PIANOHOOLIGAN
15 STUDIES FOR THE OBEREK

Piotr Orzechowski – piano solo
Decca Classics / Universal Music Polska
Premiere: November 2014

15 Studies for the Oberek is Pianoohooligan’s second solo album for the Decca Classics label, which is a collection of the artist’s musical reflections devoted to this Polish dance form. The Studies are short musical sketches resembling piano miniatures, dedicated to specific characteristics of the Oberek. The 15 pieces contained on the disc represent an attempt to discover universal properties of folk music, as well as to confront them with the language of contemporary music.

The material encompasses five thematic issues, comprised of three Studies each. The artist, in posing himself questions concerning the source of improvisation, records the process of delving into the inner life of the dance, bringing out and describing such elements as the rhythm, melody or harmony. By virtue of this, we obtain material that is extraordinarily colorful, diversified in terms of tensions, with many surprising twists in the action, and whose main aim is to discover and understand the essence of the Oberek in the title.

Partners in the project are: Channel 2 of Polish Radio, the National Audiovisual Institute and the City of Kraków.
For the third time in a row an album by Orzechowski is one of the best albums released in Poland in a particular year (2014 in this case), which is simply unprecedented. Chapeau Maestro!
POLISH JAZZ / ADAM BARUCH
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*** For me, the Polish jazz album of the year is 15 Studies for the Oberek by Piotr Orzechowski, who signs his solo albums as Pianohooligan. It is a well-planned and fascinating journey to the origins of Polish music.
Rzeczpospolita / Marek Dusza
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15 Studies for the Oberek – this unique and one-of-a-kind album consolidates Orzechowski’s position as the most creative and uncompromising artist of young Polish jazz.
Jazz Forum / Bogdan Chmura
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Perhaps the best album so far in this musician’s short career, it fully proves his class, and that everything in his development happens with unrelenting and bewildering consistency. Bravo!
Polish Jazz / Maciej Nowotny
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This is the kind of music that makes such rankings as “album of the year” or “music of the year” unnecessary formalities. It soars high above any standard, ranking or model and presents a completely unknown territory that requires a new model, ranking or standard to be set. And yet it is still jazz.
JazzPRESS / Magda Ignatowicz-Sołtys
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Further proof that Piotr Orzechowski is a devilishly talented pianist, moving with great nimbleness between avant-garde and jazz; at the same time, though, we hear clear echoes of Chopin’s tradition in his Oberek-based improvisations. Orzechowski’s imagination seems to be limitless and sometimes this pianist even makes it hard to follow him.
Rzeczpospolita / Jacek Marczyński
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