Adam Bałdych Quartet
Adam Bałdych violin
Krzysztof Dys piano
Michał Kapczuk double bass
Dawid Fortuna drums
Adam Bałdych Quartet is the latest project formed by renowned violinist and composer who is once again searching for new space to expand his imagination.
The music of Adam Bałdych presents a very European provenance, positioning classical music and elements of Polish folk tradition in a continuous context with respect to very personal artistic statements. “My new Polish quartet fits into the definition of Polish Jazz, of music that is unpredictable, balancing “in between”, in every possible meaning of the term.” – A.B.
Adam Bałdych thoughtfully selects renowned artists with whom he wishes to work, who understand perfectly his musical vision and who know how to push it into artistically surprising directions. This time, these are exceptional personae from the Polish jazz scene – Krzysztof Dys, Michał Barański and Dawid Fortuna.
Following highly successful projects with the Imaginary Quartet, Yaron Herman and the Helge Lien Trio, Adam Bałdych Quartet may well be the next important phase in the Polish violinist’s output.
Violinist, composer, born in Gorzów Wielkopolski. Considered by many critics to be a virtuoso of the violin. “Adam is undoubtedly the most highly developed violinist of our time. Anything and everything can be expected from him.” wrote Urlich Olshausen in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany) after Adam’s concert. Apart from his incredible virtuosity, the musician is also valued for an original soundand compositions. Adam Bałdych consciously draws on Polish traditions, blurring the boundary between classical music and jazz.
Hailed a “child wonder” at the age of 16, he soon started to play live with renowned Polish and American musicians in Poland, Germany, Serbia, Indonesia, Hungary, Spain, France, England and in the United States. Adam is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Katowice. He signed a contract with the exclusive German ACT MUSIC label, releasing his first album titled “Imaginary Room” in June 2012. Since then, the label released three more albums: “The New Tradition” in 2014, Adam Bałdych & Helge Lien Trio “Bridges” in 2015 and the latest, released on 25 August 2017, recorded once again with Norwegian musicians, titled “Brothers”.
In June 2016 Adam Bolesław Bałdych received the GOLDEN MERIT CROSS from the President of the Republic of Poland and the POLISH CULTURE ORDER OF MERIT, awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
Adam Bałdych is a laureate of ECHO Jazz in 2013. This is the most important award given by the German music industry to artists from all over the world. He also won the “Ale Sztuka” poll organised by Gazeta Wyborcza, Radio Zachód and Polish Television, the Grand Prix Jazz Melomani award in 2011 in the “New Hope” category and again in 2012, in the Artist of the Year category. He was also nominated to the Fryderyk music award in 2013, 2015 and 2016 in the Artist of the Year – jazz category.
Musicians with whom Adam has worked include renowned jazz musicians: Jim Beard, Iiro Rantala, Leszek Możdżer, Billy Cobham, Aaron Parks, Jacob Karlzon, Lars Danielsson, Joachim Kühn and Michel Portal, as well as artists associated with popular (Mika Urbaniak, L.U.C) and classical music (Paweł Hendrich, Andrzej Bauer, Cezary Duchnowski, Royal String Quartet).
One of the most original pianists on the Polish jazz scene. Krzysztof was born in 1982. He obtained a classical music education in the piano class at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. He is currently a doctor of the music arts, working as an assistant lecturer in the jazz piano class at his alma mater. He has won prestigious prizes for achievements in both classical music and jazz.
Krzysztof works together with avant-garde clarinettist Wacław Zimpel and drummer Hubert Zemler in the LAM trio, which plays the music of American minimalists. Krzysztof Dys also works together with renowned trumpeter Maciej Fortuna. They have recorded a successful duet album titled “Tropy”. The album came in second place in the best album of the year category in a listing of the polish-jazz-blog-spot portal in 2013. In 2002 Dys became a member of the Soundcheck quartet formed together with Maciej “Kocin” Kociński (saxophone), Andrzej Święs (double bass) and Krzysztof Szmańda (percussion). The group has released six albums and received a number of prestigious awards at renowned festivals in Poland and abroad. Dys also has links with the new Jewish music scene, having worked for many years with singer Lena Piękniewska in their joint project “Kołysanki na wieczny sen” [Lullabies for Eternal Slep]. The collaboration resulted in the release of an album in 2012.
Born in 1984, Michał Barański plays the double bass and bass guitar. He was only 13 years old when he was noticed at a jazz workshop by American clarinettist Brad Terry. Soon after he took up classical double bass, winning prizes and honourable mentions in classical auditions and competitions for music schools. He then continued his musical education at the Faculty of Jazz of the Academy of Music in Katowice.
When still at the Academy, he began to work as a sideman with many renowned artists on the Polish and international music scene, including Bennie Maupin, Nigel Kennedy, Tomasz Stańko, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Marcin Wasilewski, Michał Urbaniak, Aga Zaryan, Janusz Muniak, Urszula Dudziak, Ewa Bem, Mieczysław Szcześniak, Dorota Miśkiewicz, Grzech Piotrowski, Afromental, New LifeM., TGD and many others.
Barański is a laureate of two Fryderyk music awards for his involvement in Aga Zaryan’s album “Umiera Piękno” in the poetic music category and for Zbigniew Namysłowski’s “Assymetry” in the best jazz album category.
Dawid Fortuna is one of the greatest drummers of this generation. He was born in 1988.
Dawid is a graduate of the music school in Bydgoszcz. He then continued to study at the Academy of Music in Cracow.
He acquired his skills thanks to his wonderful teachers, including Maciej Korpal, Mirosław Żyta and Jan Pilch, and to the brilliant musicians with whom he had had an opportunity to play with: Janusz Muniak, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Zbigniew Wegehaupt , Adam Pierończyk, Michael Patches Stewart, Leszek Możdżer, Dominik Wania, Adam Bałdych, Paweł Kaczmarczyk, Sebastian Bernatowicz and Jerzy Małek. He plays regularly in the Paweł Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Band, New Bone, NSI Quartet, Kuba Płużek Quartet, Adam Bałdych Sextet and in the Dominik Wania Trio.