Saxophonist, bass clarinet player, harmonica player and composer. Born on April 4, 1966, in Gdańsk.
Trzaska graduated from the Secondary Art School in Gdynia-Orłowo. In 1987 he started studying painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, although he left after two years. Influenced by free jazz, he convinced his friends to teach him to play the alto saxophone.
In 1986 he joined Sni Sredstwom Za Uklanianie, bass player Tymon Tymański's band. The group would later become Miłość, one of the most interesting jazz bands of the early 90's. The band worked with some of the most prominent figures in Polish jazz, including Leszek Możdżer, Maciej Sikała, Tymon Tymański, Mazzoll, Jacek Olter and Tomasz Gwinciński. These musicians, most of whom were from the Trójmiasto area (Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot), created an alternative musical movement called "yass". Miłość / Love gave Trzaska the chance to work with Adam Pierończyk, Lester Bowie and Tomasz Stańko.
In 1993 Trzaska created the band Łoskot together with Olo Walicki, Piotr Pawlak and Tomasz Gwinciński. He also started playing with the Cracow band Świetliki in 1996, and in 2000 he recorded the album Cierpienie i Wypoczynek with vocalist Marcin Świetlicki of Świetliki.
In March 2001 Trzaska and his wife Ola founded the independent music label "Kilogram Records". That same year, he began working with the instrumental/composer duo Marcin and Bartłomiej Oleś, a cooperation that would last for several years. Their first album, Mikro Muzik, is considered to be one of the most significant in the history of Polish jazz.
In 2003 Trzaska started cooperating with bass player Peter Friis and drummer Peeter Uuskyla, both of whom had played with saxophonist Peter Brotzmann. He also recorded Andruchoid together with Maciej Moretti, Wojtek Mazolewski and Ukrainian poet Jurij Andruchowycz.
In April 2005, Trzaska joined the North Quartet, and also started working with Brotzmann on a more permanent basis as a member of the Peter Brotzmann Quartet.
Author: Marek Romański, January 2009
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