One of the most sought-after jazz double bassists in Poland. He switches between different guises and stylistics – from jazz in its more accessible form, through avant-garde, to Polish folk music. Thanks to the lightness, easiness and musical erudition, Wójciński is able to work with different music genres and is an extraordinary musician. Born in 1983.
Wojciński became one of the most recognizable Polish jazz musicians thanks to his regular concerts in the club Pardon, To Tu in Warsaw, where he performed with bands such as Hera or Charles Gayle Trio, in a duo with the trumpeter Wojciech Jachna, and solo.
In 2014 Wójciński’s solo album, The Soul, was released. He played the double bass, the piano, the guitar, the drums and he sang. In an interview for 'Polska The Times' he explained:
The music on this record is a summary of a certain stage in my life. It's a kind of an inward journey. A journey with the aim of finding yourself and your roots.
Wójciński collaborated with the American pianist Uri Caine (in a trio with Robert Rasz they recorded the album Szpilman, which presented jazz interpretations of the composer's pieces), the saxophonist Charles Gayle, who is one of the most important personalities of the New York jazz avant-garde), but also with Michael Zerang, Nicole Mitchell or Marco Eneidi (Wójciński was a member of the quartet with whom the American saxophonist recorded a live album Panta Rei). Wójciński was also a member of Ad Libitum Ensemble, an improvising orchestra leaded by the Spanish pianist Agustí Fernández, created to play one single concert during the Warsaw Improvisation Music Festival Ad Libitum.
He also performed and recorded with Polish artists, including Mikołaj Trzaska, Raphael Rogiński, Wacław Zimpel, or bands Emergency and Hera. Together with the singer Maniucha Bikont he forms a duo 'Maniucha i Ksawery' and performs traditional music. In 2017 their album Oj Borom, Borom was released.
Currently he also performs with Wójciński/Szmańda Quartet in which he plays with the drummer Krzysztof Szmańda and his brothers Maurycy (trumpet) and Szymon (piano). In 2014 the quartet released their debut album Delusions. In the interview with the portal jazzarium.pl he recalled:
I owe the fact that I play the double bass to Szymon, who played the bass, the trumpet, the guitar… he showed the way. With Maurycy we recorded completely experimental music many years ago. We've had a very strong influence on each other.
Written by Piotr Jagielski, translated by MW, January 2018
- With the band Hera: Seven Lines (2013)
- Ksawery Wójciński The Soul (2014)
- With Uri Cain and Robert Rasz: Szpilman (2014)
- With Charles Gayle Trio: Christ Everlasting (2015)
- With Dominik Strycharski CORE 6: Czoczko (2015)
- With Wójciński/Szmańda Quartet: Delusions (2016)
- In a duo with Wojciech Jachna: Night Talks (2016)
- In a duo with Maniucha Bikont: Maniucha i Ksawery Oj Borom, Borom (2017)