Saturday, November 25th
20.00 – Fernán Gómez. Centro Cultural de la Villa
Price: €20 / Concessions: €18 / Friends of the FG: €17
Music surges forth in the most unexpected contexts. Aldous Huxley, for example, wrote that “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music”. The author of “The Demons of Loudun” had no way of knowing that a phrase very similar in content and scope to his own would end up becoming, around the end of the 1960s, the advertising slogan of a European record label specialising in the diffusion of jazz. Manfred Eicher, producer and owner of ECM, said, in effect, that in terms of beauty, his catalogue was only rivalled by silence.
After his recording debut in 2015, with the album “Ravel”, the Polish pianist Dominik Wania released a solo piano album on ECM last year, which develops Mozart’s speculation in which he informed us that music often appears in the silences between the notes, rather than in the notes themselves. Entitled “Lonely Shadows”, the artist recorded the album in a Swiss Radio concert hall without any rehearsal or indeed, without having planned his repertoire in advance. In this way, “Lonely Shadows” allows us to witness the birth of art at the very moment it is unveiled by its author: it is made manifest at the same time as it is performed.
Dominik Wania first gained recognition when he became a member of trumpeter Tomasz Stanko’s band. He received the invitation shortly after graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In what is a constant process of musical training, as a member of this quarter, Dominik met his next fellow adventurer: saxophonist Maciej Obara – some of you may recall that he played with this quartet in this festival in 2017. Although Wania has spread his talents far and wide since then in a variety of music-related fields, he has undoubtedly been led into temptation by all the possibilities the world of movies has to offer, and nowadays he collaborates regularly with the well-known composer Zbigniew Preisner. His work as a teacher at the conservatories in Krakow and Katowice rounds off what is, when all is said and done, an impeccable artistic career.
Now, thanks to the generosity and good work of the Polish Institute of Culture, Dominik Wania premières the contents of the album “Lonely Shadows” at this year’s JAZZMADRID.