Paulina Owczarek & Witold Oleszak with Oxford Improvisers

Submitted by Developmental C... on March 16, 2023 - 19:04

Venue, Timing and Cost

St Columba's Church, Alfred St, OX1 4EH
Friday, 24 March 2023
Pay what you like

A concert of freely improvised music presented by Oxford Improvisers and featuring Polish duo, Paulina and WItold:

Paulina Owczarek – saxophonist

Graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow. She plays the alto and baritone sax. Interested mainly in free improvisation, she also performs contemporary chamber music. She is an active member of improvised and experimental music scene, taking part in Krakow free improv projects (such as Institute Of Intuition, Muzykoterapia) and international festivals of contemporary and improvised music (Ad Libitum, Berlin Jazz Festival, Hurta Cordel, Musica Electronica Nova, Ostrava Days, Lublin Jazz Festival, AudioArt, Sound Exchange, Krakow Jazz Autumn, Mirror Mirror, Discordian Community Riot, No Woman No Art, Unsound, Soundance, Saalfelden Jazz Festival).

The founder and conductor of Krakow Improvisers Orchestra, an ensemble dedicated to conducted improvisation. Currently she is also involved in groups such as Morświn, Human.error, Dust Mite Paradise, Figa, Open House and Sambar. She has been a member of Stare Taśmy, OCHO, London Improvisers Orchestra and Satoko Fuji Orchestra; she has worked with theatres and has improvised with poets, dancers and painters.

Witold Oleszak – piano

Began studying music at the age of 5. After years of education (classical piano) quit school and joined the avant-garde music and para-theatrical group “Krew” and this experience influenced his artistic development. In 1989 started studying architecture, simultaneously, continued playing as self-taught musician. At that time was exclusively creating illustrative compositions for the alternative theatre and conceptual drawings of graphic scores.

At the moment he is mainly focused on free improvisation in several projects and he remains a member of an experimental-rock band “Reportaz”. Mostly plays the piano and prepared piano, instruments of his own design, and instruments which are ruined or broken. As a performer he especially values collaboration with great contemporary drummers such as: Andrzej Karpinski, Adam Golebiewski, Chris Cutler, and Roger Turner with whom he plays on a regular basis.…

The performance is supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute

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