Fryderyk Chopin ‘Nokturny’
Marcin Masecki (piano)
Marcin Masecki, b. 1982, is a native of Warsaw, award winning pianist, conductor, composer and entrepreneur. He runs or is a member of a plethora of various projects within a wide range of styles, and he creatively crosses the borders of genres between the so called high art and entertainment. On the classical side he is currently performing music from the album “Chopin – Nocturnes”, recorded on his faithful companion – a small and rather dinky upright piano of British make. This is his fifth classical album, his previous being „Beethoven’s Last Piano Sonatas“: recorded with noise-cancelling headphones, interpreting the music from the deaf composer’s perspective, “Kunst der Fuge”: Bach’s grand fugue cycle recorded on an old tape dictaphone, introducing lo-fi in classical music, “Bach: Rewrite”: Bach’s keyboard concertos played on vintage electric pianos, joined by Piotr Orzechowski and the Capella Cracoviensis on historical instruments, and “Scarlatti”: a deconstruction of Scarlatti’s Sonatas, embedded with improvisation. On the jazz side he co-leads a traditional jazz band focusing on Polish music from the 20s and 30s in his own idiosyncratic arrangements. He also performs sets of ragtimes with drummer Jerzy Rogiewicz. In the last decade he has led ensembles of various sizes and philosophies, among them a sextet “Profesjonalizm” and the nonet “Polonezy” which played his original variations on the Polonaise, Poland’s national dance. As a composer he is regularly commissioned by modern ensembles and institutions. His recent premiere was “Lacrymae” a piece written especially for the next Jazztopad Festival in Wrocław, featuring a women’s choir and a large brass band. Masecki also writes for film, among others he worked on “ Cold War” by Paweł Pawlikowski, “Gareth Jones” by Agnieszka Holland and “Strange Heaven” by Dariusz Gajewski. He also performs with Candelaria Saenz Valiente’s band Pictorial Candi (privately his wife). He currently lives in Berlin and Warsaw.