MUSIC

MUZYKA


FUNK-DISCO

 

Between 2004 and 2016, Maksymilian Kapelański composed more than 200 sets of funk-disco loops on a Korg Triton workstation. Loops from each set may be combined in real-time into a practically infinite number of musical pieces, each with a different succession of sections, instrumentation, length and formal development. In addition to newly building the pieces' shape in real time, Kapelański improvises melodies and other musical parts over the evolving patterns. In his work, he explores combinations of funk-disco with club, jazz, electronica, chill-out, and non-Western music. Humour is no stranger to his music, with titles such as "My Baby Sitar", "Road-Runner Disco", and others. He gave two performances of his music in Montreal and one full-length solo concert, Funky Pierogis.

 
 

NOISE

Maksymilian Kapelański performed his improvisational noise work (untitled) at a concert by various artists in Montreal's La Sala Rossa in 2003. His music featured jazz organ sonorities played on a synthesizer, with minimalistically transforming harmonic drones and acoustic wave beatings set at a high volume.


TAFELMUSIK

In the early nineties, Maksymilian Kapelański played the harpsichord in a Baroque ensemble, adding splendour to a celebration of Toronto's Cabbagetown Festival in a participating restaurant's summer garden. It was a perfect occasion to enjoy ginger lemonade, summer salad, and birdsong, along with Tafelmusik on this colourful occasion. Afterwards, the musicians and ensemble leader Scott Patterson (recorder) were invited into Cabbagetown townhouses for wine & cheese tasting to classical music from audiophile hi-fi.


PERFORMANCE ART

The early 2000s were a brief time of collective activities by Maksymilian Kapelański. At a Sound Night curated by him in The New Clark Gallery Box, he performed The Heisenberg Transfiguration (2001). The work and its shocked reception is described in the Short Texts.


CLASSICAL

1991-1992 was a time of three recording sessions by Maksymilian Kapelański at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. The piano repertoire consisted of works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Bartók, Pépin, and other composers. The recording took place in the newly built Remenyi Room and the Concert Hall, using Digital Audio Tapes (DAT) later transferred to SONY UX-Pro cassettes.


ROCK

In 2002, Maksymilian Kapelański performed the lead keyboard part in a musical adaptation of The Who's Tommy, staged by the McGill University Opera in Montreal. The Who's Tommy is a rock musical (premiered in 1992) by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff based on The Who's 1969 double-album rock opera Tommy.


MODERN

Maksymilian Kapelański and Agnieszka Brańska gave a performance of Steve Reich’s Clapping Music (1972) at a concert held in the Frederick Chopin School of Music Concert Hall in Warsaw, 1996. Kapelański performed the phasal clapping part from sheet music, while Brańska performed the unchanging clapping part from memory. When the two parts met anew, the audience gasped very loudly!


SACRED

Maksymilian Kapelański practiced as a church and religious service musician in 1992-1993, and occasionally in 2002 and 2012-2013. He worked in Toronto and Montreal on an artistic basis for the Roman Catholic Church, United Church, and Anglican Church, providing his services as permanent, substitute, and on-call musician. The occasions have included Masses, weddings, and memorial services. His instruments were the pipe and electric organ, piano, keyboard and synthesizer, played solo and in accompaniment to voice and choir. In addition to church repertoire and classical standards, he was called on to perform his three electronic miniatures, including “Nuclear Church”, at St. Patrick's Basilica in Montreal.

Illustration by Charlot Byj, 1952.