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56 The name of the group is based on a fragment of the “I-Cing” book LU - “The Wanderer”. The wanderer's home is a road. Meeting various people on the road he has to contact them and work with them, independent of their roots and traditions. The music of Ensemble 56 is improvisational compositiosns emerging in “common space”, between each musicians' experiences and preferences, uniting various stylistic elements in a “transidiomatic aesthetic”.

Mieczyslaw Górka One of the most famous polish drummer. He is co-founder of ensemble “Laboratorium” with which he played untill 1979. Among others he worked with Zbigniew Seifert and Czeslaw Niemen.

Attila Dóra He had studied math and philosophy and graduated “buddhist teologian” in “The Gate of Knowledge” college in Budapest. Currently he plays on alto and tenorsax, prepared trumpet and build recycled sound installation with low-fi electronics. Since 2005 he is a guest teacher of Contemporary Dance Academy in Budapest.

Rafal Mazur At present he plays acoustic bass guitars custom built to his own specifications by guitar maker Jerzy Wysocki. He is an organizer of series of presentation of spontaneous art in Kraków and “Meeting of Improvisers”.


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”...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(...)Spontaneous invention and a dynamic approach sing the sounds of Ensemble 56. The call is irresistible.” All About Jazz

“...I can't say that I've heard of any of the members of this fine Polish/Hungarian trio before this disc, but I was quite pleased to hear this disc(...) The trio does a swell job and knowing when to come in and turn solos into duos or trios.” NY DownTown Gallery

“...These guys are as free as it gets, but full of soul and free improv leanings, and the trio's musicianship is just outstanding(...)All three of them are a real pleasure to hear, with an unbelievable scope of technique, yet using this always in function of the musical project at hand, coherent and focused.” Free Jazz Blog


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