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Maciek Pysz

A quiet virtuoso who has developed into one of the most distinctive guitarists around" Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann. Born in 1982 in Poland, guitarist and composer Maciek Pysz has been playing guitar since the age of 11, it was all he ever wanted to do and he is self-taught. He has been inspired by musicians such as Ralph Towner, Sylvain Luc, Pat Metheny, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin, Bireli Lagrene, Chick Corea, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Richard Galliano, Enrico Pieranuzi, Paolo Fresu and Michel Petrucciani to name a few. Pysz mainly plays Godin acoustic and classical guitars. His influences come from Tango, Flamenco, Latin, Jazz, Brazilian and Classical music but his sound is his own, and his compositions show “genuine improvisational flair enveloping the excellent tunes. The tunes speak to you.” (Critic Stephen Graham, Marlbank, July 2013). As a performer, he creates a warm, sensual, energising atmosphere which is appreciated by audiences around the world.

He moved to London in 2003 where he was based until 2014. Later Maciek shared his time between Italy (Milan) and London, and after Paris and London. Maciek also lived in the South of France. He currently lives in Paris. After arriving in London as a young guitarist he quickly established himself as an up-and-coming artist and toured the UK, USA and Europe with his own projects and as a sideman to other artists. He established his project, the Maciek Pysz Trio, in 2008 and recorded his first EP "Discoveries" the same year. More touring and collaborations followed including a Quartet version of the project with the addition of accordionist/pianist Maurizio Minardi and bass/harmonica player Patrick Bettison. In 2010, he established his trio with drummer Asaf Sirkis and bassist Yuri Goloubev. He appeared on TV and performed in the Blue Note Jazz Club in Poznan, Poland in 2011.

In February 2013 he recorded his debut album "Insight" with his trio at Artesuono Studio in Udine, Italy with acclaimed ECM sound engineer Stefano Amerio. The album was released in May 2013 on 33 Jazz Records and received excellent reviews. In the summer of 2013 he toured the South of France with a project with French drummer Romain Dravet and harmonica player Adam Glasser. Later that year Maciek appeared with his trio at London Jazz Festival and Ceuta Jazz Festival.

In the spring of 2014, Maciek completed a 15 date tour of the UK with his Trio. The tour was funded by the UK's Jazz Services National Touring Support Scheme. The tour included a concert at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club which featured a guest appearance by Grammy award-winning, British saxophonist, Tim Garland.

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"Guitarist Maciek Pysz’s “Insight” is a gorgeous revelation of an album. Supported by the always inventive playing of noted drummer Asaf Sirkis and bassist Yuri Goloubev, Pysz’s acoustic lines may be perfect, pure and smoothly played, but their intent is too powerful to be anything close to being smooth jazz. Thank God. There is guitar wizardry on display here, and drum and bass wizardry too, but it is all in service to Pysz’s enthralling compositions" Walter Kolosky (Author of the books Power, Passion and Beauty and Follow Your Heart - John McLaughlin song by song)

"Pysz is a quiet virtuoso who has developed into one of the most distinctive guitarists around." Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Space Jazz

Ozella Music
2018

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Coming Home

Caligola Records
2017

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A Journey

Dot Time Records
2015

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Insight

33 Jazz
2013

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