SzaZa’s music is a unique blending of seemingly opposite extremes – of noise and silence, pop and conteporary chamber, beauty and ugliness, of sophisticated wisdom and pure, naive thoughtlessness. Using clarinets, a violin, analogue loopstations and subtle effects, the musicians seek to unite those extremes, attempting to free both the stage and the audience from the bonds of rules and cultural givens. Their concerts will often take a form of a grotesque, dark play, a performance, sometimes a deep musical statement, but always in interaction with the audience. It is their stage presence itself that becomes important, allowing the listeners to observe the creative act in its sincere and true form, unbound by the convention of a concert, liberated.
Patryk and Paweł are musicians, improvisers and cultural animators who have been active on the Warsaw improvised music and independent art scene since 1999. They conducted two series of improvised music shows: Galimadjaz ( HYPERLINK "http://www.szmery.com/galimadjaz" www.szmery.com/galimadjaz) and Djazzpora ( HYPERLINK "http://www.djazzpora.art.pl" www.djazzpora.art.pl), which contributed largely to the establishment of the Warsaw scene. They participated in such projects as Tupika, Meritum, Meoma, Horny Trees, Cukunft, the Ircha Pneumatic clarinet quartet, the ZPD sound studio and many others they themselves can’t remember.
They create music for theatre, film, silent movies and contemporary dance. Among their collaborators are: Piotr Cieplak, Paweł Miśkiewicz, Leszek Bzdyl, Marcin Liber, Krzysztof Globisz, Maciej Pieprzyca, Katarzyna Kozyra, Piotr Borowski. Their music was featured in projects carried out by such esteemed institutions as The Contemporary Art Centre in Warsaw and Toruń , The Zachęta gallery, The National Film Archive, The Warsaw Uprising Museum, The French Institute, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, The Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, The National Theatre in Cracow, the Polonia and Nowy theatres and many others.
Szaza won the award for music at the International Theatre Festival „Kontrapunkt” in Szczecin and the grand prix at the 15th National Contest for a Contemporary Theatre Play, granted by Culture Ministry and the National Theatre.
Paweł Szamburski and Patryk Zakrocki are members of the Warsaw-based independent music label Lado ABC ( HYPERLINK "http://www.ladoabc.com" www.ladoabc.com) and the Lado cultural association, whose activity over the last ten years contributed a great deal to the dynamic development of new music in Poland.
This year, both musicians celebrate their tenth anniversary of artistic work.