Concert Around Jazz: RGG – Memento
8 November 2019
RGG is a trio of graduates of the Jazz Institute at the Academy of Music in Katowice. All of them have a lot of experience and achievements, confirmed by the awards, distinctions and scholarships they have received. They are artists with a unique, rare awareness of what they are doing and what their goal is. They clearly situate themselves in the space of not only jazz, but also contemporary improvised music of European origin.
Łukasz Ojdana – a representative of the youngest generation of European pianists. The artist perceives the culture of sound and the personality of the creator as the superior building blocks of a distinct musical character, in which inspiration clearly transcends the concept of imitating the style of masters. The young pianist’s explorations spread across a wide area of art, touching upon the areas of literature, philosophy, theatre and spirituality.
Maciej Garbowski – a representative of Polish compositional thought, in which the clear influences of techniques characteristic of Lutosławski’s or Penderecki’s language synthesise with musical erudition and double bass virtuosity. Garbowski explores the issue of melodics and harmonics, weaving in Slavic lyricism and authorial character filled with sensitivity and subtlety.
Krzysztof Gradziuk – an aesthete of percussion sound, colourist and melodic creator, an uncompromising artist seeking new paths of development in accordance with his own sense of artistic taste. Abstractiveness of percussion content combined with flexibility and virtuosity intensify the impression of unconventional art of making music, defining the artist as one of the most original drummers of the contemporary European music scene.
RGG’s last album, Memento, refers to the artistic experience resulting from contact with the expression of European artists invited to collaborate with the ensemble. RGG is a jazz ensemble, and jazz is – in a nutshell – improvisation + timing + interaction. Each of these elements is present on the album, although sometimes in a limited, almost ascetic dimension. The musicians don’t throw in all their assets once, they do not take part in jazz races, expecting us, the listeners, to fill in or interpret the rest for ourselves. This is, among other things, the value of this album, which references, suggests, inspires and prompts, leaving the rest to the audience.