The group, started in mid-2011 by Janusz Mackiewicz, is made up of musicians who have been friends and worked together in various line-ups for many years. In this project, their experience with acoustic instruments assumes a new dimension.
The combination of jazz-based melodies and harmonies, and rhythms which hark back to the 70's, with sonic spaces and textures created using modern electronic instruments has become a limitless source of fresh energy and inspiration. The juxtaposition of contemporary technology with the traditions of jazz music has contributed to the creation of a repertoire that conveys a broad spectrum of emotions, with compositions that range in mood from surf rock to nu-jazz.
At concerts the group is presenting material from their new album, “Elec-Tri-City”.
The members of the group
Marcin Wądołowski – guitar
Dominik Bukowski – xylo-synth
Janusz Mackiewicz – bass guitar
Grzegorz Sycz – drums
Each one of these musicians can already claim considerable artistic achievements.
Janusz „Macek” Mackiewicz – one of Poland's finest bassists and bass guitarists, has for years constituted the core of the tri-city (Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot) area's finest rhythm sections. He is the author of the “My-szkoła” (“We-school”) internet bass workshops and various other specialized publications dealing with music, and co-authored Janusz Popławski's “Szkoła Na Bas” (“School for Bass”).
He also works on a steady basis with Przemek Dyakowski and the groups “Take It Easy” and “Special Jazz Sextet”, and has worked with artists such as: Piotr Baron, Wojciech Karolak, Tomasz Szukalski, Janusz Muniak, Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski, Jarek Śmietana, Leszek Możdżer, Eric Allen, and Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple).
Janusz Mackiewicz has performed at many well-known jazz festivals, such as: Sopot Molo Jazz Festival, Jazz On The Oder, Świdnik Jazz Festival, Gdynia Summer Jazz Days, Komeda Jazz Festival, and the Golden Washboard Jazz Festival.
In 2003 he recorded his first album, which featured Christmas carols - “On Christmas Day”. His second album, “Frogsville”, came out in January 2008 and in 2009 he put out his next CD, “Integrated Circuit”. In January of 2009, in cooperation with leading tri-city jazz musicians, he co-founded the Association of Jazz Musicians and remains its director.
Jazz vibraphonist, composer, graduate of the Katowice Academy of Music's Jazz and Popular Music department. Received an individual distinction at the All-Poland Review of Jazz Groups in Gdynia (1999), and was winner of the Bielsko-Biała “Zadymka” competition in 2002. He has taken 2nd place in the vibraphone category of Jazz Forum magazine's yearly poll since 2003.
Dominik Bukowski has recorded over 20 albums, and has worked and recorded with musicians such as: Tim Hagans, Brian Melvin, Ulf Adaker, Raivo Tafenau, Janusz Muniak, Leszek Możdżer, Piotr Wojtasik, Maciej Sikała, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Jan "Ptaszyn" Wróblewski, Krzysztof Popek, Krystyna Stańko, Jacek Kochan, Leszek Kułakowski, Janusz Strobel, Wojciech Staroniewicz, Przemek Dyakowski and others. He has performed in various countries, including Sweden, Israel, Norway, Russia, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Moldavia and Germany.
His album “Projektor” made it into the top ten best albums of 2005 according to the monthly Jazz Forum, while his most recent - “Vice Versa” - was nominated for Poland's “Fryderyk” award in 2010.
Guitarist, session musician, composer. Graduate of the Gdańsk Academy of Music and winner of first prize at the 7th Karol Sosiński “Guitar Talent Stage” International Competition, as well as title of “Greatest Hope” at the 11th Gdańsk Guitarists' Meeting International Festival; he is also winner of the 11th Review of Young Jazz/Blues Groups in Gdynia, in 2008.
He has worked with leading musicians on the Polish jazz scene, including Leszek Możdżer, Wojciech Staroniewicz, Przemysław Dyjakowski, Janusz Mackiewicz, Piotr Mania, as well as the group “Czerwone Gitary” (“Red Guitars”) as a composer and session musician on the albums “Jeszcze Gra Muzyka” (“The Music Is Still Playing”) and “OK”. On an everyday basis he performs in his own jazz project, The Marcin Wądołowski Quartet, and the group The Moongang. In 2011 he put out his first album, “Git Majonez”.
Musician, composer, educator, and arranger. Grzegorz Sycz began playing drums at the age of 4, and is a graduate of Germany's Folkwang Hochschule Essen BRD. The styles he feels best in are jazz-funk, fusion and modern jazz.
The musicians he has worked with include Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Angus Tomas Bangus, Franz Hauzinger, Hans-Peter Salentin, Gilda Razzani, John Goodman, Leszek Możdżer, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Janusz Muniak, Leszek Żądło, Jarosław Śmietana, Paweł and Krzysztof Ścierański, and the group SBB , including Józef Skrzek and Apostolis Anthimos. He currently performs with The Gosia Szmuda Band (Jazz For Kids), The Special Jazz Sextet, John C. Marshall, and Gregory Gaynair.