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Michal Ciesielski

Michał Ciesielski is a composer, arranger and jazz pianist from Gdańsk, Poland, living in Beijing. He completed his studies in the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, where he received his master’s degree as a jazz composer and jazz pianist. He also studied for a year in the Institut of Jazz in Katowice.

Composer of contemporary music, jazz, film and theatre music, musical, chamber and symphonic music as well as pop songs and many more.

Apart from being the leader in Confusion Project, with which he recorded 3 albums and played numerous concerts around the world, Michał performs as a sideman in various jazz and pop projects. He also recorded two solo albums “Between Black & White” and "Share Location" and performs solo concerts.

He collaborated with many musicians, such as: Maciej Sikała, Piotr Lemańczyk, Dorota Miśkiewicz, Krystyna Prońko, Maciej Grzywacz, Marcin Gawdzis, Grzegorz Nagórski, Cezary Paciorek, Marcin Jahr, Brian Fentress, Oran Atkin, Rafał Sarnecki, Stanisław Słowiński, Cezik, Victor Bastidas, Simona de Rosa.

As a pianist Michał toured all around Poland as well as Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Nederlands, Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan.

Since 2018 Michał is teaching jazz piano at Beijing Contemporary Music Academy and is an active member of both Polish and Chinese music scene.


Album Review

Confusion Project: Last

Read "Last" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Pianist Michal Ciesielski's and bassist Piotr Gierszewski's explorations of early to mid-period Pat Metheny are skilled and engaging--and there's more subversion afoot with the visceral approach of drummer Adam Golicki, who muscles the seven tracks from start to finish. He shapes them, breaks them, realigns and possibly takes them where they weren't intended to go. It makes for a real good listen. Recorded in early October 2020 in Gdańsk, Last is the fourth disc by the Polish ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


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Dance Of The Yao People

From: Cosmos
By Michal Ciesielski

The Climb

From: Primal
By Michal Ciesielski


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