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Warsaw | „SuperSam +1”: Alexander von Schlippenbach & Wacław Zimpel


Alexander Von Schlippenbach and Wacław Zimpel will perform together during the next concert in the fourth edition of the "SuperSam +1" series, which will take place on June 6, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. in DZiK club (44A Belwederska Street).

“Supersam + 1” is a series of master performances. The project focuses mainly on music, however, it also includes other forms of expression such as: performance, multimedia, monodrama. “Supersam + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative. All invited artists will present their premiere works that have never been performed before. The duos themselves will also be premieres since the artists will be performing together for the first time and creating the newest possible pieces. Video recording of all activities and production of documentary films constitute the additional part of the project, which aims at presenting the artists in a close-up.

Alexander Von Schlippenbach began taking lessons at the age of eight, later he studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with composers Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Rudolf Petzold. He is one of Europe’s premier free jazz bandleaders, whose music mixes free and contemporary classical elements, with his slashing solos often the link between the two in his compositions. Schlippenbach formed The Globe Unity Orchestra in 1966 to perform the piece “Globe Unity”, which had been commissioned by the Berliner Jazztage.
 He remained involved with the orchestra into the 80’s. He played with Gunther Hampel in 1963, and was in Manfred Schoof’s quintet from 1964 to 1967.
 Schlippenbach began heading various bands after 1967, including a trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lovens and a duo with Sven-Ake Johansson, which they co-formed in 1976. Schlippenbach has also given many solos performances. In the late 80’s, he formed the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra,which has featured a number of esteemed European avant-garde jazz musicians including Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, Kenny Wheeler, Misha Mengelberg and Aki Takase. In the 90’s he worked in duos with Tony Oxley, Sam Rivers and Aki Takase. In 1999 he started performing and radiorecording the complete works of Thelonius Monk, (all the compositions) with Rudi Mahall and his group „Die Enttäuschung”.

Wacław Zimpel was born and raised in Poznań. Music has flowed through and from him since an early age; his earliest musical memories are of his father playing the piano. Taking up the violin at the age of six, Wacław Zimpel cast aside the frustrations of formal music lessons by finding salvation in jazz, harmonica and a burning desire to improvise. He is one of the most original and unique talents that have emerged from Poland. He is multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer of rare distinction. He is as much inspired by jazz as he is by electronics, minimalism and roots music from across the world. Wacław Zimpel doesn’t so much blur boundaries as eradicate them altogether to create a whole new musical language. His mastery of woodwind instrumentation including the clarinet and the khaen - a proto-harmonica from Laos - has reached world-class levels. A naturally curious musician who refuses to be boxed in, Wacław Zimpel has also applied the endless possibilities of electronics and loops to his oeuvre and, as displayed by his growing catalogue of music, is signposting the way for future generations. He was nominated in 2014 for Paszport Polityki, the most important cultural award in Poland.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://supersam.mozg.pl