They could be called the “twisted children” of Sigur Ros and Kamasi Washington, but Niechec, a Polish jazz band, manages to stay out of a rut and provides a unique and original approach. The name of the band means “dislike”, which is actually exactly opposite of how their music affects listeners. The band’s hypnotic mix of ambient, electronic, jazz and alternative music can be addictive. They also create a dark, mysterious, and sometimes even hysterical atmosphere. Their love for Polish Jazz legends Tomasz Stanko, Krzysztof Krzysztof Kmeda and their ability to recontextualize this profoundly emotional melodic legacy into pieces that balance aggression and grace is what makes them truly special. Niechec was born in 2011 out of a vibrant free-improv scene in Warsaw. They have released three albums to date, “Smierc w miekkim furku” (“Death In A Soft Fur Coat”) (2012) and “Niechec (2016). All of these albums received high critical acclaim from the Polish and international press as well as the blogosphere. Live performances by the band are an unforgettable experience that will stay with listeners long after the show ends. Expect the unexpected and don’t miss out! For this generation, mixing different styles and genres is no longer an experiment. It’s their everyday bread, as obvious and necessary as possible. It’s important to not make it obvious. In this competition, I place my bet for Niechec.” Jedrzej Slodkowski, Gazeta Wyborcza “Co Jest Grane” Line up: Saxophone: Maciej Zwierzchowski Guitar: Rafal Blaszczak Keyboard: Michal Zaleski Bass: Maciej Szczepanski Drums: Michal Kaczorek from

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