"Flying Lion" CD premiere Mar 3, 2023
Album available at Bandcamp or SJ Records and empik.com
FLYING LION - The trio, led by Andrzej Święs on bass guitar, seamlessly blends jazz, improvisation, and experimental music to create a sound that is both familiar and unique. With Święs' skillful musicianship as the foundation, the band's performances are dynamic and innovative, pushing the boundaries of traditional genres. Band's music is a refreshing take on the familiar and is sure to be enjoyed by both music enthusiasts and casual listeners alike. Through the use of guitar effects, Andrzej's bass guitar is elevated to new heights, imbuing the music with a dreamlike quality that is both ethereal and grounded.
Joining Andrzej in this creative endeavor are the exceptional musicians Rafał Sarnecki on guitar and Paweł Dobrowolski on drums.
Rafał Sarnecki's guitar work is a true highlight of FLYING LION's music, adding depth and complexity to the band's sound. He's a masterful musician, who brings a unique perspective to the band's compositions. His guitar playing is characterized by a balance of virtuosity and restraint, adding subtle nuances and emotions that elevate the music to new heights. Rafał's solos are not only technically impressive but also emotionally charged, they convey a sense of feeling and storytelling, adding a new dimension to the band's compositions. His intricate melodies intertwine with the other musicians, creating a rich and textured landscape for the listener to explore. Additionally, Rafał's use of different guitar effects and textures add a unique quality to the band's sound, his use of reverb, delay, and other effects create a dreamy and ethereal atmosphere, adding a new dimension to the band's sound. His guitar work is an essential part of the band's sound and identity, it's not only about technique but also about his artistry and musicianship.
Paweł Dobrowolski's drumming is a true force to be reckoned with, providing a driving rhythm that propels the compositions forward. His masterful command of the drums is evident in the way he seamlessly blends different rhythms and grooves, creating a dynamic and ever-evolving soundscape that supports the band's improvisations and interactions. Paweł's drumming is the heartbeat of FLYING LION's music, infusing each composition with a sense of energy and movement that is impossible to ignore. He's a true virtuoso of his craft, adding a vital layer of depth and complexity to the band's sound, his drumming is not only syncopated but also melodic, making it an integral part of the band's compositions.
The upcoming album from FLYING LION is a compendium of ten unique compositions that showcase the band's incredible range. From ad libitum forms to free improvisation, the music seamlessly blends various musical styles to create an auditory experience that is truly one-of-a-kind. Each composition is a journey in and of itself, evoking a different emotion and together they form a cohesive narrative.
In conclusion, FLYING LION is a band that is pushing the boundaries of what is possible in music. Their upcoming album is a must-listen for anyone who appreciates genre-defying compositions and musicianship of the highest caliber. Their live performances are not to be missed, offering a truly unforgettable experience that will leave audiences in awe.
ABOUT FLYING LION MEMBERS
Rafał Sarnecki - guitarist, composer, arranger born in 1982 in Warsaw, Poland. In 2005 he left his hometown to study jazz in New York where he spend most of his career. Living in NY he was involved in a variety of New York based groups such as: Lucas Pino No-Net Nonet, Annie Chen Group and David Bertrand Quartet. He also started his own sextet featuring Lucas Pino, Bogna Kicińska, Glenn Zaleski, Rick Rosato and Colin Stranahan. He has shared stage with such artists as: Ron Blake, Ingrid Jensen, Alex Sipiagin, Ben Wendel, Joel Frahm. As a leader of his own projects he has toured China, South Korea, Malaysia, Chile, Israel, the East and West Coast of the US and many European countries.
Rafal has recorded four CDs as a leader. Two of them: Song From a New Place (2008, ARMS Records) and Cat's Dream (2014, BJURecords) were nominated for the Fryderyk award, the Polish equivalent of a Grammy. The Madman Rambles Again (2011, Fresh Sound) was selected as among the best jazz albums of 2011 by Hi – Fi magazine and All About Jazz. Rafal's newest album Climbing Trees was released on Outside in Music.
Living in NYC Rafal received his BFA degree from the Jazz & Contemporary Music Program at the New School and his MA in music performance from the graduate jazz program at the CUNY Queens College. In 2015 he received a Ph.D. in composition from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
Currently Rafal is living in Warsaw. He is an adjunct profesor at the University of Music in Łódź.
Paweł Dobrowolski, born in Tarnów, 25 Oct 1977. He graduated the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Department of Jazz and Contemporary Music, studying percussion under Prof. Adam Buczek.
In 2018 he received PHD of Art degree at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of
Music in Poznań. Paweł is also an educator and teaching drums at the Department of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.
He performed and collaborated with artists such as:
Anna Maria Jopek, Nigel Kennedy, Terence Blanchard, Randy Brecker, Richard Bona, Dhafer Youssef, Mino Cinelu, Jeff Beck, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Gil Goldstein, Makoto Ozone, NDR Big Band, Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Gordon Haskell, Brad Terry, Luis Ribeiro, SBB, Michał Urbaniak, UrszulaDudziak, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Janusz Muniak, Tomasz Szukalski, Wojciech Karolak, Laboratorium, Young Power, Zbigniew Wegehaupt, Krzysztof Ścierański, Janusz Skowron, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Andrzej Olejniczak, Adam Pierończyk, Grzegorz Nagórski, Krzysztof Herdzin, Adam Bałdych, Robert i Wojciech Majewscy, Jacek i Wojciech Niedzielowie, Mieczysław Szcześniak, Włodek Pawlik, Krzesimir Dębski, Anna Jurksztowicz, Adam Klocek, Kuba Badach, Dorota Miśkiewicz, Marek
Napiórkowski, Paweł Tomaszewski, Rafał Sarnecki, Kroke, Grzech Piotrowski,
Monika Borzym, Beata Przybytek, Marta Król, Kinga Głyk, Gary Guthman, Mariusz
Bogdanowicz, Marek Bałata, Anna Serafińska, Paweł Kaczmarczyk, Ola Tomaszewska, Michał Wróblewski, Tomasz Szymuś Orkiestra, Łona i Webber, Marika, Bovska,
Bisquit, Carmen Moreno, Monika Kuszyńska, Zakopower, Sasha Strunin, Marek Dyjak, Adam Nowak, Karim Martusewicz, Rasm AlMashan and many others.
In previous works has recorded over 60 CDs as well as music for the movies and par-
ticipation in the Polish television programs TVP1, TVP2, Polsat, TVN and foreign: RTL, ZDF, BBC, MEZZO.
He has performed at many festivals all over the world: Australia, Japan, South Korea,
China, Indonesia, Singapore, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Netherlands, England, Ireland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria,
Spain , Italy, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, Belarus, Sweden, Norway, USA, Mexico.
He had the opportunity to play on many prestigious venues such as Royal Albert Hall
in London, the Olympia in Paris, concert halls in Europe and the world, club scenes:
Ronnie Scott's in London, the Blue Note in Tokyo and Milan, New Morning in Paris,
and many others .
Andrzej Święs bio is here