"I heard snatches of Ligeti (particularly his etudes) and Shostakovich (!) at first listen. And in this context, it worked well."
"In today's culture saturated with more verbiage than substance, finding artistic products of value is oftentimes a laborious quest that generally produces few satisfying results. The disc you are holding in your hand (Live from Steinway Hall) is one such rare find."
-Jazz Research Journal, Down Beat, Jazz Forum
Jakub Rojek is a cross-over artist combining performance, composition, and improvisation. His expertise spans non-idiomatic and trans-idiomatic improvisation, its development, application and pedagogical aspect.
Rojek blends composition, and improvisation with an uncanny ease, much in the same way that he makes non-idiomatic improvisation and classical worlds to coexist organically in an unpretentious symbiosis. Classically infused as a pianist and composer, he flawlessly moves between writing polyphonic piano pieces, etudes, sonatas, to writing hybrid compositions involving beatboxing and use of electronics.
He had been commissioned to write for Polish soprano Milena Lange, Self-Imposed Exile, and Post-Decadent Bourgeoisie Parlor among others. His recent collaborations include creating a live sound design to the work by a visual artist Karine Laval entitled “Memorandum to the Victims of 9/11.” His works have been awarded prizes at International Composition Competition in Darmstadt, Germany and performed in venues such as Jordan Hall in Boston, Chopin Theatre in Chicago, and in his native Poland. Rojek’s music has been documented on four album releases, all four featuring him as a pianist and composer respectively, “Cudawianki”, 2011, “Impish Brevity”, 2013, “Live from Steinway Hall” released in 2015 on A-side Records, and "Voluptuous Velocities", 2016.
Rojek hails from Poland, where he spent his formative years studying and playing classical and cabaret music. In 2002, he relocated to the United States to further his musical education under tutelage of Frank Caruso and later Danilo Perez, Frank Carlberg and Michael Gandolfi at the prestigious New England Conservatory. His professional credits include performances alongside jazz greats Dave Holland, Dave Douglas, Cecil McBee, John Hollenbeck to name few.
Among his most recent musical incarnations are Sentient Lacuna (duo project with composer/percussionist/sound artist Harry Ward), Post-Decadent Bourgeoisie Parlor (compositions for piano duo), Self-imposed Exile (electronic/improvised chamber trio project with grammy-nominated multi-reedman Aaron Kruziki and Harry Ward), and DownHearr (improvised trio w/rhythm section). Recent publications include Iconocerto for orchestra, Sounds From The Self-Exposed Exile for clarinet and piano, and Crimson for soprano and piano by Hsinja Publishing, 2015.
© Jakub Rojek 2013