
Zhang Ke - bass (China)
Alex Morris - drums (USA)
Rafal Sarnecki Quintet China Tour 2013:
12th of September - concert at Jianghu Bar, Beijing
13th of September - master class at Tianjin Conservatory and concert at Xian Art Center, Tianjin
15th of September - concert at JZ Club, Shanghai
16th of September - master class at JZ School, Shanghai
17th of September - master class at Beijing Contemporary Music Academy, Beijing
20th of September - concert at Zajia Club, Beijing
21st of September - concert at East Shore Live Jazz Café, Beijing
Date: 12th - 21st of September, 2013
Organizer: Nathaniel Gao
Partner: Adam Mickiewicz Institute