Michał Górczyński is a clarinettist and chamber musician, born on 30th April 1977 in Warsaw.
Klarnecista i kameralista, urodzony 30 kwietnia 1977 w Warszawie.
He specialises in bass clarinet. In 2003, he graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. He has performed as a member of the Spring Orchestra at the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music under the baton of Jacek Kaspszyk, accompanied by the Polish Radio Orchestra under Jerzy Maksymiuk, the Chamber Orchestra of the city of Tychy AUKSO conducted by Marek Moś, the Podlasie Philharmonic Orchestra, Dutch band De Ereprijs, and Silesian Quartet.
Górczyński has been composing music since 1998. His compositional output includes, among others, a series of works inspired by various languages for violin, clarinet, and cello, music for dramatic and puppet theatres (about 25 performances), and underground films. He also creates artistic installations and radio programmes.
He participated in International Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, where he presented his own techniques of playing the bass clarinet. Since 2008, he has been working on expanding the capabilities of this instrument, cooperating with one of the best Polish beatboxers – Patryk Tik Tak Matela.
In 2002, Górczyński co-founded Kwartludium, a contemporary music group. Its artistic output includes several dozen premieres of Polish and world pieces. He has performed with the band around the world, including in the US, the UK , Germany, Finland, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Australia, and South Korea, giving concerts at such festivals as Warsaw Autumn, Unsound in Kraków and New York, C3 in Berlin, Loop Festival in Brussels, Nuove Musiche Festival in Palermo, Contrasts in Lviv, New Music Days and Avant Days in Gdańsk. Kwartludium’s recorded output consists of five albums.
As an improvisational musician he has collaborated with, among others, Peter Kowald, John Edwards, Zdzisław Piernik (which resulted in the release of the album Energa One in 2001), Mikołaj Trzaska, Paweł Szamburski, and Wacław Zimpel (Ircha Pneumatic Quartet), Joe McPhee, Andrzej Izdebski, DJ Lenar, Le Quan Ninhem, Frederic Blondy, and a number of bands: Cukunft, Pink Freud (Zawijasy, 2000), Zooplan, Boys Band Trio (Curvatura Grande, 2000), Profesjonalizm (Chopin Chopin Chopin, 2011), Details in the Air (Open Containers , 2018). Notably, Górczyński is also a member of Laar Farobiansah Gamelan – a band which performs traditional Indonesian music from Central Java. Their first album, Bidadari, was released in 2018.
Recent years have been a period of continuous artistic activity for Górczyński. Since 2012, he has been a member of Polonka (formerly named Pole) – a trio co-created by him, Jan Emil Młynarski, and Piotr Zabrodzki. The band’s works are inspired by folk music. Two albums of the trio were released so far. In 2013, he wrote and performed music for the monodrama Yosl Rakower Talks to God, a monologue about the Holocaust. Also of note are projects such as Cut The Air (2017), recorded with a Gambian musician Buba Badije Kuyateh; William’s Things (2018), based on William Blake’s poetry (with Sean Palmer and Tomasz Wiracki); and Solarium 2.0 (2018), Karolina Czarnecka’s album with music by Górczyński and Jacek Kita. Since 2017, he has also been a member of the Bastarda trio (with Paweł Szamburski and Tomasz Pokrzywiński), which interprets early music.
Originally written in Polish by Małgorzata Kosińska, Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej, Związek Kompozytorów Polskich, June 2008; translated and updated by MG, March 2019.