The Sirkis / Bialas International Quartet
Thursday 19 May 2016
The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet is a fresh new collaboration between Israeli UK-resident drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis, known for his work with the Lighthouse Trio (ACT), Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland, Larry Corryel, John Abercrombie & the Asaf Sirkis trio, and Polish vocalist/composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas. The quartet is completed by bassist Kevin Glasgow and the acclaimed Frank Harrison on piano and keyboards (UK).
With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this band celebrates music from both collaborators,covering a wide range of influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, South Indian & Middle Eastern musics as well as a wide range of dynamics – from the most delicate ballad all the way to high-energy electric virtuoso lines and everything in between. Expect soulful melodies, aerospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full colour electroacoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects.
The quartet`s latest album “Come To Me“ was released 2014 at the London Jazz Festival and the band has been touring in the UK and Europe since.
‘The The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet demonstrates how well a vocalist can work as the featured soloist in a quartet. Even better, they make you forget the instrumentation in the beauty and joy of the music they make.The group truly deserves the “International” part of their name’. *****Mark Sullivan, All about Jazz website (5 Star review)
“Come To Me includes excellent compositions and superb performances, turning the entire listening experience into a most pleasing aesthetic adventure.“
“…Intelligent, emotional, moving music of this magnitude is rare in today’s chilling reality of non-culture and gems like this one should be embraced and admired…“
“The entire quartet seems to act as a symbiotic organism, in complete contrast to the usual singer/band circumstances.„ Adam Baruch, Jazzis Records (ISR)
“THE INVITATION to share in the rarefied, positive atmospheres contained within this debut release from the Sirkis Bialas International Quartet is tangible from an ensemble who evidently love what they create together.
“… this is no ‘singer plus band’ set-up, but rather a fully integrated quartet whose conception feels unique.“
“`Come To Me is an outstanding album by all means and hopefully many people around the world
will be eventually exposed to it.“ Adrian Palant AP Reviews (UK)
“Come To Me is a gentle, sometimes dreamy, poetic album where the empathetic relationship between the players is a critical and a very evident factor in its success.“
Ian Maund, sandybrownjazz (UK)
“Come To Me is a rich, melodic jazz/world fusion. All four musicians are eloquent melodists, and the soundscape is warm and wide.
The fact that Białas sings the lyrics in Polish makes all the vocals more like pure music for us non-Polish speakers and that adds an attractive lack of specificity to the music.“
Peter Bacon, The jazzbreakfast (UK)
“Come To Me, is a true tour-de-force of musicianship and innovation.“
“…this is what music is all about: colorful, infinitely creative, and full of heartfelt, emotional intensity. Each musician is such a talent unto themselves that when playing together you cannot help but feel completely transported to a better place while you listen.“
“This album is truly magnificent! …a musical experience without peer!“
“COME TO ME” IS A MASTERPIECE!“
Five Stars: John Prichard, Jazz-Rock.com website
“The debut album of the Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet captivates almost from the first tones with it`s genuine freshness, created by the four musicians drawing their joy and inspiration from each tone shared among each other.
The delicate, pulsating and melodically rich soundscapes from the verge of Jazz, World Music and Progressive Rock, enchant the listener with their wide range of moods and high-class musicality, sensitivity and the brilliance of each of the four musicians.“
Tomasz Furmanek, Jazz Forum Magazine, Nowy Czas polish magazine (UK/POL)
“Come To Me is more than merely a fine vocal jazz album, since like
other singers such as Norma Winstone, Bialas uses her voice as an instrument and not just as a means of expressing lyrics, whilst her colleagues provide sumptuously arranged and executed music.“
Roger Farbey, All About Jazz (UK)
Images from the gig at SpeakeasyTorquay