Mat Walerian is a jazz saxophonist and woodwind player (alto saxophone, bass clarinet, soprano clarinet, flute), composer and bandleader who specializes in improvisation and avant-garde music.
His studies were mostly focused on eastern philosophy and Japanese culture. With the exception of a few lessons he is self – taught musician, occasionally taking lessons from acknowledged masters Matthew Shipp and Hamid Drake, lessons which he has cited as being crucial to his development.
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Walerian is one of the most talented young jazz musicians on the Polish scene, if
not the most talented. He runs several different projects as a leader, and his
musical interests range from the contemporary musica da camera to jazz classics
and free jazz, employing oriental scales along with free improvised music. -
Maciej Lewenstein, Polish Jazz Recordings and Beyond
(...) Mat Walerian, whose playing reminds me of the Japanese paintings of
full of fine lines, images, and sounds that tell haiku-like stories, arresting and
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