Mat Walerian is a jazz saxophonist and woodwind player (alto saxophone, bass clarinet, soprano clarinet, flute), composer and bandleader who specializes in improvisation and avant-garde music.
His studies were mostly focused on eastern philosophy and Japanese culture. With the exception of a few lessons he is self – taught musician, occasionally taking lessons from acknowledged masters Matthew Shipp and Hamid Drake, lessons which he has cited as being crucial to his development.
His style is firmly in the mainstream of modern jazz and improvised music, somewhere around hard free bop with a tribute to the atonal avant-garde heritage. Classical music, jazz classics and the classical music of Japan and India have all left a distinct impression on his creation. Walerian cooperates in diverse musical projects with musician who represent various musical streams; jazz, classical, contemporary, improvised avant-garde music and electronica.
His most frequent collaborators are drummer Hamid Drake, pianist Matthew Shipp, and bassist William Parker. His musical projects inculde The Uppercut, M-theory project, Toxic, Jungle, Sainthunter, White Lotus, Predator Gone Wild, Zen, Mutant Definition, Blackadmin or Demiurge Droppin' Acid. In his projects Walerian mixes classical chamber music, jazz classics and Asian scales along with the modern expression of improvised music.
Art director for the 'OKUDEN MUSIC : sound to the deepest' concert series presenting the mainstream of modern jazz and improvised avant-garde music heritage.
Mat loves nature and experiencing wildlife phenomena.
"Walerian is one of the most talented young jazz musicians on the Polish scene, if
not the most talented. He runs several different projects as a leader, and his
musical interests range from the contemporary musica da camera to jazz classics
and free jazz, employing oriental scales along with free improvised music." -
Maciej Lewenstein, "Polish Jazz Recordings and Beyond"
"(...) Mat Walerian, whose playing reminds me of the Japanese paintings of
full of fine lines, images, and sounds that tell haiku-like stories, arresting and
mysterious. As the music progresses from clarinets to alto sax to flute, you can
hear sound and space disrobe to reveal villages with beautiful clouds over trees
laced with seraphic hues and birds dancing. The musicians are never concerned
about style or genre. What do I call this music ? One word comes to mind :
“Exquisite.” (...) This music is more concerned with poetics because it is
poetics, not technique or academics, that will allow the music to go inside and
change the soul of the listener. It is transcendence of music that will lead us to
transcendence. I enjoyed this music on many levels; the more I listen to it, the
more layers of brilliance I discover. (...) Mat Walerian plays some of most lovely
and relaxed uncompromised beauty that I have ever heard in a long time. (...)
most important thing is that he is alive on the scene. Mat Walerian is one of the
special ones, and along with Matthew Shipp they have created a new music called
Elusive Beauty. I invite you to enjoy it and learn how to cherish life." - William
Parker, Live at Okuden liner notes