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Ambleside Days 2017 in memory of John Taylor

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.

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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 :-):

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Good vibes & sunshine


Magical concerts & magical people:

 Behind the scenes :

Beautiful Lake District:

Fisherman`s cottage:

Mr. Sheepman:

More greenery...

Sirkis/Bialas IQ - recording of a new album : "OUR NEW EARTH"

Hello everybody! Sirkis/Bialas IQ just came out of the recording studio. An exciting new album will follow soon! Here some pictures from the session at the Masterchord Studio in London:



Dear Friends,

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): 

Absolutely amazing, a breath of fresh air, inspirational composition, performance and musicianship, please come back!
— Tad, Bristol
Haunting Vocals, mesmeric 6 string bass patterns, complex keyboard structure and a percussionist whose fear of polish bears drives him to rhythms of extraordinary pulse ☺...
Well done Arts Council!!!
— Whitney, Barnstaple
Mesmerizing! Compelling
— Suze, Bristol
Great emotional dynamic: from delicate beauty to intense force! Excellent combination from all musicians throughout the evening!
— Mark, Bristol
Amazing! I think it`s an excellent choice to sing without words/in polish, it gives the whole experience a deeper, more real twist. Generally, I think the music is brilliant- transports one to different existence! Very wild and untamed!
— Elina, London
Wonderful! Keep playing your hearts out!
— Sebastian, Bristol
It was a fantastic night of a lovely range of styles of music. Brilliant musicians and a brilliant singer Sylwia. I really enjoyed it!
— Jan, London
Great Musicianship from the entire Quartet!
Very Enjoyable.
— Mark, Cheltenham
Really enjoyed the performance. I know little about Jazz but I am a new fan now because of hearing you!
— Tim, London
1St class band! Highly recommended.
— W, Cheltenham
Brilliant! Lovely! Great!
— John, Cheltenham
An amazing performance!
Thank you for emotional drill!
Pleasure to see people that enjoy their own Oeuvre!
— Nikita, Cheltenham
Brilliant! Wonderful
— Anthea, Cheltenham
Thank you!
Incredible musicianship, loved the combination of sounds, aspecially voice.
— Sophia, Cheltenham
I`m excited, very interested in creative Jazz! You have a great combo, it was marvellous, please come again!
— Jane, Monmouth
The music was inspirational. It is VITAL for the music – musicians – pubs-communities-young people-old people- international relations – the future- the past – now- us.
Thank you!!!
— Laurie, Monmouth
We are so very lucky to be in Monmouth tonight! Monmouth is so very lucky to have you folks in town! What a beautiful cross-cultural mix! Crossing borders, inspiring everything we should be doing! Thank you so much Asaf, Sylwia, Frank and Kevin!
— Hugh, Monmouth
Brilliant Musicianship – inspiring / soul searching
— Colin, Monmouth
Superb, Top Quality, Innovative +exciting Jazz! I love it!
— Mark, Monmouth
Fab as always! Can we have some lyrics from Sylwia sometime?
— Rosie, Monmouth
Your music is original and rather mysterious, but mostly accessible. The voice used purely as an instrument takes a bit of getting used to. It`s growing on me! Brilliant percussion.
— Steve, Monmouth
Wonderful live Jazz, much appreciated!
— Peter, Monmouth
I`ve been looking forward to this gig for weeks – wasn`t disappointed!!! Sublime playing!
— Paul, Hereford
What a privilege to be able to hear such an inspiring new music in our small Devon Town! A fantastic gig!
— Francis, Ashburton
Complex rhythms, intelligent + sublime – fabulous voice of Sylvie and those high held notes- impressive!
— Carolyn, Ashburton
The workshop this afternoon was really inspiring and a new insight into rhythm and a different way of learning rhythm – a new (Konnakol) language. Sylwia`s vocal aids were brilliant! The concert was superb!!! Thank you !
— Anthea, Devon
— Tom, Totnes
Thought I was going to hate it but I loved it!!! Wonderful combination of sound and I so enjoyed human vocal being used as a musical instrument as opposed to „singing“.
— Janet
I`m so impressed! You are amazing!!! I`ll follow your way! Wish you the BEST! Very happy, Anna.
— Anna, Taunton
Such talented musicians! I love being surrounded by sound not just having it second hand on an electronic device.
— Monica, Taunton
Excellence - thanks to arts council for funding tours in small venues in small towns!
— Clive, Taunton
A superb Jazz combo. Fantastically talented musicians. Wonderful. They deserve an audience 20x bigger then are here. The drummer is totally brilliant. All great musicians and fabulous singer!
— Martin, Taunton
Took me to a higher plane – Superb!
— Martin, Salisbury
Awesome performance - loved it!
— Adrian, Wimborne
Most contemporary Jazz I have heard (so far). A unique experience. A remarkable quartet! TAKING RISKS!
— Richard, Bournemouth
Very contemporary and unique sound. Great to hear LIVE and listen to mindful, clever combination of keyboard, bass, drums and the VOICE as an instrument. Shame this is not available more to many – it`s a sound that may not appeal to all at first but once you get into it- it`s AMAZING. Thank you!
— Marylyn, Dorset
Great gig – I liked variety (but preferred it when you hit a groove) Drums too loud fort the acoustics (always a risk here).
— Martin, Poole
— Everton, London
Stunning performance!
Thank you!
— Ian, London
Superb Technique
Amazing stage presence
Fascinating composition
— Francesco, London
Loved Kevin`s bass playing
Love Fender rhodes
— Pat, Guilford
Great Music
Interesting and very exciting range of pieces
— John, Bristol
Amazing sounds – life enhancing music – THANK YOU!
— Lucy, Farnham
Loved the Indian vocalisation on Vortex !!! This kind of Jazz is new to me but the musicianship is amazing and Sylwia`s voice sounds incredible. Really enjoyed listening to it!
— Paule, Bristol
Amazing collaboration - thank you! What a WONDERFUL vocal „instrumentation“ but beautifully powerfully timbre with fabulous pianist, bass and percussion. A treat!
— Jackie, Bristol
I is so great to hear talented musicians playing live original compositions. Thank you.
— Sophie , Bristol
Great to see an adventurous original Jazz. Personally always delighted seeing electric bass ☺
— Alex, Bristol
Brilliant musicians and a stimulating mix of sound and musical influences. Good decision to come. Loved it all!
— Will, Bristol
WOWZSER ! <3 <3 <3
— Jude, Bristol
Brilliant, innovative, vitruosic!
Musicians giving 200%
— John, Bristol
Tonight’s Sirkis/Bialas IQ gig at the Xposed Club was fantastic. Thanks to Stuart Wilding for organising and I look forward to future events. Thanks of course to Asaf Sirkis & Sylwia Bialas for their amazing musical contributions tonight and great to chat with them too. It was a great little EppyFest 5 reunion, what with Ed Wilkins & Cynthia Maher Spencer also being present. And the new material the quartet played tonight was absolutely mind-blowing! And in the waterphone I may have found my new favourite musical instrument! Really looking forward to the new Sirkis/Bialas IQ album, even more so now that I’ve heard the quality of the new tracks that were played tonight. And a final thanks to Kate Gordon for bringing tonight’s gig to my attention in the first place - I might have missed it otherwise.
— Ian Fairholm, Eppy Gibbon Radio Show
It was pretty damn fine.
I was impressed with everyone’s work. The pianist, so good. The bassist, had my attention much of the evening (including his 6-string instr). And of course Asaf and Sylvia. Rarely have I encountered 2 artists who bring such different things to the table but who complement each other so incredibly well.
All in all, superb!
— Tom, an American composer
Wonderful band. So in tune with each other – a rare talent.
— Katherine, Taunton
EXTRAORDINARY!!! Incredibly talented and skilled musicians! Thank you for coming to Taunton!
— Bozena, Taunton
Brilliant night and what fantastic class performance. Regards Rob.
— Rob, Taunton
Great to see you again and looking forward to the next album when it comes out!
— Richard, Suffolk
Excellent concert! Creative and adventurous.
— Tom, Ipswich
Amazing gig- innovative, exciting and really enjoyable – Loved it!
— John, Felixtowe
Imaginative, Original, just brilliant!
— Tony, Felixtowe
Completely Original – that`s good!
— Peter, Felixtowe
Her voice is enchanting. Being used to words and lyrics, I stil did although not there... They all play so wonderfully together!
Thank you for a “free“ gig!
— Catherine, Felixtowe
Lovely gig, unusual & interesting.
— Simon, Sheffield
Thank you so much. A privilege to hear such band at a small venue in Sheffield
A fabulous experience, thank you!
— Francis, Sheffield
Amazing talent in one band! Have heard Sirkis in big venues but not in such intimate surroundings.
— Carole, Sheffield
A brilliant fresh sound , lovely interplay between instruments and voice. Good luck with future recordings!
— Rob, Stratford Upon Avon
A beautiful blend of soaring vocals, „exciting rhythms“ and melodies. Throughout enjoyable
— Eileen, Coventry
Very talented musicians. A variety of innovative songs, interesting instrumentation and challenging sounds. I particularly liked the vocal percussive effects that introduced „vortex“. A privilege to enjoy this music in such an intimate venue...
— David, Stratford upon Avon
Great musicians
— Steve, Pershore
Exciting, unique sound. The waterphone was transfixing. Musicians individually great + ensemble
— Denise, Stratford upon Avon
A feast for the soul and senses. That was amazing, thank you so much for an uplifting evening!
— Charlotte, Stratford upon Avon
— Julia, Stratford upon Avon
Amazing vocals! Loved the Indian singing too!
— Bethany, Stratford upon Avon
Really enjoyed the music this evening + the new music is great! ☺
— Sue, Birmingham
The whole evening was tremendous, with complex rhythms and chords.
I enjoyed the new work!
— Phil, Birmingham
I have a preference for classical music and classical Jazz, yet the performance was very good. The first piece sounded „interstellar“.I really liked Chiaroscuro,
— Roland, London
Perfect show!
Roaming in the different world.
— Chunesa, London
New music live is always worth listening to.
— M.J., London
A real ear stretching hour. I like all forms of music – this was especially challenging at times but also VERY MOVING.
Well done!!!
— Bill, London
Quite Stirring. <3 <3 <3
Thank you for being real! MORE ! MORE !
— J.E. London
You are all very talented musicians. Love Frank Harrison on the piano and keyboards. Sylwia feels the music in her heart and has truly beautiful voice. Asaf owns the drums and plays them with all his techniques just like Sylwia. Plays with body and soul! Very original and spezial.
— E., London
Thank you for playing at LSE, Super Quartet! Loved the polish ballad especially!!!
— Konni, Luton
Delightful compositions, expertly played and vocalized! Thank you.
— Clive, London
Wonderful sound- great chemistry on stage.
— Yasir, London
Lovely music – and all new stuff – keep it up!Looking forward to the organ stuff, Asaf!
— Paul, Southend on Sea
It was really soothing and beautifully performed.
— Alishba, London
Beautiful music to think to. I aspecially enjoyed Asaf`s composition dedicated to his father.
— Olivia, London
Such good cross cultural music making deserves support from the Arts Council! Aspecially in troubling times!
— Ian, Sheffield
Totally brilliant, loved the gig, took me back to „Return To Forever“ with Flora Purim on vocals. Electric piano - best thing ever!
— Dave, Sheffield
Thanks for coming to Sheffield to perform live for us – very stimulating performance!
— Sheila, Sheffield
A very stimulating, exciting performance. The waterphone was a revelation! Loved the Southindian vocal percussion!
— Annie+ Steve, Sheffield
Loved the piano solos + themes...Mere some glorious moments
— Ellie, Sheffield
Very musical+original – certainly not „straight ahead“ Jazz. Interesting use of voice as an instrument and an indian percussive effects!
— John Halstead, Sheffield
Very original sound – love the VOCALS – clearly high standard of musicianship.
— Jane, Sheffield
Innovative great Jazz, a breath of fresh air.
— Paul, Sheffield
Unexpected and very inventive, aspecially the waterharp and the vocal percussion.
— Daniel, Sheffield
Extraordinary music. Original, transcendent, international + influenced by different cultures, enlightening and inspiring
— Richard, Sheffield
Beautiful music, great sound and relationship between musicians.
— David, Sheffield
What an original and refreshingly different blend from 4 excellent musicians! Exceptional evening ☺ Thank you!
— Pat, Sheffield
Very inventive - good to hear something different. THANKS!
— David, Sheffield
Interesting melodic interplay between each instrument & voice. We have seen a bear in Tatra Mountains! At a distance!
— Deborah, Barnstaple
Fantastic! What about Tablas (Indian Drums)? I think you had some spezial mushrooms in the polish woods!!!
— Lynne, Bideford
Stunning, mesmerising sound – spinetingling vocals from Bialas. Virtuoso musicians.
— Miriam, Shillingford, Devon
What a great Quality! Really enjoyed our evening at Broomhill. Would come again if opportunity exists.
— Alan & Miriam, Tiverton, Devon




SIRKIS/BIALAS IQ - Spring Tour 2017, Gig Nr 17 at the Broomhill Art Hotel, Broomhill, UK

Dear friends, 

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 ;-)

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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 :

Hearty tree:

Glastonbury town:

Sun landing:

Faun in the flora...Glastonbury shops are the best ;-)))

Speaking forest: 

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

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.

Here the link to the website where all the exhibiting artists are listed 

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:

alien shapes...

Magic mushrooms on a beautiful swamp...

Nop, it is not a sand path:



Lost in arty paradise...

A quiet place...

Fairy stream:


Shine on me:

" A stick, a stone..."

Dragon eye-ball?

Springy bush-bushy Spring!

Wild  "bear`s garlic" (Allium Ursinum). Asaf is safe. ;-))))

They just looked down on us and wondered:

Elve`s kingdom:

Flat number 1, Dwarf`s Street, Broomhill


Touching the sky:

Leafy universe:

Watery curves :



Wild blossom:

Silent shades...

Silvery shining:

Mossy bridge:


Greenish transparency:


Cool sunlight:

Tree hugging or hugging trees?

Evy`s Ascention 

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.

Check out their yummy food HERE!

Check out their yummy food HERE!

Here some more artworks!

Waving mirror-sun upside down. 

My favs:

I asked them where is the Hatter - they were too busy to answer discussing something important...


Trippy glass

Various room perspectives:

Aladdin Lamp? 

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...

Broomhill City 

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. 





SIRKIS/BIALAS IQ - Spring Tour 2017, Gig Nr 16 at the Crookes Social Club, Sheffield, UK

Hello Peeps, :-)

Welcome to the next foto-blog with some impressions from the gig at the Crooke`s Club in Sheffield!

Let`s go!

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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 (...) :-) 

National transport:

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. :-)

Crooke`s Panorama:



Kevin`s epic face-time! :-D

Caught on the cam:

Reddish backstage:

Blues before the Jazzy storm :-):


Working place!

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:


Fiery truck:

Green Hooks:

Geometric levitation :

Highway`s Fireflies:


Rainbow body occurrence:

Emergency blues:

Radiating sketches:


Alphabetic numerology:

Shadows of the shadows in reds, oranges and whites:


Red thunder lorry:

Converted questions:

M 25

Yawning opera :-))):

Glow worms:

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


SIRKIS/BIALAS IQ - Spring Tour 2017, Gig Nr 15 at the LSE, London, UK

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:

London traffic

It is not an easy task to find a parkings space in the center...


crowdy, crowdy...

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...

English flair...

book worm`s paradise:

Royal armchairs:

CD`s for sale...

LSE lightening:

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:

Egyptian vibe:

Mirrors in the mirrors:

Rusty structures

Tunnel lights turning into wings:


Human nation...I like the way they integrated the lightening  into the picture :-). Or maby it was an accident...:-)))