Mikołaj Trzaska


Mikołaj Trzaska (b. on 07.04.1966, Gdańsk) composer, saxophonist, bass clarinetist.

In 1989 he starts studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Painting Institute in Gdańsk. At the same time fascinated by jazz from the 60-ties, especially by music of John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman he starts to learn by himself how to play alto saxophone. Three years later he leaves the Academy and devotes himself to music. He is a leader and co-leader of bands, such as: Miłość (one of the main pillars of so called yass scene), Łoskot, The Users, NRD, Gdańskie Słoniki or Masło. At the end of  the first decade of the twenty-first century, he’s interested the traditional Jewish music. Moreover, he creates music for theater and documentary and feature films.

Trzaska cooperated with many artists, for example: Jurij Andruchowycz, Tymon Tymański, Leszek Możdżer, Peter Brötzmann, Marcin i Bartłomiej Oleś, Tomasz Stańko, Lester Bowie, Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee or Fisz and Emade.