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.
COME TO ME - PRESS HIGHLIGHTS
COME TO ME - ALBUM / LIVE REVIEWS
- Budd Kopman, All About Jazz (***** review)
- Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz
- Peter Bacon, Jazz Breakfast
- Adrian Pallant, AP Reviews
- Greg Drygala, Jazz Picks
- Ian Maund, Sandy Brown Jazz
- John Prichard, Jazz-Rock.com website (five stars review)
- Rob Hudson, Modmove, Australia
- Adam Baruch, Jazzis Records
- Roger Farbey, All About Jazz
- Peter Madeley Live review, (the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton)
- Ron Shepper, Textura Magazine
- What Are you Listening to, music blog
- Paul Aitkenhead, Live Review (Shaw Library, LSE, London)
- Jez Rowden, The Progressive Aspect
- John Marley, Jazz in York
IN OTHER LANGUAGES
- Esteban Arizpe Castañeda, El Intruso, Argentina (Spanish)
- Jean-Pierre Lhoir, Music In Belgium (French)
- Fabio Ciminiera, Jazz Convention (Italian)
- Tomasz Furmanek Interview, Jazz Forum (Polish)
- Tomasz Furmanek Interview, Jazz Press (Polish)
- Tomasz Furmanek Review, Nowy Czas (Polish)
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.
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
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
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
SCANDINAVIAN ETHNIC MULTIMEDIA PROJECT
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