The Wrocław-based Jazztopad Festival is heading out to Canada and the USA again with a specially curated programme, including a solo show by Joanna Duda at Something Else! Festival in Hamilton.
Once again, a special presentation of Jazztopad Festival featuring Polish artists will take place in the United States and Canada, in co-operation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Until now, the festival has presented such artists and bands around the world as: Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Marcin Masecki, Maciej Obara Quartet, Piotr Damasiewicz Quintet, Piotr Orzechowski, Kuba Więcek Trio, Wójciński / Szmańda Quartet and Lutosławski Quartet.
In June 2019, during Something Else! Festival in Hamilton a solo project will be presented by Joanna Duda. Her trio with Maksymilian Mucha and Michał Bryndal, will perform during the TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival and TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
Jazztopad Festival has been running for the last 15 years under the umbrella of National Forum of Music (Wrocław, Poland). Its most distinctive feature is its commitment to commissioning new music and presenting special projects tailored for the festival. The festival has been exploring sounds coming from the regions not frequently associated with jazz (Korea, Turkey, Japan and India), presents house concerts and educational projects with film screenings and live improvisation.
Some of the major names commissioned by Jazztopad are: Charles Lloyd, Wayne Shorter, Amir ElSaffar, Kenny Wheeler, Vijay Iyer, Benoit Delbecq, Terje Rypdal, Jason Moran, John Surman, William Parker and more. The festival artistically led by Piotr Turkiewicz, had some of its commissions released on prestigious ECM, Blue Note and AUM labels.
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Leveraging technology in uncanny ways, her music is digital alongside analog, acoustic alongside electronic and improvised alongside charted. The product of this crossbreeding is music that doesn’t neatly reside in any known world but in a world of its own.
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Joanna Duda is a versatile artist, working in the music (composition, production, improvisation) and visual fields (installation, video-art). Her main means of communication are the piano and integrated circuits – in her solo works, she moves on the border between electronics and acoustics, both improvising on the piano and operating carefully prepared samples. She does not avoid the black tape and the seeming ugliness of dilapidated instruments’ sounds. As an advocate of the synthesis of various fields of arts and sciences, she constructs installations and creates video art. In her projects, a search for the absolute is felt when it comes to musical communication and the mutual interaction of performers while conducting musical narrative.
Joanna Duda has brought many artistic projects to life, such as Super Extra Trio, AuAuA, J = J or 3D. Her latest project is Joanna Duda Trio – for the first time the band performed at Jazzahead! 2018 in Bremen as part of Polish Night. The trio currently features Max Mucha (double bass) and Michał Bryndal (drums), producing a mixture in which the acoustic sounds of the traditional jazz band and the leader's electronics are present. The music of the group is based on collective consciousness formed by improvisation.
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Earlier this year, Joanna Duda released her second acoustic and electronic album Keen – composed, recorded and produced by Duda herself. After the album The Best Of Joanna, Duda has been reaching for sound resources composed of long-maturing layers of prepared acoustics, where the boundary between the electronic and acoustic gets lost. Her work is marked by a multi-layered narrative using unobvious means and twists.
The Canadian edition of Jazztopad Festival is organised by the National Forum of Music in co-operation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
The project is co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme marking the centenary of Poland’s regained independence. Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual NIEPODLEGŁA programme 2017–2022.
Source: press release; compiled by AZ, May 2019