Polish jazz pianist, mainly associated with modern jazz, avant-garde jazz, classics and chamber music.
Krzysztof Dys graduated form the Faculty of Jazz at Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music of Academy in Poznań, Poland, mojoring in piano under Professor Anna Organiszczak. Since 2007 he has been an assistant lecturer at this academy.
So far he has collaborated with the great Polish vibrafonist Jerzy Milian, with famous saxophonist Mikołaj Trzaska, and as well with clarinetist Wacław Zimpel, a great and recognised musician across not only Europe, but also America.
Since 2002 Krzysztof Dys has been a member of Soundcheck, with Maciej “Kocin” Kociński: leader, saxophone, Anrdzej Święs: bass, and Krzysztof Szmańda: drums. The group has released six albums so far.
Than, Dys has worked on regular basis with young, Poznań-based trumpeter, Maciej Fortuna. Their album Tropy has been well-received by the audience and critics as well. Dys also plays in Maciej Fortuna Quartet, with Jakub Mielcarek: double bass and Przemysław Jarosz: drums. In 2013 the group toured outside Poland with a project “Jazz from Poland”, with a goal to present the work of unappreciated or forgotten or Polish jazz composers, beginning in 1950s and continuing to the most recent ones. In 2011 Quartet's album Lost Keys was nominated to Fryderyki Award in the category of jazz debut of the year.
The main inspiration for Krzysztof Dys is the work of Russian composers Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin, Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, American artists like Bill Evans and Miles Davis, and last but not least, a great Polish composer, Grażyna Bacewicz.
Duo with Maciej Fortuna
Maciej Fortuna Quartet
Awards and distinctions
2007: 3rd prize, International Piano Competition of the Russian Conservatory Alexander Scriabin, Paris, France
2006: 2nd prize, Warsaw Jazz Pianist Contest, Warsaw, Poland
2006: Grand Prix, “Jazz nad Odrą” Festival, with Soundcheck, Wrocław, Poland
2013: Tropy, with Maciej Fortuna, FM Reocrds
2012: Kołysanki na Wieczny Sen, Soundcheck feat. Lena Piękniewska
2011: Marysia – wiersze z Kazachstanu, Soundcheck feat.Aga Kiepuszewska
2010: Reperkusje, Soundcheck, Jazz Forum Records
2010: Soundcheck III, druglum records
2007: Soundcheck II, Soundcheck
2005: Soundcheck I, Soundcheck
2010: Lost keys, Maciej Fortuna Quartet (nomination to “Fryderyki” Award)
Jerzy Milian, Mikołaj Trzaska, Wacław Zimpel, Maciej Fortuna, Maciej “Kocin” Kociński, Anrdzej Święs, Krzysztof Szmańda, Jakub Mielcarek, Przemysław Jarosz
Created by: Anna Początek (Jazzarium.pl): text; Terry Deal: revision; Jazzarium.pl, Warszawa 2014.