MAGDA PISKORCZYK (pronounce: Peace-CORE-chick) is a singer with a mature, low, unusual voice timbre and multiinstrumentalist playing acoustic, electric and bass guitar as well as percussion. Described in France as "la voix noire et au costume blanc" (Black voice in a white costume). Magda performs music of Afro-American and African heritage. She is a two-time Semi-finalist of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, USA. Readers of the Polish blues quarterly chose her the Female Vocalist of the Year 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2009 Magda was inavited 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 and in Taiwan.
Magda has released six CDs including: "Mahalia" - studio album prepared in Honor of Mahalia Jackson celebrating the 100th Birthday Anniversary of the Queen of Gospel; "Afro Groove" - double live CD feat. Billy Gibson, harmonica virtuoso from Memphis, with lots of ethnic flavor; "Live at Satyrblues" - with Swedish guitar player and singer-songwriter Slidin' Slim; "Magda Live" - acoustic CD, recorded live in Radio Gdańsk; "Blues Travelling" - feat. Michal Urbaniak, a renowned jazz violinist. "Magda Live", "Afro Groove" and "Mahalia" have been nominated to the Fryderyk Award, the most prestigious award of the Polish Phonographic Industry. Tour plans, more info and multimedia: www.magdapiskorczyk.net
Since 2010 Magda has been running her original (based on her own programme) workshops, and in 2012 released a CD "Magda Piskorczyk Masterclass", recorded with participants of MPM held in Warsaw. The CD was produced as a result of the second stage of MPM, which focuses on working in a recording studio, and all aspects of music production. These workshops were the first ones of that kind in Poland. There were 11 songs recorded, representing various styles and genres, chosen and recorded with the students. You can listen to some of them below. Magda was not only the originator of the workshops and the CD, but she also took care of the production, mixes and mastering.
Currently part of one of the largest music workshops in Poland ("Blues nad Bobrem" -- near Boleslawiec and Goerlitz), Magda Piskorczyk Masterclass is breaking records of popularity, with all available places taken within less than a week, two years in a row.
Magda Piskorczyk about the beginnings of MPM: "How did I come up with the idea of Masterclass? I was asked by Lech Spaszewski to run vocal workshops at Cultural Centre Ochota (OKO) in Warsaw. I thought there were many great specialists teaching voice techniques, but very few people teach young musicians how to work in a band, how to express themselves in what they are playing or singing, how to discover themselves in the music. Certainly no one did it in a form of band workshops including technical skills required to create professional performance on a big stage and stage in general, how to notice and hear the musicians around them, communicate on stage, and do all the things that are just as important in making music as technique is. And this was the kind of workshops I wanted to run. Luckily for me -- Lech agreed for me to run my original M.P. Masterclass."
Magda runs her music workshops all over the country and abroad. Please get in touch if you're interested in bringing Magda Piskorczyk Masterclass to your city.