European Jazzgroup feat. Seamus Blake
JAZZ | BLUES | SOUL | FUNK | NEOJAZZ
origin: Sweden, Denmark, Canada
territories: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy
availability: april, march 2021, festivals in summer and autumn
Vivian Buczek (voc), Seamus Blake (special guest on sax),
Martin Sjöstedt (piano), Jesper Bodilsen (bass),
Conrelia Nilsson (drums)
"Dynamic, spontaneous and when performing always at one with the music” this is how she describes herself, Vivian Buczek. One of the most outstanding and engaging jazz singers of today who has a remarkable feeling for the jazz idiom and on stage performs with an unaffected air of self-assurance irrespective of what she chooses to sing.
Since Vivian has started performing, she recorded 8 albums. The collaboration with Martin Sjöstedt, one of Sweden’s foremost musicians and arrangers, started 6 years ago. Since 2013 they worked very closely and recorded albums Curiosity (2014), Ella Lives ( 2017) together. Vivians last album “A Woman’s Voice” (2019) is a collaboration with the Norrbotten Big Band, which is well-known all over Europe.
Vivian’s portrait and music is all about life from a woman’s perspective where roots from music and life patterns are based on life experiences. Vivian celebrates some of her main sources of inspiration by for example women jazz icons, but also other musicians that have made a lasting impression over the years like Shirley Horn, Abbey Lincoln, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Carmen McRea, Sarah Vaughn, but also Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Prince, Michael Jackson, Madonna and many more pop and soul legends.
She was born and raised in Sweden by 2 Polish jazz musicians. Her home has always been full of music and musicians as a result her broad interest in music, like the American songbook, with all the jazz standards, rhythm & blues, soul, pop and funk, has always been consistent. At an early age she started singing and playing the piano and as the only-child her music and singing has always been a true comfort and friend in harsh times.
Vivian’s upcoming album “Roots” is all about getting into the roots. Now it’s time for Vivian to emphasize all that inspiration and music that turned her into the singer and musician she is today, all together in a new album coming out spring 21. On this album she collaborates with the Martin Sjöstedt Trio as well as a guest appearance of one the leading saxophone players in the world, Seamus Blake from Canada, who is currently living in Europe.
The band backs up Vivian’s vocals in a superbly elegant, sensitive and dynamic fashion with bold and imaginative arrangements written by Martin Sjöstedt. The music consists partly of original music and partly of carefully chosen songs where Vivian and the trio enjoy stretching the boundaries of jazz with influences from many other genres like blues, soul and funk – you can call it Neo Jazz. Together they paint a modern sound picture that creates an interesting fusion in jazz music of today.