Sylwia Bialas

voice composition poetry education

 
 


 

SIRKIS/BIALAS IQ

featuring:

ASAF SIRKIS (ISR / UK) - DRUMS / COMPOSITIONS

SYLWIA BIALAS (POL / UK) - VOICE / COMPOSITIONS

FRANK HARRISON (UK) - PIANO / KEYBOARDS

KEVIN GLASGOW (SCO) - ELECTRIC BASS

PATRICK BETTISON (USA / UK) - ELECTRIC BASS / HARMONICA

 

The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet is a fresh new collaboration between Israeli UK-resident drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis, known for his work with the Lighthouse trio (ACT), Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland, Larry Corryel, John Abercrombie & the Asaf Sirkis Trio, and Polish vocalist/composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas.
The quartet features London based, scottish bassist Kevin Glasgow, and the acclaimed Frank Harrison on piano and keyboards (UK).
With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this band celebrates music from both collaborators, covering a wide range of influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, South Indian & Middle Eastern musics as well as a wide range of dynamics – from the most delicate ballad all the way to high-energy electric virtuoso lines and everything in between. Expect soulful melodies, aerospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full colour electroacoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects.
The quartet`s latest album „Come To Me“ was released 2014 at the London Jazz Festival and the band has been touring in the UK and Europe since.

 

LATEST ALBUM

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COME TO ME - PRESS HIGHLIGHTS

The album consists of ten journeys, they are much more than tracks, which contain many moments of intense yearning, sorrow, happiness and love.“
„The music is highly emotional, with long-limbed melodies that unfold slowly, encircling the sound stage. Time stops for the duration as the music uncovers multiple layers of meaning“
”The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet has a sound all its own, despite having influences from all over the world. This sound is one of beauty, love and hope.
— Budd Kopman, All About Jazz (USA) *****
Come To Me, is a true tour-de-force of musicianship and innovation.“
„...this is what music is all about: colorful, infinitely creative, and full of heartfelt, emotional intensity. Each musician is such a talent unto themselves that when playing together you cannot help but feel completely transported to a better place while you listen.“
„This album is truly magnificent! …a musical experience without peer!“
„COME TO ME” IS A MASTERPIECE!
— John Prichard, Jazz-Rock.com (USA) *****
Come To Me is more than merely a fine vocal jazz album, since like other singers such as Norma Winstone, Bialas uses her voice as an instrument and not just as a means of expressing lyrics, whilst her colleagues provide sumptuously arranged and executed music
— Roger Farbey, All About Jazz (UK)
The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet demonstrates how well a vocalist can work as the featured soloist in a quartet. Even better, they make you forget the instrumentation in the beauty and joy of the music they make
— Mark Sullivan, All about Jazz website
Come To Me includes excellent compositions and superb performances, turning the entire listening experience into a most pleasing aesthetic adventure.“
„...Intelligent, emotional, moving music of this magnitude is rare in today’s chilling reality of non-culture and gems like this one should be embraced and admired...“
„The entire quartet seems to act as a symbiotic organism, in complete contrast to the usual singer/band circumstances.
— Adam Baruch, Jazzis Records (ISR)
THE INVITATION to share in the rarefied, positive atmospheres contained within this debut release from the Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet is tangible from an ensemble who evidently love what they create together.
„... this is no ‘singer plus band’ set-up, but rather a fully integrated quartet whose conception feels unique.“
„`Come To Me` is an outstanding album by all means and hopefully many people around the world will be eventually exposed to it.
— Adrian Palant, AP Reviews (UK)
Come To Me is a gentle, sometimes dreamy, poetic album where the empathetic relationship between the playersis a critical and a very evident factor in its success.
— Ian Maund, sandybrownjazz (UK)
Come To Me is a rich, melodic jazz/world fusion. All four musicians are eloquent melodists, and the soundscape is warm and wide. The fact that Białas sings the lyrics in Polish makes all the vocals more like pure music for us non-Polish speakers and that adds an attractive lack of specificity to the music.
— Peter Bacon, The jazzbreakfast (UK)
The debut album of the Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet captivates almost from the first tones with it`s genuine freshness, created by the four musicians drawing their joy and inspiration from each tone shared among each other. The delicate, pulsating and melodically rich soundscapes from the verge of Jazz, World Music and Progressive Rock, enchant the listener with their wide range of moods and high-class musicality, sensitivity and the brilliance of each of the four musicians.
— Tomasz Furmanek, Jazz Forum Magazine, Nowy Czas polish magazine (UK/POL)
This is emotionally-charged music, with each member weaving their own part of a tapestry that when pulled together results in a work of beauty.
— Peter Madeley, live gig review from the Atena Theatre Wolverhampton (UK)
There are albums you have to live with for a while to enjoy all the detail and glory they have to offer. Come To Me is just such an album. Come To Me is an inviting experience at any point on the globe.
— Rob Hudson, Modmove.com
 

CEA ENSEMBLE

 PHOTO BY MONICA "MOMY" MANETTI BODILSEN

 PHOTO BY MONICA "MOMY" MANETTI BODILSEN

featuring:

SYLWIA BIALAS - VOCALS / COMPOSITION

ANTONIO ZAMBRINI - PIANO / COMPOSITIONS/ARRANGEMENTS

TORE JOHANSEN - FLUMPET / COMPOSITION

JESPER BODILSEN - DOUBLE BASS / COMPOSITION

JÖRG BRINKMANN - CELLO / COMPOSITION

MICHELE SALGARELLO - DRUMS

MONIKA S.JAKUBOWSKA - PHOTOGRAPHY / VISUAL ARTWORK

 

The CEA Ensemble, conceived by Sylwia Bialas, is inspired by the long-standing musical friendships between her and the other members of the project.

The ensemble plays original compositions, contributed by all members, and arranged by pianist Antonio Zambrini. The band has a very specific and homogenic sound – an instrumental way of integrating the voice into the arrangements, with strong international musical influences creating the unique atmosphere and character of the compositions.

The music of the ensemble strikes a balance between beautiful arrangements, dynamic interaction, open spaces and the incorporation of silence. The associated visual artwork – created to interact with the compositions – intensifies the expression of the overall atmosphere which features:

• the expansiveness and rawness of Nordic soundscapes combined with the lyricism of Polish folklore and Italian melody, enhanced by modern visual artwork.

• dynamic interplay of diverse European origins: Eastern (Polish) Northern (Norwegian and Danish), Southern (Italian) and Western (German), linked in a contemporary jazz project.

• acoustic purity of sound with subtle electronic effects based on the interplay of solo instruments (voice, horn and cello) and piano trio.

 

The CEA Ensemble’s new album, recorded at Rainbow Studios, Oslo, is due for release in 2016.

 


SB QUARTET

PHOTO BY SEBASTIAN MÜTZEL

featuring:

SYLWIA BIALAS - VOICE / COMPOSITIONS

MARCO NETZBANDT - PIANO / TOY PIANO

WOLFGANG KRIENER - DOUBLE BASS

MICHELE SALGARELLO - DRUMS

 

Painting soundscapes, telling the thrilling, lyrical stories full of contrasts, pulsating
movements, interaction, metaphors...
Projecting the intensity of emotions on the listener using dynamics and creative
sound effects...
An exciting balance between catchy melodical lines and complex rhythm patterns.
That would be the closest way to describe the musical approach of this music formation.
The dynamic interplay of 3 cultural european origins: polish, german and italian
linked in the modern contemporary jazz project.
Acoustic purity of sound based on voice and the piano–trio underlines the
individual character of own compositions. Tasteful vocal jazz far from all cliche`s,
sometimes wordles, sometimes with poetic lyrics in two languages: polish
and english.

 

LATEST ALBUM

 

PRISMA

ALL THE PHOTOS (GALLERY)  BY LENA SEMELROGGEN

ALL THE PHOTOS (GALLERY)  BY LENA SEMELROGGEN

featuring:

SYLWIA BIALAS - VOICE / COMPOSITION

MARCO NETZBANDT - PIANO / COMPOSITION

RAFFAEL HOLZHAUSER - GUITARS / COMPOSITIONS

IGOR KLJUJIC - ELECTRIC BASS

CHRISTOPHHOLZHAUSER - DRUMS / COMPOSITIONS

 

Prisma’s music is a dynamic balance between lyrically smooth lines and vital, powerful grooves; a young quintet with a fresh, remarkable sound which can become both stimulating and compelling in its intense, emotional atmosphere.

The band’s diverse, original compositions – combining elements of pop and free improvisation (and lyrics sung in two different languages) – make their music full of tensions and colours. It’s an impressive fusion of acoustic sound and electronics combined with sung poetry and folk elements.

The soulful voice of Polish-born vocalist and composer Sylwia Bialas paints pictures of imagination, as she interacts and improvises with her colleagues in music (including fairytales and lullabies) which is grounded in the roots of her national culture.

German pianist, composer and arranger Marco Netzbandt is the resonant, acoustic backbone of the band, his sophisticated compositions and clear tones creating a musical dialogue with the electrical and spheric sound of guitarist Raffael Holzhauser and the grooving melodics of bassist Igor Kljujic. Completing Prisma’s line-up is drummer Christoph Holzhauser, whose approach is as harmonic as it is rhythmic.

ALBUM RECORDED IN 2007

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DEEP ENDEAVOUR

SCANDINAVIAN ETHNIC MULTIMEDIA PROJECT

ALL PHOTOS (GALLERY) BY MORTEN WILHELM KELLER

ALL PHOTOS (GALLERY) BY MORTEN WILHELM KELLER

featuring:

BJÖRN LARSON (SWE) - FILM DIRECTOR

ROINE SANGENBERG (SWE) - DRUMS, STUDIO WORK

MORTEN WILHELM KELLER (DEN / IBIZA) - PHOTOGRAPHY

RAY ADAMS (SWE) - FOLK HARP, VOCALS

SYLWIA BIALAS (PL / UK) - VOCAL

MARCO NETZBANDT (GER) - PIANO, KEYBOARDS

IZABELA BUCHOWSKA - SMORAGIEWICZ (POL) - VIOLONCELLO

ASAF SIRKIS (ISR / UK) - DRUMS, PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS

BARTOSZ SMORAGIEWICZ (POL) - SAX

CARSTEN ANDERSSON (SWE) - BASS

 

 

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