Primary Instrument: Vocal
is a singer with a mature, low and unusual voice timbre. Described in France as la voix noire et au costume blanc (Black voice in a white costume). She is a guitar, bass guitar and percussion player, as well as a song writer. Magda performs music of Afro-American and African heritage. She is a two-time Semifinalist of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, USA.
Magda has released five CDs including:
Mahalia - studio album prepered in Honor of Mahalia Jackson celebrating the 100th Birthday Anniversary of the Queen of Gospel;
Afro Groove - double live CD feat. Billy Gibson from Memphis, harmonica virtuoso, with lots of world music flavor;
Magda Live recorded in Radio Gdansk;
Blues Travelling feat. Michal Urbaniak, a renowned jazz violinist
Live at Satyrblues with Swedish musician Slidin' Slim.
Magda Piskorczyk regularly performs with her band and has given shows at many festivals almost all over Europe. In 2009 she was invited to play with Konoba, an international band performing traditional West African music. Magda has performed with many famous musicians, such as Bob Margolin, Bob Brozman, Seckou Keita, Greg Zlap, Slidin’ Slim and Engerling group. In Summer 2010 she gave 22 concerts in a month with Blues Award Winner Billy Gibson.
MUSIC OF MAGDA PISKORCZYK
is her tasteful arrangements of jazz, funk, blues, gospel, soul classics and her own original compositions as well. Joy and humour, great emotions and energy are mixed with deep messages, melancholy and moving sincerity. Magda regularly involves the audience in collective singing, emotional shouting, hand-clapping or snapping their fingers.
In Autumn 2011 Magda prepared a special gospel program In Honor of Mahalia Jackson with her versions of songs known from Mahalia's records. She has performed gospel and spiritual songs many times in Poland, Germany, Sweden, Hungary and France. In 2008 she gave a series of concerts with her band at the City Sings Gospel Festival in Liverpool. There she performed also at the Hope Street Festival and during the final concert in the Metropolitan Cathedral, broadcast by the BBC Radio.
Awards:Female Vocalist of the Year 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012 in Poland according to the readers of the Polish blues quarterly "Twój Blues".
CDs "Magda Live", "Afro Groove" and "Mahalia" were nominated to the Fryderyk Award, the most prestigious award of the Polish Phonographic Industry.
Uwe - Hofwolfs Bluestime
Brillante chanteuse a la voix noire et au costume blanc
Magda is an excellent, deep-voiced singer - her voice is somewhere between Koko Taylor, Charley Patton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Tommy Johnson) - capable of tackling well-known blues, jazz and gospel numbers alongside more contemporary songs from the pens of Jacques Brel, Paul Rodgers ('Muddy Water Blues' is a wonderful performance) and Tracy Chapman, and her style is distinctive, individual and unusual. So too are her arrangements, which certainly avoid the obvious and although they are acoustic-based, can be extremely powerful...
Norman Darwen about CD Magda Live, BluesArt-Journal
I could believe that the voice belongs to an old bitchy blueswoman, maybe even to Bessie Smith
Reverend Rabia from Berkeley
SONGLIST: 1. Come on Children, Let's Sing; 2. Get Away Jordan; 3. Just a Closer Walk with Thee; 4. Go Tell It on the Mountain; 5. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well; 6. Lord, Search My Heart; 7. Elijah Rock; 8. How I Got Over; 9. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands; 10. Jesus Is With Me; 11. Trouble of the World; 12. Keep Your Hand on the Plow; 13. I'm Goin' to Live the Life I Sing About in my Song; 14. Great Gettin' up Morning; 15. Summertime
Magda Piskorczyk: vocal, arrangements; Magda Piskorczyk - vocal, arrangements (1-15); Aleksandra Siemieniuk - electric guitar (1-2, 4-6, 8, 10, 12-14),dobro (9), acoustic guitar (13); Roman Ziobro - double bass (1-2, 4-10, 12-15); Maksymilian Ziobro - drums (1-2, 4-6, 8-10, 12-14); Stanisław Witta - piano (1, 3-6, 8, 10, 12-14), Hammond (1, 11-12, 14); Jacek Namysłowski - trombone (15); Gospel Band Choir (4, 8, 12, 14): Magdalena Supeł - choir arrangement, alt, Małgorzata Stepien - sopran, Joanna Mews - mezzosopran, Mariusz Odwarzny - tenor, Michał Mielczarek - tenor
CD 1: 1. Save Us All; 2. The Kokomo Medley; 3. I'm a Woman; 4. Love Everybody; 5. Mississippi; 6. One More Time; 7. Too Much Stuff; 8. Mansane Cisse; 9. Cler Achel CD 2 (bonus tracks): 1. Crossroads; 2. Down Home; 3. Rzeźb Mnie
PERSONNEL: Magda Piskorczyk: vocal, acoustic and bass guitar; Aleksandra Siemieniuk: dobro and electric guitar; Marcin Jahr: drums; Adam Rozenman: percussion and special guest Billy Gibson: vocal and harmonica.
Both new Magda's albums: "Mahalia" i "Afro Groove" received Nominations to the Award of the Polish Phonographic Academy in the category Blues Album of the Year ! www.zpav.pl/fryderyk
Magda Piskorczyk & Slidin' Slim
Live at Satyrblues
SONGLIST: 1. You Can't Judge a Book; 2. Driftin' Blues; 3. Braggin'; 4. Married Woman Blues; 5. Papa Come Quick; 6. Brand New Face; 7. The Kokomo Medley
PERSONNEL: Magda Piskorczyk: vocal, acoustic guitar; Slidin' Slim: dobro guitar; Aleksandra Siemieniuk: electric guitar; Grzegorz Zawiliński: percussion.
SONGLIST: 1. Powitanie; 2. Walking Blues; 3. Fever; 4. On the Hunt; 5. Crossroads Intro; 6. Crossroads; 7. Work Song; 8. Canned Heat; 9. Muddy Water Blues; 10. Kermit Blues Intro; 11. Hard to Get; 12. Hearts; 13. All of Me; 14. Up above My Head; 15. Jericho Intro; 16. Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho; 17. Walk over God's Heaven; 18. Pożegnanie
PERSONNEL: Magda Piskorczyk: vocal, acoustic guitar; Aleksandra Siemieniuk: acoustic and dobro guitar; Arek Osenkowski: saxophone; Roman Ziobro: double bass; Max Ziobro: drums
SONGLIST: 1. Help Me; 2. Darkness on the Delta; 3. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me; 4. Nothin' Like You Used to Do; 5. Miss Celie's Blues; 6. Lonely Avenue; 7. I've Got the Blues and I Can't Be Satisfied; 8. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning; 9. I'd Rather Go Blind; 10. Get Back; 11. Work Song; 12. Wild Women Don't Have No Blues; 13. Temptation; 14. Canned Heat; 15. Trouble in Mind; 16. I Let My Daddy Do That
PERSONNEL: Magda Piskorczyk: vocal, acoustic guitar; Michał Urbaniak: violin; Michał Kielak: harmonica; Arek Osenkowski: saxophone
plus a few guest appearances and compilations, such as:
"Jazz Addiction", "Jazz Unlimited", "Acoustic Edition II", "Jazz Bar" and "The Great Songwriters' Songbook", "When Blues Meets Jazz", Singapore
"Blues sur Seine Fete Ses 10 Ans", France
"17. International Gastroblues Festival", Hungary
"Smooth jazz po polsku" [Smooth jazz in Polish]
"Anthology of Polish Blues" vols. I & II
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Master Class workshops for vocalists and instrumenatalists. In Warsaw and other places like Blues nad Bobrem, Kliczków - Boleslawiec (the biggest blues music workshops in Poland)
Now you can see Magda Piskorczyk in two official movies of this company too.
The first is the report from the biggest music fair in the world: Musikmesse in Frankfurt. The second presents the new series of acoustic guitars called Essential Roots.
Hohner - Musikmesse 2011: http://youtu.be/SjEffJzejis
Hohner Essential Roots Guitars: http://youtu.be/0WDpYxl_U6c
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