I feel very excited to share with you impressions from the gig with our brand new Sirkis & Bialas duet. What started once as a spontaneous performance after a workshop at the Leeds College of Music, emerged into a permanent project. We are having loads of fun playing improvised music and exploring the creative possibilities that the mixture of voice & drums offer us.
It is a beautiful challenge to build up and keep the tension using no harmonic instrument during the performance. We`re enjoying it immensely and as this premiere - gig proofs - so does the audience.
Here our new poster - thanks to Monika S.Jakubowska for the magical pic that I could use designing it.
This wonderful smiling man with a very Jazzy name is our promoter Jez Matthews.
Jez became a Jazz Promoter of the Year in the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
It is very easy to understand why - Jez is a hearty, passionate and risk taking live -music supporter who brings unique sounds to Sheffield - thanks for having us , Jez!
Here our decent set up ;-):
The waterphone, wating to awake some ghostly frequencies…
Our fav “flower pot” ;-))):
A Bat Man sign on my throne
Very Christmassy atmosphere at The Lescar
crotales waiting to be resurected:
woMAN in the Mirror:
We enjoyed the performance and the atmosphere at The Lescar. The audience was very warm and attentive which made our experience very unique.
After the gig we were invited by Jaz and his wife Helen to stay at their lively home full of colours and “silly things”…A cosy conversation around the Xmas tree closed up this lovely evening.
Welcome to Sheffield…
tired but happy
Shiny leaves on the walls of the bedroom
Funny birds and moustached light switches everywhere :-)
Good morning sunshine! :-) Helen Mathiews
Good bye Xmas tree, good bye Sheffield!Good bye Jez & Helen - Thank you for having us xxx
Time to hit the road & enjoy the December sun!
Some smily - thoughts :-)
Sunny bridges and jumping cars:
caught in motion:
The angel wing, the starving moon and the chemtrail whip…:
petrol blue at the petrol station…
no snow - winter landscapes:
with a pinch of green and golden…
nature invading the indu-scapes through the glass in motion:
Black Old Sun
Jane Eyre`s vibes
Home at last…
Thanks for taking this trip with us,
loads of love and see you on the road…
Sylwia & Asaf
Here some nice memories from a gig at THE BEAR Club in Luton, UK!
It was great to come back to The Bear and to meet some good old friends and Jazz lovers that came to see us there.
Dan, the sound guy, told us that he decided to spend his birthday evening enjoying live music, which was very appreciated! Happy New Year of your life, Dan! ;-)
The weather outside was pretty wet and grumpy - perfect for staying at home with a bag full of pop corn in front of the TV but still many people managed to put themselves together and march into the rainy night to get to our gig. Many thanks for the warm atmosphere and all the words of appreciation coming from you!!!
Thanks also to Justin for having us again and for keeping up a great work at The Bear!
Some artistic confusion here…
Frank`s New Keys - covered with more and more keys…
The gig was fun!
Asaf enjoying playing on/with his new old friend : Mr. Rogers:
Bowing my Ziggy :
Remember Fluffy? :-D He went mad again and tried to bite a hole in the waterphone ... A very sweet but often nasty little creature :-)
All the photos from the gig were made by our sweetest follower and a great friend Izabella Stumpf. It is so rare to meet somebody like her, so devoted to listening to live music and attending to all the gigs she only can fit into her daily live schedule.
Izabella - we love you and we love your cakes too! :-DDD
THE BEAR`S vintage flair…
…and the “vintage” flair of Kev`s phone topped up with one of his famous “faces” ;-)))
“Our New Earth” : the continents look a bit strange but it is ours and it is a new one in her old way ;-)
It was a very nice evening. Good night big Bear, thank you and see you soon!
Good bye everybody - till the next time!
Sylwia & The Sirkis/Bialas IQ
Sirkis-Bialas International Quartet @ The Globe
Sylwia Bialas (voice/waterphone); Asaf Sirkis (drums); Frank Harrison (keys); Kevin Glasgow (bass guitar).
(Live Review by Lance).
A crowded upstairs Jazz Bar…
An incredible drummer…
A melodic bass guitarist…
An impressive keyboard player…
A voice that encompassed a range most contraltos can only dream about…
Melody, Harmony and Rhythm ever present in varying degrees…
It was compulsive…
It was intense…
Even the wordless vocals had a poetic quality about them…
Quotes by Ian Patterson, All About Jazz
`Striking melodic and rhythmic chemistry...`
`A brisk quartet workout, with Bialas employing her voice fearlessly as another instrument…`
`On the evidence of this concert the upcoming second album from Sirkis/Bialas IQ should help further establish the quartet as one of the most interesting of contemporary jazz ensembles. With music this uplifting, so sensitively and passionately rendered, it's hard not to be seduced. `
- Ian Patterson, All About Jazz
Hello Chaps! :-)
We are heading to Ireland for two performances and a workshop. Looking forward to see the green gables of the Irish shores!
It is striking how warm, ribald and hearty Irish peeps are. Fell in Love in this Land straight after the landing and still at the airport :-))). Now listen to this slang :
The first evening started with a fantastic dinner at Katie and Neil`s house.
A cheerful evening full of wicked stories and laughter...Lovely people, delicious food. Our hosts Katie Neil and Denise work at the Institute for Conflict research in Belfast. They work everyday to build bridges made of art between people stuck in conflicts and with difficult backgrounds. They make a significant change in lives of those people. It was a great thing to be a part of it and to move their souls with some music.
3 BIG HEARTS:
Those guys are musician fellows from an Indian band. They are also fantastic cooks as we found out after the workshop and a performance at the Institute...
It was a pleasure to meet you guys.
Here our enchanted B&B : NAMASTE
with it`s wicked owner:
The good witch of Belfast - Paula - our lovely B&B host.
Kevin and Frank made some new friends...
Loads of scratching and panting... (The dog - not the guys ;-D)
After Asaf`s delicious BIRTHDAY BREAKFAST with some goodies from a great bakery close to the B&B we had some rest till the next gig.
A great restaurant in Belfast close to the venue. Awesome food there.
Belfast by night...
Perfect vibes for our church Organ Pieces...:
Surprisingly good acoustics!
Always a good spirit in this band :-) (Soundcheck)
It was a great gig - lovely audience, great vibe, nice acoustics...
Nicest greetings to our new friend and a great photographer: Mariusz Smiejek! It was so nice to chat that evening :-)))
Amazing to finally catch up with Ian Patterson - a journalist and a real m music lover...! Big hugs to you and see you soon again! xxx
A truly great venue...
On the way back we had a hilarious encounter with an Irish cab driver. After the gig our energy was still high so me and Asaf were sitting in the front row behind the driver and were shaking our legs rhythmically without reflecting too much what we are doing. The taxi driver told Asaf to stop shaking his leg because he gets sea sick! We had a huge laugh!
The jokes got more and more funny and the cab driver gave us a juicy "GOOD BYE SHAKERS" ! Ahahahahhhh
Another enjoyable breakfast with some goodies from the unique: BANJO AND BREAD bakery. If you visit Belfast - find it - go there and try their sinful pastries....
Look at those beauties...
Some Middle Eastern yummies and I truly couldn`t stop myself from making some pan cakes filled with cream cheese and caramelized peanuts with cinnamon...
The famous Belfast tree alley used in the Game of Thrones...;-)
And the mother of dragons herself - hua hua....;-DDDD
Good Bye Belfast!
Katie, Denise, Neil, Paula and Mariusz, thank you for your hospitality and your great spirits! Hope to see you all again!
Much love, Sylwia & The Sirkis/Bialas IQ
Hello my friends,
The weather cries and we have to travel to the East Coast. Dark, wet and melancholic landscapes on the way to Lowestoft...
Rain droplets outside - us inside of our warm and cosy touring van - fair enough ;-)
Loosing the wheels ;-)))
Lowestoft behind the rainy veil...
Golden orbs getting wet
Alabaster sky over the Harbor...
It keeps raining outside...This time some sequins...
Faces of Jazz...
The whale whisperers ready to talk... In a perfect sync with the weather...
Bluish soundscapes tonight...
The night of sad news...
Letter to A....
Good night everyone...
here some memories from the gig at the Club 85 in Hitchin. We Jazzed up the crowd ;-). some lovely encounters and a big fun playing! Tom Hewson on keys joined us this evening. Always a pleasure - thanks, Tom!
Halloween vibes :-0!
Many thanks to Robert Crowley and John Morrow for the lovely pics! :
Thanks for havin` us Dave!
It was lovely to meet up with Mike Bearpark from the Dark Room. Mike came to our gig. Absolutely love to meet you Michael!!!
A great gig with great encounters! It was also good to play after the longer break we had to take to work on our brand new album....
GOOD NIGHT HITCHIN`, HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON !!!
Here some memories from the Sirkis/Bialas IQ`S at the Rose theater in Kingston.
This time we`ve featured the great Conor Chaplin on bass.
The Rose Theatre is a cheerful and charismatic place with a nice architecture and inner design...
Blue sky & clouds trapped in the windows...
The colorful inside of the building:
A spaced-out-stage under the stairs:
Nice to play in a bright room...
Judy hugs a Lama :-)))
Artful Ambiences :
Eyes behind the scarf...chilling...
Conor and the IQ crew
It was a nice, relaxed gig. We hope to repeat it someday!
alien tower and Warner Bros. Studio on the way back...
The eye of the sky
Looks like Duke had to change his profession...;-))))).
See you soon guys,
Much love, S
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 :