Welcome to Blaise Siwula's web site - A saxophonist, clarinetist and improvising musician in NYC since 1989. The time before was spent in Detroit and San Francisco developing and expanding a language for spontaneous compositions with alto/tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinets and flutes.
Besides working with amazing musicians in various groups and countries Blaise has been curating a free music series C.O.M.A. at ABC No-Rio on Sundays since 1998.
And recently started his own label - NoFrillsMusic.com in addition to his releases on CIMP, Cadence Jazz Records, Konnex, Art Cappuccinonet.com, Ayler Records, re:konstrucKt records and several other independent labels
The first release on NFM "Blaise Siwula Live in London" features tracks from two shows in Dec 2008.
There are links on this page for more info on releases, shows and reviews
The Final Show at the Old ABC No-Rio happened on Sunday June 26th,2014. Below are some groups I was playing with:
Straining to the Limit with Stan Nishimura trombone Evan Gallagher keyboard and Blaise Siwula alto sax
Dom Minasi guitar and Blaise Siwula alto sax
The Final set before the open session with Rocco John Iacovone and Blaise Siwulaalto sax
with Elijah Shiffer joining for the final blast
Then the open sessions:
The photo 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. Mossa resides now in Brazil and Gian, Harvey and myself are Tesla Coils. We are preparing to release our 2nd cd on Setola Di Maiale.
In October 2012 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 invited 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)
Lately I have been spending more time in Mérida, Mexico performing with the "Encuentro" and various artists that pass through performing at the Cha'ak'ab Paaxil free jazz and noise Festivals that happen every 6 month's or so.
The Merida Encuentro continues to record and perform in MX.
Looking forward to hooking up with vocalist Ayako Kanda, pianist Luciano Troja.
And my favorite 4tet of improvisors - Stan Nishimura (trombone) Claire de Brunner (bassoon) Evan Gallagher (keyboard).....Straining to the Edge.