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To be oneself, while wanting to be something for everyone. Therein lies the fundamental challenge for a certain type of contemporary popular music: the conflict between musical identity and the sonorous language of jazz, used as a cultural cohesive. At the heart of this endeavour are the most recent findings of Polish violinist Adam Baldych.
The music of this artist is the jazz of today, with a modernizing zeal for the folkloric forms with which he is familiar. Six years ago, the release of his “Imaginary room” album left him in an advantageous position in the landscape of Polish jazz. His objectives remain clear today: to persevere in the reinforcement of a language of his own, ensuring that he occupies a niche in the scant catalogue of jazz violinists.
Baldych visits JAZZMADRID as a duo, together with the Norwegian Helge Lien, one of those reflective pianists who are interested in a diverse musical spectrum. Helge deserves to be savoured up close, in a small format. Anyone paying close attention to him will discover the strong folkloric passion of his Russian master Misha Alperin, but they will also discover that his instrumental perfection flows freely when he enters the same spaces that Brad Mehldau or Keith Jarrett frequent. A premiere not to be missed.
Violin: Adam Bałdych.
Piano: Helge Lien.