- 1 The Day Before
- 2 Hi 5
- 3 Rita
- 4 Flying Lion
- 5 Quasimodo
- 6 Chinese Love Song
- 7 Silent Scream Intro
- 8 Silent Scream
- 9 No Man's Land
- 10 Entre Palabras
- 11 The D
Andrzej Święs - Flying Lion. Out on March 3rd, 2023 (SJRecords 071)
CD available to preorder. LP available soon.
FLYING LION is a trio led by Andrzej Święs on bass guitar that seamlessly blends jazz, improvisation, and experimental music to create a unique sound. Andrzej's skillful musicianship serves as the foundation for the band's dynamic and innovative performances. Their music is a refreshing take on the familiar and will be enjoyed by both music enthusiasts and casual listeners alike. Rafał Sarnecki's guitar work adds depth and complexity to the band's sound, characterized by a balance of virtuosity and restraint. Paweł Dobrowolski's drumming is a true force, providing a driving rhythm that propels the compositions forward. The upcoming album is a compendium of unique compositions that showcase the band's incredible range. Their improvisations and interactions are masterful and take the listener on a transcendent voyage through sound. The chemistry between the band members is palpable, creating an atmosphere that is both electric and intimate. FLYING LION is pushing the boundaries of what is possible in music. Their live performances are not to be missed, offering a truly unforgettable experience.
- Andrzej Święs - bass
- Rafał Sarnecki - guitar
- Paweł Dobrowolski - drums
- music composed by Andrzej Święs, except tracks 7,9 improvised by all musicians
- recorded by Paweł Lipski, Michał "Mashtal" Rypień at © TAKE 1 STUDIO on 8 & 9th July, 2021
- mix, master: Robert Kubiszyn © DREAMCATCHER STUDIO
- photos: Sisi Cecylia © JazzySHOTS
- cover: Tomasz Olszewski
- produced by Andrzej Święs
Andrzej Święs is a bass player who has dedicated his life to the art of music. He received his Master's degree from the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan in 2005 and the Jazz Institute of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in 2008.
His debut on the jazz scene was in 2004 with Pawel Tomaszewski Trio at Cracow's Jazz Junior competition, where he earned a Second Prize. This early recognition was just the beginning of a highly successful career that has seen him win numerous accolades and awards. He was awarded, for example, the First Prize with Pawel Tomaszewski Trio at Jazz Juniors Festival (Cracow 2005) and Bielska Zadymka Jazz Festival (Bielsko – Biała 2006), Grand Prix "Jazz nad Odra" Festival with group Soundcheck (2005) and also Individual Distinction at the same festival (Wrocław 2008).
Throughout his career, Andrzej has had the opportunity to perform with a diverse array of musicians, including internationally renowned artists such as Stewart Copeland, Jules Buckley, Greg Osby, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Randy Brecker, Jan "Ptaszyn" Wróblewski, Janusz Muniak, Zbigniew Namyslowski, Adam Pierończyk, Grzegorz Nagórski, Maciej Sikała, Joachim Mencel, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Dorota Miśkiewicz, Kuba Stankiewicz, Judy Bady, Jacek Kochan, Dominik Wania, Marek Napiórkowski, Kuba Więcek, Clarence Penn, Manuel Valera, Kasia Pietrzko Trio, Kamil Piotrowicz Sextet, Marita Alban Juarez, Krzysztof Dys, Adam Bałdych. These collaborations have allowed him to gain a wealth of experience and have been instrumental in shaping his unique style and sound.
In addition to performing in jazz clubs and major venues throughout Poland, Andrzej has also performed on international stages in countries such as Germany, Austria, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Hungary, U.S.A., Morocco, Russia, the Czech and Slovak Republics, and Bulgaria.
Andrzej Święs has recorded over fifty albums as a sideman, most of which have been nominated for Poland's Fryderyk award (Polish Grammy).
He continues to push the boundaries of his art, always striving for excellence and constantly seeking new challenges and opportunities to grow as a musician.
Photos by Sisi Cecylia / JAZZy Shots