Maciek Pysz

Born in 1982 in Poland, guitarist and composer Maciek Pysz has been playing guitar since the age of 11, it was all he ever wanted to do. He has been inspired by musicians such as Ralph Towner, Sylvain Luc, Pat Metheny, Wolfgang Muthspiel, John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Richard Galliano, Bireli Lagrene, Chick Corea, Michel Petrucciani and Brad Mehldau. Maciek mainly plays Godin acoustic and classical guitars. His influences come from Tango, Flamenco, Latin, Jazz, Brazilian and Classical music but his sound is his own, and his compositions show “genuine improvisational flair enveloping the excellent tunes. The tunes speak to you.” (Critic Stephen Graham, Marlbank, July 2013). As a performer, he creates a warm, sensual, energising atmosphere which is appreciated by audiences around the world. He moved to London in 2003 and quickly established himself as an up-and-coming artist and has toured the UK, USA and Europe with his own projects and as a sideman to other artists. Maciek established his project, the Maciek Pysz Trio, in 2008 and recorded his first EP “Discoveries” the same year. More touring and collaborations followed including a Quartet version of the project with the addition of accordionist/pianist Maurizio Minardi and bass/harmonica player Patrick Bettison. In 2010, he established his current trio with drummer Asaf Sirkis and bassist Yuri Goloubev. He appeared on TV and performed in the Blue Note Jazz Club in Poznan, Poland in 2011. In February 2013 he recorded his debut album “Insight” with his trio at Artesuono Studio in Udine, Italy with acclaimed ECM sound engineer Stefano Amerio. The album was released in May 2013 on 33 Jazz Records and received excellent reviews. In the summer of 2013 he toured South of France with a new project with French drummer Romain Dravet and harmonica player Adam Glasser. Later that year Maciek appeared with his trio at London Jazz Festival and Ceuta Jazz Festival. In the spring of 2014, Maciek completed a 15 date tour of the UK with his Trio. The tour was funded by the UK's Jazz Services National Touring Support Scheme. The tour included a concert at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club which featured a guest appearance by Grammy Award winning, British saxophonist, Tim Garland. In April 2014 Maciek recorded a new album, ACUSTICA, with Italian guitarist Gianluca Corona. The album, recorded at the Eastcote Studios in London, is due for release in mid-2015 on 33 Jazz Records. He appeared on Monika Lidke’s album “If I was to describe you” which also featured bass player Janek Gwizdala and singer Basia Trzetrzelewska. In July/August 2014 Maciek made a number of appearances at festivals in the South of France, including La Colle-sur-Loup Jazz Festival with French violinist Francois Arnaud. Maciek recorded his second studio album in December 2014 at Artesuono Studios in Italy, engineered by Stefano Amerio. The album features bandoneon and piano player Daniele di Bonaventura as well as Maciek's long established trio with Yuri Goloubev on double bass and Asaf Sirkis on drums. He has had the opportunity to work and play with a number of amazing musicians: Daniele di Bonaventura, Tim Garland, Francois Arnaud, Asaf Sirkis, Yuri Goloubev, Monika Lidke, Maurizio Minardi and Adam Glasser to name a few. Maciek has performed at a number of well known venues, radio stations (including Jazz FM and BBC R3 Jazz Record Requests) and festivals in the UK and around Europe, including:

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”Guitarist Maciek Pysz’s “Insight” is a gorgeous revelation of an album. Supported by the always inventive playing of noted drummer Asaf Sirkis and bassist Yuri Goloubev, Pysz’s acoustic lines may be perfect, pure and smoothly played, but their intent is too powerful to be anything close to being smooth jazz. Thank God. There is guitar wizardry on display here, and drum and bass wizardry too, but it is all in service to Pysz’s enthralling compositions” Walter Kolosky (Author of the books Power, Passion and Beauty and Follow Your Heart - John McLaughlin song by song)

“There is some beautiful stuff here – a must for jazz guitar fans” **** Stephen Graham (Marlbank) ”With 'A Journey' Maciek Pysz has produced an album deserving of the highest praise

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