Blaise Siwula

Blaise Siwula

Instrument: Saxophone | Location: New York City

Updated: August 16, 2019

Born: February 19, 1950

I have been involved with the arts for most of my life. I began studying the alto sax at the age of 14 in middle school and have been playing/ studying in varying capacities since.

After periodic explorations of drama, poetry, architecture, visual art, a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. and a stint in Europe, I arrived in NYC in 1989 with my family and an alto sax.

In the past 18 years I have been actively involved with the NYC Improv Scene: Amica Bunker, the Improvisers Collective and most recently the C.O.M.A. series at ABC No-Rio recent as in the past 10 years As a composer I have incorporated traditional musical scoring techniques with visual/graphical and performance oriented presentations and a simple philosophy- sound and vision are inter-related in life and art resulting in communication.

Although primarily an alto saxophonist I play a number of reed, flute, percussion and string instruments at varying degrees of competency per composition requirements and recently began including computer altered sound files in performance as background for improvisation.

Currently my instruments of choice are: Alto, Tenor & Soprano Saxophones; Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Cl & Bb Bass Clarinet.

This has resulted in my performing and collaborating with an extreme variety of types of improvised music including:

Guitarist Sten Hostfalt, Doug Walker's Alien Planetscapes, Cecil Taylor's Ptonagas; William Hooker's Ensembles, Judy Dunaway's Balloon Trio; Rowe Siwula Miano Trio, Dialing Privileges Trio w. Dom Minasi & John Bollinger; BCJ Trio with Chris Welcome & John McCellan, A + B2 with Robert Marsh; Market Street Jazz w. Ken Simon, Hal Onserud, Karen Borca & Jackson Krall; Dagaz Trio w. William Parker & Michael Evans; BE Duet w. Evan Gallagher, Tan Dun; Katsuyuki Itakura, Michael Khoury, The Improvisors Collective (NYC); Glass Factory w. Donald Miller, Duet with Ravi Padmanabha; The B & B Duet w. Bob Meyer, Erie Nites w. Robyn Siwula; HSM w. Gary Hassay & Toshi Makihara, Trio with Eyal Maoz & Dale Miller; The Jeff Platz Ensemble, Joseph Scianni, Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut; Music in the Foreground w. Ge-Suk Yeo; the Slam trio w. Adam Lane & Toshi Makihara; The Lower Eastside Social Club w. Matty Paris, Gregory Wildes, Christobal Jacques and Drew Gardner; Expositions of Freedom Now! w. Vattel Cherry & Jeff Arnal; MAMBO MANTIS w. Bonnie Kane, Chris Welcome & Ray Sage; and most recently in duet with Guitarist Carsten Radtke,

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July 23, 2011

New York Encuentro: Blaise Siwula in Excellent Form with K. Itakura and...

May 19, 2011

Sten Hostfalt Trio featuring Dave Miller, Blaise Siwula Live at...

April 13, 2011

Blaise Siwula, Solo Tenor Sax, "Live in London"

February 23, 2011

Blaise Siwula and Sten Hostfalt at University Of The Streets Thursday...

April 29, 2010

Sten Hostfalt & Blaise Siwula Live at GBM NYC May 10

September 29, 2009

Sten Hostfalt / Blaise Siwula Live at Goodbye Blue Monday NYC

July 25, 2009

Sten Hostfalt / Shiro Onuma / Blaise Siwula at Freddys Backroom...

June 27, 2009

Sten Hostfalt/Blaise Siwula at Goodye Blue Monday NYC June 30

May 30, 2009

Sten Hostfalt / Blaise Siwula at Yippie Cafe (NYC) June 2

May 26, 2009

Sten Hostfalt / Blaise Siwula @ Freddys NYC May 29

April 29, 2009

Sten Hostfalt / Blaise Siwula at Stain

February 06, 2009

Sten Hostfalt and Blaise Siwula at Goodbye Blue on February 11th

January 31, 2009

Blaise Siwula/Claire Debrunner/Sten Hostfalt at Yippie Cafe NYC Feb 5

December 27, 2008

Sten Hostfalt / Blaise Siwula Live @ Stain NYC January 3

November 18, 2008

Sten Hostfalt/Blaise Siwula at Goodbye Blue Monday NYC Nov 21

November 18, 2008

Sten Hostfalt & Blaise Siwula Live in NYC November 20th

November 13, 2008

Blaise Siwula, Sten Hostfalt @ Everything Goes Book Cafe NYC

October 06, 2008

Sten Hostfalt with Blaise Siwula at Stain NYC October 10th

October 02, 2008

Sten Hostfalt/Blaise Siwula @ Goodbye Blue on October 7th

September 18, 2008

Blaise Siwula/Sten Hostfalt + Tim Berne/Herb Robertson/Terrence McManus...

Gordon Marshall, All About Jazz March 2011

Human beings spend their lives trying not to be alone. Once they find company, they begin the elusive search to rediscover their initial solitude. In music, the solo recording reflects this contradictory quest. In many ways it is the most intriguing form, both for fan and artist, and once finally attempted, it is charged with a discernible aspiration to retrieve the ensemble format. First to come to mind on the first track of tenor saxophonist Blaise Siwula’s Live in London, “Stutter’s Waltz”, is Peter Brötzmann in the stammering orgies of deep tones and harmonics

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