Profesjonalizm is a jazz sextet founded by Marcin Masecki. The band features a trumpet,
two saxophones (alternating with clarinets), drums, a double bass, and a piano. The
musicians involved are the true “crème de la crème” of Warsaw’s independent scene, all
of them old sea dogs: Masecki, Szuszkiewicz, Górczyński, Duda, Domagalski and
The music on their debut album Chopin Chopin Chopin was composed by the band’s
leader in mid-2010. It had been commissioned by one of Warsaw’s community centers,
Dom Kultury Śródmieście.
For inspiration, Masecki reached for some of his earliest musical experiences from a time
when, as a twelve-year-old, he would participate in jam sessions at the notorious
Akwarium jazz club. This album is also his response to the American jazz from the lush
1920-1950 era. It is Masecki’s first composer project and the brilliant pianist proves
himself to be a mature author, indeed. All his earlier works were recordings of group
compositions or improvised sets.
In April of 2011, after the legendary 4-day residency at Warsaw’s Chłodna25 club, the
band went into the analogue studio of Mr. Maciej Cieślak and recorded their music in a
pre-war audio environment.
“On Chopin Chopin Chopin, the big-band sound quarrels with the nonchalant style of Thelonious Monk, blues banters with
vaudeville, lyricism with vileness, mystery with jest. The apparent madness, however, yields to a strict vision which could be
described as a colorful portrait of music itself. The brass and rhythm sections operate like a fully synchronized commando
unit. Something for adventure lovers. Professional stuff, indeed.”
Filip Łobodziński, Przekrój
Marcin Masecki - upright piano, compositions
Kamil Szuszkiewicz - trumpet
Michal Gorczynski - clarinet, tenor saxophone
Tomasz Duda - baritone saxophone
Piotr Domagalski - double bass
Jerzy Rogiewicz - drums
Marcin Masecki - 1982, pianist, composer, graduate of Berklee College of Music, important member of the Warsaw music scene. Has worked/works with ParisTetris, Pink Freud, Tomasz Stańko, Niewinni Czarodzieje, Waglewski Fisz Emade, TAQ, Ziv Ravitz, Michał Urbaniak and Tomasz Pokrzewiński and many more. Laureate of many prizes, among them First Prize at the Moscow International Jazz Piano Competition of 2005 and the Grand Prix and Prize for Best Soloist at Jazz Hoeilaart"98 in Brussels. In 2005 Masecki joined the independent label Lado ABC which focuses on Warsaw's alternative music scene. He has released his last 5 albums under Lado ABC. Currently he is also the director of the first edition of WOR (Warsaw Orchestra of Recreation - a 18 piece big band) which opened this year's Malta Festival in Poznan. His parallel passion is classical music which he regularly performs in venues not usually associated with classical music culture (clubs and cafes). His main focus being 18th century music.
Masecki lives in Warsaw and Buenos Aires.