We would like to introduce a new Polish- Austrian quartet led by the trumpeter and composer Piotr Damasiewicz and his Viennese connections- the meticulously passionate saxophonist Krzysztof Kasprzyk, Viennese-to-the-bone, versatile bassist Thomas Stempkowski , and the jazz and electronica drummer Alex Yannilos.
The music of the quartet is best described as “(…) expressive, free though very rhythmic and melodic, manic at times, always lovingly passionate.” It goes back to dear to our hearts sounds of 60es and 70es jazz, in which composed and conjointly improvised had an equal place and the energy between musicians and listeners during a live performance was the crucial part of a creating process.
The formation of the band is the result of a meeting of the musicians as part of the Melomaniac Corner concert series, organised by Anna Moser in cooperation with the Polish Institute in Vienna, which took place in Strenger Kammer, in the viennese jazz-club Porgy & Bess in February 2019. The repertoire was written especially for this occasion by Piotr Damasiewicz. The band members felt that the collective had something special, something worth continuing. The idea to release an album arose. In April musicians met again to prepare for the recordings. In May 2019, the Viennese Suite material was recorded in the renown Amann studio in Vienna, in a live recording session as part of the new initiative and label of the leader- L.A.S. (listening and sounding). The
band is now producing a vinyl, which is due for release in May 2020. The quartet is planning a European release tour in clubs and festivals.