Magda Piskorczyk

Magda Piskorczyk

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

Excellent, deep-voiced SINGER with brave & unusual mixture of music from Delta to Europe via Mali - in tasteful and inimitable arrangements => MAGDA with her band (preferred) or in duo/trio. Or with other musicians: rhythm section, bigband... MAGmusIC=MAGDA+BLUES+GOSPEL+SWING+FUNK+SOUL+WORLD+ROOTS

Biography

MAGDA PISKORCZYK

(pronounce: Peas-KOR-chick)

is a young singer with a mature, low and unusual voice timbre. Described in France as “la voix noire et au costume blanc" (Black voice in a white costume). She is a guitar, bass guitar and percussion player, as well as a song writer. Magda performs music of Afro-American and African heritage. She is a two-time Semifinalist of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, USA. Readers of the Polish blues quarterly chose her the Female Vocalist of the Year in 2003, 2004 and 2006.
She has released two CDs: "Magda Live" (nominated to the Fryderyk Award, the most prestigious award of the Polish Phonographic Industry) and "Blues Travelling" feat. Michal Urbaniak, a reknown jazz violinist. In 2009 Magda was invited to play with Konoba, an international band performing traditional West African music. She regularly performs with her band and has given shows at many festivals almost all over Europe.

MUSIC OF MAGDA PISKORCZYK

is her tasteful arrangements of funk, blues, gospel, soul, rock and jazz classics and her own original compositions as well. Despite her music being deeply set in the Afro-American tradition, it is very personal and innovative at the same time. Joy and humour, great emotions and energy are mixed with deep messages, melancholy, and moving sincerity. An unusual, very expressive usage of voice and perfectly matched sounds of guitars, a Hammond organ, a saxophone, percussion or other instruments make this music unique and captivating. Magda regularly involves the audience in collective singing, emotional shouting, hand-clapping or snapping their fingers.

Gospel, close to blues, is the second great fondness of Magda Piskorczyk. In 2007 Magda prepared a special program entitled "Tribute to Mahalia Jackson" with new versions of songs known from Mahalia's records. Wojciech Karolak, the most respected Hammond organ virtuoso in Poland, took part in this project as a special guest. Distinctive concerts of gospel standards have been performed in Poland, Germany, Hungary, France (at Blues Sur Seine Festival) and England (at City Sings Gospel Festival in Liverpool). Such shows are known for gripping energy and dynamics, original arrangements, charismatic vocal, excellent contact with the audience, which is alternately involved in spontaneous amusement and deep reflection.

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MUSICIANS AND MEDIA ABOUT MAGDA

She's a great future for the music. She's a great, great musician with very good groove and sense of music. (Bob Brozman after the concert with Magda at Dobrofest Trnava)

Excellent music, beautiful voice, musicians in top form, our audience love it absolutely.
(Serge WARIN about CD „Magda Live”, Radio Canal Bleu, France)

I can hardly wait to see this lady live on stage!
(Bobtje's Blues Pages, Holland)

Blues from Poland? Possibly the last place you'd expect to hear blues coming from. Magda Piskorczyk has a great bluesy voice, and you'd never guess that she was from Eastern Europe - although you might guess at Mississippi or Tennessee. (Terry Clear, Blues Bytes)

Magda is an excellent, deep-voiced singer - her voice is somewhere between Koko Taylor, Charley Patton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Tommy Johnson) - capable of tackling well-known blues, jazz and gospel numbers alongside more contemporary songs from the pens of Jacques Brel, Paul Rodgers ('Muddy Water Blues' is a wonderful performance) and Tracy Chapman, and her style is distinctive, individual and unusual. So too are her arrangements, which certainly avoid the obvious and although they are acoustic-based, can be extremely powerful... (Norman Darwen about CD "Magda Live", BluesArt-Journal)

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MAGDA AT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS

Magda gave shows at many international fests e.g.:

Trossingen Blues Fabrik, Germany (2009)
Prerov Jazz Festival, Prerov, Czech Rep. (2009)
Gastroblues, Paks, Hungary (2009)
Satyrblues, Tarnobrzeg, Poland (2009)
City Sings Gospel, Liverpool, UK (2008)
Blues Goes East, Karlsruhe, Niemcy (2007)
Bluestracje - Polish Blues TOP, Chorzów and Zakopane (2007)
Buezzfest, Burgas, Bulgaria (2006)
International Blues Challenge, Memphis, USA (2005, 2006)
Resonator Guitar Festival, Sullingen, Germany (2005, 2006)
Jimiway Festival, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland (2002, 2006)
Blues Sur Seine, France (2006)
Dresden Blues Festival, Germany (2006)
Dobrofest, Trnava, Slovakia (2005)
Rawa Blues Festival, Katowice, Poland (2003, 2005)
Berlin Bluesfestival, Germany (2004)
Potsdam Bluesfestival, Germany (2004)
Blues Alive, Sumperk, Czech Republic (2002)

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WEBSITE AND MULTIMEDIA

www.youtube.com/piskorczyk
www.myspace.com/magdapiskorczyk

www.magdapiskorczyk.com

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Discography

Magda Piskorczyk - "Magda Live", Artgraff, 2008
Magda Piskorczyk - "Blues Travelling", feat. Michal Urbaniak, MTJ, 2005
Magda Piskorczyk - "Make Your Spirit Fly", demo, 2002

== As a guest:
Blues Flowers - "Smacznego!", 2008
Blues Flowers - "Bluesmenty", 2005
Blues Flowers - "Spoko Wodza", 2003
Blues Flowers - "Nie bede grzeczna dziewczynka" (single), 2003
Blues Flowers - "Cieszmy sie jak dzieci" (single), 2003
The Jam Session Band - "One Night At Satyrblues Live", 2003
"Chorzy na bluesa spiewaja utwory Slawka Wierzcholskiego", 2004

== Compilations:
"17 International Gastroblues Festival" DVD, Hungary 2009, 6 songs
"Blues sur Seine celebrates its 10 years", France 2008, song: "Walking Blues"
"Antologia Polskiego Bluesa" vol. I & II (Polish blues Anthology, 5-CD box), 2008 & 2009, 4 songs
"Blues sur Seine, 8eme edition", song "Help Me", France 2006

Set List

About 100 SONGS!

Mainly, MUSIC WITH AFRICAN-AMERICAN ROOTS:
blues, gospel, soul, jazz, funk and rock standards
as well as modern songs inspired by these genres.

All in Magda's very personal and emotional style
of interpretation and arrangement.
Just a few examples:

"All of Me", "Darkness on the Delta", "Help Me", "Summertime", "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho", "Didn't it Rain", "Spinning Wheel", "Always on the Run", "Wild Women Don't Have No Blues", "I Want Jesus to Walk with Me", "Miss Celie's Blues", "Get Back", "Lonely Avenue", "Temptation", "Muddy Water Blues".

Plus ROOTS MUSIC
from various parts of the world, especially beloved Africa.
Magda performs songs from Mali (for. ex. "Cler Achel", "Santa Mariya"), Trinidad (calypso), the Balkans, Creole...

DISTINCT PROGRAMS (full concerts):
- gospel
- Tribute to Mahalia Jackson
- remembering Otis Redding

Magda Piskorczyk's OWN COMPOSITIONS in two languages:
- English
- Polish

Acoustic and electric