Maciek Pysz

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Guitar

Location: London


Originally from Poland but living in the UK since 2003, Maciek Pysz is a guitarist and composer known for his clear lyrical phrasing, his virtuosity, and his imaginative cinematic compositions. To date, he has released three albums as a leader, three as co-leader and has participated in six albums as a sideman. He has performed with Daniele di Bonaventura, Ivo Neame, Asaf Sirkis, Yuri Goloubev, Tim Garland and Francois Arnaud to name a few and has appeared in festivals (e.g. London Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival) and clubs (e.g. Pizza Express Jazz Club, Vortex) in the UK, Poland, France, and Italy. Maciek released a duo album "Coming Home" (Caligola Records) with ECM artist Daniele di Bonaventura in October 2017. He tours widely with Inwardness, a trio from France, appearing at festivals in Europe and at Manchester Jazz Festival in 2017. Inwardness released its debut album in May 2018 on a prestigious German label Ozella Music. Pysz released his brand new solo guitar album "A View" in October 2019 (Caligola Records). The album received praise from critic John Arnett (London Jazz News) "If you find yourself in need of something uplifting and tranquil at the moment - and who doesn't - this could be the very thing. Highly recommended!".

His debut album "Insight" (33Jazz) features Yuri Goloubev and Asaf Sirkis, and ECM artist Daniele di Bonaventura appears on his second album, "A Journey." This album, released on Dot Time Records, received several 4-star reviews, including one from Ian Mann who wrote: "Pysz is a quiet virtuoso who has developed into one of the most distinctive guitarists around". In May 2017 he released a duo album London Stories (33Jazz) with guitarist Gianluca Corona which received a 5-star review from Lance Liddle "There won't be many if any, better guitar albums either side of the Atlantic this year." *****

With Help Musicians' support I will be enhancing my skills as a composer and performer by undertaking online lessons with internationally renowned guitarist Bebo Ferra, who is well known for his work with Paolo Fresu, and is a professor at the Conservatory in Milano. The lessons will cover harmony, arrangement and composition.