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November 2017
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław
Maciej Obara Quartet | Terence Blanchard & NFM Wrocław Philharmonic – premieres

part I – Obara International Quartet – premiere of new album Unloved
Maciej Obara – saxophone
Dominik Wania – piano
Ole Morten Vaagan – double bass
Gard Nilssen – drums
part II – Terence Blanchard & NFM Wrocław Philharmonic – premiere Herbie Hancock by Himself
Terence Blanchard – trumpet
Brice Winston – saxophone
Shai Maestro – piano
Tabari Lake – double bass
Kendrick Scott – percussion
Radosław Labahua – conductor
NFM Wrocław Philharmonic

Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, National Forum of Music/Jazztopad Festival (Wroclaw, Poland) and  EFG London Jazz Festival with support from Serious Trust


part I – Obara International Quartet – premiere of new album Unloved

***part II – Terence Blanchard & NFM Wrocław PhilharmonicHerbie Hancock by Himself (premiere)


Maciej Obara Quartet / fot. Urszula Tarasewicz

Polish saxophonist and composer Maciej Obara burst onto the international jazz scene after winning the Bielska Zadymka Jazz Contest in 2006 for Message from Oyaho. His Obara International Quartet is a propulsive new combo formed out of the Take Five Europe program featuring fellow Polish innovator, pianist Dominik Wania, in addition to two of Norway’s most sought after jazz players, Ole Morten Vågan (The Deciders) on bass, and Gard Nilssen (Bushman’s Revenge) playing drums. The group offers a frenetic energy and a bold, harmonically dense sound. A “fascinating blend of thoughtfulness, freedom, passion, superb improvising skills and structural discipline” quotes, Herald Scotland. With material ranging from slow and sentimental to almost aggressively busy, held together in either case by highly reactive and technically capable musicians, the pulsing, narrative free jazz with shades of Ornette Coleman, Lee Konitz, and ECM-style Scandinavian jazz make for a sensational pan-European combo.

Trumpeter and composer, Terence Blanchard, started his career during the 1980s in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and continued in Art Blakey Jazz Messenger. After 1990, he founded a formation with Donald Harrison, and started his solo career. He is well known for composing music to many films. His 2005 album Flow received two Grammy award nominations and was produced by Herbie Hancock. In 2005, he won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz Album besides McCoy Tyner, Gary Bartz, Christian McBride and Lewis Nash for participating in McCoy's album Illuminations. The New Orleans born and based artist delivers adventurous and provocative acoustic jazz performances of his original material. He has also mentored several musicians in his own band who have gone on to have significant recording careers, including current band members Kendrick Scott, percussion, and Fabian Almazan, piano. With his new quintet, The E-Collective, he has created an exciting zone of grooved fusion teeming with funk, R&B and blues colours.

Herbie Hancock: By Himself, is Blanchard’s reinterpretation of Hancock’s Dolphin Dance, complemented by music drawn from Blanchard’s score for the recent movie The Comedians. Herbie Hancock: By Himself is a joint commission between the EFG London Jazz Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw.



 Alixandra Porembski, English Language Annotator

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Maciej Obara Quartet „Unloved" | trailer

The National Forum of Music, plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław, co-managed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, City of Wrocław and Lower Silesian Province, registered in Rejestr Instytucji Kultury run by the City of Wrocław as RIK 38/2014.


Wdrożenie e-usług w Filharmonii im. Witolda Lutosławskiego we Wrocławiu - etap 2 współfinansowany jest przez Unię Europejską ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego dla województwa dolnośląskiego na lata 2007 - 2013 oś priorytetowa 6. Wykorzystanie i promocja potencjału turystycznego o kulturalnego Dolnego Śląska (Turystyka i Kultura), działanie 6.5. Działania wspierające infrastrukturę turystyczną i kulturową.