Roman Rofalski - Pianist / Composer

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About Roman Rofalski

Roman Rofalski, pianist and composer, is seeking for perpetual change in his artistic life. Constantly looking for new frontiers he is experimenting with various styles, aiming to remove the artificial boundaries that have been established between Classical Music and improvised Modern Jazz. With his jazz-trio he has released three albums so far featuring original compositions and arrangements of classical works, especially those of the early 20th century. On these records, he has adapted works of Maurice Ravel, Anton Bruckner, Franz Schubert, Sergej Prokofiev and reaching deep into their compositional structures extracting both modern renditions of the themes as well as deriving a fresh vocabulary for improvisation. In 2018, he presented his solo debut “The kapustin Project” on Sony classical.

Roman Rofalski studied classical piano at the renowned University for Music, Theater and Media in Hannover, Germany. After having received his Masters Degree he moved to New York City where he studied at the New York University and Queens College. Roman Rofalski’s touring schedule is taking him around the world, from solo recitals to various chamber music performances. He is a member of the Oh Ton-Ensemble for Contemporary Music and works closely with the Stockhausen Foundation. As a partner of Schimmel Pianos, Roman is touring frequently through China. 

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Kapustin Project

The Kapustin Project is taking inventory of all shades of modern piano playing while exploring intersections of composed and improvised music. Roman Rofalski’s broad musical horizon has led him from Classical Music to Jazz, Contemporary and Electronic Music and he is on a mission to find a common vector for all these influences.

The works of Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin (*1937) provide an ideal starting point combining the virtuosity of the concert pianist with groove and the tonal language of Jazz. Written-out improvisations, elements of traditional Jazz, progressive Pop and cues from Shostakovich are being blended in a unique way. Rofalski is juxtaposing these compo- sitions with works by Frederic Rzewski and Bernhard Lang. Rzewski’sPiano Piece No. 4 is settled in American modernism, folk themes and monumental clouds of sound. The Austrian composer Lang is celebrating repetitive patterns derived from Pop and especially Electronic music, subtly modulating and continuously changing colors.

Roman Rofalski’s original compositions and improvisations merge these worlds, contemplating his personal view on this wide range of material while transferring his musical experiences into a musical language without reservation and self-imposed boundaries.

the kapustin Project

    The Kapustin Project is taking inventory of all shades of modern piano playing while exploring intersections of composed and improvised music. Roman Rofalski’s broad musical horizon has led him from Classical Music to Jazz, Contemporary and Electronic Music and he is on a mission to find a common vector for all these influences.

    The works of Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin (*1937) provide an ideal starting point combining the virtuosity of the concert pianist with groove and the tonal language of Jazz. Written-out improvisations, elements of traditional Jazz, progressive Pop and cues from Shostakovich are being blended in a unique way. Rofalski is juxtaposing these compo- sitions with works by Frederic Rzewski and Bernhard Lang. Rzewski’sPiano Piece No. 4 is settled in American modernism, folk themes and monumental clouds of sound. The Austrian composer Lang is celebrating repetitive patterns derived from Pop and especially Electronic music, subtly modulating and continuously changing colors.

    Roman Rofalski’s original compositions and improvisations merge these worlds, contemplating his personal view on this wide range of material while transferring his musical experiences into a musical language without reservation and self-imposed boundaries.

    Roman Rofalski, pianist and composer, is seeking for perpetual change in his artistic life. Constantly looking for new frontiers he is experimenting with various styles, aiming to remove the artificial boundaries that have been established between Classical Music and improvised Modern Jazz. With his jazz-trio he has released three albums so far featuring original compositions and arrangements of classical works, especially those of the early 20th century. On these records, he has adapted works of Maurice Ravel, Anton Bruckner, Franz Schubert, Sergej Prokofiev and reaching deep into their compositional structures extracting both modern renditions of the themes as well as deriving a fresh vocabulary for improvisation.

    Roman Rofalski studied classical piano at the renowned University for Music, Theater and Media in Hannover, Germany. After having received his Masters Degree he moved to New York City where he studied at the New York University and Queens College. Roman Rofalski’s touring schedule is taking him around the world, from solo recitals to various chamber music performances. He is a member of the Oh Ton-Ensemble for Contemporary Music and works closely with the Stockhausen Foun- dation. As a partner of Schimmel Pianos, Roman is touring frequently through China.

    Roman Rofalski Trio


    New Album out!!

    we are happy to announce the release of our third album, "SONAR" on Berthold Records!

    Nine wonderful tracks intersecting classical motives, abstract, loop-driven grooves and our love for modern jazz.

    available on amazon, itunes or directly at my casa!
     

    stay tuned! for more info, please visit https://www.rofalskitrio.com





    Roman Rofalski Trio - Studio Konzert

      For jazz musicians, performing live is the essential and most exciting setting for artistic development. On stage we get to recompose pre-arranged material, take risks and therefore allow the music to take a different turn each night. Even more exciting than just performing is being "caught in the act” - being recorded live in concert. A little less than one year after recording our Neuklang debut album Der Wegweiser, we were given the opportunity to return to Bauer Studios to do exactly that. Same piano, same gear, the same amazing engineer Philipp Heck - the difference being a curious audience within touching distance and a red light that kept reminding us of the fact that this time around every note will be recorded on tape immediately and irreversibly, no edits, no second take. In this thrilling and inspiring atmosphere we had the pleasure of recording the music for this disc, documenting our development as a group and capturing a very special evening.
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      dROFF

      Roman's new project incorporates his love for 90's techno, combining prepared piano and electronics. 
      His goal is to create a space between club and art, concrete motives, meditative soundscapes and advanced beats.
       

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      Hofmann/Rofalski

      Improvisation, Interaction, Live Elektronics – these are the main characteristics of this performance. The Hofmann-Rofalski Duo is walking the fine line between free improvisation and intelligent Clubsound. Hofmann on the Saxophon and Rofalski on the Grand piano are always in the process of finding new ways of expression in fresh and exciting soundscapes.Within their performances, the two musicians refer to a rich variety of techniques of improvised music:  dialog of two acoustic instruments, alienating their sound spectra with help of audio programming software Csound. This Duo outlines a delicate wave of sound, spanning boarders of genres and generates an intense listening experience.

      Seltene Erden Sampler

        2015, DEGEM
        Hofmann/Rofalski feel honored to be chosen for the Sampler "Seltene Erden" by German Society for electro-acustic music!

        Tenorama

        Tenorama, is a diverse duet between a tenor saxophone and piano in traditional chamber music settings.Repertoire performed consists of music originally written for the more traditional pairing of piano and clarinet, horn, cello, mgambe, or viola.  Adapting and arranging the works of Bach, Schumann, Hindemith, and Glinka for this unique duo with effort in maintaining originality of the character exploit the versatility of the musicians. 

         

        As a pairing, Tenorama, performs with the warmth of the horn, precise articulation of the bassoon, differentiated vibrato of the violin, and the richness of a cello.  This combined with highly agile musical communication proves to be a stimulating experience.  

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