Warsaw-based drummer, strongly connected with the Pardon, To Tu club scene.
Moreover, one can dare to say that in 2013 Paweł Szpura was the most sought-after sideman in Poland: the list of his collaborators seems never ending (see the performance list below).
Szpura's style is distinctive. Rooted in rock from the sixties and the seventies, his rhythm is a kind of a weave between various, and often very distant, musical heritages: rock, free jazz, Arabic, African, Turkish, Jewish, Romanian... The extraordinary talent of Paweł Szpura allows him not only compile these traditions –to braid them into a cohesive entity– but at the same time lets him react naturally and astonishingly fast with other artists.
In 2012, Szpura –along with a bunch of young Polish musicians– had the definitive honour to play in a chamber music orchestra “Arche New Music Ensemble” on Nicole Mitchell’s album Arc of O (Rouge Art).
As many musicians at the moment, Szpura also performs on special occasions, such as the 10th Jubilee of the Planete + DOC Film Festival or “UkraPol” concert last year.
-Hera, formed by Wacław Zimpel: clarinet, bass clarinet, tarogato, Paweł Postaremczak: tenor and soprano saxophones, Ksawery Wójciński: double bass, Paweł Szpura: drums
– Cukunft, formed by Raphael Rogiński: electric guitar, Paweł Szamburski: clarinet, Paweł Szpura: perkusja, Michał Górczyński: sax, bass clarinet. They perfomred with Frank London and Maria Raducanu, just to mention a few.
– Wovoka: Mewa Chabiera: vocal, Raphael Rogiński: guitar, Paweł Szpura: drums,
Ola Rzepka: organ.
– Lotto: Mike Majkowski: bass, Łukasz Rychlicki: guitar, Paweł Szpura: drums
– Pursha: Paweł Szpura: drums, Paweł Postaremczak: sax, Traczyk
– Pilokatabaza: Paweł Szpura; drums, Hubert Zemler: drums
– Tribute to John Coltrane, Paweł Szpura & Paweł Postaremczak
– RAW, Przemysław Jankowiak aka Etamski: electronics, and Paweł Szpura: drums
– Tribute to Albert Ayler, Łukasz Rychlicki and Paweł Szpura: drums
– Prophetic Fall, Dominik Strycharski: recorders, Paweł Szpura: drums
– Mikołaj Trzaska: saxophones, Łukasz Rychlicki: guitar, Paweł Szpura: drums
2013: Wilde Blumen, Cukunft, Lado ABC
2013: Seven Lines, recorded live at Manggha during Cracow Jazz Autumn Festival 2012-11-01, Cracow, Poland; Hera with Hamid Drake, Multikulti
2013: Gra Różę, Mikołaj Trzaska, Kilogram Records
2013: Arc o O: For Free Improvisers, Chamber Orchestra & Electronics, Rogue Art
– Nicole Mitchell: flute, vocals, electronic samples, composition, conduction;
Renée Baker: violin;
Mwata Bowden: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet;
David Boykin: tenor saxophone;
– an_ARCHE NewMusic Ensemble:
Rafal Zapala: electronics, percussion, project organizer; Krzysztof Dys: piano; Rafał Gubański: clarinet; Kuba Jankowiak: trumpet; Kuba Klepczyński: trombone; Agnieszka Kowalczyk: cello; Łukasz Krzemiński: oboe; Remigiusz Strzelczyk: viola; Maciej Strzelecki: violin; Paweł Szpura: drums, Ksawery Wójciński: double bass.
2013: Trees Against the Sky, Wovoka, Lado ABS
2011: Where My Complete Beloved Is, Hera, Multikulti Project [Best Releases of 2011 – Eyal Hareuveni's, AllAboutJazz.com]
2010: Itstikeyt / Fargangenheit, Cukunft, Lado ABC
2010: Hera, Hera, Multikulti Project
2009: ... Be Like a Child ..., Trifonidis Free Orchestra, Slowdown Records
Recent notable concerts / musical meetings:
2013: Seven Lines, recorded live at Manggha during 8. Cracow Jazz Autumn Festival, Poland; Hera with Hamid Drake.
2013: Pieśni Gusanów (The songs of Guans), concert, Paweł Szpura and Paweł Postaremczak at Singer Festival, Warsaw, Poland.
2013: Nights with Atomic, concert, Paal Nilssen-Love, Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten, Frederik Ljungkvist, Magnus Broo, Havard Wiik + Guests: Ray Dickaty, Adam Pultz Melbye, Paweł Postaremczak, Paweł Szpura; Pardon, To Tu, Warsaw, Poland.
2013: 2 Nights with Peter Brötzmann, concerts / musical meetings, Peter Brötzmann + Mikołaj Trzaska, Jerzy Mazzoll, Rudi Mahall, Ray Dickaty, Mike Majkowski, Simone Quatrana, Paweł Szpura, Macio Moretti; Pardon, To Tu, Warsaw, Poland.
– 2 nights with Michael Zerang; Pardon, To Tu, Warsaw, Poland.
2013: UkraPol, concert; Mark Tokar, Maciej Cierliński, Paweł Postaremczak, Paweł Szpura
2013: Hera, Concert at OFF Festival, Katowice, Poland.
2013: RAW, concert, Etamski / Szpura + Brian Labycz, Gerard Lebik & Wojciech Traczyk, Paweł
Szpura; Pardon, To Tu, Warsaw, Poland.
2013: Concert at 10. Planete + DOC Film Festival, Maallem Mokhtar Gania, Wacław Zimpel, Paweł
Szpura; Pardon, To Tu, Warsaw, Poland.
2013: 3 Nights With The ToTu Orchestra;
ToTu Orchestra: Wacław Zimpel: clarinets, composition, Paweł Postaremczak: saxophones, Dominik Strycharski: recorders, Maciej Cierliński: hurdy-gurdy Mike Majkowski: double bass, Wojtek Traczyk: double bass, Paweł Szpura: drums, Hubert Zemler: drums, Jacek Kita: upright piano.
2013: 1 Night With Pheeroan akLaff; Pheeroan akLaff + special guests: Tomasz Dąbrowski, Paweł Postaremczak, Łukasz Rychlicki, Lenar (soundscapes), Paweł Szpura, Kenneth Dahl Knudsen, Pardon, To Tu, Warsaw, Poland.
2012: 2 nights with Dave Rempis; Dave Rempis, Wacław Zimpel, Paweł Szpura, Wojtek Traczyk
Created by: Anna Początek (Jazzarium.pl): revision: Terry Deal; Jazzarium.pl, Warszawa 2014.