Kuba Więcek - born in 1994, the saxophonist and composer is the youngest hero of the cult Polish Jazz series. According to the readers of Jazz Forum in 2018, he is the third best musician in the alto saxophone category, just after Henryk Miśkiewicz and Maciej Obara. The artist is inspired by the work of […]
Kuba Więcek - born in 1994, the saxophonist and composer is the youngest hero of the cult Polish Jazz series. According to the readers of Jazz Forum in 2018, he is the third best musician in the alto saxophone category, just after Henryk Miśkiewicz and Maciej Obara. The artist is inspired by the work of Kanye West, among others. For a guest appearance on his second album, he invited Marcin Masecki, responsible for the music for the Oscar-nominated film 'Cold War'.
He trained at Copenhagen's Rhythmic Music Conservatorium. He reaches for electronica, classical music, folk, rock and hip-hop, and alongside albums by Coltrane and Parker, his shelves also contain recordings by Steve Reich and Tom Waits.
In 2017, he was awarded the Matthew Trinity Award for 'exceptional compositional artistry and performance talent'. In 2018, his debut album Another Raindrop won the Fryderyk Award in the Jazz Phonographic Debut of the Year category. Recorded with Michał Barański and Łukasz Żyta, it was released by Polskie Nagrania "Muza" in the "Polish Jazz" series. In this way, Kuba Więcek became the first in 28 years and at the same time the youngest debutant in the history of the series.
The next album, 'Multitasking', is the work of the same line-up. Kuba Więcek is convinced that Michał Barański and Łukasz Żyta are capable of playing anything he composes. For his second album, Więcek wrote songs specifically with this band in mind. He invited Barański and Żyta to sail into deeper waters and get out of their comfort zone. The musicians set themselves the goal of a deeper search for sound, form and the very meaning of music, already initiated on the album Another Raindrop. The trio's second album brings new combinations of sound, near- and far-eastern inspirations, as well as the creative joy and multicolourfulness of the composer-saxophonist, which is emphasised by the cover design by one of the most active creators of the Polish independent scene - Macio Moretti. As a musician and composer, Kuba Więcek contributes to many projects. He also performs as a soloist with electronic backing tracks, and has a solo album recorded in the studio of Seigen Ono, a producer and sound engineer who has worked with Ryuichi Sakamoto, among others. This album is available on the audiophile Japanese market.