Margo Zuber - Cisza. Out on 29 February 2024. (SJRecords 077)
The single "Przebudzenie" available on streaming platforms from 8 February 2024!
Album available to pre-order from 8 February. Pre-ordered CDs will be signed by the artist and shipped on 28 February.
Available as CD, WAV downloads and on streaming platforms.
Silence is the most beautiful music, says the composer Zbigniew Preisner. The task of music is to adorn silence, frame it and highlight its beauty. in a decorative frame to highlight it appropriately. But silence can be in the way. “In loneliness, it can mock like laughter,” to quote Margo Zuber’s second song on the album, Speak to Me. Her debut album sings about both these aspects of silence. It soothes at times but also plucks sharply at strings of raw emotion that we would rather keep silent.
- Marta Kula
“Cisza” is Margo Zuber's debut album of original compositions. Meaning “silence”, it is about isolation and loneliness where the silence in your ears intertwines with a flood of fretful thoughts. The artist deals with this deluge by channeling it into music and lyrics - until quietude returns, however briefly. The resulting album encourages us to stop and relax and find a space for our own thoughts.
The Hammond organ - which also acts as the bass – joined by the piano is a unique pairing and this is the first such combination in Polish jazz. Combined with the extremely rare and low timbre of the contralto, the whole thing takes on a unique tone, used to great effect by the musicians.
The album was recorded in May 2023 at the Cavatina Studio by:
Margo Zuber - vocals
Kajetan Galas - Hammond organ
Mateusz Pałka - piano
Grzegorz Pałka - drums
Margo Zuber is a singer, songwriter and a singing teacher. She has performed throughout Poland, as well as in Europe and Asia. She is a graduate of jazz vocal studies at the Academy of Music in Katowice.
In 2015, she received a special award from the Polish Jazz Association in the Powiew Młodego Jazzu international competition, part of the Krokus Jazz Festival. In 2016, together with her band, she was awarded second prize and an individual special award in the Powiew Młodego Jazzu international competition at the Krokus Jazz Festival. In the same year, she took first place in the national Blue Note Poznań Competition. She participated in the prestigious New York Jazz Masters workshops.
Together with her quintet and quartet, she performed at many festivals, including: Summer Jazz Festival Kraków, Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa, RCK Pro Jazz, Jazz in the Forest, Kromer Festival Biecz, and also as part of the Jazz.PL concert series on the Polish Radio Two, "Faces of Krakow Jazz" on Radio Kraków and "Young Masters" at Blue Note Poznań.
She has collaborated with musicians such as Michał Urbaniak, Wojciech Karolak, Krzesimir Dębski, Kevin Robinson, Frank Parker, Adam Czerwiński, Kajetan Galas, Grzegorz Pałka, Mateusz Pałka, and Szymon Mika.
“… The voice is the album’s essence. Margo’s is a deep, warm alto with a timbre made for singing jazz.”
- Marta Kula