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“Supersam + 1” is a series of master performances. The project focuses mainly on music, however, it also includes other forms of expression such as: performance, multimedia, monodrama. “Supersam + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative.

“SUPER” in the title means that the programme will be based on renowned artists – masters.
“SAM” (from Polish, means „alone”, "by himself/herself") refers to the solo performances as well as the creative loneliness.
“+ 1” in the title means that each evening will be crowned with a duo performance. In most cases, the artists will meet on stage for the first time.

The idea of the name “Supersam” in relation to solo concerts was conceived by clarinettist Jerzy Mazzoll, who organised a series of concerts in Plama club in Gdańsk. The place used to be a local self-service grocery shop that was in 80/90’s was called “supersam”.

Later, in 2013, the project under the name “Supersam” was organised in Bydgoszcz in Mózg. In 2015, during the Warsaw part of the 11th Mózg Festival, a part of the programme was a series of solo concerts. The programme was created in a way that each evening contained two solo performances.

An idea was born to match the artists, who have never played together before, in duos. For many of them, meeting on stage was also the first meeting in their lives.

In 2016, the first edition of the project entitled “Supersam + 1” took place. 16 artists presented themselves then. Further 3 editions will be organised in the years 2017-2019.

Each evening includes a performance of one artist from abroad and one from Poland.

All invited artists will present their premiere works that have never been performed before. The duos themselves will also be premieres since the artists will be performing together for the first time and creating the newest possible pieces. 

Video recording of all activities and production of documentary films constitute the additional part of the project, which aims at presenting the artists in a close-up.

“Supersam + 1” will be entirely broadcast by PR2 of Polskie Radio.

Sławek Janicki
project curator

Organizer / Partners

„SUPERSAM PLUS 1” will be entirely broadcast by PR2 of Polskie Radio
Project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw

Concerts: DZiK, ul. Belwederska 44A, Warszawa


Han Bennink & Tomasz Gwinciński Thursday 12.04.2018, 8:00 PM

Han Bennink  & Tomasz Gwinciński

Han Bennink

was born in 1942 in Zaandam. He is a visual artist as well as drummer par excellence. Often the two talents converge, when he performs at his exhibitions. His first percussion instrument was a kitchen chair, and as of late he has returned to the simple instruments and often performs only on a snare drum. His curiosity with regard to sound has led him to engage in successively more exciting explorations with wood and wind instruments and collaborations with other musicians, expanding the jazz context in the direction of European improvised music. Today more than ever before, Bennink understands how to swing in the traditional way and to master the free jazz sound, as well as to generate collective gusto for playing with his musical partners. Along with Misha Mengelberg, Willem Breuker and Peter Brötzmann he has played a vital role in the genesis of European free jazz and his Han Bennink Trio has produced surprising insights into the jazz experience and improvised music.

Tomasz Gwinciński

is a guitarist, percussionist and composer born in 1963 in Bydgoszcz. He studied Medicine and Philosophy and then composition with Bogusław Schaeffer. He is one of the founders of the so-called yass scene. In 1990 he founded the group Trytony, whose first album “Tańce Bydgoskie” was an unusual mixture of improvised music of line Eric Dolphy-John Coltrane-Ornette Coleman with classical music tradition of the 20th century (e.g. Bela Bartok). He worked with such musicians as Ryszard “Tymon” Tymański, Mikołaj Trzaska and Kazik Staszewski. He played on the cult record “Rozmowy s catem” with Kazik and Mazzoll & Arythmic Perfection. Bands Gwinciński / Richter / Skolik, Łoskot and Mazzoll Arhytmic Perfection are among his frequent collaborators. Gwinciński is also the author of theatre music and music producer.

Mark Feldman & Piotr Mełech Friday 4.05.2018, 8:00 PM

Mark Feldman & Piotr Mełech

Mark Feldman

is a violinist and an active performer in the worlds of jazz, improvised music and 20th century contemporary music. Before moving to New York in 1986, Feldman lived in Nashville Tennessee where he was a member of the ensembles that accompanied country western singers. He played as a soloist with many orchestras such as Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra or the Symphony Orchestra of Eindhoven and made over 150 recordings as a soloist. He has played a lot with John Zorn, Joe Lovano, Billy Hart, Dave Douglas, Uri Cane and others. He was awarded the Alpert Prize in Music and he also received a Grammy certificate.

Piotr Mełech

plays the clarinets and electronic media. He started learning to play on his own at the age of 23 inspired by John Zorn (Masada) and the phenomenon of yass music. He lived in the Netherlands for a few years, where he earned money to buy professional instruments by playing on the streets and drawing inspirations from The Ex. For a decade he was active in Poznań, where he co-founded Enterout Trio, Yazzbot Mazut, Tfaruk, Tsigunz Fanfara Avantura or Lentoid. For four years he has been living and working in Warsaw. He is an active member of Warsaw Improvisers Orchestra as well as Cukier, Melech, Śmierć i Łzy, Mełech/Mazurkiewicz/Trilla bands and duos with Marcin Albert Steczkowski, Wojtek Kurek, Qba Janicki and Vitaly Appow.

Fred Frith & Macio Moretti Thursday 28.06.2018, 8:00 PM

Fred Frith / Macio Moretti

Fred Frith

is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser. He has been making noise of one kind or another for almost 50 years, starting with the iconic rock collective Henry Cow, which he co-founded with Tim Hodgkinson in 1968. Fred is best known as a  pioneering electric guitarist and improviser, songwriter and composer for film, dance and theatre. Through bands like Art Bears, Massacre, Skeleton Crew, Keep the Dog, the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet and Cosa Brava, he has stayed close to his roots in rock and folk music while branching out in many other directions. His compositions have been performed by ensembles ranging from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to rock bands.

Macio Moretti

(b.1975). Musician and graphic designer. Or the other way around. He’s one of the Mitches and is part of many other constellations. He played his first concert when he was sixteen years old. It was more than quarter-century ago, which he himself finds shocking. Has been performing worldwide, excluding: Abkhazia, Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Central African Republic, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, NagornoKarabakh, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Northern Cyprus, North Korea, Oman, South Ossetia, Pakistan, Panama, Papua — New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincentand the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Somaliland, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Transnistria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
He is the co-founder of the Warsaw based Lado ABC record label, which has almost 100 albums of (mostly) domestic artists under its belt. He is a man of many plans and too little time.

Nicola Hein & Łukasz „Twix” Jędrzejczak Thursday 20.09.2018, 8:00 PM

Nicola Hein / Łukasz „Twix” Jędrzejczak

Nicola L. Hein,

a guitarist, soundartist and philosopher, is a very active player on the German and international arena of improvised music. He plays the guitar with his hands and plectrum but also with a lot of diferent objects: screws, rulers, iron wool, violin bow, abrasive paper, magnets and many other objects which are part of his musical vocabulary. The result is his very own world of sounds, which is using the rich potential of the guitar as a creator of sounds. The manual creation is a very important character of this sound world, which never gets distorted by the use of electronic efects. Moreover soundart (sound installations, site specifc instruments, conceptual compositions for improvising musicians etc.) and the collaboration in diferent interdisciplinary settings (dance, installation, video art etc.) are an important focus of his art and form a second emphasis besides the work as a guitarist. Here diferent ideas from the world of philosophy (especially Wittgenstein, Rorty, Heidegger etc.) come into play with his musical aesthetics and form a discursive feld that opens up artistic possibilities that lie beyond the possibilities of common musical practice.

Łukasz „Twix” Jędrzejczak

is a sound artist born in 1985 in Bydgoszcz. He is a member of bands such as T’ien Lai, Alameda 5 or an ephemeral duo Mina. He plays synths, organs, samplers, effects, drum machines and percussions. From time to time he is also a singer and author of lyrics. He collects old record with music from Africa and Asia. He is interested in field recording. In 2017 together with Rafał Kołacki and Elżbieta Schulz he released a collection of field recordings from Marrakesh. Since 2016 he has been creating music for theatrical plays (“Popołudnie Fauna” directed by Dominika Knapik, “Strach zżerać duszę” directed by Agnieszka Jakimiak).

Szábolcs Esztényi & Anna Jędrzejewska Thursday 25.10.2018, 9:00 PM

Szábolcs Esztényi / Anna Jędrzejewska

Szábolcs Esztényi

is a composer, pianist, improviser and a teacher of Hungarian descent, who has been living in Poland since 1969. He studied piano in the class of Margerita TrombiniKazuro and composition in the class of Witold Rudziński on Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Muzyczna in Warsaw (Warsaw Higher Musical Education Public School). As a composer and a soloist he performed in Poland and abroad on many festivals (Warszawska Jesień [Warsaw Autmun], Poznańska Wiosna Muzyczna [Poznań Music Spring], Warszawskie Spotkania Muzyczne [Warsaw Music Meetings], Musica Polonica Nova Festival in Wrocław, Biennale Zagreb, Budapesti Zenei Hetek, Donaueschinger Musiktage and many others. He cooperated with well-known artists such as: Jerzy Artysz, Andrzej Hiolski, Heinz Holliger, Roman Jabłoński, Jadwiga Kotnowska, Wilanów Quartet, Halina Łukomska, Olga Pasiecznik, Jadwiga Rappé, Zygmunt Krauze's Music Workshop, Jerzy Witkowski, Iwona Mironiuk (with whom he has been performing as a piano duo since 1999). He has made many archive recordings for Polish Radio. For many years he has been cooperating with Ferenc Lantos nad Maria Apagyi, the creators of creative music-visual pedagogy and founders of Free Artistic School in Pécs, Hungary. Since 1972 he has been working as a piano teacher in Fryderyk Chopin's Higher Education School in Warsaw, as well as on Music Academy in Warsaw and Łódź. He is a regular guest in many academic centres with his illustrated lectures related to creative pedagogy and teaching improvisation.

Anna Jędrzejewska

Anna Jędrzejewska is a composer, director and an author of multimedia projects such as installations or multimedia shows. Jędrzejewska combines improvisation and contemporary achievements of European art. She is an author of “Mindful Improvisation” – an exercise in intuitive music that combines music and psychology and explores areas of perception, concentration and intuition. She cooperates with Teatr Performer and together with Robert Jędrzejewski she creates a duo of improvising composers. The band creates multimedia projects that combine video, electronics and improvisation.

Maja Ratkje & Piotr Pawlak Thursday 8.11.2018, 8:00 PM<

Maja Ratkje / Piotr Pawlak

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje

was born in 1973 in Trondheim, Norway. She is a composer and performer. She finished composition studies at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo in 2000. Ratkje is active as a singer/voice user and electronics performer and engineer, as a soloist or in groups such as SPUNK and BRAK RUG. Ratkje has performed her own music for films, dance and theatre, installations, and numerous other projects. Visual art or text material is often a part of her own work, in installations or staged works. She has made large gallery works with SPUNK, she has made music for a radio play by Elfriede Jelinek, and in 2003, she played a part in her own opera, based on the texts from the Nag Hammadi Library.

Piotr Pawlak

Piotr Pawlak is a guitarist and producer associated with the music stage of Tricity. He made his debut at the end of the 80’s in a band called Bielizna. He co-created the band Kury and their legendary album “P.O.L.O.V.I.R.U.S.” with Tymon Tymański and Jacek Olter. He cooperated with Mazzoll in Arhythmic Memory. He played in Łoskot band since 1996. He cooperates with Olo Walicki in the project Kaszëbë II and Antoni Gralak in YeShe. He composed music for theatre, film, ballet and multimedia shows. He produced several dozen albums of various artists such as Ścianka, Kury, Łoskot, Kobiety, Tymon & Transistors, Pink Freud, Oczi Cziorne. He currently plays in reactivated Łoskot band and in Rito band with whom he recorded an album that combines noise, trance and ritual music.

Stian Westerhus & Jerzy Przeździecki Thursday 15.11.2018, 8:00 PM

Stian Westerhus / Jerzy Przeździecki

Stian Westerhus

born in 1979, has been pushing the boundaries with his guitar for the last ten years. Intimately playing the guitar, like a part of his own body, Stian’s expressive playing breaks down the barriers of the electric guitar and bends music, whether it is on his own as a solo performer or with others. He’s a player that can snuggle comfortably with the improv crowd and he can sound more like a machine than man. He webs sandblasted misshapes into a rhythmic weave, which is intricately bafing. His pursuit of new sound is more about fnding expressive possibilities than an end in itself: when he rips it in the upper register, his instrument sings, piercing through the murk like moonlight on the fens.

Jerzy Przeździecki

is a Warsaw based electronic music producer and his journey started in 1983. He keeps away from clichés and amazes with sound. To him, music has no limits. He performed on Warszawska Jesień and on the biggest electronic music festivals. He balances on the junction of genres and has been developing his own musical language for many years. His creative process always begins with improvisation, which reveals the essence of the musical structure. He experiments and does not shy away from working with other artists. He played with Krzysztof Knittel, Jerzy Mazzoll or Andrzej Karałow. With the latter, he recently recorded an album for a Warsaw based label Requiem Records. He is the first Polish artist, whose piece was used by Depeche Mode in their worldwide tour. He is the second Polish artist, whose records were released by Sven Vath's legendary Cocoon Records label.

Rashad Becker & Joanna Duda Thursday 13.12.2018, 8:00 PM

Rashad Becker / Joanna Duda

Rashad Becker

is a composer and musician residing in Berlin. His compositions are multi-layered narratives populated by an ensemble of sonic entities; some are smug, some shy, some are agitators and others are ready to surrender. Often there’s a tragiccomical touch, like a cartoon version of what could be a requiem from a dream (or just as much as a fertility dance from another dimension). Recent works include the cycle “Traditional Music Of Notional Species” released across two volumes on PAN, and a multi-part work called “Based On A True Story” that derives scores from historical occurrences in a sort of “sonic staging” in this context, he is currently commissioned by New York-based ensemble Alarm Will Sound and Derlin string ensemble Kaleidoskop. Rashad is mainly active as a solo artist but fnds himself in a series of permanent collaborations alongside —, Moritz von Oswald and as a member of the formation Moleglove. Other and more sporadic collaborators have been Okkyung Lee, Andre Vida, Ashley Paul, and Valerio Tricoli.

Joanna Duda

is a pianist, composer and visual artist. She founded bands such as J=J, AuAuA and recently her own trio with Maks Mucha on double bass and Maks Andrzejewski on drums. She has been working with Wojtek Mazolewski for eight years. She also performs contemporary classical music with Lutosławski Piano Duo and Mischa Kozłowski. When she performs solo she plays at the junction of electronics and acoustic music, improvising on the piano in a classical way as well as introducing original sounds of carefully prepared samples. She does not shy away from synthetic sounds. Joanna has played hundreds of concerts solo or as a member of many bands. She also composes and produces music for theatre pieces (Krzysztof Garbaczewski or Teatr Amareya).



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