Gerard Lebik is a composer, experimental musician, creator of sound installations and urban interventions. He has worked with, among others, Eryck Abecassis, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Rob Mazurek, Keith Rowe, Satoko Fujii, Brian Labycz, Hernani Faustino, Gabriel Ferrandini, Noritaka Tanaka, Bettina Wenzel and Red Trio. This graduate of Wrocław’s Karol Lipiński University of Music explores sounds using various tools and techniques: saxophones, air compressors, VHS recorders, electronic instruments and computers. Last year he completed an artistic residency in San Sebastian as part of the A-i-R Wro Artists in Residence programme.
A native of Mexico, Emilio Gordoa is a vibraphonist, percussionist and composer. He has been living in Berlin since 2012. Gordoa is active in many bands and projects, playing experimental music, noise, free jazz and improvised music. He redefines the vibraphone as a source of sound, treating it with preparations and extended techniques. He has worked with Germán Bringas, John Russell, Tristan Honsinger, John Butcher, John Edwards, Misha Marks, Axel Dörner, Tony Buck, Tobias Delius, Ignaz Schick, Jack Wright, Liz Allbee, Klaus Kürvers, Alexander Bruck, Roland Ramanan, oraz Ute Wassermann.
Lebik and Gordoa performed together in August during Sanatorium Dźwięku – a Polish festival dedicated to contemporary experimental music and sound art. There they premiered a project entitled Dry Mountain, started when Keith Rowe and Gerard Lebik recorded their improvisations and created a score from the selected, several-minutes-long fragment. They invited several visual artists and musicians to collaborate – Emilio Gordoa being one of them.
Tickets 30 PLN in advance, 40 PLN on the day of the show
After the concert we invite you to a screening of the feature-length film about improvised music – The Internal Ear / Ucho wewnętrzne, directed by Szymon Uliasz and Magdalena Gubała. The protagonist of the film is Mikolaj Trzaska – a self-taught saxophonist, bass clarinet player, harmonica player and composer, sometime member of Sni Sredstvom Za Uklanianie i Miłość. As aptly noted by Jerzy Armata in a review for Jazz Forum, the film resembles an essay divided into chapters. This is not a biopic though. It’s a movie that talks about collaborations between musicians, searching for one’s roots, and the search for an individual, radical language of musical expression.
Trzaska explain in the movie: “I come to a place where there’s nothing or there’s many things, but I start from scratch. I feel all sorts of emotions, tensions. I try to somehow hold it in and then release it through the mouthpiece”.
The Internal Ear / Ucho wewnętrzne also demonstrates the superb effects of the work of two cinematographers, Piotr Michalski and Krzysztof Bartuzin, as well as Marcin Podolec’s animations, which neatly correspond with Trzaska’s music.
Also featured in the film are the painter Andrzej Trzaska (Mikołaj’s rather), Andrzej Stasiuk, Ken Vandermark, Peter Brötzmann, Tim Daisy, Mark Sanders, Raphael Rogiński, Rafał Mazur, Paweł Szpura, Wacław Zimpel, Paweł Szamburski, Michał Górczyński and many other notable figures. And although the director Wojciech Smarzowski doesn’t appear in the movie, it was him who first pitched the idea to the two directors. Gubała and Uliasz instantly became interested in Trzaska’s life and music, which resulted in this must-see movie.
After the show:
Ucho wewnętrzne / The Internal Ear
A film by Magdalena Gubała and Szymon Uliasz