Jazz and Experimental Music from Poland
19 - 25 Oct 2014
Jazz and Experimental Music from Poland (JEMP) brought together some of the biggest names in the Polish avant-garde musical scene, focusing on improvised, experimental and modern music. Performances went live in Istanbul from 19 - 25 October 2014.
In addition to the series of concerts, JEMP aimed to promote educational projects and residencies, focusing on cooperation between Polish and Turkish artistic and musical circles. The festival's main theme was music inspired by the Oriental and Balkan traditions, folklore and lifestyle.
Previously held in London, the critically acclaimed JEMP festival headed to Istanbul for its first ever edition abroad as part of the 2014 cultural programme celebrating 600 years of Polish – Turkish diplomatic relations. Taking place at various venues across the city, including Salon IKSV, and the popular Arkaoda, the festival showcased an eclectic mix of free jazz, electroacoustic improvisation, deconstructed classical ottoman music and other experimental styles. In addition to concerts, there were residencies, installations and sound art projects, all involving cross– border partnerships.
In an exciting departure from the first three editions of JEMP, the 2014 programme consisted exclusively of specially commissioned collaborations between Polish and Turkish musicians or artists. Piotr Kurek opened the festival at Arkaoda and was joined by Istanbul’s Ekin Fil for a collaborative project, featuring a piece for voice, guitar and synthesizer and blending the music of two artists notable for their own solo work. The double bill continued with Stara Rzeka, a.k.a. musician Kuba Ziolek who named his project after the Polish village devastated by a tornado in 2012, performing music from his new long – form composition of the same name. At the Salon IKSV, eminent local musicians such as Umut Çağlar and Korhan Erel from KonstruKt – Turkey’s pioneering free improvisation band – worked with artists like Rafal Mazur and Dominik Strychalski.
Other highlights included:
The contemporary music ensemble Kwartludium, who collaborated with Caglayan Yildiz to “deconstruct” works by Polish – Ottoman musician Wojciech Bobkowski (known as Ali Ufki)
A series of performances by Zorka Wollny which explored the theme of fury and anger through a combination of live performance and visual art
Krzysztof Topolski was joined by Hubert Zemler, who worked on the Drum Channels project involving research, field recording sessions and performances in collaboration with local cymbal-making workshops.
Supported by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.