Mikołaj Trzaska is one of the most innovative and creative alto saxophonists and bass clarinettists in Poland. He is one of the founders of the yass scene in Poland. He works together with many recognized musicians and plays in different line-ups.
"Once in everybody's life there is a time when one has a chance and duty to be revolutionary." Building tradition means questioning the canon all the time. Although Trzaska is a mature artist following a chosen path he still feels like a warrior and claims that warriors create Great Culture by observing the reality in a critical way and by trying to influence it. He claims that it is when you play with interesting musicians and not when you imitate them that you create your own, original music. When he improvises he listens to the space even if the only thing he hears is silence. It's most important to maintain a certain frame of mind - be a listener and performer at the same time' - he says.
Clementine Gasser – “generates her musical material by using subversive cello techniques to reflect the multifarious levels of contradictions and extremes, the unholy chasm which is middle ground between heaven and earth” (P. Lössl)
Gasser creates a new order through a process of seeking and finding. What was valid a moment ago is valid no longer. The listener realises that order is not a state, but a process. “This order is not as rigid as it pretends” mused Robert Musil’s Man Without Qualities.
In Gasser’s music the unexpected, or, rather, the unknown, reveals itself – and the surprise is in the occurrence of the expected. Her music is “subversive” says Gasser and refers to her cello techniques. But her subversion extends beyond the formal context. She crosses boundaries by simply denying their existence. She abandons the world of “either/or” for the realm of “both/and”, she reveals the commonalities in what seem to be contradictions.
What Clementine Gasser explores with sensitivity and power is “sense fiction” in every sense of the word. The siren song of her cello does not have to be sweet to enthral. It is alluring and evocative nonetheless.
The event is also the first birthdays of ArtPolonia, Lab set up in 2006 as the first professional forum for cultural co-operation between the Newcomers to Ireland and the local arts scene and audiences.