Catalogue No. | SJRecords 050
Publisher | SJRecords
Date | 2020
Wojciech Niedziela – piano
Jacek Niedziela-Meira – bass
Marcin Jahr – drums
Piotr Baron – saxophone
Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra
Orkiestra Kameralna IFR, Katowice
Jacek Niedziela-Meira – conductor, composer
Sketches for Bass and Orchestra (2019)
Sceny z Macondo (1997)
Jacek Niedziela-Meira – Partyturism
Partyturism is a double album which brings together Jacek Niedziela-Meira’s two musical projects from a distance of 23 years: Sceny z Macondo and Sketches for Bass and Orchestra.
The projects share the aesthetics of symphonic jazz: a jazz trio/quartet is joined by a chamber orchestra with a single section of woodwinds in both compositions. Each lasts around 40 minutes and teems with multifarious sounds, themes and modes of expression. The additional similarity is the participation of the same three musicians in both projects: Wojciech Niedziela, Marcin Jahr, and Jacek Niedziela-Meira.
The bandleader and composer, now nearly 60, keen to complete his myriad musical achievements, has decided to breathe new life into music recorded in 1997 which was shelved at the time by the commissioning record label.
Sceny z Macondo was inspired by the Colombian Nobel Prize winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 1967 masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude.
The album has been remastered and reviewed:
...He’s a wonderfull composer. The orchestrations were beautifully written and played. This was ambitious project that he should be proud for his lifetime!!!
These masterfully crafted comositions and performances are a true reflection of the writings which inspired them… brilliant!
Combining symphonic sound & jazz components with such surprising influency proofs Jacek Niedziela is true master as a contemporary composer
Sketches for Bass and Orchestra was written specially for the Bass Fest in Banská Bystrica in Slovakia, where it was first performed in September 2019. While the double bass is ostensibly the dominant, virtuoso element of the project; imaginative composition and the orchestra itself play equal roles in the overall effect. The piece has been recorded with the participation of the renowned Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra.
Adam Baruch writes in his review:
The continuous, nearly-40-minute-long composition encompasses a classical piano trio, double bass solos and parts for the orchestra, and is based on highly melodic motifs, perfectly interlocking and woven into a coherent fabric; fast-flowing and switching moods and ambience very naturally. (…) It is not only perfectly thought-through, but also impeccably performed with an obvious bravado and with elegance, but most of all with good taste and clear aesthetic vision. Thank you, Jacek, for undertaking this gigantic task!
Production: Jacek Niedziela-Meira, Paweł Lipiński
Sound engineering, editing and mastering: Paweł Lipiński
Sound engineer’s assistant: Adam Ciesielski
Mastering assistant: Michał „Masztal” Rypień
CD available since July 21, 2020: http://www.sjrecords.eu/pl/produkt/jacek-niedziela-meira-partyturism-2cd