The Graet Misophonic Orchestra_ guitar

Guitarist, composer and performer, improviser, cultural animator and student of musical folklore. Educated in jazz and classical, he also studied musical theory and ethnomusicology. Since the very beginning of his creative work he has been focusing primarily on improvisation rooted in blues and jazz, as well as on ethnic and folk music. It is the combination of those two paths that best defines his style both in terms of composing and performing. Deeply rooted in the Jewish culture, Rogiński always sought to accommodate it in his art and this search resulted in the conception of three projects which he leads: Shofar, Cukunft and psychedelic Alte Zachen. He also acts as art director of festivals showcasing new Jewish culture – like Tikkun, Varshe or Mizrach – and as consultant for projects featured at those festivals. He also have deep connection with israeli culture. His band Debka Rafiah adapts early israeli music. Another source of inspiration for Rogiński is the primitive music of America, blues and 60’s rock. Filtered and processed, it can be heard in both his solo and band performances. A deep analysis of techniques employed by classical blues guitarists and the knowledge of instruments of the 1950s and 1960s form the basis of Rogiński’s sound. Inspired, on the other hand, by American experimental music (Harry Patch, Henry Cowell and others), Rogiński formed the band Spinalonga. From research about primitive swing he found band Ectoplasma where playing music of Raymond Scott or early big band orchestras from Missisipi. With Influences from early recordings of blues he found Wovoka band. Research of European ‘early music’ resulted in the recent release of Rogiński gra Bacha (Rogiński Plays Bach), a collection of Bach’s pieces played on prepared guitars. Rogiński is also involved in projects stemming from the international new jazz scene. His compositions, improvisations and interpretations are often used as soundtrack for various artistic events – documentaries and animations (e.g. Man Ray, Viking Elling), performing acts (J. Kalina), traditional and multimedia theatre plays , and literature readings (Tadeusz Różewicz, Mieczysław Myśliwski, Jerzy Ficowski, Mieczysław Abramowicz, Andrzej Stasiuk, Roman Baembayev). Performing mainly on his own artistic terms, he gives solo concerts and leads various ensembles. Currently, his ongoing musical projects include the aforementioned Shofar, Cukunft, Wovoka, Debka Rafiah and Ectoplasma, as well as the Nefesh( Mediterean music), Falashmura(jewish african music) , the duo Sisters with DJ Lenar and solo concerts. Rogiński played or collaborated with, among others, Michael Zerang, Kazuchisa Uchichashi, Le Quan Ninh, Marc Ribot, Noel Akchote, Maria Raducanu,, Joe McPhee, Frederic Blondy, Keith Rowe, Joe Giardullo, Axel Dorner, Thomas Lehn, Andrew Sharpley, John Edwards, John Tilbury, Perry Robinson, Brigit Ulher, Yale Strom, Tim Sparks, Frank London, Tim Daisy, Perry Robinson, Zeev Tene, Dave Rempis, Mark Sanders, Clayton Thomas, Kris Wenders, Peter Jaquemyn, Eyal Talmudi and many others.
Rogiński frequently participates in music workshops, competitions and festivals of contemporary music, including the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow, Simcha in Wrocław, Four Cultures in Łódź, Lincoln Center in New York, Rainbow Coalition Festival in Hanover (USA), Warsaw Autumn, Gaudeamus Music Week in Hague, Boskovice Festival in Czech Republic, Berkeley Jewish Festival, Ars Electronica in Linz, NuFolk in Gdańsk, Fete de la Musique in Paris, IndieNegev in Israel, Bet Avi Hai Jerusalem and many others.

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Curator _ Natalia Cyrzan
Production _ Natalia Cyrzan, Anna Jankowska
Editing, www _ Ola Halicka
Translation _ Juliusz Okuniewski
Graphic design _ Bang Bang Design
Webdev _ Łukasz Farysej, trustudio
Photographic documentation _ Dawid Linkowski, Art and Action Photography
Video documentation _ cameras: Jarosław Klechowicz, montage: Konrad Kulczyński

_Gdański Zarząd Nieruchomości Komunalnych and ‘Cruiseriders North’ association – for their permission to organise the Misophonia Episode at Szaniec Jezuicki.
_The Jewish community in Gdansk (Gmina Wyznaniowa Żydowska) – for their permission to use the new synagogue in Wrzeszcz for the rehearsals of the GMO.

Contact details_
City Culture Institute (Instytut Kultury Miejskiej): ul. Długi Targ 39/40, 80-830 Gdansk
For media: Marta Bednarska, e-mail: marta.bednarska@ikm.gda.pl