Super sam + 1

“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.

Sławek Janicki
project curator

Organizer / Partners

DziKKlub Spatif
Project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw


Magda Mayas & Jędrzej Łagodziński Thursday 17.09.2019, 8:00 PM Kup biletKup bilet

Klub SPATiF, Al. Ujazdowskie 45, Warszawa

Magda Mayas Szymon Pimpon Gąsiorek

Magda Mayas

born 1979, is a pianist, composer, performer, living in Berlin. Over the past 20 years she developed a vocabulary utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts of the piano, using amplification, preparations and objects that become extensions of the instrument itself. Mayas explores textural, linear sound collage, and has developed a set of techniques that draw on the history of prepared and inside piano vocabulary, but are highly individualized and expand the language for internal piano music making. Alongside the piano, Mayas performs on a Clavinet/Pianet, an electric piano from the 60s with strings and metal chimes, where she engages with noise and more visceral sound material, equally extending the instrumental sound palette using extended techniques and devices. She is currently undertaking PhD studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden investigating timbre and instrumental techniques in improvised music performance. Since 2019, she is teaching improvisation at Luzern University of applied Sciences and Arts. Mayas performs internationally solo and in collaboration with a large number of musicians and composers. Current projects are "Spill", a duo with drummer Tony Buck, a duo with Christine Abdelnour (sax) and the Splitter Orchester Berlin. She has performed and toured in Europe, the USA, Australia, Mexico and Lebanon and collaborated with many leading figures in improvisation and composers such as John Butcher, George Lewis, Andy Moor, Eddie Prévost, Phill Niblock, Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, Hamid Drake, Joelle Leandre, Paul Lovens, Ikue Mori, Ken Vandermark, Nic Collins, Andrea Neumann and Axel Dörner. Festivals and exhibitions include Maerz Musik (2012, 2015), Documenta (2012), the Berlin Biennale (2014) or Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (2015). She was awarded a residency at Villa Aurora, Los Angeles in 2016 and at the Montalvo Arts Centre, USA in 2017 and 2019. Additionally, she has been curating in concerts in Berlin and recently at festival “Music Unlimited” in Wels, Austria, producing radio pieces for ABC Australia and Deutschlandradio Kultur and released over 30 CDS to date.

Jędrzej Łagodziński

is a Polish saxophone player and composer, who lives in Copenhagen and associated with local scene of seeking music. He graduated from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. Jędrzej combines the wildness and rawness of improvisational exploration with melodics and harmony. He is known for his project LOVE, The Love and Beauty Seekers trio, Downhill Cosmos Tigers, Pimpono Ensemble, Franciszek Pospieszalski Sextet, Jessen/Łagodziński/Friis-Nielsen/Bøje, Sprzedam. In 2015 in Copenhagen he played a four hours long improvised saxophone concert. In 2016 he co-founded an independent label Love & Beauty Music. Aa an actor and musician he co-creates an avant-garde multidisciplinary project called Troubadours 21.

Chris Jarrett & Franek Pospieszalski Thursday 08.10.2020, 8:00 PM Kup biletKup bilet

DZiK, ul. Belwederska 44A, Warszawa

Chris Jarrett Franek Pospieszalski

Chris Jarrett

(born 1956) is an American pianist and composer who has lived in Germany since 1985. Chris Jarrett was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He received private lessons with Vincenz Ruzicka as a 13-year-old and continued his studies at the renowned Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Ohio). In 1985 he went to Germany studying at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. From 1988 to 1989, he taught at the college. This is where his career as a professional musician began. He first composed smaller pieces for piano, later added chamber music, ballets, film music, operas, oratorios and larger orchestral pieces. After his time in Oldenburg, he lived in Neuhäusel near Koblenz (Rhineland-Palatinate). In 2006 he moved to Paris, but soon returned to Germany and has since lived in the southern Palatinate. From 1985 on, he has continued touring clubs, theaters and concert halls all over the world as a pianist. He has appeared in countries including most European states, Russia, the Ukraine and Canada, North Africa, Australia and Indonesia. He has appeared on stages alone or with musicians like Dhafir Youssef, Zoltan Lantos, Luca Ciarla, Ramesh Shotham, Pascal Gully, Erwin Ditzner or Leszek Możdżer. He also performs regularly in a duo with the drummer Erwin Ditzner and leads the quartet Four Free. He performs primarily as a solo pianist, playing his own compositions with influences from classical music and jazz improvisation.

Franek Pospieszalski

is a double-bassist, who comes from a musical family. In 2018 he finished a Master’s degree at the Academy of Music in Katowice in the Department of Jazz. He received his Bachelor’s Degree at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. He completed his primary musical education at Józef Eisner’s State Music School in Warsaw and Music School with Jazz Department on Bednarska St. He is a musician and composer, who is active in many international and local bands as a sideman as well as a leader of a few of his own projects. In 2017 he released his first authorial album “1st level” with his band Franciszek Pospieszalski Sextet, and in 2019 he released “Accumulated Thoughts” with his trio. At Jazz Juniors competition his band Franciszek Pospieszalski Trio was awarded a prize in the form of a concert tour in Asia. He also received an individual prize Andrzej Cudzich’s Złoty Kontrabas (Gold Double Bass).

Jeff Gburek & Qba Janicki Thursday 19.11.2019, 8:00 PM On LineOn Line

Klub SPATiF, Al. Ujazdowskie 45, Warszawa

Jeff Gburek  Qba Janicki

Jeff Gburek

is a sound artist, composer, improvisor, instrument builder, field recordist. Foundationally a guitarist, he launched into percussion for a period after studying gamelan music in Bali and Java and built his own hybrid world music free noise junkyard percussion set with oscillators and shortwave radios providing live music for dance theater project Djalma Primordial Science. Evolving again towards prepared guitar and live electronics, eventually integrating self-designed piezo-electric units for tapping into object resonance, he experiments found-sonospheres, with room and field resonance. Rigs include small synthesizers, cracked electronics, theremin, shortwave radios, walkie-talkies, various wind and percussion instruments, rotary stimulators, samplers, crystals, sea-shells, stones, fur, bones, ceramics, glass.  His activities have led him to share stages with Keith Rowe, Tetuzi Akiyama, Pascal Battus, Kyle Bruckmann, Lucio Capece, Martyna Poznańska, Annette Krebs, Bob Belllerue, Raven Chacon, Rafał Iwański; although after 20 years of performing one can't really name each and every person one has played with even if we all gave 100 percent on each occasion and have no regrets. Over the course of the last few years, the works have been focused on soundscapes, horspiel, spoken-word, text, voice experiments, themes of ecology and climate change. At home he plays the oud. and rebab. He was commissioned in August by Radiophrenia Glasgow to present a sono-documentary of his travels in the short-wave radiosphere over the last 30 years which airs this month. Hailing from the USA, he has had artistic residencies in Berlin, Lyon, Amsterdam (STEIM), Darmstadt, Brussels. Until the recent pandemic he's been a frequent traveler of Eastern Europe and the Balkans recording folk music and sonospheres which he publishes primarily on his netlabel Akashic Records. Recent albums/cd/cassettes have been issued on Antenna Non Grata (PL), Mahorka (Bulgaria), Plaża Zachodnia (PL), Plus Timbre (SP/GR). Most recent festival concerts include Festiwal Muzykofilia, 2019, Torun and Dissidents #8, 2019, Berlin. 

Qba Janicki

born 6th February 1989 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Currently living in Sokołowsko. Growing out of the artistic society gathered around famous club MÓZG. Over last 15 years he performed hundreds of concerts, during which he performed with such personalities as Jerzy Mazzoll, Sławek Janicki, Roscoe Mitchell, Tomasz Sroczyński, Toshinori Kondo, Peter Brotzmann, Kris Wanders or Fred Frith. Currently he works in such formations as Malediwy with Marek Pospieszalski, Kondensator Przepływu with Bartłomiej Chmara and Martyna Chojnacka, Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet and recently established duos with composer Teoniki Rożynek and belgian producer Obsequies. Besides playing instruments, he also composes music for theatre working with Maciej Podstawny, Paweł Łysak, Artur Pałyga and Grzegorz Jaremko. He also made his appearance on the hiphop stage, producing an album HORE by a legendary raper VIENIO of one of the first polish hiphop groups MOLESTA. In addition, as a co-creator of MÓZG FOUNDATION, he works on organizing cultural events in Bydgoszcz and Warsaw. Since the beginning of 2020 he is also running his own radio show “LAYERS” for Radio Kapitał.

Christian Lillinger & Artur Maćkowiak Thursday 10.12.2020, 8:00 PM On LineOn Line

DZiK, ul. Belwederska 44A, Warszawa

Christian Lillinger  Artur Maćkowiak

Christian Lillinger

(1984) is a German Avantgarde - Musician, drummer and composer. In 2019 he released and performed his project „open form for society“ at the Donaueschingen Musiktage and Berliner Jazzfest. In 2018 he established his own label PLAIST, which has already released four albums. In 2017 Christian was awarded the SWR Jazzpreis. Christian was the artist in residence in the Marktgräfle Hof in Basel for eight months by the Stiftung Bartels Foundation in 2016. The same year the German broadcaster 3SAT released Gegen den Beat, a documentary about Christian directed by Jan Bäumer. In 2014 Christian Lillinger founded the quartet Amok Amor with Peter Evans on trumpet, Wanja Slavin on saxophone and Petter Eldh on bass. The band released their self-titled debut on Boomslang in 2015 and We Know Not What We Do in 2017 on the Swiss label INTAKT. Between 2012 and 2013 Christian sat on the board of the Union for German Jazzmusicians (Union Deutscher Jazzmusiker) and he received a composition scholarship from the City of Berlin. 2008 saw the foundation of Christian Lillinger’s Grund, which allowed him to realise his own composition. So far three albums have been released through the labels Clean Feed (First Reason in 2009 and Second Reason in 2012) as well as Pirouet (GRUND in 2015). On January 19, 2018 Christian released C O R on his own PLAIST label. Since 2004 he has been a fixed member of EUPHORIUM_freakestra, a project ensemble, whose configuration changes every year. Since 2002 Christian has been collaborating closely with Philipp Gropper and Ronny Graupe within the band Hyperactive Kid. Between 2001 and 2003 Christian Lillinger was an active member of the German Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra (BUJAZZO) conducted by Peter Herbholzheimer.  In 2000 when he was only sixteen, Christian was admitted to the prestigious Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden. Christian studied there under Günter Baby Sommer and Michael Griener until 2004. He is 2000 prizewinner of the Internationalen Improvisationswettbewerb Leipzig. To date Christian has been featured on more than 80 recordings.

Artur Maćkowiak

is a musician and performer. He plays solo and in bands: you.Guru, Innercity Ensemble, 5G and other various ephemeral music projects. He used to be a member of Something Like Elvis and Potty Umbrella. His work oscillates within the wide spectrum of guitar music with a good dose of experiment, electronic, ambient, improvisation with a characteristic note of Slavic melodics. He released four too albums: “Take away” (2012), “Before the angels play their trumpets” (2013), “If it’s not real” (2015), “Iconic Rapture” (2017).



Fundacja Muzyki Współczesnej
i Form Interdysplinarnych
ul. Belwederska 44A, 00-594 Warszawa
ul. Gdańska 10, 85-006 Bydgoszcz
Sławek Janicki / festival director / 661 574 508
illustrations: ZbyZiel