czwartek, 10 grudnia 2009

Trzaska/Mazur Duo

I had a big pleasure play concert with excellent polish sax player, Mikolaj Trzaska. I hope we can do it more.

Solo performance - "Sonor Forms" premier

Here You can find part of my solo performance in Munster. Thank You for Erhard Hirt for invitation. It was premier of my solo CD - "Sonor Forms" released in Transidiomatics series by DTS Records.

Ensemble 56 - Krakow Jazz Fall

At the beginning of December Ensemble 56 played amazing concert on "Krakow Jazz Fall" Festival in Alchemia. It was 1,5 hour of energetic music. Before it we played concert in Poznan, at "Dragon" club, and in Warszawa in "Moving Closer" Festival organized by my friend Darek Makaruk.

Laboratory of Intuition V

Last guest of  :Laboratory of Intuition" year 2009 was amazing viola player - Charlotte Hug. We played concert in quartet with Mazrena Lis on piano and Tomek Choloniewski on drumms. It was great music, Rafal Drewniany from DTS Studio recorded everything and I hope You can listen it in future.

With Keir

In November I met with my friend, Keir Neuringer and we played few concerts - two in Krakow, one in Ljubljana nad one in Budapest. It was really amazing time. First concert was in trio with our friend Tomek Choloniewski, he played ion drumms, in Eszewerie - small club in Krakow. next two concerts was in duo - in Milestone in Krakow and in Gromka Club in Ljubljana (it was in Defonija series organized by Miha Zadnikar - photo). Last concert was in Budapest in Artus theater after premier of new performance amazing hungarian dancer Eszter Gal. We played with 5 hungarian improvisers - event was organized by Attila Dóra. Now we (me and Keir) waiting for our premier CD which will be released next year by Not Two Records. And in April we will play and record in our new project, trio with excellent drummer Raymond Strid.

środa, 11 listopada 2009


The premier of my first solo CD will take a place on my solo performance at the "Pro Gitarre" Festival In Munster - 13 of November 2009. "Sonor Forms" is released by DTS Records found by Rafal Drewniany in "Transidiomatic"series. Soon You can get it on my concerts or by internet shop of the label.

wtorek, 3 listopada 2009

Transidiomatics 1 - DTS Records

Rafal Drewniany, owner of DTS Mobile Studio found a label DTS Records. In that label I am curator of TRANSIDIOMATICS series - dedicate free improvised music from Central Europe. Graphic design of series is made by Piotr Jakubowicz. Next week should come first CD':
Ullen/Dóra/Mazur Trio - "Behind and Beyond" , recorded in February at Centre of Contemporary Art in Krakow. I will write soon how You can get it. If You are living near Munster in Germany for sure You can buy it at 13 of November - I will play there solo performance at "Pro Gitarre" Festival.

sobota, 10 października 2009

Laboratory of Intuition IV

IV edition of "Laboratory of Intuition" - October 2009 in Krakow: Frederic Blondy, Rafal Drewniany and me. We spent really nice time and played good concert. Frederic is an amazing piano player and it was pleasure play with him.

wtorek, 6 października 2009

sobota, 3 października 2009


After two month of boring holidays, September was really interesting. Among others things I played really good concert with Ensemble 56 at "Podgorska Jesien" festival. Our special quest was excellent polish jazz musician - Piotr Baron . Part of the concert You can see here.
And at the end of September I played two concerts with my new trio with Lisa Ullen and Attila Dóra. We played at Avant Art fest in Wroclaw and "Krakow Autumn Jazz Festival". It was amazing time and amazing music.
You can visit our myspace profile.
Really soon we will release our first CD: "Behind and Beyond".

czwartek, 9 lipca 2009

Laboratory of Intuition III

The 3rd edition of "Laboratory of Intuition" - series of concerts of free improvised music in Krakow. Special quest is Zsolt Sores. He plays today evening in Centre of Contemporary Arts "Solvay" on electronics with Paulina Owczarek, Tomek Choloniewski and me.

Mazur & Neuringer recordings

After few days and two concerts in Krakow me and Keir have a few hours good music recorded by Rafal Drewniany - DTS mobile studio. Session from "Solvay" is amazing in my opinion. Now we are looking for label. Let me know if You have a label and interested in it.

niedziela, 5 lipca 2009

Ensemble 56 in Ljubljana Jazz Festival

2nd of July I played with Ensemble 56 at 50 edition of Jazz Festival Ljubljana in Slovenia. It was really nice event with a lot of amazing musicians (Louis Moholo-Moholo, Regie Workman, Ken Vandenmark, Satoko Fuji...) and we played good concert ( as I remember). We represented Not Two label, in the series of concerts dedicated to most important independent jazz labels in Europe - Not Two, Jazzland and Clean Feed. Here is an excerpt of first review:"... Cankarjev dom Club first hosted the Ensemble 56 trio, which imbued its take on contemporary free jazz with a rich assortment of influences from eastern religions to various metal styles...The music – mostly owing to saxophonist Attile Dóre’s prolonged and dexterously articulated tones – had a dense texture, at times bearing a resemblance to Brötzmann’s sound... - Andraž Jež". Full review and photos You can find here.
Thanks for Marek Winiarski from Not Two Records that he decided to invite Ensemble 56 as an representation of his amazing label!!!!
Anyway, Ljubljana is nice city, not so big, really hot, full of good wines and amazing food. You should visit the place, next July for example.

czwartek, 18 czerwca 2009

Duo and trio

Next week I'll play two concerts with excellent sax player from NY - Keir Neuringer. We know each other since 10 years and we created improvised music scene in Krakow when we found "Improvisers Ensemble"
Now Keir come to Krakow and we will play 25.06 in "Eszewerie" and 26.06 in Centre of Contemporary Art "Solvay" in Krakow. Second concert will be with Tomek Choloniewski on percussions.
I am waiting for this meeting and playing!!
You can listen our music here:

piątek, 12 czerwca 2009

Recording session

This week I had a two days recording session with Ray Dickaty, sax player from Liverpool in UK, co-founder of "rock'n'roll free jazz ensemble" Solar Fire Trio (here You can listen the band: ).
Now, we have 160 minutes of music!! Of course, recorded by Rafal Drewniany, founder of DTS Studio - mobile recording studio. Among others, he cooperate with Not Two Records.

środa, 10 czerwca 2009

Budapest - alternative

It was amazing time, I was in Budapest in Alternative Cross Hearing Festival with my band PROCESS. Excellent music, wonderful people and impresive art ( among others Ben Patterson). And amazing hungarian wines and food!!!

You have to visit next edition, it is not so far, just in Centre of Europe :-)

wtorek, 26 maja 2009

Hungary - Relative (Cross)Hearing Fest

30.05.2009 I will play with PROCESS and Attila Dóra on Relative (Cross)Hearing Festival organized in Budapest (capitol of Hungary) by Zsolt Sores (photo) - one of the main person of community of improvised and experimental musicians in Hungary.

Zsolt will be next guest of LabInt in July!

Laboratory of Intuition

Yesterday I finished second edition of "Laboratory of Intuition". It is program dedicated for development of improvised art scene in Poland, particulary in Krakow. I created it with Centre of Contemporary Art in Krakow and we've got a financial support from Ministry Of Culture and National Heritage. The idea is to invite well-known improvisers to Krakow and combine bands with local musicians.

The 1st edition was in April and guest was great swedish drummer Raymond Strid.

The last, 2nd edition was in May and guest was French turntable's player Franck Vigroux.

More info about project You can find on website:

Released - PROCESS 1 and PROCESS 2

PROCESS 1 released by Abdicate Cell netlabel.

PROCESS 2 released by Audio Tong netlabel.

"The music is fiercely beautiful. I am completely energized by it! The events on Untitled 1 take you into a realm of huge spacial clarity, with the vibratory energies releasing, & entraining symbiotic energies in your spatio-physical-auditory awareness..."
Read here full review of Ladonna Smith.

Released - Apeiron "Night in Krakow"

"Night in Krakow" of Apeiron duo released by "Insubordinations" netlabel.

"Piano and contrabass collaborate in a fantastic music here, during one take of half an hour. There are flowing patterns, little cascades of sounds delivered with a wonderful, minute sense for the details. The secret of keeping this process so alive might lie in the pauses which are employed in what might be called a breath-like rhythm, but organically irregular. In a late stage the music gets slower and more exquisitely sparse - before finally there seems to be a deliberate turn to a pulsating, freejazzy texture, like a closing fanfare - still with sensitivity intact. Sensuous and fresh music."
INTUITIVE MUSIC REVIEWS by Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen

Released - Risser & Mazur "Elan Vital"

"Elan Vital" - the first album of Risser & Mazur Duo released by "Insubordinations" netlabel.

"Pianist Eve Risser and acoustic bass guitarist Rafel Mazur play a 22 minute piece titled Elan Vital on their same titled EP from Insubordinations. This experimental net label is always reliable for fascinating avant-garde improvisations and Elan Vital is no exception..."

Full review of "Elan Vital" You can find in Free Albums Galore

Released - Ensemble 56 "1st Meeting - Towards Sky Flight of Dragon"

"...Spontaneous, improvised music is an art in its own. Dora, Gorka and Mazur have transcended the ordinary to find an intuitive weave and give their music a presence of depth and dimension(...)Spontaneous invention and a dynamic approach sing the sounds of Ensemble 56. The call is irresistible."

Read the whole review from All About Jazz here.

"...I can't say that I've heard of any of the members of this fine Polish/Hungarian trio before this disc, but I was quite pleased to hear this disc(...) The trio does a swell job and knowing when to come in and turn solos into duos or trios."
Here is a whole review from NY Down Town Music Gallery.

"...These guys are as free as it gets, but full of soul and free improv leanings, and the trio's musicianship is just outstanding(...)All three of them are a real pleasure to hear, with an unbelievable scope of technique, yet using this always in function of the musical project at hand, coherent and focused."
Here is a full review from Free Jazz Blog.

"1st Meeting: Towards Sky Flight of Dragon" - the first album of Ensemble 56 is now available in the music stores and for online purchase through the website of the Polish label "Not Two Records"

poniedziałek, 25 maja 2009

Who am I?

Rafal Mazur (Kraków 1971) plays acoustic bass guitar custom built to his own specifications by guitar maker Jerzy Wysocki. He has developed an advanced and individual approach to his instrument—and to improvisation in general—in which sonority, extended technique and gesture combine effortlessly in performance. Mazur’s uncompromising musical standards are matched by the sophistication of his wit and demeanor on- and offstage.
He has taken an important role in Kraków to support young artists and improvised music;he is a founder of "ImproArt" - studio of improvisation in Krakow. He has performed jazz and improvised music in clubs and festivals across Poland and in much of Europe (and recently in China). At present focuses on working with Ensemble 56. He is an organizer of "Laboratory of Intuition"- series of presentation of spontaneous art in Kraków.He also studying philosophy at the Jagiellonian University and practice Tai Ji.

A l'heure actuelle Rafal Mazur joue d'une guitare basse acoustique ue spécialement conçue pour lui par le luthier Jerzy Wysocki. Il a développé une approche propre et poussée de son instrument - et de l'improvisation d'une manière générale - où technique étendue et geste se combine sans effort lors de la performance. La position sans compromis de Mazur s'associe à son esprit sophistiqué sur, et hors, de la scène.
Il joue un rôle important dans la scène de Cracovie, soutenant les jeunes musiciens et les arts improvisés. Il s'est produit dans de nombreux clubs et festivals Polonais, Européen, et récement en Chine. Il est le fondateur d'“ImproArt”, une association informelle de musiciens promouvant et pratiquant la musique improvisée. Rafal Mazur se concentre sur sa collaboration avec de Keir Neuringer et l'Ensemble 56 , un ensemble de jazz contemporain hongro-polonais. Il organise les “Laboratory of Intuition”, événements annuelles multidisciplinaires. Il étudie également la philosophie à l'université Jagielonian et pratique le tai-chi.

Der 1971 in Krakau geborene Bassgitarrist Rafal Mazur hat einen ganz eigenen, modernen Zugang zu seinem Instrument gefunden. Außergewöhnliche Techniken, Wohlklang und gestenreiche Darbietungen vereinen sich bei dem Polen mühelos in einer nicht alltäglichen Performance. Dabei vereinen sich in seinen Improvisationen Esprit, Witz und Raffinesse mit kompromisslosem Musikverständnis zu einem bunten Potpourri klanglicher Leidenschaft. Die zeigt sich auch bei der Förderung junger Improvisationskünstler aus Krakau. Seine Auftritte haben ihn bereits durch ganz Polen und große Teile Europas geführt sowie jüngst nach China. Zurzeit konzentriert sich der Bassist auf die Arbeit mit dem Ensemble 56.