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Rafal Mazur

Born: June 17, 1971    Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Rafal Mazur

Rafal Mazur's involvement with music began in his youth with violoncello studies in Krakow. He switched to bass guitar in the late 1980's. Since 2000 he has played an acoustic bass guitar built to his own specifications by luthier Jerzy Wysocki. He has developed an advanced and individual approach to his instrument, and to improvisation in general, in which sonority, extended technique and gesture combine effortlessly in performance.

He has taken an important role in Kraków to support young artists and improvised music. A founder of the ImproArt studio of improvisation, he has performed jazz and improvised music in clubs and festivals across Poland and Europe, and in China, South Korea and Israel. In recent years he has collaborated with Lisa Ullen, Frederic Blondy, Charlotta Hug, Raymond Strid, Keir Neuringer, Zsolt Sores and Attila Dóra and others. His current focus is the trio Ensemble 56. He is an organizer of the Laboratory of Intuition, a series of spontaneous art presentations in Kraków....
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Ensemble 56 - Towards Sky Flight of Dragon ”...Spontaneous, improvised music is an art in its own. Dora, Gorka and Mazur have transcended the ordinary to find an intuitive weave and give their music a presence of depth and dimension. The path is not always distinct, it becomes clear as they let their imaginations co-exist and divine the journey...” All About Jazz
Solo

"Sonor Forms" - Transidiomatic 2
DTS Records
2009
Personnel: Rafal Mazur - acoustic bass guitar

Duo

"Night in Krakow"
Insubordinations
2007
Personnel: Marzena Lis - grand piano
Rafal Mazur - acoustic bass guitar

"Elan Vital"
Insubordinations
2008
Personnel: Eve Risser - grand piano
Rafal Mazur - acoustic bass guitar

"Improwizje"
Insubordinations
2010
Personnel: Keir Neuringer - alto saxophone
Rafal Mazur - acoustic bass guitar

"Unison Lines"
Not Two Records
2010
Personnel: Keir Neuringer - alto saxophone
Rafal Mazur - acoustic bass guitar

Trio
Ullen/Dóra/Mazur Trio
"Beyond and Behind" - Transidiomatics 1
DTS Records
2009
Personne: Lisa Ullen - grand piano
Attila Dóra - saxophones
Rafal Mazur - acoustic bass guitar

Ensemble 56
"Toward Sky Flight of Dragon"
Not Two Records
2008
Personnel: Mieczyslaw Górka - drumms
Attila Dóra - saxophones
Rafal Mazur - acoustic bass guitar

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