Originally from Poland but living in the UK since 2003, Maciek Pysz is a guitarist and composer known for his clear lyrical phrasing, his virtuosity, and his imaginative cinematic compositions. To date, he has released three albums as a leader, three as co-leader and has participated in six albums as a sideman.  He has performed with Daniele di Bonaventura, Ivo Neame, Asaf Sirkis, Yuri Goloubev, Tim Garland and Francois Arnaud to name a few and has appeared in festivals (e.g. London Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival) and clubs (e.g. Pizza Express Jazz Club, Vortex) in the UK, Poland, France, and Italy. Maciek released a duo album "Coming Home" (Caligola Records) with ECM artist Daniele di Bonaventura in October 2017. He tours widely with Inwardness, a trio from France, appearing at festivals in Europe and at Manchester Jazz Festival in 2017. Inwardness released its debut album in May 2018 on a prestigious German label Ozella Music. Pysz released his brand new solo guitar album "A View" in October 2019  (Caligola Records). The album received praise from critic John Arnett (London Jazz News) "If you find yourself in need of something uplifting and tranquil at the moment - and who doesn't - this could be the very thing. Highly recommended!".

 

His debut album "Insight" (33Jazz) features Yuri Goloubev and Asaf Sirkis, and ECM artist Daniele di Bonaventura appears on his second album, "A Journey." This album, released on Dot Time Records, received several 4-star reviews, including one from Ian Mann who wrote: "Pysz is a quiet virtuoso who has developed into one of the most distinctive guitarists around". In May 2017 he released a duo album London Stories (33Jazz) with guitarist Gianluca Corona which received a 5-star review from Lance Liddle "There won't be many if any, better guitar albums either side of the Atlantic this year." *****

 

Pysz has toured the UK on major funded tours to support the release of his albums and received a Grant for the Arts from Arts Council England on four occasions, and Jazz Services awards for recording and touring.

 

Of his live performances, one critic referred to the "refreshingly clean, quicksilver beauty of Maciek Pysz's guitar". As well as being a leader of his own groups, Pysz works with many artists in the UK and Europe including the Julian Costello Quartet. He is endorsed by GLB Sound Amplification Lutherie and AER Amps.