Dominik Bukowski: vibraphone, kalimba
Amir ElSaffar: trumpet, santur
Adam Żuchowski: double bass
Patryk Dobosz: drums, darbuka
Applying the influences of different musical cultures has been practiced by jazz players for decades. In fact, absorbing is the essence of jazz, and a strong reason for its constant fluctuation. This certain aspect makes it somehow a very democratic genre. The transcultural factor of jazz can be truly amusing both for the musicians and their listeners, often bringing surprises and sometimes helping to show things from a whole new viewpoint. The music presented in this recording makes a perfect example in that matter.
There are not many musical traditions as seemingly diverse as Polish and Arabic ones. It was only the curiosity of Gdansk-based vibraphonist/composer Dominik Bukowski that helped to find a connection between the traditional Polish melodies taken from Oskar Kolberg’s catalogue and a Middle Eastern musical idiom. Asking Amir ElSaffar for cooperation seemed like the best thing to do. The remarkable Iraqi-American trumpeter agreed to ....... more