Mateusz Smoczynski - violin, baritone violin
Rafal Sarnecki - guitar
Kuba Cichocki - piano
Matthias Pichler - bass
Sebastian Kuchczynski - drums
Mateusz Smoczynski is a graduate of the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland. A student of Andrzej Gebski, he made his jazz debut in 1999 in Jazz Camping Kalatowki with the Jacek Namyslowski Quintet. Winner of the 2nd International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition. Best jazz violinist of 2017 by Jazz Forum, European Magazine. Since 2017 he teaches jazz violin at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
Mateusz leads his own quintet with which he recorded his first CD, “Inspirations”, dedicated to his two biggest music influences, John Coltrane and Zbigniew Seifert. In 2017 his quintet released thier third album - “Berek”. In 2009, Mateusz formed a band with his brother Jan on Hammond organ and the Russian drum star Alexander Zinger called “New Trio”. In 2010 they released their first CD “Simultaneous Abstractions” which was nominated for “Best Recording Debut of the Year” for a Fryderyki award (“the Polish Grammy”). That same year Mateusz co-founded the Atom String Quartet, the very first Polish jazz string quartet. They have recorded two CDs: “Fade In” which won Fryderyki award for “Jazz Album Debut of the Year” and “Places” which won Fryderyki award for “Jazz Album of the Year”.
In 2012, he was invited to assume the first violin chair of the legendary multiple Grammy winning Turtle Island Quartet. Founded in 1985, TIQ is universally acknowledged to be the first string quartet to achieve artistic and commercial success incorporating jazz improvisation and rhythmic techniques into the two hundred year old string quartet tradition. To date, together with TIQ he has performed well over a hundred concerts, in some of the most important venues in the USA and throughout the world. This period has also included TIQ appearances with artists such as saxophonist Ravi Coltrane in a concert focused on his father John oltrane’s iconic work, A Love Supreme, Cajun fiddler Michael Doucet, vocalists Nellie McKay, Bobby McFerrin and Tierney Sutton, who invited TIQ to play on her Grammy nominated CD focused on the music of Joni Mitchell, “After Blue.” In October 2014 they released their latest recording, “Confetti Man,” to critical acclaim and honors, including an award for best American Chamber Music Recording from the National Federation of Music Clubs. As he enters his fourth season with TIQ, he will be participating in performances with jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut, concert settings including the famous Ravinia jazz festival in Chicago and Jazz Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center in New York.
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