Fragile world of contemporary jazz trumpet and live ambient electronics


The collaboration between the two musicians builds on previous projects set in the field between contemporary jazz and classical music, traditional instruments and live electronics. First it was the Points-Rataj Quintet (CD 2016), which evolved into an electro-acoustic trio with saxophonist Luboš Soukup (Hornscape, 2020). The new duo of Michal Rataj and Oskar Török attempts to establish an even deeper interaction between the virtuoso wind instrument and a wide range of contemporary interactive electronics. Their musical vocabulary extends from electronic ambient through the overtones of club electronica towards the various positions of contemporary jazz and post-acousmatic music.

Michal Rataj

Composer, sound performer and radio producer, who composes mainly electroacoustic music and instrumental music for chamber groups or orchestra. He has recently been active as a real-time performer of his own acousmatic music and he also presents sound performances alone or with various music partners in a wide range of genres ranging from sound art to contemporary jazz. Recently he has become known for large number of soundtracks for TV and cinema. He is regularly introduced by major performers, ensembles and orchestras and he gives performances in Europe and in the USA. For more details se Michal’s home page

Michal Rataj @ Bandcamp

Michal Rataj @ Soundcloud

Michal Rataj @ C-S Film Database

Awards: Palma Ars Acustica (2015), Grand Prix Marulić 2009, Musica Nova (2015, 2013, 2009, 2007, 2005), Prix Bohemia (2006, 2008, 2012), OSA (2005, 2019)

Oskar Török

Born 1980 (Humenné, Slovakia) and graduated form the Akademia Muzyczna, Katowice – the virtuoso trumpet player Oskar Török has performed with large number of jazz band as well as fusion projects. Recently he has joined various setups of live electronics on stage. Oskar has been well known as a player with Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet in Poland as well as Vertigo or Iva Bittová in Czech Republic, among others:

Concept Art Orchestra (cz/sk/de)
Beata Hlavenková & Kapela snů (cz/sk)
Points Septet, Points Rataj Quintet (cz/sk)
Leszek Mozdzer, Iva Bittová, Dresch Mihály, Oskar Török – Mosty Gesharim 2012 (pl/cz/hu/sk)
Vladimír Václavek (cz)
Nikola Kolodziejczyk Orchestra (pl/de/sk)
Sato-San To (cz/sk)
Oskar Maurice (cz/sk)

Oskar’s major awards: Zlatý anděl (2005, 2011, 2015, 2019). Frederyk (2015, 2016)

Gold Records: Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet – Polka (2014), Chaos pełen idei (2016)


Booking:

Michal Rataj, mr (at) michalrataj (dot) com, +420 739 386 590, www.michalrataj.com