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SHOFAR (Jazz Trio From Poland) - Lincoln Center Atrium - February 21st @ 8:00PM - FREE EVENT - Playing Hasidic Free-Form Jazz!!
RAPHAEL ROGIŃSKI, MIKOŁAJ TRZASKA & MACIO MORETTI NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
New York - Chicago - Vancouver - Seattle
Los Angeles - San Francisco - Portland
February 21 - March 3, 2013
New York, January 29, 2013 - The Polish Cultural Institute New York proudly presents SHOFAR - a trio of three leading Polish musicians Raphael Roginski (electric guitar), Mikolaj Trzaska (saxophone, bass clarinet) and Macio Moretti (drums) who perform traditional Jewish music with contemporary avant-jazz and rock. The program will feature the trio's innovative interpretations of nigunim, or religious songs (meant to induce a state of religious ecstasy), more dancelike freylakhs, and Jewish liturgical music. Their tour begins on February 21st at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center and ends with concert opening the 28th Jewish Music Festival in Berkeley on March 2nd and a concert in Portland at the Blue Monk on March 3rd. Shofar will be appearing at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in New York, theChutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, the Jewish Music Festival in Berkeley and in collaboration with Heaven Gallery, Hungry Brain in Chicago, the Royal Room in Seattle, bluewhale in Los Angeles and the Blue Monk in Portland, See detailed itinerary below.
Roginski, Trzaska, and Moretti began to experiment with Jewish music in 2006, in the context of a general revival of interest in Jewish culture in Poland, with many Poles recovering and exploring their own Jewish family roots that may have been suppressed under Communism. SHOFAR started with a collection of Hasidic songs by Moshe Beregovski (1892-1961) who, beginning in the 1920s, researched and wrote about Jewish music. The concept behind this project is to carry on the Jewish musical traditions that are still alive in Poland, while also searching for a common denominator shared by Hasidic music and free jazz. The trio's repertoire includes nigunim, or religious songs meant to induce a state of religious ecstasy, freylakhs of a more dancelike nature, as well as pieces derived from Jewish liturgy. Unchanged in form, this material unlocks the whole broad spectrum of Hasidic music and culture. As composers and performers, Raphael Roginski has focused on jazz-influenced improvisation and folk music; Mikolaj Trzaska explores new wave, free jazz, modern rock and poetry; and Macio Moretti covers grind/punk, twisted country and western, improv, psychedelic and pseudojazz.
Shofar's concerts at the Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Chutzpah! Festival and the Jewish Music Festival will be presented in a double bill with another project co-presented by the Polish Cultural Institute New York Polesye Project. This original project created by Olga Mieleszczuk is inspired by the repertoire of Mariam Nirenberg, a pre-War Jewish folksinger born in the multicultural region of Polesia that overlaps Northern Ukraine, Southern Belarus, the Lublin region of Poland, and extends as far as Bryansk in Russia. Olga Mieleszczuk is a singer, accordion player and researcher of Eastern European musical folklore. She will perform with Lisa Gutkin (violin), Ittai Binnun (winds), Uri Sharlin (accordion, piano) in New York and Vancouver, and in Berkley with Ittai Binnun, Cookie Sielgelstein (violin) and Joshua Horowitz (accordion, cymbals).
Detailed biographies follow below.
MORE INFO: www.PolishCulture-NYC.org
Shofar concerts are presented by David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Chutzpah! Festival, Jewish Music Festival in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York. Concerts in Berkeley co-presented with the Polish Cultural Institute New York and co-sponsored by the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, in association with the Israel Center in San Francisco, the Consulate of Israel, and the Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles. Additional concerts presented by Protest Series at Heaven Gallery, Hungry Brain, the Royal Room, bluewhale and the Blue Monk in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York. Concert in Los Angeles is presented in collaboration with the KulturePlus Productions.
Shofar's founder Raphael Roginski was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and began playing electric guitar at the age of 13. He received both jazz and classical musical training and supplemented his education with studies of musicology and ethnomusicology. Since his earliest creative pursuits his main focus has been on jazz-influenced improvisation and folk music. As a composer and performer, he feels a powerful connection to Jewish culture and strives to include it in his work with his two bands, SHOFAR and CUKUNFT. Roginski has collaborated with many established musicians in Poland and abroad, including Noel Akchote, Frederic Blondy, Joe Giardullo, Axel Dorner, Thomas Lehn, Andrew Sharpley, John Edwards, John Tilbury, Brigit Ulher, Yale Strom, Macio Moretti, Patryk Zakrocki, Tomasz Gwincinski, Daniel Pigonski, Konstanty Usenko, Vadim O. Pavluk, Ryszard Latecki. He was a guest artist on such albums as Djazzpora, Sztetlach, Broniewski, and Meritum.
Mikołaj Trzaska - born in Gdańsk, saxophonist, bass clarinetist and composer, grew out of "yass" - a socio-artistic movement that in the 1980s and 90s opposed what the participants saw as the rigidity of the Polish jazz environment. Together with Tymon Tymański and a group of other musicians free from any fixed doctrine they changed the image of Polish jazz music. Trzaska was the co-founder of the most important yass group - "Miłość" and the similarly creative "Łoskot." Although the impetus of yass faded away many years ago he became the leader of the national improvised-music scene. After the yass period he recorded a few concentrated and quiet albums with the Oleś brothers. He also accompanied poets - Świetlicki and Andrukhovych, he created muical - literary projects with Andrzej Stasiuk. Today he is the leader of the international quartet INNER EAR, danish trio Volumen and a member of, among others, Resonance of Ken Vandermark, Magic - Joe McPhee, and the Shofar trio with Raphael Rogiński and Macio Moretti - playing Jewish music. Above all he sees himself in the mode of radical contemporary free jazz. He travels around the world cooperating with personalities of world improvisation among others with Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Peter Friis Nielsen, Clementine Gasser, Pete Ole Jorgensen, Michael Zerang, Franz Houtzinger, Jay Rosen, Domik Duval, Mark Sanders. He has recorded about thirty albums.
Macio Moretti is a performer, composer, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. He started his musical career as bass guitarist with SLAGE IMAGE/KROLOWIE ZYCIA; now he plays drums as a member of STARZY SINGERS and BAABA. His broad spectrum of musical interests covers such diverse areas as grind/punk, twisted country-and-western, improv, psychedelic and pseudojazz. He is a cofounder of the independent music labels LADO ABC and ZGNILE MIESO REKORDS. In 2010, Moretti received the "Passport" award from influential Polish news weekly, Polityka. He has a successful second career in graphic design, working for publications such as Przekrój, one of the country's oldest and most respected magazines.
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