Sebastian Zawadzki Trio
Sebastian Zawadzki is a talented pianist, composer, and producer who was born in Poland but has been living in Denmark since 2010. As a member of the younger generation of artists, he is highly productive. At the age of 19, he was admitted to the Syddansk Musikkonservatorium in Odense, where he studied piano. He also studied at conservatories in Kraków (Poland) and the Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen. Additionally, he participated in the ASCAP Film Scoring workshop with Richard Bellis in Los Angeles before returning to Syddansk Musikkonservatorium in Odense as a soloist.
After completing music academies and courses in Denmark, Poland, and the United States, Sebastian decided to settle in Denmark, where he began recording his own music.
Sebastian is a sought-after sideman on the vibrant jazz scene in Copenhagen and has toured and recorded in many countries. He has released several albums under his own name and as a sideman.
So we've covered post punk, folk pop and some music that seems to fit in between a variety of genres, we'll head into the weekend now with an absolutely lovely album from a Polish born composer, who is now residing in Copenhagen. Sebastian Zawadzki trained as a jazz pianist, released an improvised jazz album entitled ”Luminescence” in 2014, as well as works composed for a jazz piano trio and string quartet ”Euphony” in 2015. However his compositions have since developed into the classical sphere, writing classical compositions including a "Concerto for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra" in 2016, and he's also now even composed film scores - the list is already pretty extensive, and he's still only 26 if Wikipedia is to be believed (possible) and if my maths is correct (improbable).
Anyway his latest release is entitled 'Norn', and it's a collection of 11 compositions written for string quartet and piano, but with the addition of modular synths thrown into the mix. Now I do have an enormous bias towards composers such as Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds and British composers such as Joby Talbot, so I do like music like this, but I think 'Norn' is pretty exceptional in its quality - and I really hope everyone will take a listen.
This is definitely going to be an album I carry around with me for the rest of the year, and I'm only just starting to identify my favourites. But for your first 'dabble' into Sebastian Zawadzki's music, I'd recommend you start with ''Reduction in the Intensity of Light', simply because it's made such an impression on me. It opens with a sumptuous but slightly dark sounding cello, which then continues in mournful mode, as only a cello really can. But the track opens up with a musical theme subtly introduced by violin, whilst the piano adds different textures, and a rays of sunshine, before darkness slowly envelops the track - at least that's the way I see it.