Patryk Zakrocki

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Date and place of birth: 1974, Warsaw, Poland

Living place: Warsaw, Poland

Theme: music

ECC Participation: event curator

photo: Kasia Chmura-Cegiełkowska / teatralna.com

Patryk Zakrocki is a composer, violinist, and percussionist. He has written music for films and theater productions, created audio installations, and composed soundtracks to radio dramas. He is the founder and head of Zakład Produkcji Dźwięku, which he describes as a “private music laboratory,” and the creator of the “Iskra” netlabel, which publishes experimental music. Zakrocki studied music composition under Bogusław Schaeffer.

“I find it very important not to inflict pain through my music.”

He plays improvised music and is comfortable performing a variety of styles alongside musicians associated with a number of different genres. His music combines free jazz and contemporary chamber music, while his witty yet serious live shows employ elements of performance and focused, intuitive improvisation. Zakrocki was a founding member of the groups EA and Tupika, played in the percussion trio Kallerumpa, and created electronic music with Meoma. He has also collaborated with Improvisers Ensemble, Baaba, the string quartet Nonstop, the band Cukunft, and Mitch & Mitch. He and Paweł Szamburski form the duo SzaZa.

Zakrocki has played an active role in Warsaw’s music scene for years. He conducted the “NowMuzykaImprowizowana” (New Improvised Music) series at the Łowicka Cultural and Educational Center in 1999 and 2000. He also ran “Galimadjazz” (2000–2003), a weekly series at the Jazzgot club featuring classical and contemporary musicians who did not normally perform together. Invited artists would improvise fresh music that sounded “just like the real thing,” as Zakrocki often described it. Then came a series of concerts known as “Instrument argument” at Galeria Pruderia (2005–2007), also devoted to improvised sounds.

Zakrocki has written music to theater productions staged by Komuna Otwock, Leszek Mądzik, Paweł Miśkiewicz, Piotr Cieplak, and the Dada von Bzdülöw Theater, and has collaborated with such artists as Katarzyna Kozyra. He composed the music to the Captain Europe animated series by Grupa Twożywo, while his music for Maciej Pieprzyca’s TV play The Hairdresser won an award at the Two Theaters Festival. Zakrocki’s music can also be heard in the Camerimage award-winning student short Koma by Maciej Sobieraj, Pieprzyca’s TV production Barbórka, as well as in a number of documentaries, including Władysław Jurkow’s African Dream.

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