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Marcin Olak Trio | Marcin Olak Quartet | Spontaneous Chamber Music | Solo

Marcin Olak Trio

Cool, acoustic trio. The music – mostly Marcin’s own compositions – can be placed somewhere between jazz and contemporary chamber music. It focuses on the sound of an acoustic and classical guitar, complemented by double-bass and prepared drums. It’s worth pointing out that the Marcin Olak Trio is one of the few jazz bands in the world (!) with classical and acoustic guitars as the lead instruments. Electronic instruments are not used. Every sound is natural and the musicians become the only source of energy on stage.

Marcin Olak Trio

Marcin Olak Trio are:

Marcin Olak – guitars,
Maciej Szczyciński – bass,
Krzysztof Szmańda – drums.

The Trio played at some of the most important Polish jazz festivals, including FRE3 JAZZ DAYS, Warsaw Summer Jazz Days, Jazz Juniors and many more.

Marcin Olak Quartet/Bessarabian Journey

“Bessarabian Journey” is a suite, based on traditional Jewish music from Bessarabia. Marcin Olak Quartet mixes ethnic, trans energy with jazz and intuitive music. The sound is pretty strong, intensive – but not aggressive. Sometimes musicians let the listener relax a bit – they play softly, quietly, using acoustic sounds… only to hit again in a moment.

We decided not to play those tunes in a traditional way. Instead, we asked ourselves a question: what could’ve happened if that tradition had lived, if that music still kept growing and developing itself? “Bessarabian Journey” is one of the possible answers.

Marcin Olak Quartet
fot. Magda “Bronka” Braniewska

Marcin Olak Quartet are:

Patryk Zakrocki – viola,
Maciek Szczyciński – bass,
Krzysztof Szmańda – drums
Marcin Olak – guitars.

Spontaneous Chamber Music.

Spontaneous Chamber Music is all about improvisation. Instant composition. Open, with no limits.

We come from different backgrounds. We played at the jazz festivals and with symphony orchestras – actually we composed for them. We wrote and performed music for movies and theaters. We gave masterclasses on improvisation. We played ancient and contemporary music. We were leaders and session musicians. And now we play together, searching for new sounds. We mix chamber music with… well, with everything. We improvise.

Spontaneous Chamber Music: Marcin Olak & Patryk Zakrocki

Spontaneous Chamber Music are:

Marcin Olak – guitars
Patryk Zakrocki – viola, trumpetviolin, tuning forks

Discography:

  • Zakrocki/Olak/Wielecki, Spontaneous Chamber Music, vol. 1
    (Listen! Foundation, 2016)
  • Zakrocki/Olak/Fernandez, Spontaneous Chamber Music, vol. 2
    (Listen! Foundation, 2018)

Solo.

It is a unique moment. Musician only has his instrument, his sensitivity, creativity, his skills. There is no band to hide behind, no excuses. A moment of truth.

Actually that’s how Marcin Olak has begun: educated as a classical guitarist he played many solo recitals. However, classical guitarists usually play fully composed music, and Marcin was not that much interested in it. He always preferred to add some creativity, some improvisation… He improvised cadenzas in classical sonatas, variations, he loved improvising in contemporary music. As a composer Marcin blended chamber music with jazz, always avoiding staying within an idiom.

In fact it was only a matter of time. Marcin just came back to the roots, he plays solo recitals again. But this time everything is improvised.

During the anty-recital – as Marcin himself describes it – everything is possible. Aleatorism and sonorism mixes with poliphony; a jazz-like tune can evolve into a fugue, and ends as a stream of consiousness. Summed up with a classical cadenza. Or something else.

Read a rewiev @ Jazzarium.pl (in Polish).