Mozart via dictaphone

Look what I found! An old dictaphone bootleg recording of me, ca. May 1997

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major (K. 488), III. Allegro assai
Mira Opalińska (age 15), piano

15 September 2013

Lumière reviewed in Japan

Very nice review of our new album “Lumière” in “he Walker’s Vol.29

A rough translation:

Beautiful Piano & Bass Duo from Poland

It sounds like the feeling of Japanese wabi-sabi*… the exquisite timbre they create from piano and double bass seeming to understand this aesthetic. On listening to this album, you will see the cover artwork reveal itself almost as a beautiful and historical Japanese-style drawing with special Indian-ink.
“Lumiere” is an album by duo “Opalinska & Whates” which takes film music as its theme. Featuring Polish pianist Mira Opalinska and British double bassist Douglas Whates, I was not only drawn to this album by its arrangements of two pieces from my favourite film “Cinema Paradiso”, but also by the fantastic sound. I was equally fascinated by the appearance of to two pieces from the Japanese films “Rikyu” and “Tokyo.Sora”. The duo’s sound is beautiful and explores the tension between stillness and motion. A really nice duo which I hope to see and hear live.
On my list of great recommendations, this album is currently under preparation for release in Japan in Japanese edition.

(*) “Wabi-sabi” = aesthetic sense in Japanese art emphasizing quiet simplicity and subdued refinement.

Really honoured to discover that Lumière has been reviewed in Jazz Life magazine—the Japanese equivalent to something like JazzTimes or Downbeat.

A rough translation:

“There are no superfluous notes on this album; everything Mira Opalinska and Douglas Whates play is selected with a profound sense of beauty. Among the pieces performed are compositions by Krzysztof Komeda, Toru Takemitsu, and a couple of beautiful selections from the movie ‘Cinema Paradiso‘—their interplay on these tunes presented with a reverential elegance.”

I have to say: LOVE YOU JAPAN! Why? Lumière chosen a one of five favourite jazz albums of 2012 next to such a wellknown names as Piotr Baron and Pink Freud .

"Jazz Best Seller" in the biggest music store in the World, Disk Union in Tokyo!

14 December 2012

"A Highland Ballad" released!

Newest release with my participation “A Highland Ballad”– from British label NSR – just delivered by Mr Postman today. Featuring violinist Feargus Hetherington and me on piano. Beautiful cover photo by Douglas Whates and gorgeous music by Scottish composers! Love it.

28-30.06.2011 in Filharmonia Podkarpacka in Rzeszów (Poland), Feargus and me recorded some great classical material for violin and piano. On up coming CD you will find “Highland Ballad” by Mackenzie.

CD will be released under Natural Studio Records.

5 December 2012