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Mikolaj Trzaska | Back

Polish reedsman Mikolaj Trzaska was born in Gdansk in 1966, and initially trained as a painter. But his love of jazz - and particularly the freedoms developed by the likes of Ornette Colemand and John Coltrane - proved stronger, and by his mid-20s he had become a full time musician.

He received early encouragement from legendary trumpeter Lester Bowie, and later began working regularly with the great Peter Brötzmann. Over the past five years he has also collaborated closely with leading figures from the New York and Chicago scenes, most notably Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, trombonist Steve Swell and drummer Michael Zerang.

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