Paweł Kaczmarczyk, born in 1984, is an outstanding young jazz pianist, arranger and composer.
Kaczmarczyk graduated from the Music Academy in Katowice but also was informally educated by his long time master Janusz Muniak – a legendary Polish tenor saxophone player. In 2001, together with Michał Barański (a double bassist) and Paweł Dobrowolski (a drummer), he founded KBD Trio. Its music could have been described as warm and revealing its creators fragility while it was rather deprived of dynamic contrasts or avant-garde ideas. In this line-up they won the two most prestigious jazz contests in Poland: the Jazz Juniors Contest and Jazz nad Odrą (Jazz on Oder) in 2002. Soon they released an album entitled Live, which was a recording of their concert on Katowice Radio.
The Breakthrough - ACT
As a 25-year-old, with the album entitled Complexity in Simplicity by Audiofeeling Band, he debuted in the exclusive German record label ACT. This album is full of youthful verve and a willingness to search for new paths in music. Kaczmarczyk’s improvisation is distinctively eclectic and multi-dimensional.
Complexity in Simplicity made his international career develop much faster than before. The album won ‘The Best Jazz Album Of The Year’ prize in Jazz Forum's ranking while Kaczmarczyk was placed first in the ‘Best Jazz Pianist Of The Year’ category. Kaczmarczyk received numerous invitations from the most celebrated European jazz festivals.
In 2008 he participated in the recording session of Rafał Sarnecki’s Song From A New Place (ARMS Records). One year later he appeared on the album by Kraków-based New Bone band entitled It’s Not Easy. Thanks to invitation from Grzech Piotrowski, he recorded on Emotronica. In 2010 he was nominated for the Fryderyk Awards (most prestigious award of the Polish music industry) in the ‘Best Jazz Musician Of The Year’ category. In the same year he recorded an album Kinetyka with Leszek HeFi Wiśniowski. In subsequent years he continued his cooperation with Rafał Sarnecki, New Bone and Grzech Piotrowski’s World Orchestra project.
Kaczmarczyk appeared on stage or recorded with musicians such as Lee Konitz, Jon Christensen, Mino Cinelu, Emil Mangelsdorff, Poogie Bell, Hadrien Feraud, Eivind Aarset, Arild Andersen, Theodosii Spassov, Janusz Muniak, Piotr Wojtasik, Adam Pierończyk, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Monty Waters, Kazimierz Jonkisz, Rafał Sarnecki, and Grzech Piotrowski.
Since 2012 he has been the artistic director of Jazz Juniors Festival.
- Kaczmarczyk/Barański/Dobrowolski Trio - „Live” (Radio Katowice/Jazz Forum 2005)
- Paweł Kaczmarczyk - „Audiofeeling” (ARMS Records 2007)
- Paweł Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Band - “Complexity in Simplicity” (ACT Music 2009)
- Rafał Sarnecki - “Songs From A New Place” (ARMS Records 2008)
- New Bone - “It’s Not Easy” (GOWI Records 2009)
- Grzech Piotrowski - „Emotronica” (Alchemik Studio 2009)
- Leszek HeFi Wiśniowski feat. Krzesimir Dębski - “Kinetyka” (EW Music 2010)
- Rafał Sarnecki – “The Madman Rambles Again” (Fresh Sound Records 2011)
- New Bone – “Destined” (CM Records 2012)