Michal Urbzz Urbaniak: News
Urbaniak at Bethesda BluesJazz Club - November 22, 2015
Yayai Ikawa- pno,, Abdul Zuhri - guitar, Al MacDowell - bass and Mike Flythe -drums
again in Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club in Bethesda!
Michal Urbaniak's Album „Miles of Blue” gained the status of the double Platinum Album - May 31, 2010
On 05.10.2009 Michal Urbaniak's album „Miles of Blue” was released. The album (with a title that is a characteristic for Urbaniak play on words) is a tribute to the art of the jazz god Miles Davis. The Artist recorded the album in cooperation with a number of distinguished musicians from New York and abroad. Michal Urbaniak, a New Yorker by choice, is the only violinist to have worked with the guru of world jazz – Michal Urbaniak. The album remained among the top five bestsellers on the european chain of music stores and within two months gained the status of the double Platinum Album.
On 6 June 2010, during a special concert at the amphitheatre of the Sowiński Park in the Wola district of Warsaw, Michał Urbaniak will receive the Platinum Album. The concert - under the title this time of "Miles & More" - open a new project for the Artist, involving a number of great musicians and artists of different generations. Work on the new album will initiate Michał Urbaniak's autumn concert tour, part of the cycle of Urbanator Days. Traditionally the Wola concert will be graced with the presence of many musicians of stature that Michał Urbaniak is accustomed to inviting to this type of event. In October last year (Jazz Jamboree) Urbaniak surprised the audience during a fantastically received tribute concert to Miles Davis. He invited on the stage the wildly popular rapper O.S.T.R. and the talented jazz singer Monika Borzym. A tried and tested musical combination will perform on 6 June, including Otto Williams, Troy Miller, Femi and other musicians well known to the Polish audiences. At the moment Michał Urbaniak is in New York, where preparations are in progress to the forthcoming release of his album. Many distinguished artists will participate in its recording like.. Xantone Blacq - keys & vocals Jan smoczynski - piano & keys Otto Williams – bas guitar Femi – guitar Troy Miller – drums And...more to be anounced...
Miles of Blue Story - October 8, 2009
I was 14 when Miles Davis became my hero, the successor to Winnetou – he became my hero for life. To this day he is the greatest role model as a muso (for me, musicians are divided into professional musicians and musos). A muso can be illiterate or can be a great composer and musician who plays music for the sake of music, because they love music. And professional musicians are those who will notice during the rehearsal that at 12 noon they've got a break. When Miles Davis died I already had more than ten pieces at the ready, but when I saw that everyone was making a Miles D album, I decided to pull out of this unhealthy competition. And the drafts, I've kept them to this day. This year – on August 17 it will be 50 years since the release of Davis's “Kind of Blue”. I decided to commemorate the album, the best-selling album in jazz history (quadruple platinum, 200,000 copies sold annually). And the album is still on top. If I were to go on a desert island, that would be the record I would take as the only one. Out of adoration for Miles and respect for musicians, who have played with me or with Miles, I decided to release the record after all and I called it „Miles Of Blue”.
Michał Urbaniak in tribute to Miles Davis - October 5, 2009
Michał Urbaniak in tribute to Miles Davis - October 5, 2009
It’s been 50 years since Miles Davis”s “Kind Of Blue” was released. This highly popular, most recognized and the best selling record in the history of jazz is one of the favorites of the world-famous violinist Michał Urbaniak. It is said, if he was to lend on a desert island, he would take only this one record with him.
Miles Davis heard Urbaniak for the first time in Johnny Garson’s famed American program “Tonight Show” broadcasted by NBC. It was Garson who described Urbaniak’s music as “the most burning, interesting tones since the Rolling Stones”. When Davis saw and heard Urbaniak in “Tonight Show” , he said: “Give me this Polish fucking fiddler, he's got the sound”. Soon after that, in 1985 the artists met to work on the famous “Tutu”.
Michał Urbaniak had ready a few compositions when Davis passed away, but decided not to take part in the general trend of recording “for Miles Davis”. He kept the outlines of these songs, though. Now we can hear some of them on his latest record “Miles Of Blue” which will be released on October 5, 2009. The record is dedicated to Miles Davis and other musicians who played with him and with Michał Urbaniak.
On the 25th of October Michał Urbaniak and world-famous musicians shall give a special concert in tribute to Miles Davis at Sala Kongresowa in Warsaw.
Fusion III Released - July 11, 2009
UrbanatorDays - June 16, 2007
To whom it may concern
The International Production Group UBX would like to invite you to participate in URBANATOR DAYS, which is an exciting undertaking addressed to musically talented youth, offering them a unique opportunity to debut their talent on stage with top professional jazz musicians. In Poland there are still far too few initiatives that support young talent. This project gives these talented youngsters a chance to work with real American and European musicians. URBANATOR DAYS attempts to build a bridge between these musicians, thereby presenting new skills and talents in an international forum.
URBANATOR DAYS consists of the following:
Day 1 (27.06.2007): an all-day music workshop lead by Michal Urbaniak and his six-man band from New York and London. During this workshop, the best young talent will be chosen to perform on stage with him and his band at the concert which will take place on the following day. The workshop will be held in the Wola School of Music in Warsaw. The professional artists will be giving lessons in violin, percussion, guitar, voice and keyboards. An internet site has been especially prepared to cover this event so that throughout the entire project the young musicians will be in contact with each other and will be able to learn through chat rooms and e-learning. Various materials will also be made available on this portal. A virtual record label will be formed to distribute CDs and mp3s. A booking agency and a platform for creating internet sites for these young musicians and bands will also be made available.
Day 2 (28.06.2007): at 18.00, there will be a concert in Park Sowińskiego (Elekcyjna 17 in the Wola District of Warsaw), which can comfortably seat 3000 guests. Michal Urbaniak’s URBANATOR band (with musicians from New York and London) will perform as well as other invited guests such as: Mika and November Project (a music group managed and promoted by the Awangarda Foundation. The concert will end with a jam session which will include the young musicians chosen at the workshops held the day before together with the URBANATOR band. The concert MC will be Michael Moritz.
Poland’s Minister of Culture Mr. K.M. Ujazdowski along with the Mayor of the Wola District of Warsaw shall be honorary patrons of this 2-day event.
Media Patrons: Radio PIN, onet.pl, Zycie Warszawy, TVP3 and Newsweek (to be conformed on Monda
Michal Urbaniak’s projekt URBANATOR consists of:
MICHAL CRAIG GORMAN - http://www.myspace.com/mmmikegorman
XANTONE BLACQ - http://www.myspace.com/xanblacq
DAVID ITAL - http://profile.myspace.com/daveital1
OTTO WILLIAMS - http://www.myspace.com/ottowilliams
TROY MILLER - http://www.myspace.com/troymillerdrummer
MICHAL URBANIAK - www.myspace/michalurbaniak
Jazz Legends CD's - April 23, 2007
New York, 4/16/07
The New York record label, UBX Records is planning to release a two album series of Michal Urbaniak.
During his music career, Urbaniak has a played with the greatest jazz musicians. On his albums, you will find recordings with the participation of the most famous from the New York and world Jazz scene.
From the first series, „Jazz Legends“, belongs to the best of acoustic jazz.
Most of the recordings were recorded in various music studios and the famous Village Vanguard.
Shortly, the first album from the series „Jazz Legends“ will be released.
Besides Michal Urbaniak, playing on the violin, you will hear musicians such as:
Ted Dunbar –guitar, Kenny Barron – piano, Buster Williams and Roy Haynes – drums. On the following albums in the“Jazz Legends“ series, recordings of the following musicians will be presented alongside Michal Urbaniak.
On piano: Kenny Barron, Michael Gerber, Dave Kikowski , Jim Pryor
Bass players: Buster Williams, Ron Carter, Michael Moore
Drummers: Roy Haynes, Kenny Washington, Lenny White,
Guitarist: Ted Dunbar, Larry Coryell, Gene Bertoncini. On the second series „Fusion Legends“ you will hear such fantastic musicians as:
Marcus Miller, Lenny White, Omar Hakim, Victor Bailey, Steve Gadd, Steve Jordan, Basil Farrington, Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Kirkland, Bernard, Wright, Don Blackman, Nicki Richards, Toots Thielmans, Tom Browne.
A few facts…
It’s important to remember, that in 1974, Michal Urbaniak’s band „Fusion“, played music rich in melody and irregular rhythm inspired by Urban Jazz & R&B music combined at times with his ethnic roots (polish folk music). Since those days, Michal plays on a five string violin especially made for him, on a synthesizer violin, saxophones and on a lyricon (an electric saxophone instrument). This original and creative,and very inovative music called Fusion was met with much enthusiasm in America and around the world. Michal Urbaniak , known as one of the pioneers of Fusion music became an extremely popular artist. This exceptionally well received album „Fusion“ for Columbia Records, made it possible for the artist/composer to continue recording albums in similar styles, such as; „Atma“ and „Fusion III“ which were the leading projects on Michal Urbaniak’s path of success both as Columbia recording artist and worldwide touring atraction. He easily promoted his new sound, the unusual combination of Polish folk with beloved black music and with electric rock sounds.. In 1975 – 1989, the group „Michal Urbaniak Fusion“ not only attracted manymusic lovers, fans, exceptional jazz musicians, but also created a community of young musicians that later played with artist’s such as Miles Davis, Whether Report, Santana and Sting. Michal, himself played of Miles Davis’s record „Tutu“ and preformed with him. These musicians among others will appear on the next series of records that will be released on Ubx, as „Fusion Legends“
It will be a series were one can find everything that shows how exceptional Michal Urbaniak ahd his friends are both in acoustic jazz and electric jazz fusion.
Coordinated with records releases, Ubx Booking is putting together preformances by the Michal Urbaniak band with his wonderful guests
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New Cd: "Sax Love" - January 1, 2006
This unusual Cd i recorded on my Tenor Sax an my MacIntosh Computer writing a all the songs This in my real "Sax Love"! Happy Valentines Day!
Nice, smooth and moody record. Happy Vallentines Day!
New CD Urbanator III - September 29, 2005
Al Mac Dowell, Tom Browne, Mike Brecker, Randy Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Human Urchestra