A jazz guitarist and composer currently living in New York. He started to gain recognition in Poland after his success at the International Jazz Guitar Competition - Guitar City 2002 in Warsaw where he received the 1st award. In 2005 he moved to New York where he received a scholarship at the prestigious Jazz and Contemporary Music program at the New School in Manhattan.
In 2008 he finished his undergraduate degree from The New School with Academic Honors. In 2010 he received his MA degree in jazz performance from the Queens College CUNY also in New York. Rafał has performed as a bandleader in jazz clubs and festivals in China, Israel, the East and West Coast of the US and many European countries. He has recorded 3 CDs as a leader. The debut album Songs From a New Place (2008) was nominated for the Fryderyk 2009 Award, the Polish equivalent of a Grammy.
Rafał's second album, The Madman Rambles Again, was released in 2011 by the Fresh Sound New Talent label. Dave Sumner from All About Jazz placed the album among the 12 most interesting jazz releases of 2011 in the Editor’s Choice section. The 3rd album Cat's Dream was released by Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records in Fall 2014.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +48 600 458 973 (PL) +1 917 405 3484 (USA)
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