Call me M. My new album – M. Broken Songs – is out now. It’s my debut as a singer-songwriter. 15 songs, 15 stories, kind of personal statement… The most personal thing I ever did. Hope U enjoy.
I sing ang play guitars, percussion and blues harmonica, and I got Steve Swell on trombone, Ben Stapp on tuba, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello (there’s no such thing as too much f***** cello!) & Marco Colonna on sax & flute. And they’re incredible – i mean it!
Album is available on FSR Bandcamp – you can listen to the whole thing and buy it if you like.
BTW: I’ll be playing it life – 25.06, 20:30 @ Skład Butelek (WAW, PL).
I am proud to announce new album being released now. Anna Gadt, Annemie Osborne, Patryk Zakrocki & myself. Free improvised music for voice, cello, viola & guitar. Spontaneous Chamber Music, vol. 3. It’s out now.
What’s more – we’ve got the first review, by unfailing Maciej Lewenstein! “A wonderful encounter of Spontaneous Chamber music duo of Zakrocki and Olak, with the phenomenal Anna Gadt and equally phenomenal Annemie Osborne, recorded in December 2018 at Quality Studio in Warsaw. Anna continue her run on the red carpet to join the world leading avantgarde vocalists like Maggie Nicols or Laureen Newton. Zakrocki and Olak master their unbelievable synergy and musical imagination. While Anna is more on jazz avantgarde side, Annemie drags toward contemporary chamber music.” – wooow, we’re so proud, thank you, mr. Lewenstein!
My new album, Music From Non-Existent Movies is available on my Bandcamp. It’s been recorded between November 2019 and January 2020 in Mustache Ministry studio. I played on a guitar older than me, Framus Figaro from 1956. An imperfect instrument, though carefully reconstructed. But this is what this music was supposed to be: story about fading and passing away about weakness and imperfection. About us. Fully improvised, although based on some pre-prepared ideas and melody outlines. It’s there.
It’s more than resonably prised: 21PLN (about 5Euros). It’s on Bandcamp. Enjoy!
I’ve just uploaded on YouTube two songs from my trio’s concert in Warsaw’s Quality Studio. We played there last December. And, what’s more interesting, we played the whole new thing, which we prepare for the new album. I play the classical guitar there, with Maciej Szczyciński on bass and Krzysztof Szmańda on drums. The recording button on the camcorder was mastered by Krzysztof Machowina. I invite you to watch, and by the way you can subscribe my YT channel. Enjoy responsibly!
Just a moment ago we’ve left the studio. Anna Gadt – voice, Annemie Osborne – cello, Patryk Zakrocki – viola. And me on guitars. We’ve played some improvised chamber music. Just wanted to capture the moment of our meeting, I hope we’ll be able to share it with you soon!
“Spontaneous Chamber Music vol. 2”, the album, which I recorded with Patryk Zakrocki and Agustí Fernández, is a week’s album on Jazzarium.pl. By the way they’ve reviewed our CD – in Polish, but you can always try Google translate, it’s so beautifully wrong.
And this is how Piotr Wojdat writes about our album: From the very beginning until the end of the second volume of “Spontaneous Chamber Music” we can hear that Zakrocki, Olak and Fernandez come into artistic interactions that result in the truly beautiful music.
Zakrocki and Olak seem to have a symbiotic relationship, which is reflected in their telepathic conversations as a duo. Their non-conformist approach to improvisation is fresh and inspiring. Overall this is a very interesting and rich album, full of exciting moments and relaxed interludes, keeping the listener on his toes for the entire duration. This music is unique and shows a completely different avant-garde concept, which allows for calmness and contemplation to replace anger and aggression, which often turns avant-garde music into and unlistenable cacophony.
That’s what Adam Baruch has written about our new album, Spontaneous Chamber Music vol. 2. We are even more happy, because it’s the first review!
Last October we’ve recorded an improvised session. Patryk Zakrocki, Agustí Fernández and me. And it looks like our new album – Spontaneous Chamber Music, vol. 2 – will be out this spring. I so excited about this new release, and I hope you’ll like the music. Stay tuned!