John Taylor was and will stay forever my huge musical hero. I love his music, his unique way of playing and writing. The fact that he passed away, left many souls in deep sorrow.
It was a blessing for me to take part in an event honoring John`s memory. This August in Ambleside Johns friends, colleges and fans connected in an emotional and warm atmosphere to remember...
It was such pleasure to spend 5 beautiful days with Dave Holland, Joe Locke, Gwilym Simcock, Asaf Sirkis, Norma Winstone, Mike Walker, Stan Sulzmann, John Helliwell, Nikki, Iles, James Maddren, Darryl Hall, Mark Lockheart, Steve Watts, their friends and families and to listen to the finest contemporary Jazz in a fantastic natural environment.
A big musical family :
Joe Locke, Johnny Wiles, Rosa Garland, Amanda Garland, Nadja von Massow, Tim Garland, Nick Smart, James Maddren, Stan Sulzmann, Sarah Nesling, Olivia Maguire, Steve Watts, Mike Walker, Helen Mayhew, Dave Holland, Kathianne Hingwan, Gwilym Simcock, Mark Lockheart, Nikki Iles, Sylwia Bialas, Asaf Sirkis, Norma Winstone, Christin Allen, Derek Hook, Max Steuer, Hugh Mitchell, John Helliwell, Paul Walker
Daryl Hall had to leave early in the morning and unfortunately didn`t make it to the group pic.
I bet John would smile about this one :-):
Good vibes & sunshine
Magical concerts & magical people:
Behind the scenes :
Beautiful Lake District:
To close our Spring Tour 2017, I`d love to share with you the precious feedback from our Audiences. It was very exciting to ask the listeners directly about their thoughts and reflections about our music. About 200 people of different age, from smaller and bigger towns, of different nationalities and music preferences kindly took some time to write what they think about our new material and here are their words (I`m going to use only their first names to respect everybody`s privacy):
MANY BIG THANKS TO EVERYBODY FOR ALL THE COMMENTS AND FOR ATTENDING TO LIVE GIGS AND SUPPORTING MUSIC, MUSICIANS AND ANY FORM OF ART. MUCH LOVE TO ALL OF YOU,
SYLWIA, ASAF AND THE SIRKIS/BIALAS IQ!
P.S. SEE YOU SOON AGAIN!!!
It is the last gig from our Spring tour supported by Arts Council of England.
This one takes us to the enchanted Broomhill Art Hotel. Let me take you with us there...Knowing about the amazing scenery of this place, me, Asaf and Marco, guest and good friend (pianist) from Germany, decided to go there one day earlier to celebrate my birthday. Frank and Kev were joining us one day later.
On the way to Broomhill we have stopped in Glastonbury and went for a nice hike to the idyllic green gables and orchards of the Glastonbury Tor.
The weather was fantastic and the encounter with a huge flock of sheep absolutely made our day :-)!
Marco`s attempt to communicate with the sheep ;-)
Hiking in the direction of the setting sun...
Glastonbury`s old orchards...
Apple trees just started to bloom...
Magic...Light, leaves, even the mosquitos looked like fireflies this afternoon ;-)
SIRKIS/BIALAS - photo by Marco Netzbandt
Dandelions, ready to carry some dreams...
Turtle on a tree:
History through leaves
Red tulips on the way to the city:
Closer to the sky:
Almost seven :
Faun in the flora...Glastonbury shops are the best ;-)))
Sunset on the highway:
After a shortish drive we got to the Hotel - time to sleep and wake up fresh to discover all the exciting nooks of this beautiful area...Good night!
Good morning Broomhill Arts Hotel!
There was no champagne bottle there...hm....
Greeting the sky:
Bumble bee`s pink paradise:
Get ready for the colorful explosion:
Out of the respect to the artists I always write all the credits for the artworks that I`m posting on this blog. This time it would be simply impossible, because this amazing place just explodes with numerous creations of all kind. The owners of this place, Rinus and his wife did a tremendous work putting all these artworks in the context of the building and the incredible wild nature around this area...They did it with loads of love and passion...See yourself.
And all that through my eyes...:
The thinkers :-):
Explosion of an easter egg:
Beautiful...The weather was so sunny and mild...
Metal & stone meet green leaves:
Magic mushrooms on a beautiful swamp...
Nop, it is not a sand path:
Lost in arty paradise...
A quiet place...
Shine on me:
" A stick, a stone..."
Springy bush-bushy Spring!
Wild "bear`s garlic" (Allium Ursinum). Asaf is safe. ;-))))
They just looked down on us and wondered:
Flat number 1, Dwarf`s Street, Broomhill
Touching the sky:
Watery curves :
Tree hugging or hugging trees?
Still belonging but transformed:
A colorful, peaceful army:
Let`s get in. Time to set up the gear for tonight`s gig. It was great to recharge our batteries and get a serious amount of the precious vitamin D!
I really like this fusion of styles, diversity of colors, moods and brave settings of the exposed artworks at the Broomhill Art Hotel:
The exhibition / performance room:
Marco`s happy face! We`re all looking forward to the gig.
Soundcheck among the fluorescent flowers, moos, lichen and mushrooms:
:-)... It makes you think.
It was a very nice gig and a fabulous hang with the promoters. Aniet brought us some beautiful food and Rinus opened some organic wine. Great time in a great company.
Thank you guys for having us at the Art Hotel and for your warm hospitality.
Here some more artworks!
Waving mirror-sun upside down.
I asked them where is the Hatter - they were too busy to answer discussing something important...
Various room perspectives:
Good night! What a great day it was...
A room in a room:
A monumental steal griffin...
Good bye Broomhill, bye Rinus and Aniet!!! Thank you for everything and keep doing this amazing job, keeping this place so vital and artful!
Transparent greens on the way back...
Seagulls rule! :-)
The weather got grayish and sun cooled down:
We passed Paris and the Jurassic Park on the way ;-)...If you red the valentine`s special blog from the 14.02 - you`ll get the joke ;-))))
The weather cries - our tour is over!
Thanks so much for following us!!! Thanks for being there with us and for your support - it`s VERY APPRECIATED! Thanks to the Arts Council England for making this tour possible. Thanks to Frank, Kevin, Ivo, Tomasz, Yaron, all the promoters and to the amazing audience.
Much love from Sylwia, Asaf and the Sirkis/Bialas IQ!!!
P.S. The tour is over but the new recordings are before us. We`re also very excited to share with you the feedback from the audiences after our tour.
Stay tuned for all the news : following gigs, recordings, ideas etc.
Hello Peeps, :-)
Welcome to the next foto-blog with some impressions from the gig at the Crooke`s Club in Sheffield!
A rainy "English - weather" on the way to Sheffield...
I`m as always busy shooting some pictures for the blog :-)
This time we got both of the guys : Frank and Kev in the car. Nice to drive all together...
Asaf focused on the road...
Passing some farms...
Waves of white blossom:
Funky colors on the road - united colors of (...) :-)
This guy is in hurry! Good Luck!
Behind the raindrops:
A lonely cherry tree...
(...) A drunk tower :
"Golden rain" explosion. By the way - they`re edible :-):
Wooh, some colors!:
Sheffield`s colorful buildings:
There was some serious traffic on the way to Sheffield, we came almost 1h late to the venue but we planed in advance and there was enough time to set up the gear and make a soundcheck.
Here the venue with an inviting statement :-):
Hands of a working man. :-)
Kevin`s epic face-time! :-D
Caught on the cam:
Blues before the Jazzy storm :-):
Zygmunt - the Waterphone and Fluffy sniffling on it`s bottom...
It was a great, enjoyable gig with some really nice and warm audience! We used our own PA system in this huge room and it turned out beautifully. Vary intimate and the people enjoyed the performance and the volume very much.
Time to set off the equipment and drive home...Still 3-4h before us...
City lights :
Some serious welding:
Let`s take it to the bridge:
Geometric levitation :
Rainbow body occurrence:
Shadows of the shadows in reds, oranges and whites:
Red thunder lorry:
Yawning opera :-))):
After 3,5h of driving we finally got to our homes. Much love to all of you, thank you for traveling with us! See you soon in London! :-)
Sylwia & the Sirkis/Bialas IQ
Dear Friends, the last three weeks were very intense and worky. That is why I am writing this blog with a little bit of delay.
I`d like to share with you the impressions from the gig with The Sirkis/Bialas IQ at The London School of Economic.
Here some pictures from the way to the gig. The spring - explosion or "magnolias on the streets" :-)
Towers of powers:
It is not an easy task to find a parkings space in the center...
After some hours of unloading the car, searching for a parking space and setting up the gear, we`re ready to go...Here the venue...
Time for a proper soundcheck...
An academic ambience...
book worm`s paradise:
CD`s for sale...
Big brains :
This was a very short but enjoyable performance. The audience, used to listening to classic concerts kept the code of silence between the tunes - :-), we are not used to that...We got some really warm feedback after.
Time to pack our gear and to leave LSE. Thanks for having us again!
This building ate too much!:
Wall of green:
Mirrors in the mirrors:
Tunnel lights turning into wings:
Human nation...I like the way they integrated the lightening into the picture :-). Or maby it was an accident...:-)))