Paweł Szamburski – one of the mainstays of Warsaw improvised music scene and one of the fathers of its renaissance – both as a clarinet player and a cultural activist.
One of the mainstays of Warsaw improvised music scene and one of the fathers of its renaissance – both as a clarinet player and a cultural activist.
Together with Macio Moretti, in 2004 he launched a record label called Lado ABC – the one to let the world know such artists like Marcin Masecki, Raphael Rogiński, Levity, LXMP, Ed Wood, Hubert Zemler, SzaZa, Cukunft and many others. Up till now Lado remains the most recognizable independent label in Poland.
Probably one of Szamburski’s most important music projects is his duet with Patryk Zakrocki, called Sza/Za. The musicians have been running a sort of a music and picture quest, writing music to films, plays and dance shows. The duet has performed a tour “SzaZa plays Polański” in the US playing music to Polański’s early short subjects. In a widened line-up with Sza/Za/Ze with Hubert Zemler the band prepared a programme based on the works of experimental film pioneers in Poland – Stefan and Franciszka Themerson. From the beginning SzaZa has cooperated with film directors, choreographers as well as other musicians, such as Piotr Cieplak, Katarzyna Chmielewska, Leszek Bzdyl, Ola Bilińska or Kazuchisa Uchihashi.
As a clarinet player Szamburski belongs to several important bands of contemporary improvised scene including the clarinet quartet Ircha - Trzaska/Górczyński/Szamburski/Zimpel, created by Mikołaj Trzaska. In 2012 their album „Zikaron Lefanay” was announced album of the year in the ranking of the critics at Jazzarium.pl, a Polish jazz portal. The concerts of Ircha are performances on the border of improvisation, jazz, chamber music and theatre. Together with Raphael Rogiński, Michał Górczyński and Paweł Szpura, Szamburski forms the Cukunft quartet – one of the first groups of the scene called now new Jewish music.
Szamburski wrote music to theatrical performances by Piotr Cieplak („Wątpliwość”, „Utwór Sentymentalny na 4 Aktorów“, „Przed Południem Przed Zmierzchem“), by Paweł Miśkiewicz (Auto Da Fe) and by Marcin Liber („Gwiazdy spadają w sierpniu”).
Sza/Za plays Polański
Sza/Za/Ze plays Themerson
Sza/Za: Projekt Starewicz
Ircha Clarinet Quartet
Horny Trees Big Band
"Recording session at rudera" (CD-R, 2002)
"Broń rasowego marzenia" (Lado ABC, 2006)
"Meritum" (Lado ABC, 2004)
"Single Live" (mini cd-r, 2005)
"Szcz" (Lado ABC, 2006)
"Lider fun Mordechaj Gebirtig" (CD-R, 2005)
"Itstikeyt / Fargangenheit" (Lado ABC, 2010)
"Wilde Blumen" (Lado ABC, 2013)
"Horny Trees" (Kilogram Records, 2008)
"Branches Of Dirty Delight" (Lado ABC, 2009)
"Przed południem, przed zmierzchem" (Lado ABC, 2009)
Mikołaj Trzaska Ircha Clarinet Quartet
„Lark Uprising” [Quintet feat. Joe McPhee] (Multikulti 2010)
„Watching Edvard” (Kilogram Records 2011)
„Zikaron - Lefanay” (Kilogram Records 2012)
Awards and distinctions:
2009 – International Theatrical Festival „Kontrapunkt” in Szczecin, Poland – a distinction
15th National Competition of Contemporary Art in Poland– main prize for music and the award of Minister of Culture
Annecy International Animated Film Festival, France – award for best film music
Maria Raducanu, Frank London, Joe McPhee, David Krakauer, Kazuchisa Uchihashi, Burkhard Stangl, Franz Hauzinger, Raphael Rogiński, Candelaria Saenz Valiente, Tomasz Duda, Patryk Zakrocki, Macio Moretti, Tomasz Stańko, Mikołaj Trzaska, Paul Brody, Wacław Zimpel, Noel Akchote, Kuba Kossak, Michał Gos, Michał Górczyński, Hubert Zemler, Piotr Bukowski, Roman Ślefarski, Maciej Trifonidis Bielawski, Norbert Kubacz, DJ Lenar, DJ Eprom, DJ Olive and many others.