Maciek was born and grew up in Krakow, Poland, during communist times. Aged 11 he began playing guitar. His talent was obvious and classical guitar lessons followed. This training and discipline led him, during his teenage years, to play with several known Polish pop and jazz bands including touring with (the then famous) Jacek Lech.
Desperate to escape the greyness of communism and further develop his musical ambitions Maciek emigrated to London, UK in 1975. Mixing with musicians of all genres, introduced him to styles that were both old and new, which influenced and develop his personal jazz style over time. These included bands such as the Warm Jets, Electric Eels, Eastern Alliance and other London punk and new wave bands, whom he played, toured and recorded with through the late seventies and eighties. Maciek also worked as an in-demand session guitarist as well as a composer for some very well known TV commercials and TV music.
It was in 1986 that he started a songwriting and production collaboration with jazz singer Carol Grimes that was to result in four successful albums. All of which were toured regularly and played to full audiences.
For many years Maciek also played with John Bennett Band, an 18-piece modern jazz ensemble and recorded an album. During this time Maciek played many famous London venues as Ronnie Scotts, Jazz Cafe, the Vortex, Pizza On The Park.
In the late 90s Maciek with his friends, Winston Marche – drums, Gareth Morgan – bass and Andrew Blake – woodwind, formed the quartet Gdansky Bandsky – which performed in and around London.
In 1996 he completed a Master’s degree in digital art, and went on to run arts and media facilities. Alongside his playing he also gave guitar master classes to music students and worked with several organisations supporting young musicians. Always wanting to test new musical ideas and genres Maciek participated in choral events for CME and performed at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
In 2014 Maciek moved to New Zealand where he lives with his wife. Maciek currently plays live music in and around Hamilton and has played at many music festivals in the very short time he has lived here.
Inspired by living in the Southern Hemisphere, Maciek teamed up with a virtuoso Uruguayan bass player Carlos Pla to form Banda de la Casa. Banda de la Casa played many critically acclaimed gigs in and around Hamilton area as well as festivals around New Zealand.
In 2016 Maciek co-formed a nu-blues band Out of the Blues featuring a brilliant harmonica player Haggis Maguiness, bassist Carlos Pla and young drummer Andrew Hewatt. The band has just returned from a successful run at the Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival.
musician (m), composer (c), producer (p)
- 1978, Warm Jets, Sticky Jack c, m
- 1979, Warm Jets, Big City Boys c, m
- 1980, Electric Eels, Don’t Wanna Go To Moscow c, m
- 1981, Electric Eels, Not In Love (With The Modern World) c, m
- 1985, Eastern Alliance, Keys To The House c, m
- 1985, Eastern Alliance, Love You Banana c, m
- 1987, Carol Grimes, Eyes Wide Open c, m
- 1988, Carol Grimes, Daydreams & Danger c, m, p
- 1989, Carol Grimes, Why Don’t They Dance c, m, p
- 1989, Ray Gelato’ Giants of Jive, Giants of Jive p
- 1990, Carol Grimes and Ian Shaw, Lazy Blue Eyes m, p
- 1992, Obywatel G.C. (Grzegorz Ciechowski), Obywatel Świata m
- 1993, John Bennett Band, Square One m
- 2017, Nicky Moran, Emerald p