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Wacław Zimpel [pl]

21:00, 05-11-2016
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Wacław Zimpel [pl]

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Wacław Zimpel is a Polish clarinettist, whose improvisatory talent was appreciated both at native and worldwide scenes. He’s not afraid of challenges and he continually sets new music tracks, which he presents during numerous international cooperations. His output is impressive not only for jazz experts.

He mastered his talents at the Music Academy in Poznań (Akademia Muzyczna) and Hochschule fur Music und Theater in Hannover. Since 2008, he’s a part of a clarinet quartet Ircha with Mikołaj Trzaska, Michał Górczyński and Paweł Szamburski. He’s also a member of the international Resonance Ensemble by an outstanding musician from Chicago– Ken Vandermark.

From the beginning of his carrier Zimpel relied on independence. He’s turned out to be not only a talented musician, but also a wonderful composer. His first international free-jazz line-up– Undivided, which included Bobby Few and Perry Robinson, received excellent reviews and numerous awards.

Another project by Zimpel– his band Hera, searches for the essence of improvising, which origins from the indigenous traditions of liturgical and folk music from India and Africa. Wacław Zimpel continued his explorations in the south of India. By combining Hindi traditions with his European roots, he created Saagara with some of the best musicians from Bangalore.

Zimpel is also interested in other kinds of music. In 2012 he began his cooperation with the Moroccan master of gimbri, a string instrument resembling bass guitar. While in 2014, he invited Japanese free-jazz musicians, Michyo Jagi and Tamaya Honda, to Poland. They were observing traditions of Japanese music without giving up on free-jazz interpretations.

The newest Project by Wacław Zimpel is the LAM trio, which involves experimenting with American minimalist music created with Krzysztof Dys and Hubert Zemler. It may be described as more lucid, which is the main principle in Zimpel’s current quest for music. The new inspirations resulted in cooperation with the Grammy award winner Evan Ziporyn, a contributor to the legendary “Bang On A Can All-stars” and a professor at the MIT in Boston.