Where Monday is on Sunday
11-18 November 2011
11 November Friday
Marcin Masecki, Photo by Tomasz Dubiel. Courtesy the artist and Lado ABC
I was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1982. My family adventures took me to Colombia for 7 years and to San Francisco and San Antonio, Texas, for 3. During that time I was taught the basics of music by my father, a clarinetist. I became interested in jazz and improvisation at around 9. In that year, I returned to Poland and hung out a lot with an old friend of my father who taught me some simple jazz licks. Soon I was spending every Wednesday at the main jazz club in Warsaw – Akwarium. Throughout my high school years, I studied jazz and classical music at the F. Chopin school and became part of the polish jazz scene. Then, at 18, I received a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music and went to live in Boston. During the two and a half years I spent there I met a bunch of wonderful people, learned a lot, had some strong musical experiences and met my future wife Candelaria Saenz Valiente. After graduating, we bounced back and forth between Argentina, where Candelaria is from, and Poland. Finally we decided to stay in Warsaw for a while. We both became very much involved in the local music scene. I worked with the band ‘Pink Freud’, played with ‘Muzykoterapia’ and was part of the dj collective ‘Innocent Sorcerers’. I played and recorded with many musicians, such as Tomasz Stańko, Wojciech Waglewski and Wacław Zimpel, and we also started our own band Paristetris with Candelaria on vocals and Macio Moretti on drums. At around this time, I fell in love with the clavichord. I built one and intensely rediscovered my interest in classical music, becoming quite obsessed with the 18th century. For the past four years, I have been working on recording ‘The Art of the Fuge’ by J.S Bach and have been performing concerts of 18th century classical repertoire. Currently I mainly play solo, with the band Paristetris or with my jazz sextet Profesjonalizm. I am also the director of the first edition of the Warsaw Orchestra of Recreation – an 18 piece big band made up of Warsaw-based musicians who take turns leading the orchestra.
11 November Friday
Paristetris, Photo by Tomasz Dubiel. Courtesy the artists and Lado ABC
Candelaria Saenz Valiente, Marcin Masecki, and Macio Moretti: a fresh, new take on the concept of the “power trio.” Especially now that they’ve essentially become a quartet (with Bartek Magneto), or even a quintet (if you count Robert Beza, who does the visuals). They’ve come out with two albums so far, Paristetris (2009) and Honey Darlin’ (2010) which feature pop songs and lots of weird sounds. The concerts are even better.