Their debut album Eather, which was released by the Danish label Ninth World Music turned out to be the most significant artistic success of 2007, garnering splendid reviews both in Poland and internationally. The trio were later joined by Johannes Bauer – a German trombonist.
The group’s last album, Tungt Vand, was recorded as a quartet and released by the same label. It was recorded at the Mózg club in Bydgoszcz and is currently being promoted during concerts. The quartet’s rhythm section is comprised of two Danish musicians belonging to the absolute elite of imrojazz scene in Europe: Peter Friis-Nielsen (bass) and Peter Ole Jørgensen (percussion).
During the few years that they have been active, the quartet have played many concert tours and collaborated with many recognised musicians on the international jazz scene, including saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, British pianist Pat Thomas and Austrian trumpeter Franz Hautzinger.
During their concerts, the group present a programme in which the basis for improvisation is created by compositions penned by all the musicians involved. The Traszka/Friis/Jørgensen Trio are a very intriguing musical phenomenon that presents European audiences with a clash of several cultures rendered by means of contemporary improvised music.
Tickets – 25 zł in advance, 30 zł on the day of the concert
Mikołaj Trzaska – saxophonist. Born in 1966, this saxophonist, bass clarinettist and composer paid his dues in yass – an artistic-social movement at the end of the 80s and beginning of the 90s that rebelled against the ossification of the national jazz idiom. Traszka was a co-founder of the most important yass formation – the legendary Miłość – as well as Łoskot (which is still active). Although the momentum behind yass was snuffed out many years ago, Trzaska went on to become a leading figure on the Polish improvisation scene. Today he is a leader of the international jazz trio Volume and a member of such groups as Ken Vandermark’s Resonance, Joe McPhee’s Magic or Shofar – who perform Jewish music. He gains really comes into his own, however, in music rooted in radical free jazz and has cooperated with bastions of the international free improvisation scene, such as Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Peter Friis-Nielsen and Michael Zerang.
Adam Pultz Melbye – bas (DK)
Peter Ole Jørgensen – percussionist, producer and composer. He is currently one of the most important figures on the (freeform/impro) Scandinavian music scene. Over the last two decades, he has participated very creatively in many musical enterprises. For years, he has been composing music for ballet, film and performance art, as well as for the groups with which he works. He is a member of: Sweetheart in a Drugstore, David Thomas & Foreigners, The Wild Mans Band (with Peter Brötzmann), Cockpit Music, the Global Guaranty Orchestra, Ghost In The Machine (with Evan Parker), and also Dog God. He has collaborated and recorded with such musicians as: David Moss, Phil Minton, Axel Dörner, Steve Lacy, Mats Gustafsson, Thomas Lehn, Frank Lowe, David Thomas, Evan Parker, Alan Silva, Pat Thomas, Peter Brötzmann, Johannes Bauer, David Moss, Herb Robertson and Sirone. Peter Ole’s most recent projects are the Live Free or Diet duo with David Thomas, vocalist from the cult rock group Pere Ubu and the Volume trio with Mikołaj Trzaska and Peter Friis-Nielsen.