The sounds of the jazz summer still linger in Kraków, and the next dose of the finest improvised music is already just around the corner! “Play difficult and interesting things. If you play boring things, you risk losing your appetite” – these words by the late, great saxophonist Steve Lacy have been chosen by the organisers of the 13th Krakow Jazz Autumn (11 October – 28 November) from the Alchemia Dom Kultury Foundation as the motto of this year’s event. And the artists performing this year certainly have plenty of appetite!
The double-bassist Barry Guy brings his eleven-strong ensemble For to End Yet Again to present his brand new composition inspired by the works of Samuel Beckett and György Kurtág. Another festival regular, Mats Gustafsson, celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of his band GUSH. We will hear some fascinating trios, led by the multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee and trumpeter Peter Evans, and the ReDDeer ensemble of Fay Victor, Elisabeth Harnik and Dominic Lash. There will also be larger groups, such as Martin Küchen’s All Included expanded into a quintet and the septet led the rising star on the improv scene Kaja Draksler. Paulina Owczarek performs with her fascinating, unpredictable Krakow Improvisers Orchestra. (Bartosz Suchecki, “Karnet”)