Mikolaj Trzaska

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A saxophone virtuoso

Mikolaj Trzaska is a musician – saxophonist, bass clarinettist and composer. He is one of the founders of the yass scene in Poland (yass is an improvised avant-garde of jazz music). He works together with many recognized musicians and plays in different line-ups. His solo career is an unceasing journey and concert.
‘Once in everybody’s life there is a time when one has a chance and duty to be revolutionary.’ This is a statement made by Trzaska himself and it applies to his life to a great extent. He admits that you have to learn from others but there is a point when you say ‘no’ and do something against the canon. Building tradition means questioning the canon all the time. Although Trzaska is a mature artist following a chosen path he still feels like a warrior and claims that warriors create Great Culture by observing the reality in a critical way and by trying to influence it.

He is inspired by European jazz – he admires Sclavis – the great personality of French jazz. Thanks to cooperation with Peter Friis Nielsen and and Peeter Uuskyla he feels closer to Scandinavia as well. Mikolaj Trzaska is a seeker. He can’t play with one line-up only. He wants to meet and work with new people and in this way find inspiration for his own music. He claims that it is when you play with interesting musicians and not when you imitate them that you create your own, original music.

When he improvises he listens to the space even if the only thing he hears is silence. ‘It’s most important to maintain a certain frame of mind – be a listener and performer at the same time’ – he says. Every place is appropriate to play; he has performed on streets, in shops, on fields, in woods, in small clubs and in big concert halls, during weddings and funerals. He likes experimenting with other artists and artistic genres. He has performed together with writers Andrzej Stasiuk and Yuri Andrukhovych.

Up till now he has collaborated with Lester Bowie, Peter Brötzmann, Tomasz Stanko, John Tchikai, Noel Akchote, Joe Giardullo, Peter Ole Jørgensen, Clementine Gasser, Jan Luc Cappozzo, Adam Pieronczyk, Leszek Mozdzer.
He has recorded more than 30 albums, half of them are his own, self composed projects. Considered one of the best Polish jazz musicians he performs all over Europe.
Author: Anna Knoch

Bio

Mikolaj Trzaska was born on 7 April 1966 in Gdansk. Already in high school he played the guitar and flute in a band called “REGAL” connected with Gdansk alternative music scene. In 1987 he started studies at the Academy of Fine Arts. At that time he met Ryszard Tymon Tymanski who invited him to play together in the group “Sni Sredstwom Zauklanianie” which was transformed into “Milosc” (Love). Fascinated by the life and music of John Coltrane he started playing the alto saxophone and does it until now. “Milosc” absorbed him completely and he left the Academy after two years of studies. In 1993 he founded the group “Loskot” (Clatter) which had its debut at Gdynia Summer Jazz Days Festival. The following year he formed a duet “Maslo” (Butter) together with Tymanski. In 2001 he left “Milosc” and concentrated on work with “Loskot” and solo projects. He also formed a trio Oles/Trzaska/Oles together with Marcin Oles – double bass and Bartlomiej Oles – percussion.
Recently Trzaska’s music image has changed. He has become a composer of theatre music and concentrates on solo music projects. Since 2001 together with his wife Ola he runs an independent recording company “Kilogram Records”.

Works

Orangeada (with Friis & Uuskyla)

Published Audio,
2006

Sun (with Loskot)

Published Audio,
2005

Malamute (with North Quartet)

Published Audio,
2005

Suite For Trio + (with Oles)

Established,
2005

Andruchoid (with Yuri Andrukhovych)

Published Audio,
2005

Noc (with Wirkus)

Published Audio,
2005

Unforgiven North (with Peter Friis Nielsen)

Published Audio,
2004

Danziger Strassenmusik (with Marcin and Bartlomiej Brat Oles)

Published Audio,
2004

Krytychny Dni

Published Audio,
2003

La Sketch Up (with Marcin and Bartlomiej Brat Oles)

Published Audio,
2003

Mikro muzik (with Marcin and Bartlomiej Brat Oles)

Published Audio,
2002

Pieszo

Published Audio,
2001

Smierdzace Kwiatuszki (with Loskot)

Published Audio,
2000

Cierpienie i wypoczynek (with Marcin Swietlicki)

Published Audio,
2000

Talkin Aboud Life And Death (with Milosc and Lester Bowie)

Published Audio,
2000

Amariuch (with Loskot)

Published Audio,
1998

Sport i Religia (with NRD)

Published Audio,
1998

Asthmatic (with Milosc)

Published Audio,
1995

Czesc, Czesc, Czesc

Published Audio,
1995

NotTwo (with Milosc and Lester Bowie)

Published Audio,
1994

Koncert w Mozgu (with Loskot)

Published Audio,
1994

Taniec Smoka (with Milosc)

Published Audio,
1994

Milosc (with Milosc)

Established,
1992

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Teraz Ukraina

Prose, poetry, music

(09 April 05 - 19 April 05)

SEAS Events 2004

Baltikum-Adriatico

(26 April 04 - 26 September 04)

SEAS

Baltikum-Adriatico

(01 December 01 - 30 September 05)

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Kilogram Records

Trzaska´s Official Website