Folk instruments from India and Poland, viola da gamba and other baroque instruments with jazz musicians in a very contemplative and quiet suite recorded in one take. Album has been awarded the FRYDERYK 2016 for the Album of the Year (Polish Phonographic Society awards - polish Grammy counterpart)

Barok Progresywny (progressive baroque) is a hour long suite for 15 musicians.
it features historical performance: 4 baroque violin, baroque cello, viola da gamba.
It also features folk instruments: sarangi, suka biłgorajska, gadułka, fidel płocka
and jazz improvisers.

This recording is acoustic in its entirety — recorded in one take, one room, with no tuning or retiming in post-production.

Prepremiere: 7th October 2015 on Sopot Jazz Festival
Premiere: 28th October 2015 during NOSPR/Nikola Kołodziejczyk Orchestra /Branford Marsalis concert in Katowice, NOSPR

It is worth noting that the drum set was the subject of a complete makeover for this record to facilitate extremely soft dynamics of the baroque strings and to enable the drummer to be able to use the drum set freely while maintaining the pop dynamic.

Nikola Kołodziejczyk - polish pianist, composer and orchestrator.
Winner of Polish Phonographic Society award Fryderyk.

He loves to stay in large groups of people, which probably gave rise to a passion for composing for large ensembles and made him like to ride and wait for Polish trains. Music for Nikola is the search for new answers to familiar questions - his multicolored narratives draw in with interesting story and thoughtful twists.
His music has been performed and commissioned by:
Metropole Orkest featuring Richard Bona (Metropole Orkest Arrangers Workshop), the Wrocław Philharmonic and Jazztopad Festival, NOSPR National Polish Radio Symphonic Orchestra feat. Bart van Lier, Jazz Orchester Regensburg („The Next Generation - Young European Jazz Composers” concert), Amine et Hamza M'Raihi (Tunisia), Łódź Philharmonic, Concept Art Orchestra (Czech Republic), Nigel Kennedy Orchestra Strings of Life, Academic Baroque Orchestra (Katowice), Anna Hawkins (New Zealand), Michał Polcyn „Cuiaviana”, Aga Kiepuszewska „Silence”, Orchestra L'Autunno, Karolina Skrzyńska, Adam Bałdych „Storyboard” and others.

He studied under the guidance of eminent educators - Edward Anthony Partyka, Irena Rolanowska, Andrzej Jagodzinski, Kazimierz Chludek, Emilian Madey, Dariusz Janus, Bogdan Chmura and Wojciech Niedziela. He also owes his musical skills to brief but impactful encounters with such figures as Vince Mendoza, Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi, Lotte Anker, Maria Schneider, Jim Black and Kurt Elling.
It uses every opportunity to research on music, both this latest, and this forgotten -
European, Arab, electronic, jazz, baroque and folk.

Progressive Baroque suite
Marta Sołek — suka biłgorajska, sarangi, gadułka4,5,6,7,9,11
Alicja Sierpińska — baroque violin
Marzena Biwo — baroque violin
Klaudia Matlak — baroque violin
Dominika Małecka — baroque violin
Łukasz Krusz — violin
Krzysztof Firlus — bass viol
Maria Misiarz — baroque cello
Marcin Olak — guitar
Oskar Török — trumpet
Szymon Kamykowski — soprano saxophone
Grzegorz Grzeszczyk — bass clarinet
Maciej Szczyciński — double bass
Michał Bryndal — drums
Nikola Kołodziejczyk — piano

recording engineer — Błażej Domański
mix and mastering — Błażej Domański
recording and mixing assistant — Karol Mańkowski
recording assistant — Mateusz Sołtysik
Mixed and mastered in Studio 7 in Piaseczno

design & layout — Aleksandra Wyłupek
graphic artist — Rafał Wojtunik
producer — Nikola Kołodziejczyk
executive producer— Agnieszka Kiepuszewska

1. Barok Progresywny – 6'09"
2. Mean Tone I – 4'22"
3. Guitar Hero – 5'40"
4. Podusa – 6'07"
5. Stryjo – 4'33"
6. Office of Laboratory Animal Care – 7'28"
7. Interludium – 1'18"
8. Mean Tone II – 5'51"
9. Fishing for Schemes – 5'03"
10. Fear Loose – 2'16"
11. Loose Fear – 5'33"
12. Ultimatum - 4'11"
13. Oklaski - 2'44"