Maciek is an eclectic guitarist from London, who recently moved to New Zealand where he lives with his wife. He currently plays live music in and around Hamilton and has performed at several jazz and blues music festivals in the very short time since his arrival here.
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 is currently gigging with Out of the Blues the New Zealand’s proponents of Nu-Blues, an updated, re-worked version of traditional Blues. Four highly accomplished musicians from around the globe perform re-engineered classics for the modern audiences, while paying full respect to the rich traditions of the genre.
Out of the Blues are fronted by Kiwi singer and harmonica player Haggis Maguiness. Equally proficient on both diatonic and chromatic harps, his raw musical talent, grit, and holistic approach to music – drawing influence in genres from jazz and funk to blues, soul and rock – have earned Haggis his deserved reputation as an improvisational pioneer and true master of his instrument. A talented Uruguayan bass player, Carlos Pla, underpins Out of the Blues sound with stunning technique and danceable Latin grooves, and Massey Auckland Jazz School graduate drummer Andrew Hewitt motors the line-up with his subtle, powerful and highly accomplished grooves.
Inspired by living in the Southern Hemisphere, Maciek teamed up with a virtuoso Uruguayan bass player Carlos Pla to form a jazz outfit Banda de la Casa with Kiwi: Hinemoa on vocals & alto sax. Banda de la Casa plays critically acclaimed gigs in and around Hamilton area as well as festivals around New Zealand.
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 musics from around the Globe.