Jazz Poetry Month: LAM (Poland) plus Featured PoetsSaturday, September 23, 2017 @ 7 p.m.
Join us for an evening of international jazz with LAM (Poland). Between sets, the musicians of LAM will also collaborate with Kinga Tóth (Hungary), Vladimir Martinovski (Macedonia) and Maung Day (Myanmar) from the University of Iowa’s International Writers Program for a jazz and poetry interlude.
LAM, a trio led by Warsaw-based Polish clarinetist Wacław Zimpel, is a perfect example of collective organic interplay. The elegance and discipline of this music seems to owe a lot to the classical background he shares with pianist Krzysztof Dys and drummer Hubert Zemler. Their long-term tenure on the improv scene has apparently given them a sixth sense, an ability to communicate at an almost telepathic level.
LAM’s eponymous 2016 debut album released by Polish avant label Instant Classic, is heavily influenced by Zimpel’s fascination with American minimalism. In a clear continuation of his solo electronic explorations, he juxtaposes clarinets with synths and organs, delaying, looping and freezing his hypnotic figures. Combined with meditative approach of Dys, Zemler’s relentless beats, and Mooryc’s imaginative production, LAM has enchanted audiences and the music press alike. In 2016 the album earned Zimpel one of the most prestigious Polish cultural awards, Paszport Polityki, in the ‘popular music’ category.
Classically trained clarinetist and composer, Wacław Zimpel is one of the key figures of the Polish and international scene of improvised music. His explorations have met with an unprecedented acclaim of mass audiences and the Paszport Polityki award in the ‘popular music’ category. In a continuous search for a new musical language, he draws heavily on various musical traditions, but his sound is undoubtedly contemporary. His most important projects include Wacław Zimpel solo, with the heavy use of analog electronics, LAM with Krzysztof Dys and Hubert Zemler, as well as Hindu-Polish Saagara. The winner of the Poznań Artistic Award and the Medal of Young Art awarded by the Głos Wielkopolski.
Hubert Zemler is a drummer, composer and improviser with classical education. He uses a variety of rhythmic forms with an unusual feel, perfectly at ease in various musical genres. Zemler uses his extensive instrumentation, including metalophone, balafon (african marimba), gongs and many other percussive instruments from different parts of the world. He is a member of many important Warsaw bands, including Piętnastka with Piotr Kurek, Slalom with Bartosz Weber and Bartłomiej Tyciński, or Shy Albatross — a joint project by Raphael Rogiński and Natalia Przybysz. He cooperates with Kwadrofonik, Paweł Szamburski, Patryk Zakrocki, Evan Ziporin, Felix Kubin, Natalia Przybysz, Agusti Fernandez, dance theater Dada von Bzdulow. In 2009 he won a bronze medal at the Artist Olympics in Korea, in the solo drum category. He has performed in Europe, the United States, Turkey, the Middle East, Korea and Japan.
Krzysztof Dys is a classically trained pianist and improviser. Thanks to his exceptional approach to colors and rhythmic patterns, he has been able to create his unique language of improvised music, inspired by the likes of Alexander Skriabin and Sergei Prokofiev. He co-created the Soundcheck jazz quartet, and a trio with Andrzej Święs and Krzysztof Szmańda, as a leader. He has cooperated with Maciej Kociński, Maciej Fortun, Jerzy Milian, Mikołaj Trzaska, Lee Konitz, Evan Ziporyn, Theo Jörgensmann, and others. He is a Professor at the Poznań Academy of Music.
Kinga Tóth (Hungary) has published six poetry books, all self-illustrated. Her visual poetry has been exhibited widely; she is the lead singer of the experimental band Tóth Kína Hegyfalu and is presently working on the visual/sound/poetry project Moonlight Faces and X. Ms. Tóth participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Maung Day (Myanmar) has published six poetry books in Burmese and one in English. His poetry has appeared in International Poetry Review, Guernica, The Wolf, The Awl and elsewhere. He translates widely between English and Burmese; his visual work and poetry are exhibited and curated internationally. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Vladimir Martinovski Владимир Мартиновски (fiction writer, poet, critic, translator; Macedonia) teaches comparative poetics at Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, and is the secretary of the Macedonian PEN Center. The author of ten poetry collections and many volumes of literary criticism and theory, he has received awards for poetry (at the International Struga Poetry Evenings) and for literary criticism. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.