BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019.
Maciej Obara Quartet.
Back in 2006, the debut album by Polish alto and tenor saxophonist Maciej Obara, “Message from Ohayo”, caused a stir in the international jazz scene. Eleven years later, the 37-year-old celebrated his debut with the legendary label ECM. “Unloved” presents Obara as one of the most important European jazz musicians of his generation – technically virtuoso, lyrical and full of passion. An album described in The Guardian as having “character and exhilarating drive” that was just as likely to inspire both demanding jazz fans and those who had previously had little contact with the genre.
Obara himself describes the compositions on “Unloved” as personal statements about people who are close to him and places which inspire him. In concerts, they serve only as anecdotes from which the quartet develops its music live during the performance.
Obara is accompanied by his compatriot Dominik Wania on the piano, who has already played together with jazz greats such as Eddie Henderson, Marcus Miller and Lee Konitz. Alongside his work as a sought-after sideman and member of Bugge Wesseltoft’s “New Conceptions of Jazz”, Norwegian Ole Morten Vågan on bass is the artistic director of the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. Also from Norway is Gard Nilssen, one of the most sought-after European jazz drummers.
In perfect harmony with each other, the four exceptional musicians create their own sound which combines expressive improvisations with the motto “less is more”.
Maciej Obara: Saxophone
Dominik Wania: Piano
Ole Morten Vågan: Double Bass
Gard Nilssen: Drums
Where: BMW Welt Double Cone
Costs: Admission is free of charge. Please note that the capacity is limited.