His sound is quite unusual and unconventional in many respects, surely not typically Jazzy. With obvious Classical phrasing, fingering, and voicing. Overall this is definitely music that should be investigated and even embraced, as it does offer a novel approach and a lot of courage. Highly recommended
“Improcode” is a surprising album in which the vision of contemporary music intertwines with a sublime form of violin art. The album comprises many different concepts of dialogue and four-sided conversations within this style. There is a lot of freedom and space in the album that characterizes both contemporary and classical jazz idioms. The individual code of The Owl is characterized by an unconventional approach to improvised music, and when Marcin Hałat faces cooperating individualities, music gains a unique meaning.
polskaplyta-polskamuzyka.pl – about last album “Improcode”
Overall this is a most welcome sophomore outing by the trio and a superb collaboration with the guest pianist, combining the best of what these four wonderful musicians have to offer. Considering the exquisite sound quality of this complex music, which enables every detailed nuance to be perfectly audible, this album is a true feast for the ears and surely one of the best Improvised Music albums released in 2020.
Adam Baruch – about album “Rathaus: Piano Trios”
The latest compositions of the group mean improvisational artistry in an accessible version, which ears seem to absorb like a sponge. This collection of recordings is an offer not only for devoted jazz enthusiasts, but also for music lovers of all kinds.
Daria Trojanowska – about album “Rathaus Chamber Works”
Their second album – The Owl – confirms the high performance class of the artists. If we treat the title as an indicator of what should constitute valuable improvisation, then we deal here with an almost textbook example. Hałat, Gradziuk, Garbowski and Held understand each other perfectly and skilfully use their own musical code, the exploration of which provides the listener with a lot of positive and inspiring impressions.
http://polish-jazz.blogspot.com/ – about album “On The Way”
On the Polish Jazz violin scene, which is pretty crowded these days, Halat arrives as a newcomer, although he has years of experience of playing Classical Music. His sound is quite unusual and unconventional in many respects, surely not typically Jazzy with obvious Classical phrasing, fingering, and voicing. Overall this is definitely music that should be investigated and even embraced, as it does offer a novel approach and a lot of courage. Highly recommended