SPARK OF LIFE – the new album of the Trio will be released on the 7th October and will be promoted Live on the concert tour, starting 12th October in Poznan.
The fourth ECM album for the Wasilewski Trio adds a special guest, the lyrical Swedish saxophonist Joakim Milder, whom the Poles came to know through performances with Tomasz Stanko’s Litania project. Amongst other affinities, the players share a love of Krzysztof Komeda’s music, and Komeda’s “Sleep Safe and Warm” theme, written for Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby make a reappearance here. As ever, the Wasilewski group balances original material – intensely melodic new tunes by Marcin (including two variations of the beautiful title track) – with a daring range of covers, embracing Herbie Hancock, the Police’s “Message In A Bottle” and Slawomir Kurkiewicz’s arrangement of a composition by Grazyna Bacewicz, and reinforces its status as one of the most resourceful groups around. This is the trio’s second ECM appearance this year, following on from sterling work as Jakob Young’s rhythm section on Forever Young. Spark of Life was recorded in Lugano in March 2014, and produced by Manfred Eicher.
„Spark Of Life” Tour begins with Poznan live concert on October 12.
This fall the musicians will visit 16 cities in Poland, Germany, Argentina and Chile.
A detailed calendar of concert dates is listed at TOUR section on our website.
The Ambassadors of Germany and Sweden have taken the honorary patronage of the new album release and the concert tour and it is supported by the STOART- Union of Performing Artists in Poland.
ECM is voted „Label of the Year” and Manfred Eicher „Producer of the Year” in the newly-published DownBeat International Critics Poll 2014.
For the sixth time in recent history, Eicher and ECM take first places in the annual poll of the leading US jazz magazine. Both producer and label previously won in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. In 2010, DownBeat also presented Manfred Eicher with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Marcin Wasilewski Trio is currently the only Polish band recording for ECM Records, and members of the band – alongside Tomasz Stanko- the only Polish artists at the label.