Przemysław Strączek (1976) – jazz guitarist, composer, producer, graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music Karol Szymanowski in Katowice, laureate of the Master Jazz Guitarists Competition Marek Bliziński in Warsaw (2001, 2003), finalist of the global Thailand International Jazz Conference Solo Competition in Bangkok (2011). For many years present in the ranking of the best Polish guitarists according to the readers of Jazz Forum – Jazz Top. In 2013, he received the Special Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for artistic achievements. Participant of the Polish Culture in the World program organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and a participant of the Scottish Jazz Federation – Bridge Music program. In the years 1998 – 2006 he led his first band Tres Jazz. Since 2006, he has been realizing himself as a leader of his music projects, recording seven original albums so far in Polish and international lineups.
His sixth author’s album Fig Tree received wide coverage among music journalists and critics in Poland and abroad, receiving the award in the form of the best album of 2020 according to the British-French portal Jazz Fuel. Reviews of the album appeared in the media in Austria, the United States, Canada, Germany, Spain, Mexico, France, the United Kingdom and Italy. The vinyl version of the Fig Tree album became a bestseller in Poland in the first week after its release, according to the Association of Audio Video Producers, taking the high 4th place among all vinyl records sold in this period, ahead of pop and rock music stars. He has collaborated and gives concerts with outstanding artists, including Andy Sheppard, Xu Fengxia and Janusz Muniak.
Przemysław Strączek is also the author of a guidebook for jazz guitarists entitled “Elementary Principles of Jazz Improvisation on the Guitar Part. I and part II”. In 2008, he was honored with the Individual Award of the City of Jastrzębie Zdrój for special achievements in the field of culture. In 2011, he received the Honorary Badge “Meritorious for Polish Culture” awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. He also received the Award of the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship in the field of music for 2015. In his work, he refers to various achievements of improvised music: American jazz, European, Polish school and ethnic, developing his own style as well as musical and compositional language.
Foreign concert tours and concerts with an original program
2007 – Czech Republic Przemek Strączek Trio
2010 – Spain,Przemysław Strączek Group
2011 – England,Przemysław Strączek Group
2014 – Scotland, England, Przemysław Strączek International Group
2015 – Singapore, Malaysia, Przemek Strączek & Asian Strings Collective
2017 – Italy, Przemek Strączek Trio
2018 – China, Przemek Strączek & Xu Fengxia Quartet (East Meets East)
2019 – Italy, Przemysław Strączek Quartet
2021 – Slovenia, Przemysław Strączek & Chiao-Hua Chang
2022 – Czech Republic and Slovakia, Przemysław Strączek & Chiao-Hua Chang
In his career, he has performed in many countries around the world: Czech Republic, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, China, England, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States.
"The guitarist has created an ideal synergy between the sounds of European and Chinesee classical instrument"
London Jazz Festival (UK) 1500 Tons Festival (Shanghai, China) CCOM Jazz & World Music Festival (Beijing, China) Winter Jazz Festival in San Severo, Pisa Summer Jazz Festival, International Jazz Festival Usti nad Labem, Czech Music Crossroads (Czech Republic) Zvuk for Modra (Slovakia) Blue Planet (Słowenia)Thailand International Jazz Conference (Thailand) Bridge Music (Scotland) Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage (Singapore), Silesian Jazz Meeting, Jazz in the Ruins, Jazz Camping Kalatówki, Summer Cracow Jazz Festival, Cracow Soul's Days, Jazz Odnowa, Dobry Wieczór Jazz Roma, Warsaw), JAZZtrzębie Festiwal
The tone of Straczek's guitar gives these songs their unique timbre
Tygmont (Warszawa) Śląski Jazz Club (Gliwice) Charlie Wrights International (London), El Junco (Madrid), The Crypt (London), Jazz Bar (Edinburgh) U Maleho Glena (Prague) No Black Tie (Kuala Lumpur) Sing Jazz (Singapore), U Muniaka (Kraków) Blue Note (Poznań), 12on14 (Warszawa) Jazz Cafe Posk (London) Art Club (Glasgow), Fat Cat (New Jork), Jazz Club Filary (Gorzów Wielkopolski), Akwarium Jazzarium (Warsaw) Saxophone Pub (Bangkok), Dexter Beer & Jazz (Bari), Fuori Squadro (Foggia) Harris Piano Bar (Kraków)
"He writes tunes with a sense of narrative"