Benny Brown – lead trumpet
Erwin Żebro – trumpet
Oskar Torök – trumpet
Štěpánka Balcarová – trumpet
Paweł Niewiadomski – trombone
Marcin Wołowiec – trombone
Mateusz Łysoń – trombone
Mateusz Mendyka – bass trombone
Ewelina Serafin – flute
Mariusz Pędziałek – english horn
Szymon Kamykowski – soprano saxophone
Dawid Główczewski – alto saxophone
Przemysław Florczak – tenor saxophone
Marek Pospieszalski – tenor saxophone
Grzegorz Grzeszczyk – bass clarinet
Alicja Sierpińska – lead violin
Leszek Dzierżęga – violin
Wojciech Witek – viola
Marta Sołek – cello
Marta Gabriela Nagawiecka – cello
Gabriela gąsior – vocal
Bartek Pieszka – vibraphone
Maciej Szczyciński – double bass
Michał Bryndal – drums
Nikola Kołodziejczyk – conductor
Chord Nation came to being as a concert suite mainly out of na?veté, courage and lack of better judgement. In the time of economic turmoil there was something pure about making things without thinking about limitations. Music that is not a product of a calculated effort to make touring profitable, or to make lots of sales by utilizing harmonic devices and cosmetic cleaning that appeal to a presumed broader audience. I believe that music is meant to be a group effort, and assembling a group as big as this one has all the qualities of building a community – one that has its own internal set of references, language and values. And providing that a healthy community is diverse and inclusive I invited musicians from 3 different countries and three different approaches towards music – classical, mainstream and free jazz. This is also why the suite is called Chord Nation. As a concert piece it was meant to be heard in full. Today this kind of attitude towards listening to music is hard to find, but have in mind that some compositional devices present in this suite rely on the order of the pieces.
I was blown away by this music. It’s powerful, creative, intricate, soulful... quite extraordinary. The textures are wonderful, and the musical ideas are so original. I really, really love it.
released November 10, 2014
Recorded between May & October, 2011 at the Polish Radio in Katowice, and at the Studio 7 in Piaseczno (Poland)
All tunes composed by Nikola Kołodziejczyk
The translations of the titles are the effect of a competition held on
the Nikola Kołodziejczyk Orchestra facebook page
Recording engineer: Błażej Domański
Recording assistant: Jacek Dyrda
Additional assistants superviser: Tomasz Tamborski
Additional assistants: Michał Jackowski, Krzysztof Chromiński, Paweł Ochocki,
Kamil Kotlarz, Maciej Barański, Grzegorz Altman, Wojciech Białoskórski
Mix: Błażej Domański, Nikola Kołodziejczyk
Mixing assistants: Karol Mańkowski, Kamil Biedrzycki
Master: Błażej Domański (at the Studio 7 in Piaseczno)
Design: For Tune®
Cover graphics & photo: Siergiej Kolesow
Other photos: Szymon Kamykowski
Translations: Nikola Kołodziejczyk
Premiere commissioned by Jazztopad Festival.
Thanks to Piotr Turkiewicz, who continues to support new music.
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1st edition. Previously unissued.
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