Welcome to the web site for Blaise Siwula - saxophonist, clarinetist and improvising musician in NYC since 1989. Prior years were in Detroit and San Francisco expanding and developing a language for spontaneous compositions with alto/tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinets and flutes.
Besides working with a wonderful number of amazing musicians in various groups and countries I've been curating a free music series (C.O.M.A.) at ABC No-Rio on Sundays since 1998.
And recently I've started my own label - NoFrillsMusic.com in addition to my releases on CIMP, Cadence Jazz Records, Konnex, Art Cappuccinonet.com, Ayler Records, re:konstrucKt records and several other independent labels
The first release is "Blaise Siwula Live in London"
The second is "New York Encuentro" with pianist Katsuyuki Itakura and drummer philosopher Richard Gilman-Opalsky
Followed with "Call Red Dragon" featuring Robyn Siwula violin/viola, Mike Irwin trumpet Dmitry Ishenko bass and Brian Adler drums.
Presently "Mérida Encuentro - Merida Swings" (in 7 parts) is being made available for download on CdBaby and iTunes. The physical CD will be available October 21, 2013. Featured on the cd are Blaise Siwula clarinet and alto sax, Armando Martin acoustic and electric guitar, Edgar Caamal drums/percussion and Alvar Canto Torres electric guitar.
And just released 3-1-2014 - "Sometimes The Journey Is A Vision" by D'istante3 featuring Luciano Troja piano, Giancarlo Mazzù guitar/drumkit/vocals and Blaise Siwula ato/tenor sax and clarinet.
And soon a Duet recording with drummer Shiro Onuma....
Pictures above clockwise from the upper left corner were taken by Barbara Siwula (as are most on this site) in Mérida at sessions and festivals. Cancun's Casa de la Cultura, Spectrum in NYC and C.O.M.A. at ABC No-Rio
Below is from a show with Gian Luigi Diana (laptop/electronics), Harvey Valdes (guitar) and Mossa Bildner (vocals) at Spectrum on 11-9-12. We were back there again on Jan 3rd, 2013.
In October I was in Germany and Romania for a festival and shows.
The picture below is from Hamburg 10-14-12 Left to Right:
Björn Lücker drums, John Hughes bass, Projection:Zero partner Carsten Radtke guitar and Blaise Siwula sax/cl
And Projection:Zero at CultureFix in NYC 8-4-12
At the end of each C.O.M.A. event on Sunday's there is an open session.
On April 14, 2013 C.o.M.A. hosted the final night of the Cadence Jazz Festival. David Haney invites the performers to participate in his Arkestra which he conducted. Visible players left to right - Matt Lavelle trumpet, Constance Cooper piano, Nora McCarthy voice, John Murchison bass, Blaise Siwula clarinet and David Haney.
Also that night in the Arkestra - Frankie Wilson (tenor), Stan Nishimura (trombone), Jack DeSalvo (cello), Chris Jones (bass), Mark Flynn drums, Diana Wayburn (flute) Oskar Bonstroke (percussion)