We had the pleasure to be invited by Leszek Możdżer and Enter Enea Festival to present ourselves as Nikola Kołodziejczyk Orchestra with the "Chord Nation suite. Here are some reviews (translated by Google for Your amusement):
"Nikola Kołodziejczyk Orchestra opened the second day of the festival. Its leader: pianist, composer and conductor is one of the biggest revelations of recent years. This time, with his international orchestra he presented his concert suite "Chord Nation." One could easily be pleased by the sound of the brass section, but virtuosity of vibraphonist Bartek Pieszka also emerged. The orchestra perfectly dovetails charismatic voice of the singer Aga Kiepuszewska associated with the town of Poznań. A little less prominent was, unfortunately, the string quartet. It was like a complement. Whole. Nikola Kołodziejczyk development and fate of the orchestra founded by his worth will follow, because these young people are the future of Polish jazz and Polish music. "
Read more: http://www.gloswielkopolski.pl/kultura/a/enter-enea-festival-to-byl-fest...
"The winner of two Fryderyk Awards (in the last year Debut. And this year for " Baroque progressive "), an international team arrived with his first release," Chord Nation. " And by the time proved that jazz big band (or, as he explained the leader a jazz orchestra, because they have a string quartet) is not necessarily a simple swing and a crowd-pleaser but a full-bodied demanding jazz."
Read more: http://poznan.wyborcza.pl/poznan/5,36037,20138289.html?disableRedirects=...
"We heard this year's Fryderyk Award-winning suite: Chord Nation. From the stage flowed so great energy, this concert was like a gust of hurricane played just brilliantly. The musicians gathered on stage, and from different countries presented us a big dose of energetic trance and unrestricted jazz. Sounds surprised by their otherness (thanks to certain instruments such as a english horn), and enhanced instrumentation enriched the musical content. The power and momentum of classical music collided here with the intimate sound of jazz, folk elements and colorful ethno. Addictive merger, the common denominator was the lack of restrictions. On that day, from the very beginning, all anxiously looked at the sky, had the impression that he was about to unleash a terrible storm. Fortunately, only a little nature She frightened us and ended up on the raging wind and lost a few drops of rain. Wind of the evening was the additional instrument- quirks of an outdoor festival. "
Read more: https://paniwdredachpoleca.blogspot.com/2016/05/enter-enea-festival-2016...
"The second day - the first concert - and immediately convinced that I take part in something special. On stage Nikola Kołodziejczyk Orchestra.
If I were in a short time he experienced an incredible journey, encountering on its way big bands and orchestras, which are standard for this type of music. And every move went down to the conclusion that, however, are meaningless any comparison.
Until at some point I had to say that the only thing I can do is recognize the performed "Chord Nation" as a extremely contemporary work.
Any used analogies are possibly show me the context to better understand the expression - I thought that after only a moment to admire the meticulously well-designed arrangements.
May actually heard sometimes Gershwin, perhaps only because I wanted to find him in their playing.
Or sometimes Aga Kiepuszewska vocals made me look in the 70s - but quickly abandoned all considerations, not to lose another beautiful moment.
When the audience enjoyed exceptional sounds of instruments - such as english horn and vibraphone, which Nikola Kołodziejczyk pointed out before the show - I followed closely saxophones and trumpets. Their powerful force argued that we have to deal not only with something really perfect, but also perfectly corresponding to the need of the times in which we live.
Nikola Kołodziejczyk’s music is so suggestive that even the ability to take any ideas how it could sound differently the modern orchestra. And one more reflection - everything sounds better "live" than on the CD, regardless of whether the performance is equally excellent.
This music simply needs a lot more space, than any other - what do not have to convince anyone.
And when a strong wind started to blow, swaying to the trees ... Oh, great impression that will surely remain in me - believe me. "
Read more: http://etherjazzu.pl/opowiem-o-trzech-koncertach-i-jednej-rozmowie-i-bed...
Photos from the second day of the festival, including the concert and rehearsal photos of the Orchestra (check out the end of the album too!):