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Dariusz "Daray" Brzozowski (born 30 January 1980 in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki), is a Polish heavy metal drummer. Brzozowski has played with such bands as Vader, Masachist, Azarath, Neolithic, Insidious Disease and Pyorrhoea. He currently plays in Dimmu Borgir,Vesania, Hunter and Black River. He is endorsed by Meinl, Pearl, Czarcie Kopyto and Regal Tip.
Kazik Staszewski (born 12 March 1963) is a Polish lead singer, songwriter, and leader of the band Kult.
Kazik founded Kult in 1982. Their latest album, Hurra, was released in September 2009.
In 1991, he launched a solo career as Kazik with what may be the first Polish rap album "Spalam się" ("I'm burning" or "I'm getting stoned"). Kazik's latest album is Los się musi odmienić ("Fate Must Change"), released in 2005.
Kazik is an immensely popular and somewhat controversial artist thanks to his famous criticism of politics — Poland's politics in particular. His songs often comment on daily life, whether that life be of a typical man, a Pole, or the artist. Hits such as "Polska" ("Poland"), "Hej, czy nie wiecie" ("Hey, don't you know"), "Wódka" ("Vodka"), etc. deal with life in Poland, its government and issues. Another notable song, titled "100 milionów" (or "100 million") was a critical take on Lech Wałęsa's election promises, and was publicly commented on by Lech Wałęsa himself. Song "Komandor Tarkin" is a critic of taxation and privileges of authorities and expression of libertarian views. What is distinctive of Kazik's lyrics is that they typically contain a lot of references to
David Dexter LAB - electronic music producer & live performer - promoter and owner of TekkenSoundhead rec. From 2004 he release hard sound music but from 2009 he started with new project "PsychoBunny23" in Berlin , then the next was "Hi Level project" & now hi is performing under DDL name. His is also part of Näd Mika band & former member & founder of "EXE" band with Monika PICH.
Przemysław Gintrowski (born December 21, 1951 in Stargard Szczeciński) is a Polish composer and musician.
Gintrowski debuted in 1976 on a review of the Warsaw Riviera with the song “Epitaph for Sergei Yesenin”. Shortly afterwards, in 1979, he formed a trio with Jacek Kaczmarski and Zbigniew Łapiński, and initiated a poetic programme “Mury” (“Walls”). The title song of the programme, “Mury”, based on the song written by Catalan bard Lluis Llach L'Estaca - has become an informal anthem of "Solidarity" and the symbol of the fight against the regime. Another program they've created is “Raj” and “Museum”.
With the declaration of martial law in December 1981 Trio broke up - Jacek Kaczmarski remained in exile in France, and Gintrowski started his own artistic activity. He made his debut as a composer of film music – during the next ten years he created music for over twenty fictional films and serials.
Ginstrowski’s songs based on texts by Jacek Kaczmarski, Zbigniew Herbert, Tomasz Jastrun, Krzysztof Maria Sieniawski, Jerzy Czech, Tadeusz Nowak and Marek Tercz. For several years he did not record their own songs, although he still composes for other artists and prepares music for films.
Edward Dębicki (born 4 March 1935) is a Polish/Ukrainian Romani poet, musician and composer. His work is connected with the Romani community and its cultural, itinerant and music traditions.
Dębicki was born in Kałusz, in present-day Ukraine, the son of the Romani musicians Władysław Krzyżanowski and Franciszka Raczkowska. Much of his youth was spent travelling in his parents' caravan in the border regions between Poland and the Ukraine. In 1953 he attended music schools in Gorzów Wielkopolski and Zielona Góra. In 1955 he founded, and became the director of, the music group Kcham (Sun) which later became Terno. He has taken part in accordion competitions in Kielce and Wrocław.
Dębicki is the author of a book of poetry, Under the naked sky ('Teł nango bolipen' (Romani) or 'Pod gołym niebem' (Polish), 1993), and the novel Bird of the dead ('Ptak umarłych', 2004) which describes the experiences of a Romani family in Wołyń during World War II. He has written approximately 200 songs.
Since the 1960s Dębicki has been the director of the musical group Terno (Młody) in Gorzów Wielkopolski.
At present Dębicki lives in Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland.
Agnieszka Włodarczyk (born 13 December 1980 in Sławno) is a Polish actress and singer. As an actress she is best known for her roles in the movie Sara and a TV comedy series 13 Posterunek. In 2007 she released a debut album Nie dla oka.
Her parents got divorced when she was 2 years old and when her mother, Anna Stasiukiewicz, got married again, they kept on moving from town to town. Among others, they lived in Ciechanów, Poznań and Warsaw, where she attended four primary schools. As a 15-year-old girl she became Teenagers Miss. On 26 March 1996 she debuted in Janusz Józefowicz's play Tyle Miłości (So much love) at Studio Buffo theatre in Warsaw. Later she took part in Metro, a play directed also by Józefowicz and played in the music video Reklama (Advertisement) by Polish singer K.A.S.A. But her first big success came in 1997 when she appeared in Maciej Ślesicki's movie Sara with such stars of Polish cinema as Marek Perepeczko, Bogusław Linda and Cezary Pazura.
She continued her success with the role of Agnieszka Cezary in a Polish comedy sitcom 13 Posterunek (13th Post). The first series ran from 1997 to 1998 and turned out to be a massive hit in Poland. Soon after that she passed
Władysław "Władek" Szpilman (Polish pronunciation: [vwaˈdɨswaf ˈʂpilman]; 5 December 1911 – 6 July 2000) was a Polish-Jewish pianist and composer as well as memoirist. Szpilman is widely known as the protagonist of the 2002 Roman Polanski film The Pianist, which is based on his memoir of the same name recounting his survival of the German occupation of Warsaw and the Holocaust. In November 1998 Szpilman was honored by the president of Poland with a Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
Szpilman began his study of the piano at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland, where he studied piano with Alexander Michalowski and Josef Smidovicz, first- and second-generation pupils of [Liszt]. In 1931 he was invited to the prestigious Academy of Arts in Berlin, Germany, where he studied with Leonid Kreutzer. After Adolf Hitler seized power in 1933, Szpilman returned to Warsaw, where he quickly became a celebrated pianist and composer of both classical and popular music. Szpilman composed many pieces and soundtracks while touring Poland with his accompanying violinist, Bronislav Gimpel.
On 1 April 1935 he joined Polish Radio, where he worked as a pianist
Henryk Wars (birth name Warszawski, Varshavski, or Warszowski) (December 29, 1902, Warsaw - September 1, 1977, USA) was a Polish and later an American neutralized citizen pop music composer. He wrote the music for 50 films in the interwar period in Poland and sixty more in the United States.
He wrote dozens of hits for the revue-theatres and films including Miłość ci wszystko wybaczy (Love Will Forgive You Everything) sung by Hanka Ordonówna, Umówiłem się z nią na dziewiatą (I Have A Date With Her At Nine) and Sex Appeal sung by Eugeniusz Bodo, Ach, jak przyjemnie (Ah, How Lovely!) and Już nie zapomnisz mnie (Now, You Will Remember Me) sung by Aleksander Żabczyński.
Wars was born to a Jewish musical family in the Russian partition of Poland. He began studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, but soon obtained a scholarship to the Music Conservatory in Warsaw, where he finished in 1925, having studied composition with Professor Roman Statkowski and Emil Młynarski. He was long-time music director for Syrena Rekord. In 1927 he composed a song called New York Times ("I do nothing all day but read the New York Times"), sung in the theatre Karuzela (Merry-Go-Round) by Tadeusz Olsza and
Leopold "Leo" Rosner (June 26, 1918 – October 10, 2008) was a Polish-born Australian Jewish musician. Rosner survived the Holocaust in concentration camps during World War II by playing his accordion for Nazi guards and officials, earning the attention of Oskar Schindler who likely saved his life. His survival story became known after Australian author Thomas Kenneally's 1982 novel, Schindler's Ark, was adapted into Steven Spielberg's Oscar winning film, Schindler's List. He appeared in the epilogue of the film at the Schindler memorial in Yad Vashem, Israel.
Rosner was born in Krakow, Poland, in 1918. He was one of nine children within a family that performed in the music business.
Rosner was a successful cabaret artist and entertainer in Poland by the time Hitler launched his blitzkrieg and occupied the country in 1939. He and his wife, Helen Rosner, were deported separately to the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp in 1943. While at Plaszow, Rosner was forced to perform his accordion for commandant Amon Goeth, who was portrayed in the 1993 film Schindler's List by actor Ralph Fiennes.
Rosner's talent with his accordion earned him the attention of Oskar Schindler. Schindler
Krzysztof Czerwinski (born January 13, 1980) is a Polish conductor, organist and voice teacher.
Czerwinski studied at Wieniawski School of music (Poznań, Poland), Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester, New York, U.S.) and Birmingham Conservatoire (University of Central England, Birmingham, UK).
He has won many national and international competitions, awards, scholarships and gives performances throughout Europe and the USA.
On the basis of his artistic attainment, he has received prizes from Minister of Culture and Arts, and Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in Poland.
Czerwinski is founder, Conductor and Artistic Director of the Polish Baroque Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Komorniki Festival of Organ and Chamber Music in Poland.
He has served as accompanist, Assistant Conductor/Artistic Director and voice teacher for the Poznań Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys (Poznań, Poland).
Czesław Śpiewa (Translation: Czesław Sings, born Czesław Mozil on April 12, 1979 in Zabrze) is a Polish-Danish singer, composer, and musician (mostly using the accordion), and graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
Mozil moved to Denmark when he was 5, returning to Poland at the age of 28. He makes hard-to-classify music, with pieces of cabaret, rock, and even punk rock.
He also founded the Danish rock band Tesco Value.
In 2007 he played live with the Polish band Hey during their MTV Unplugged show.
Czesław is a judge on the talent show X-Factor (Poland).
For information on the athlete, see Marcin Nowak (athlete).
Marcin "Novy" Nowak (born October 17, 1975) is a Polish death metal musician known for his contribution to the bands Devilyn, Dies Irae, Nader Sadek, Thy Disease, Behemoth, Spinal Cord, Vader, Virgin Snatch and Crucified Mortals.
Adam Ostrowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈadam ɔsˈtrɔfskʲi], born 15 May 1980 in Łódź, Poland), better known as O.S.T.R., is one of the most renowned rappers in Poland. Famous for his freestyle rap skills, O.S.T.R. in his works touches on various topics, from joint smoking to current social and political matters. He has been working for the MTV channel. Having graduated music school playing the violin, O.S.T.R. is one of the few Polish rappers who has a musical education.
He collaborated with rappers such as Evidence, El Da Sensei, Craig G, Keith Murray, and Sadat X.
He featured in the Heineken Open'er Festival in Gdynia, Poland. He performed on the main stage doing his own two-hour set, and then appeared again the next day with Bloc Party to do a one-off duet.
Maciej Cieślak (born 9 September 1969 in Gdańsk) is a Polish guitarist and songwriter, best known as the vocalist and guitarist of the alternative rock band Ścianka, which he founded in November 1994 in Sopot. Cieślak is also a member of Kings of Caramel music band.
Paweł Mykietyn (b. May 20, 1971, Oława) is a Polish composer and clarinetist, who graduated in music composition under Włodzimierz Kotoński in 1997 at the Warsaw Academy of Music.
Till 2011 Mykietyn wrote 2 symphonies, cello, piano and violin concertos, St Marc Passions for soprano, narrator, choir and orchestra, some chamber music. As a film composer he collaborated with Andrzej Wajda in Sweet Rush (2009).
He has studied composition under professor Włodzimierz Kotoński at the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw (diploma in 1997). He took part in The Summer Composition Courses in Kazimierz Dolny (1991,1992,1993) and Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam (1992). At the age of 22 he made his Warsaw Autumn Festival debut, with work “La Strada”. In 1994, as a clarinetist he won second edition Contest XXth century music of Young Composers organized by Polish Society of Contemporary Music. In 1995 his composition “3 for 13”, commissioned by Polish Radio, was placed first in the under 30 category at the UNESCO International Composers Rostrum in Paris.
Mykietyn is founder of, and clarinetist in, the ensemble “Nonstrom” which has specialized in the performance of contemporary music. Since
Ryszard Henryk Riedel (September 7, 1956 in Chorzów - July 30, 1994 in Chorzów) – was the original lead singer of blues-rock band Dżem (Polish for 'jam'). He is often regarded as one of the most popular and well known vocalist of Polish music along with occasional collaborator Czesław Niemen. Riedel's legacy is remembered by an annual festival in Tychy.
Ryszard Riedel was born on the 7th September, 1956 in Chorzów. He was the second child of Krystyna and Jan (his sister Małgorzata is one year older). He finished his education after the 7th grade of primary school. He has never attended any singing course, he was a self-taught vocalist. His wide music influences during that time were bands like Free (Paul Rodgers was Riedel`s favourite vocalist),later Bad Company, Cream, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Doors. In December 1973 at the age of 17 he joined Dżem. In his initial years he was instrumental in keeping the band together. At the beginning of his career he was asked to join Kombi, but he turned down the offer. His lyrics contained many autobiographical elements. Throughout his carrier he collaborated with many Polish artists such as: Rysiek Skibiński, Leszek Winder, Józef
Leszek Możdżer (b. Lesław Możdżer, 23 March 1971, Gdańsk) is a Polish jazz pianist. He is also a music producer and a film music composer.
He graduated from the Academy of Music in Gdansk, Poland. He is a winner of many music & culture awards, including Ad Astra, Jazz Oscars, Jazz Forum Award, Jazz Melomani Awards, and many others.
He started in a band of clarinetist Emil Kowalski, then he played with the band Milosc, which was very successful.
He has worked with such artists and groups as Marcus Miller, David Gilmour, John Scofield, Lars Danielsson, Pat Metheny, Lester Bowie, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Tomasz Stańko, Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, Zbigniew Preisner, Anna Maria Jopek, Kazik Staszewski, Behemoth, Michal Urbaniak, Grammatik, Andrzej Olejniczak, Janusz Radek, Adam Klocek, Tymon Tymanski and others. He is famous for his "Impressions," subtle new interpretations of Chopin's compositions. His recordings are the most popular jazz albums in Poland.
Leszek Możdżer was born Lesław Możdżer on 23 March 1971 in Gdansk, Poland. He started playing piano at the age of five, after being encouraged by his parents.
In 1996 he graduated from the Instrumental Faculty of Academy of Music in Gdansk
Marcin Oles (born 1973 in Sosnowiec, Poland) is a jazz and free improvisation bass player, composer and record producer. He is the twin brother of Bartlomiej Oles.
Since his first recording in 2000 he continuously (with his Twin brother Bartlomiej Brat Oles) he has cooperated and performed with musicians such as Theo Jörgensmann, David Murray, William Parker, Herb Robertson, Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, Chris Speed, Erik Friedlander a.o.
In 2003 Marcin Oles became a founding member of the Trio Oles Jörgensmann Oles with his brother Bartlomiej and German clarinet-player Theo Jörgensmann. The last album of this Trio, titled Directions was voted by internet jazz magazine "Diapazon" from Poland as "The Best Recording Of The Year 2005".
He won the individual prize for bass player and drummer at The International Contest Jazz Juniors 99 in Cracow-Poland (1999). He also won the best double bass player of Jazz Nad Odra in Wroclaw-Poland (1999)
Waldemar Sorychta (born 1967 in Zabrze), is a Polish heavy metal musician, songwriter, producer and artist who lives in Dortmund, Germany since 1982.
He initially worked with the German thrash metal band Despair, founded in 1986.
In 1993 he founded the band Grip Inc., which featured former Slayer's drummer Dave Lombardo. He recorded four albums with Grip Inc.: Power of Inner Strength (1995), Nemesis (1997) Solidify (1999) and Incorporated (2004).
In 1994 he took part in the recording of the album Jesus Killing Machine by supergroup Voodoocult, led by German rock singer Phillip Boa.
Sorychta is also well known as a record producer, working with such bands as Lacuna Coil, Sentenced, Tiamat, Samael, The Gathering, Tristania, Moonspell, and many others. In 1995 he was nominated for a Grammi in Sweden as "Producer of the Year" for his recording of Wildhoney by Tiamat.
In 1999, he recorded the album Sleep of the Angels of the Greek metal band Rotting Christ as a session musician.
Following the activity suspension of Grip Inc. in 2006, he founded the gothic metal band Eyes of Eden. He recorded with this band the album Faith, released on August 17, 2007. Also in 2006, he founded the thrash
Agnieszka "Agnes" Pihlava (born Polish: Agnieszka Ćwiklińska; born on March 19, 1980 in Leszno, Poland and currently living in Hartola, Finland) is a singer who rose to popularity after placing fourth in Idols Finland 2, the Finnish version of Pop Idol.
Agnes includes Sonata Arctica, The Rasmus, Europe, and Whitesnake as her main musical influences.
Krzysztof „Grabaż” Grabowski (born March 13, 1965 in Piła) – Polish poet, singer, author of lyrics and music for songs by bands Pidżama Porno, Strachy Na Lachy, Ręce Do Góry and Lavina Cox.
His lyrics are functioning also as poetry - they were released for the first time in 1994 in "Welwetowe Swetry". The book contained 46 song lyrics from the bands Ręce do Góry, Pidżama Porno, and Lavina Cox and was released by Wydawnictwo Lampa i Iskra Boża (ISBN 83-901125-4-X). In 1997 there was a reedition of that book (ISBN 83-86735-21-X), containing 63 song lyrics (most of them with guitar chords). In 2008 Lampa released "Wiersze"(ISBN 978-83-89603-58-6), a book with all the lyrics written by Grabowski.
He attended 1st Maria Curie-Skłodowska General Education Secondary School (I Liceum Ogólnokształcące im.Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej) in Piła.
After that he studied history at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.
His scene debut was in 1984 in a band called Ręce do Góry.
In 1987 he established Pidżama Porno. At present Grabowski sings in Strachy na Lachy and works in a radio station Roxy FM, where he leads an evening transmission.
He is married to Agnieszka and has a son Jan (born 1993).
Magdalena Wójcik (born September 2, 1975 in Krasnystaw, Poland) is a Polish singer and lead member of the Polish band Goya.
Wójcik participated in numerous amateur activities in music, singing and playing guitar from a high school age. In 1993 she released her own album which was published on cassette by the publisher Dalmafon.
In the mid-90s she signed a multi-year contract with the record company EMI Pomaton. In 1995, along with guitarist Grzegorz Jędrachem and keyboardist Rafal Gorączowski, she co-founded the Polish band Goya. In 1998 the band released their first album, titled Goya.
Mikołaj Rej or Mikołaj Rey of Nagłowice (February 4, 1505 – between September 8 and October 5, 1569) was a leading Polish poet and prose writer of the Renaissance, as well as a politician and musician. He was the first Polish author to write exclusively in the Polish language, and is considered (with Biernat of Lublin and Jan Kochanowski), to be one of the founders of Polish literary language and literature.
Rej was born into a noble family at Żurawno, near Halicz. His father had moved to Ruthenia from Nagłowice, near Kraków, Poland; invited by archbishop Jan Wątróbka. He married Barbara née Herburt there – the mother of Mikołaj. Though young Rej received little formal education in Lwów; and, at the age of 13 attended but one year at the Kraków Academy, he managed to educate himself by studying Latin literature.
Around 1524 Rej began his service at the court of voivode Andrzej Tęczyński in Sandomierz. There, he acquired most of his vast knowledge in the field of humanities. He returned to his family’s town of Topola and married Zofia Kosnówna (Kościeniówna), a relative of the archbishop of Gniezno. In 1531 Rej moved to Kobyle, in the Chełm area, which was bequeathed to his wife,
Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz (born October 13, 1942 in Nowy Targ) is a Polish composer and musician, known for his collaboration with Marek Grechuta and his compositions for stage and film.
Born in the town of Nowy Targ, he studied music and architecture at the Polytechnic University in Kraków. Here he met Marek Grechuta, with whom he founded the student cabaret Anawa in 1967. In the 1970s he started to write songs for the cabaret Piwnica pod Baranami.
He also arranged and composed for stage productions at the Stary Teatr and Theater Scena STU in Kraków, the National Theatre and the Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw. He co-authored the musical adaption of Stanisław Witkiewicz's Szalona Lokomotywa (The Crazy Locomotive) together with K. Jasiński and Marek Grechuta in 1977. In 1980 he co-authored the opera Kur zapiał (A rooster crowed)and in 1991 the opera Opera żebracza (Beggar's Opera). He is also known for his compositions for short and feature films by directors such as Krzysztof Kieślowski, Feliks Falk, Agnieszka Holland and Márta Mészáros. Since 2000 he participated in the concert "Ellington po krakowsku" ""(Ellington Cracowway)" where notable composers of the Piwnica pod Baranami were
Katarzyna Rooijens (born as Katarzyna Szczot 5 November 1967 in Warsaw), professionally known as Kayah, is a Polish singer-songwriter. She began her career with her 1995 album Kamień and established herself as one of the most successful Polish singers with her further releases, including Zebra (1997) and Kayah i Bregović (1999). In the early 2000s Kayah founded her own label, Kayax, which has released many critically acclaimed albums by numerous singers. She has sold more than 1 million copies of her records so far and remains one of the most awarded artists in Poland by Polish music industry.
At the start of her career, Kayah sang in choirs and recorded backing vocals for a number of bands, such as Tilt. She made her solo debut with the song "Córeczko" in 1988 at the National Festival of Polish Song in Opole. The same year her first full-length self-titled album was issued. It was a commercial and artistical disappointment and today is not included in Kayah official discography.
She released her first self-produced solo album, Kamień, in 1995. It was a great success, consisting of melancholy pop songs, deriving from soul and jazz tradition. In the same year, she was voted the
Mariusz Duda is a Polish vocalist and bassist best known for his position in the band Riverside. He is also a former member of Xanadu and did guest vocals for Indukti's album S.U.S.A.R. He released his debut solo album under the moniker Lunatic Soul on the Kscope label in October 2008. Mariusz released his second album under the name of Lunatic Soul in October 2010. Both albums are known for the absence of an electric guitar.
Piotr Wiwczarek (born 22 October 1965 in Poland in Olsztyn), also known as Peter, (ex nickname Behemoth) is a Polish guitarist and vocalist who is the frontman for the death metal band Vader, although joined the band as their bassist. He has also collaborated with Kazimierz "Para" Paraszczuk on his tribute album, Bandid Rockin', and is the producer of several of Vader's releases. He is also the founder and guitarist of a side-project, named Panzer X.
Piotr also became a producer for the first time in 1999 when producing the Polish death metal band Decapitated's first release, Winds of Creation.
Michał Jelonek (br May 30, 1971), also known as Jelonek, is a musician and composer. He specializes in violin.
He was born in Kielce, Poland. He learned to play the violin from Professor Andrzej Zuzański. He received his Diploma in 1989 when he performed Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, accompanied by the Kielce Philharmonic Orchestra. Michal toured with the Symphonic Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of the Kielce Philharmonic and later performed with the String Quintet Collegium Musicum from 1989 to 1994 and the Theatre Diaspora from 1992 to 1994.
He has performed with many Polish bands between 1992 and 2008 including Ankh, Closterkeller, De Press, Firebirds, Grejfrut, Hunter, Kasa, Lizar, Lzy, Mafia, Maybe-b, Orkiestra Dni Naszych, Perfect, Szwagierkolaska, Teatr Kobiet, Tosteer, T-Raperzy znad Wisły, and Wilki. He also performed with Maryla Rodowicz, Ilona Sojda, Wojciech Gąsowski, and Stan Borys.
Michal Jelonek has been featured on over 30 albums ranging from classical to pop, folk, rock and roll and heavy metal. He has performed over 1600 concerts in Poland, Brazil, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Mexico, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden,
Marcin Rozynek (born May 16, 1971 in Żywiec) – Polish rock vocalist, songs' author, music producer. He released six albums, two of them were recorded with friend band Atmosphere. He cooperated with Grzegorz Ciechowski.
Marcin Rozynek started his music career in bands named Esther 1989 and Książę i Esther 1992.
He appeared on the music scene as the vocalist of Atmosphere, established in 1993 in Leszno. In 1994 the group appeared at Mokotowska Jesień Muzyczna, where they were runners-up just behind Myslovitz. Two years later they won competition Marlboro Rock In. In 1997, Atmosphere released their self-titled debut album, Atmosphere, and in 1999 released Europa Naftowa. Atmosphere was awarded the Album debut of the year 1997 by magazine Tylko Rock and was nominated for the award Fryderyk in 1998 in the category Debut of the Year. In 1998, Atmosphere appeared at the National Festival of Polish Song in Opole with song Niewielki Skrawek Ziemi.
In 2000, Marcin Rozynek met Grzegorz Ciechowski who undertook to release his first solo album. Work on Księga Urodzaju started in November 2001. At the beginning of December Grzegorz Ciechowski got first effects of their cooperation, the end of
Paweł Mąciwoda (Polish pronunciation: [ˈpavɛw mɔ̃t͡ɕiˈvɔda]; born on February 20, 1967) is a Polish bass guitarist who joined the Scorpions in 2003, and became an official member on January 10, 2004.
Born in Wieliczka, Poland, Mąciwoda began playing bass guitar semi-professionally at the age of 15 with his father's encouragement. His young age on the rock and roll circuit earned him the nickname "Baby", but within a few short years Mąciwoda was touring Europe with a jazz fusion band called the Little Egoists, and for overlapping periods of time performed as a member of the avant-garde rock bands Düpą and Püdelsi, both based in Kraków. At about the same time he also released a solo album entitled Radio Wieliczka. His other band credits during his early years included the popular jazz-rock band Walk Away, headed by the world-famous violinist Michał Urbaniak and lead vocalist Urszula Dudziak, with whom he recorded the album Magic Lady.
As of 2011, Pawel has been collaborating with friend and fellow musician Efrem Wilder in the outfit Stirwater. The name Stirwater is derived from the English translation of Pawel's last name "Mąciwoda".
Paweł Przytocki (born 13 September 1958 in Krosno), is a Polish conductor of classical music.
Przytocki studied at the Academy of Music in Kraków, graduating with distinction from the Faculty of Conducting under Professor Jerzy Katlewicz in 1985. He perfected his skills at the Bartok International Seminar with Péter Eötvös and the Master Conducting Course within the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon, USA with Helmuth Rilling.
From 1983 to 1987 Przytocki conducted at the Krakow Philharmonic and since 1987 at the Grand Theatre in Łódź. From 1988 to 1991 he was the Conductor and Music Director of the Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk. He has worked with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw in 1990, the Great Theatre and Polish National Opera in Warsaw in 1992 and since 1995 the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra . From 1995 to 1997 he was Artistic Director of the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódz. From 2005 to 2007 Przytocki was the conductor at the Great Theatre and Polish National Opera in Warsaw.
Since March 2009 Przytocki is Managing Director and Artistic Director of the Krakow Philharmonic and Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland.
Przytocki is a regular guest conductor
Jerzy Matuszkiewicz (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjɛʐɨ matuʂˈkʲɛvit͡ʂ]) is a Polish jazz musician and composer. He was a pioneer of the post-WWII jazz movement in Poland. Between 1950-58 he was head of the well-known Polish jazz group, Melomani. Throughout 1964 he performed both inside and outside of Poland. In 1965 he began to mainly produce music for movies and commercials. He currently resides in Warsaw, Poland with his wife, Grażyna.
Sebastian R. Komor (born May 7, 1976) is a Polish born, Norwegian raised EBM/Industrial musician, best known for his collaborative work in Icon of Coil and Zombie Girl. A prolific artist, Komor has also released electronic music under a variety of solo projects and aliases since the late 1990s.
Sebastian Komor was born in Zabrze, Poland in 1976 and moved to Norway in 1981, where he would remain for over twenty years. He first acquired a keyboard in his late teens and released his first music demo in 1992. Throughout the mid- to late-90s Komor created music in Fredrikstad, where an EBM/industrial scene was flourishing under the influence of local bands such as Apoptygma Berzerk. Komor recorded and toured under various band names during that time, starting with Melt and continuing with Area51, Sector9 (which he also used as a remixer alias), and Moonitor. Fellow Fredrikstad musician Andy LaPlegua played keyboards for early Sector9 and Melt shows, and it was this collaboration that led to the formation of Icon of Coil in 1997, with the roles reversed - LaPlegua as primary creative member and Komor came in as a full member during the production of the first single "Shallow Nation".
Adam Michał Darski (born 10 June 1977 in Gdynia) also known by his stage name Nergal, is a Polish musician and television personality, best known for being the frontman for black/death metal band Behemoth.
Darski was born in Gdynia, Poland, raised Catholic, and started playing guitar at age eight. He goes by the stage name Nergal (naming himself after a Babylonian deity), and he is the founder, lyricist, main composer, frontman and manager of the band Behemoth, which he started when he was still a teenager. He also plays lead, rhythm and acoustic guitar. For a brief time he used the alias Holocausto, inspired by Beherit leader Nuclear Holocausto. In late 1990s he was a vocalist and guitarist of the Danzig influenced band named Wolverine, which was showcasing Nergal's capability of clean singing. He is also known for his contributions with the following bands: Hermh, Nile, Damnation, Vader, Sweet Noise, Mastiphal, December's Fire, Mess Age, Corruption, Hangover, Ex Deo, and Hefeystos.
Nergal has completed six years of history, including one year of Latin at University of Gdańsk, and is qualified to be a museum curator.
In 2009, ESP guitars released the first Nergal's signature
Dick Lövgren (born 11 November 1980 in Gdańsk, Poland) is the bassist for the Swedish experimental metal band Meshuggah. He joined the band in 2004 as Meshuggah's third bass player.
In his early days, Lövgren was particularly impressed with Metallica bassist Cliff Burton. He said that Burton "was probably the main reason why I became a bassist". Lövgren is a schooled jazz musician, influenced by Dave Holland, John Scofield, Medeski Martin & Wood, Miles Davis and Brad Mehldau. He always preferred playing with fingers, however, in his main band, Meshuggah, he plays with pick exclusively, stating that the exact sound from the pick and distortion is strictly what Meshuggah wants to extract from the bass. Before joining Meshuggah, Dick performed with a vast array of bands in his native Sweden. First with the neo-classical metal/melodic power metal band Time Requiem, then the melodic/progressive metal band Last Tribe, the death metal band Cromlech and the power metal band Armageddon (alongside Arch Enemy guitarist Christopher Amott). In the late ‘90’s Lövgren held the enviable assignment of touring bassist for both Arch Enemy and In Flames. Dick joined Meshuggah in 2004 after the band's
Krzysztof Raczkowski (October 29, 1970 – August 20, 2005), also known as Docent or Doc, was a Polish drummer, member of death metal bands Vader (1988 - March 2005) and Dies Irae. He also appears as a guest or temporary musician in Sweet Noise, Hunter, Slashing Death, Unborn, Moon, Overdub Trio bands.
In March 2005, Krzysztof Raczkowski left Vader. Piotr Wiwczarek, the band's lead singer, said in an official statement on their website:
Maurycy Stefanowicz, the guitarist of the band, mentioned Krzysztof's problem with alcohol in an interview in April 2005.
Andrzej "Kozak" Kozakiewicz (born. 6 July 1966 in Piła). Master of politology, co-founder of Pidżama Porno, Strachy na Lachy and Świat Czarownic, where he plays on the guitar. Married, has a son named Mikołaj.
Franciszek Ksawery Matejko (born 1789 or 13 January 1793 in Roudnice died 26 October 1860 in Kraków) - Polish musician, father of Jan Matejko.
He was probably son of Bohemian farmer Józef Matejko and peasant woman Magdalena Knava, but other sources gave him other parents: organist Franciszek Józef Matieyka and Marianna Dolańska.
After his mother death he lived in Olomouc with his uncle canon Urbanek. He learned music in Hradec Králové. After that he went to Poland and he became a music teacher.
On 22 November 1826 he married Joanna Karolina Rossberg, daughter of nobleman Jan Piotr Rossberg and his wife Anna Marianna Tusz.
Franciszek and his wife had eleven children:
Guido Lorraine (2 September 1912-31 December 2009) was a Polish-born actor, musician and singer, known primarily for his roles in war films. He was also sometimes known by the stage name Guy Borucki. Lorraine appeared in twenty-eight films during his career, as well as many theater productions.
Lorraine was born Gwidon Borucki in present-day Kraków, Poland in 1912. He studied at the School of Foreign Trade in Lvov, where he sung in restaurants to earn money. He learned to play the accordion and piano as a child.
Lorraine founded a military theatre group during World War II. He is credited as the first singer to perform the song, "Red Poppy Flowers of Monte Cassino", in public.
He adopted the pseudonym Guy Borucki after World War II and moved to London. He appeared on BBC radio, television and film. His film credits during the era included Hotel Sahara in 1951, 1955's The Colditz Story and Blue Murder at St Trinian's in 1957. He also starred in a number of musical comedies and other British productions during the 1950s.
Lorraine moved to Australia in 1959 to pursue his acting career. Much of career centred on entertainment for the Polish community living in Australia, including a
Harry Freedman (Henryk Frydmann), OC (April 5, 1922, Łódź, Poland - September 16, 2005, Toronto, Canada) was a Canadian composer, english hornist, and music educator of Polish birth. He wrote a significant amount of symphonic works, including several film scores, and also composed a substantial amount of chamber music. He also composed music for six ballets, an opera, some incidental music for the theatre, and a few vocal art songs and choral works. He was awarded a Juno Award in 1996 for his symphonic work Touchings, which was recorded by the Esprit Orchestra on the Nexus label. He won the 1998 composition prize at the International Rostrum of Composers for Borealis, a symphonic work co-commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Soundstreams Canada, and CBC Radio. In 2002 the Canadian Music Centre released a commercial recording dedicated to his music, Canadian Composers Portraits: Harry Freedman.
At the age of three, Freedman immigrated with his family from Poland to Canada where the family settled in Medicine Hat, Alberta. His father worked in the fur trade. At the age of 9, Freedman and his family relocated to Winnipeg where he enrolled at the Winnipeg School of Art at the
Jerzy Maksymiuk (born April 9, 1936, Grodno, Poland) is a Polish composer, pianist and orchestra conductor.
Maksymiuk studied violin, piano, conducting and composition at the Warsaw Conservatory. In 1964 he won first prize in the Paderewski Piano Composition. Conducting soon became his principal career. While working at the Warsaw Grand Theatre, he formed the Polish Chamber Orchestra, which made its British debut in 1977 and has subsequently toured all over the world. Between 1975 and 1977 Jerzy Maksymiuk also held the post of Principal Conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1993, he became principal conductor of the Krakow Philharmonic.
From 1983-1993, Maksymiuk was Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO), with which he appeared each season at the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts in London. Together, they have made many overseas tours. He is now the BBC SSO's Conductor Laureate. In Britain, Maksymiuk has also conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and The Philharmonia. In addition he has conducted many
Bartlomiej Brat Oles (born 1973 in Sosnowiec, Poland) is a jazz and free improvisation drummer, composer and record producer. He is the twin brother of Marcin Oles and Art-director of the Polish independent Jazz Label Fenommedia.
Bartlomiej Brat Oles studied classic percussion at Music High School Łódź. From 1988 he play on drum set. In his career he played with, Kenny Werner, Theo Jorgensmann, David Murray, Erik Friedlander, Chris Speed, Christopher Dell, Herb Robertson, Ken Vandermark, Frank Gratkowski, Simon Nabatov, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Emmanuelle Somer, Andrzej Przybielski, Mircea Tiberian, Rudi Mahall, Marcin Oles, Mark Taylor, Anthony Coleman, Adam Pieronczyk, Stanley Jordan. Since 2003 he has been a member of the Trio Oles Jörgensmann Oles. The Trio recorded four albums Miniatures, Directions this album was voted by the Polish Internet jazz magazine Diapazon as the "Best Recording of the Year 2005", live in Poznan 2006 and Alchemia. His album recorded like leader with great American pianist Kenny Werner was voted as the "Best Recording of the Year 2006" by Polish Radio. In 2007 he start with brother unique project OlesDUO double bass & drums. He also compose music for theatre
Horst Krause (born 18 December 1941) is a German actor.
Krause was born in Bönhof, West Prussia, (Benowo, Poland), the youngest of five children. Along with his family he was expelled to Ludwigsfelde in 1947. Krause worked as a Machinist at the Brandenburger Traktorenwerke and started his acting career in the age of 23. From 1964 to 1967 he attended the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts
From 1969 on Krause worked at the "Schauspielhaus Karl-Marx-Stadt" (Chemnitz) and from 1984 to 1994 at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden.
After the reunification of Germany Krause became a popular TV-character in the Polizeiruf 110 series.
Michał Urbaniak (born January 22, 1943) is a Polish jazz musician and composer born in Warsaw, playing mainly the violin, lyricon and saxophone during concerts and recordings. He played a central role in the development of jazz fusion in the 1970s and 1980s, and has introduced elements of folk, R, hip hop, and symphonic music to jazz.
Urbaniak started his music education during high school in Łódź, and continued from 1961 in Warsaw in the violin class of Tadeusz Wroński. Learning to play on the saxophone alone, he first played in a Dixieland band, and later with Zbigniew Namysłowski and the Jazz Rockers, with whom he performed during the Jazz Jamboree festival in 1961. After this, he was invited to play with Andrzej Trzaskowski, and toured the USA in 1962 with his band The Wreckers, playing at festivals and clubs in Newport, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, and New York City.
After returning to Poland, he engaged on work with Krzysztof Komeda's quintet (1962–1964). Together, they left for Scandinavia, where, after finishing a couple of contracts, Urbaniak remained until 1969. There he created a band with Urszula Dudziak and Wojciech Karolak, which gained considerable success
Anna Maria Jopek (born 14 December 1970 in Warsaw) is a Polish musician and singer. She represented her country in the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song "Ale jestem" and finished 11th out of 25 participating acts; and in 2002, she collaborated on an album with jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her music, including Michel Legrand's Personal Award in Vitebsk in 1994, as well as all of the awards for music in Poland, together with gold and platinum records. However, she has said: "Music itself is the highest award for me. And the greatest challenge. With so many questions remaining to be answered". She's married to music journalist, photographer and guitarist Marcin Kydryński, and has two sons, Franciszek (b. 1998) and Stanisław (b. 2000).
Anna Maria Jopek is the daughter of Mazowsze singer Stanisław Jopek (1935–2006), who is known as the "First Coachman of Poland" for his signature song "Furman" (The Coachman), and former Mazowsze dancer Maria Stankiewicz. Her 1999 Christmas album Dzisiaj z Betleyem features two duets with her father. Anna Maria's sister, Patrycja is a violinist.
In 2007 she recorded album ID with such artist as Mino
Jan Andrzej Paweł Kaczmarek (born 29 April 1953) is a Polish composer who has lived and worked in the United States since 1989. He has written the scores for more than 50 feature films and documentaries, including Finding Neverland (2005), for which score he won an Academy Award and National Board of Review award. Other notable scores were for Unfaithful, Evening, The Visitor (2008), and Washington Square.
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek was born in 1953 in Konin, Poland. Studying music from an early age, he graduated in law studies from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.
In the late 1970s, Kaczmarek started working with Jerzy Grotowski and his innovative Theater Laboratory. He created the Orchestra of the Eighth Day in 1977. He recorded his first album, Music for the End (1982), for the United States (US) company Flying Fish Records.
In 1989, Kaczmarek moved to Los Angeles, California in the US. In 1992 he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play for his incidental music for 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. His music has been released by Sony Classical, Decca, Varese Sarabande, Verve, Epic, Milan, and Savitor Records. He gives concerts in the U.S. and Europe.
In 2005, Kaczmarek