Pianohooligan - recital

Piotr Orzechowski "Pianohooligan" - piano

15 Studies for the Oberek is Pianoohooligan’s second solo album for the Decca Classics label, which is a collection of the artist’s musical reflections devoted to this Polish dance form. The Studies are short musical sketches resembling piano miniatures, dedicated to specific characteristics of the Oberek. The 15 pieces contained on the disc represent an attempt to discover universal properties of folk music, as well as to confront them with the language of contemporary music.

The material encompasses five thematic issues, comprised of three Studies each. The artist, in posing himself questions concerning the source of improvisation, records the process of delving into the inner life of the dance, bringing out and describing such elements as the rhythm, melody or harmony. By virtue of this, we obtain material that is extraordinarily colorful, diversified in terms of tensions, with many surprising twists in the action, and whose main aim is to discover and understand the essence of the Oberek in the title.


Born in 1990, pianist and composer Piotr Orzechowski, also known as ‘Pianohooligan’ is one of the most award-winning jazz musicians of the younger generation. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he has received many prizes, the most important of which was 1st Prize at the Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition (2011), which he was the first Pole to win in the legendary Swiss festival’s history.

The artist is the leader of the High Definition Quartet, with which he has won several international competitions – among them, Jazz Hoeilaart in Belgium (2011) – and undertaken a collaboration with contemporary jazz trumpet giant Randy Brecker which resulted in two concert tours: in Poland (2012) and the Persian Gulf countries (2013).

He has to his credit three albums: a solo disc with arrangements and pieces inspired by the œuvre of Krzysztof Penderecki – Experiment: Penderecki (Decca Classics / Universal Music Polska, 2012); a disc recorded with High Definition Quartet entitled HOPASA, containing his own compositions (EmArcy Records / Universal Music Polska, 2013); and an album recorded in collaboration with Marcin Masecki accompanied by the Capella Cracoviensis, entitled Bach Rewrite (Decca Classics / Universal Music Polska, 2013).

The winner of such honors as the ‘Grand Prix Jazz Melomani’ in the ‘Melomani Hope’ category (2012) and the ‘Album of the Year’ category for the HOPASA disc (2013) and the ‘New Hope of Polish Jazz’ title awarded by Jazz Forum magazine (2014). He has received nominations for the most important Polish prizes: the ‘Coryphaeus of Polish Music’ (2012), TVP Kultura’s ‘Guarantees of Culture’ (2013) and the ‘Fryderyk’ (2013, 2014).

He has worked with such eminent personalities as, among others, Philip Glass, Krzysztof Penderecki, Adrian Utley of Portishead, Randy Brecker, Victor Mendoza, Carlos Zíngaro, Skalpel, Adam Bałdych and Vladislav ‘Adzik’ Sendecki.

Tickets: 30 PLN

22nd May, 7 pm
Great Hall of the Artus Court