Stryjo - Improvised instrumental songs



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Stryjo is a Polish band formed in 2005 consisting of Nikola Kołodziejczyk on piano, Maciej Szczyciński on double bass and Michał Bryndal od drums. Nikola Kołodziejczyk, Maciej Szczyciński and Michał Bryndal met as students of Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. The name of the band is a merger of two words: stryj (uncle) and trio, so that the name did not impose a clear leader and musical connotations. They have gathered critical acclaim and won several polish music awards, including polish Grammy counterpart - Fryderyk. They have toured worldwide, including Rep. of China, Republic of Korea, Republic of Singapore, Hungary, Republic of Turkey, Czech Republic.
Stryjo breaks the scheme of a jazz trio and employs democracy and interaction in place of leadership. After touring with original compositions they gradually started to improvise whole concerts, inventing compositions as they went. When improvising they go beyond the typical building blocks of trio idiom with a linear storytelling. Lyrical and enthralling, their joint narrative tells about their musical respect for each other, being at the same time persuasive, inspiring and welcoming to the audience. In 2009 they recorded an album called „W Ryjo”, self-released under their label Nowa Brama Pro Musica. In 2016 they released double album - „A Vista Social Club” also released by Nowa Brama Pro Musica, to further critical acclaim
Since the beginning Stryjo members has worked on a variety of projects with other musicians and organizations,. These collaborations include work with musicians in multiple genres such as classical (Barok Progresywny, the Hilliard Ensemble) rock (Voo Voo), world music (Amine & Hamza), crossover (Anna Hawkins). For their 2014 album with Nikola Kołodziejczyk Orchestra „Chord Nation” - they recieved Best Debut Fryderyk award (Polish Grammy counterpart) and 3 nominations in various categories. For their 2015 album with Nikola Kołodziejczyk Orchestra „Barok Progresywny” they recieved Best Album Fryderyk award. They also provide clinics and workshops in schools worldwide, most recently Istanbul, Mexico City, and Bejing, China.