MAGDA PISKORCZYK

(pronounce: peas-CORE-chick) is a singer with a mature, low and

unusual voice timbre. Described in France as “la voix noire et au costume blanc" (Black voice in a white costume). She is a guitar, bass guitar and percussion player, as well as a song writer,c omposer and arranger. Magda’s music is deeply rooted in Afro-American and African heritage.

 

In 2009 Magda was invited to play with Konoba, an international band performing traditional West African music. She tours regularly with her band, and has performed at numerous festivals almost all over Europe and in Taiwan.

 

She is a twotime Semi-finalist of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, USA. Readers of the Polish blues quarterly chose her the Female Vocalist of the Year 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

 

MUSIC OF MAGDA PISKORCZYK

is her tasteful arrangements of funk, blues, gospel, soul, rock and jazz classics and her own original compositions as well. Despite her music being deeply set in the Afro-American tradition, it is very personal and innovative at the same time. Joy and humour, great emotions and energy are mixed with deep messages, melancholy and moving sincerity.

 

 

An unusual, very expressive usage of voice and perfectly matched sounds of guitars, a Hammond organ, a saxophone, percussion or other instruments make this music unique and captivating.

 

Magda is known for the excellent contact with the audience, which is alternately involved in spontaneous amusement (collective singing, emotional shouting, hand-clapping or snapping their fingers) and deep reflection.

 

She has performed with many famous musicians, such as Bob Margolin, Bob Brozman, Seckou Keita, Greg Zlap, Rita Engedalen, Slidin’ Slim and Engerling group. In Summer 2010 she gave 22 concerts with harmonica virtuoso, Blues Award Winner, Billy Gibson.

 

Magda has released six CDs including:

"Mahalia" - in Honor of Mahalia Jackson celebrating the 100th Birthday Anniversary of the Queen of Gospel;

"Afro Groove" - double live CD feat. Billy Gibson, harmonica virtuoso from Memphis, with lots of ethnic flavor;

"Live at Satyrblues" - with Swedish guitar player and singer-songwriter Slidin' Slim.

"Magda Live" - acoustic CD, recorded live in Radio Gdansk

"Blues Travelling" - feat. Michal Urbaniak, a renowned jazz violinist;

 

“Magda Live”, “Afro Groove” and “Mahalia” have been nominated to the Fryderyk Award, the most prestigious award of the Polish Phonographic Industry. In 2011 Magda launched her original music workshops "Magda Piskorczyk Masterclass" based on her own program. CD "Magda Piskorczyk Masterclass" released in 2012 is the fruit of such workshops organized in Warsaw.

 

Magda Piskorczyk (vocals, acoustic, electric, bass guitar, percussion, arrangements)

with her band:

Urszula Stosio - electric and acoustic guitar

Bartosz Kazek - drums and percussion

 

www.magdapiskorczyk.net/en