Tomasz Dąbrowski S-O-L-O: "30th Brithday/30Concerts/ 30Cities" //

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Recording location: 
Mariendal church, Copenhagen
Recording date: 
Monday, June 29, 2015
Artwork design: 
Paulina Białkowska
Mastering engineer: 
John Fomsgaard
Mixing engineer: 
John Fomsgaard
Recording engineer: 
John Fomsgaard
  • 1. Part I (04:37)
  • 2. Part II (03:25)
  • 3. Part III (05:48)
  • 4. Part IV (03:44)
  • 5. Part V (02:52)
  • 6. Part VI (02:38)
  • 7. Part VII (07:05)
  • 8. Part VIII (03:16)
  • 9. Part IX (04:45)
  • 10. Part X (07:21)

Tomasz Dąbrowski - Trumpet

S-O-L-O: “30th Birthday/30 Concerts/30 Cities” is Tomasz Dąbrowski’s seventh album as a leader and
his first solo recording. This album is the culmination of a series of solo concerts celebrating his 30th
birthday performed in 30 cities in 12 different countries over almost seven months, plus three formal
recording sessions held in various locations around Copenhagen. The album is made up of 10 songs
intended to represent 10 chapters of one story.

This is music inspired by sumi-e, the Japanese ink and wash painting technique. Its goal is not simply
to reproduce the appearance of an object, but to capture its essence. Like a sumi-e artist, painting with
one stroke without removing the brush from the canvas, Dąbrowski translates this idea into music,
telling the story with only one instrument. He takes the listener to his very private world,
encompassing previous experiences and his contemporary musical inspirations.

As Dąbrowski says: "There are a few moments in your life when things change once and for all. To me it is
turning 30, simply because for the first time I can feel time is going by faster and faster. Instead of thinking
about the past though, I'm looking to the future trying new things, looking for another unopened door.
Playing solo is most definitely the most challenging setting I could think of. I decided to give myself a
present and celebrate my 'getting older' state of mind, with 30 solo concerts in 30 cities in various European
countries. There were no other musicians on the bandstand, no electronics or amps, only the trumpet and
the mutes. It's just me dealing with myself, ideas, directions and doubts.”

A documentary film S-O-L-O: “30th Birthday/30 Concerts/30 Cities” , directed by Kristoffer Juel Poulsen,
includes interviews and footage from the recording session. It will be available online along with the