Stiftung für Deutsch - Polnische ZusammenarbeitMarcin Wasilewski – piano
Salwomir Kurkiewicz – double bass
Michael Miskiewicz – drums
Joakim Milder – saxophone

“In the entire history of Polish jazz, we’ve never had a band like this one. I’m surprised by these musicians everyday. They just keep getting better and better.”- Tomasz Stanko

The Trio is one of the brightest stars of the Polish jazz scene, recognised for their unique talent in blending tradition with contemporary sound. The band combines the grand tradition of the challenging piano trio tenet and creates their own distinct sound in doing so. It is also one of the most consistently developing bands of the Polish music scene, and one that is very open to inspiration from the surrounding environment. The Marcin Wasilewski Trio is considered one of the most acclaimed and unique jazz formations of its generation, and it has garnered recognition in its native Poland as well as abroad.


The Trio is present on the jazz scene from the beggining of the 1994, first as Simple Acoustic Trio, and from 2008 as Marcin Wasilewski Trio travelling around all continents to present their music. They were members of Tomasz Stanko Quartet for many years /15 years, the longest collaborators of Stanko/. They are ECM recording artists also as a Trio (‘Trio’ 2003,  ‘January’  2007 and ‘Faithful’ 2011). This Autumn trio will enter the studio to record a new material for ECM.


They are not only known for their outstanding records with Tomasz Stanko for the prestigious ECM label, but also from working together with masters of improvisation such as Jan Garbarek, Gianluigi Trovesi, John Surman, Louis Sclavis, Arthur Blythe, Joe Lovano, Bernt Rosengren, Dino Saluzzi, Bobo Stenson, Anders Jormin, Manu Katche and Jon Christensen, just to name a few.


The leader, Marcin Wasilewski (piano), was nominated for the "Paul Acket Award" in 2009. This music prize is awarded annually to a young artist who has chosen his or her own way injazz music and hence deserves more recognition. The nominees are selected by an international committee of jazz critics. Paul Acket Award is associated with the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. Another highlights of2005 and 2011 was Down Beat Annual Critics Polls in which Wasilewski was listed as a „rising piano star”. “Marcin Wasilewski does not think like other jazz pianists, His improvisational underpinning, his sense of musical space and his aural imagery are so fresh they are initially mysterious, then get more so. The same can be said of his trio as a whole with bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz and drummer Michal Miskiewicz…It takes nerve for a young trio to create music of such stillness, such patience. The fact that the three have played together since they were teenagers is audible in the way they trust the epiphanies they collectively come upon.”- Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

The 4th ECM album of Marcin Wasilewski Trio feat. Joakim Milder titled „Spark Of Life” was recorded in March2014   in   Lugano.   It   was   produced   –   as   three   previous   Trio’s   ECM   albums   –   by   Manfred   Eicher. The premiere of this new material is planned for October 2014.

Marcin Wasilewski @ Jazz Baltica 2015

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