Maciek is an eclectic Polish-born New Zealand guitarist who lives in Hamilton with his wife. He is currently writing his second solo album, as well as producing records for Kiwi artists and playing live music in and around Aotearoa. Maciek has performed at several jazz and blues music festivals in the very short time since his arrival to New Zealand from London, where he worked in the music business for many years.
Maciek’s performance at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival led to this quote from Sam Edwards of Waikato Times (23rd Feb 2015):
…delivering a virtuoso and musically informed lesson in guitar
Maciek’s early influence was the “British Invasion” pop music which he first heard on Radio Luxembourg, since it was virtually impossible to get the original records in his birthplace communist Poland. Then he heard Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix, which provided instant motivation to learn the guitar. Later, Miles Davis and the plethora of electric jazz stars like Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, Return To Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra etc. contributed further highs of musical inspiration. More recently, Maciek has been delving into earlier era of blues and jazz as well as listening to various sounds from around the Globe.
Maciek’s latest project is his solo album AWA inspired by the three rivers that have formed anchors at differing times in his life and by the unequalled beauty/nature of Aotearoa and indigenous Māori culture. AWA forms the soundtrack for Maciek’s sensual experience/awakening of this Pacific Island. This album will awaken your senses and become your soundtrack for Aotearoa.