The new album of LutosAir Quintet with Nate Wolley and Tomasz Żymła had its premiere on 18th of March.
The album includes works by Paul Preusser, Nikolet Burzyńska and Nikola Kołodziejczyk. All compositions were commissioned and performed for the first time in Wrocław by LutosAir Quintet.
The recording was made in the Main Hall of the National Forum of Music, Wrocław, Poland. Recording Direction, Editing, Mastering: Andrzej Sasin, Aleksandra Nagórko (CD Accord).
One of the most active and versatile Polish wind ensembles, the LutosAir Quintet has performed at the most important Polish festivals, such as the Warsaw Autumn, Wratislavia Cantans, Music on the Hights, Poznań Music Spring, Jazztopad, Gorczycki Festival, and La Folle Journée, and has given concerts in England, Germany, Egypt, and Denmark.
In its constantly expanding repertoire, it has, among others contemporary music – for the first time in Poland it has presented a number of lesser-known works belonging to world literature and taken part in premieres of works by many Polish composers, including Wojtek Blecharz, Paweł Hendrich, Miłosz Wośko, Mikołaj Majkusiak, Marcin Stańczyk, and Rafał Augustyn.
Together with the outstanding jazzman Wayne Shorter and his quartet, the LutosAir Quintet performed at the Jazztopad and London Jazz Festival, performing The Unfolding – a piece specially written by Shorter for this occasion. It has also collaborated with prominent Polish musicians: Piotr Sałajczyk, Bartłomiej Duś, Rafał Łuc, Maciej Frąckiewicz, and the Lutosławski Quartet.
The ensemble’s discography includes several albums with music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Performed by the LutosAir Quintet, the piece Alevi Dedeler Rakı Masasında by Fazıl Say was the main inspiration for the creation of the short musical film Neither Peace nor Quietness (2018) directed by Zbigniew Bodzek and Michał Dawidowicz and awarded several times at international film festivals.
Recently, the quintet’s musicians have been involved in bringing live music to care homes, hospitals, hospices, and prisons. In this way, they aspire to reach people who have limited opportunities of coming to a live concert in a venue or are completely deprived of them.
The LutosAir Quintet was founded in 2013 and is one of the resident ensembles of the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.
The artist was born in Clatskanie, Oregon and began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at the age of 13. He made his debut as soloist with the New York Philharmonic at the opening series of their 2018/19 season. Considered one of the leading lights of the American movement to redefine the physical boundaries of the horn, Wooley has been gathering international acclaim for his idiosyncratic trumpet language.
Nate Wooley moved to New York in 2001 and has performed regularly with John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Éliane Radigue, Annea Lockwood, Ken Vandermark, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada. He has premiered works for trumpet by Christian Wolff, Michael Pisaro, Annea Lockwood, Ash Fure, Sarah Hennies, and Eva-Maria Houben.
He is the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM) and the editor-in-chief of their online quarterly journal Sound American both of which are dedicated to broadening the definition of American music through their online presence and the physical distribution of music through Sound American Records.
A clarinetist (specialization: bass clarinet), PhD in Arts, lecturer at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where he conducts the first ever class of bass clarinet in Poland. Tomasz Żymła is a musician of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.
He graduated from the Academy of Music in Katowice in the clarinet class of Arkadiusz Adamski and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in the bass clarinet class of Erik van Deuren. He has won several awards at Polish and international competitions.
He has collaborated with many orchestras, such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Brussels Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, Oost-Nederlands Symfonieorkest, Sinfonietta Cracovia, New Music Orchestra, and AUKSO. He also performs as a soloist and chamber musician, often taking part in premieres of new works.
In 2018, he was a laureate of the Young Poland scholarship programme awarded for outstanding artistic achievements. He is a bass clarinet player in the world music group – the Dance of Fire Quartet. He also collaborates with leading artists of the Polish jazz scene.