Thursday Nite Live @ Choices featuring Tomasz Licak/Radek Wośko Quartet
Thursday 19th March 2015
Venue : Choices, Baricho Rd, Industrial Area
Time : 8 – 11 PM
We are proud to feature Danish/Polish Jazz band the Tomasz Licak/Radek Wośko Quartet in their debut Nairobi performance.
The band was formed in 2012 as an initiative of drummer Radek Wośko. Originally it was a trio which, next to the founder of the band, included two excellent Danish musicians – pianist Carl Winther and bassist Martin Buhl Staunstrup. In 2013 saxophonist Tomasz Licak joined the group and so international quartet was finally established. The two leaders took their first steps in jazz together for more than 10 years ago in Szczecin, and than met again in Danmark where studied at Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense. Positive energy and joint koncerts resulted the Grand Prix during a competition at the 49th Festival of Jazz nad Odrą in Wrocław in 2013.
Thomas Licak / Radek Wośko Quartet is one of Polish-Danish bands in recent years initiated by Polish musicians living in Denmark. It is worth briefly introduce the band members. Thomas Licak, a graduate of Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense, carried out postgraduate studies at the elite Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen. Radek Wośko, graduate of the first degree at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense, last year spent developing his skills while living in New York and Ghana. Carl Winther excellent musician of younger generation, has won numerous prizes at international jazz competitions (such as Getxo Jazz Competition 2011 with his own trio). In recent years toured with musicians such as Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone. The last member of the team is Martin Buhl, who under the supervision of Greg Cohen, currently studyies at the Jazz Institute in Berlin.
Debut album is the result of two tours and a very productive year of band existence . Success in Wroclaw helped and fastened the decision of recording and issuing the debut album. The recordings were made at RecPublica studio in Lubrza, November 2013, during their second tour. It is a musical summary of quartets work until now. All songs on the album are written by the members of the team, most of them written specifically for this recording.
“Entrails United”, title of the album, refers to the very essence of the creative process. United is also a word that describes the strength that comes from a common musical development, playing together, communicating through music. It was created by the collision of strong personalities, for whom jazz, improvised music, is a type of binder, a common language, which they perfectly understand. The main source of inspiration is the quartet playing together, being on the stage in the sense of creating new value, which is the result of crossing their skills and exceeding the limits.