29th Vilnius Jazz Festival. 13-16 October, 2016

Rob Mazurek

USA

Rob Mazurek - tps, electronics, p, voc

Rob Mazurek is an American electro-acoustic composer, trumpeter, improviser and multimedia artist. Mazurek works within a multitude of stylistic contexts. His expansive vision and vast catalogue of over 350 compositions and 61 recordings have kept him on the cutting edge of creative music for the past three decades.

New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune rate his albums among the Top 10 Records. He has been praised by the DownBeat Critics Poll; The Wire magazine has featured Mazurek on the cover and described him as a prolific and venerable force in new music; Italy’s Musica Jazz magazine recognised him as the International Musician of the Year.

Mazurek’s music reflects a range of inspiration sources from exotic Native American melodies to experimental noise achieved through utilizing modular synthesizer, electronics, an assortment of keyboards and computer. Mazurek performs his distinctive yet still unnamed melodies with the wizardry of a shaman.

His multi-media works often involve solo performance with visual scores and exhibitions of his video, painting, lithography and sculpture. Sometimes he improvises to 3D lithographs used as graphic scores.

Mazurek first rose to prominence in the fertile mid-1990s Chicago creative music scene. His collaborations include a wide cross section of Americas’ and Europe’s leading figures and ensembles in jazz, electronic, rock and improvised music, including Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Roscoe Mitchell, Jim O’Rourke, Fred Anderson, Emmett Kelly and Sam Prekop.

Mazurek also leads and composes for a wide variety of ensembles, including Exploding Star Orchestra, Chicago Underground Duo, São Paulo Underground, Alternate Moon Cycles and Chicago / London Underground (featuring Alexander Hawkins and John Edwards) among others.

Mazurek has received a number of commissions from top festivals and institutions throughout North America, South America and Europe including Frankfurt Jazz Festival in Germany, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage in Philadelphia, Chicago Cultural Center, Jazz Institute of Chicago, The Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Foundation.

Last year he was awarded a grant from Chicago’s Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts for a film shot in collaboration with Lee Anne Schmitt. In 2015, Marfa Book Company presented a solo exhibition of paintings, sculpture and sound by Mazurek. In 2013, he received a residency at the famed URDLA Centre International Estampe & Livre in France where he realized four 3D lithographs to be used as graphic scores for improvisation. In 2010, Mazurek received a Commissioning Music USA grant from New Music USA for a multi-media work developed in collaboration with video artist and choreographer Marianne Kim. 

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