MUSIC

MUZYKA


FUNK-DISCO

 

Between 2004 and 2016, Maksymilian Kapelański composed 211 sets of funk-disco loops on a Korg Triton Le 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 improvising the actual shape of those pieces, Kapelański improvises melodies and other musical elements over the evolving patterns. In his work, he explores various 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 three live performances of his music in Montreal, including one full-length solo concert.

 
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EXPERIMENTAL

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


TAFELMUSIK

At the turn of the 1990s, Maksymilian Kapelański played the harpsichord basso continuo part in a Baroque ensemble adding splendour to Toronto's Cabbagetown Festival in a culinary summer garden. It was the perfect occasion to mix afternoon salad, ginger lemonade, and birdsong with Tafelmusik on this colourful occasion. Afterwards, the musicians and ensemble leader Scott Patterson (recorder) were invited to sightsee the Cabbagetown townhouses and wine & cheese tasting to classical music from audiophile hi-fi.


PERFORMANCE

The early 2000s were a brief period of collective activities by Maksymilian Kapelański. At a Sound Night curated by him in The New Clark Gallery Box, he performed The Observer Transfiguration (2001). The work and its reception is described in his anti-blog under an entry by the same title. An audience member in a pompadour also made his observation!


ROCK MUSIC

 

In 2002, Maksymilian Kapelański performed the first keyboard part in an adaptation of The Who's Tommy staged by the McGill University Opera in Montreal. The Who's Tommy is a rock musical by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff based on The Who's 1969 double-album rock opera Tommy, also by Pete Townshend, with additional material by John Entwistle, Keith Moon and Sonny Boy Williamson. The premiere took place in July, 1992. Read the entry about the musical on Wikipedia.


MODERN

 

Maksymilian Kapelański and Agnieszka Brańska gave a performance of Steve Reich’s Clapping Music (1972) at a classical music concert in Warsaw's Frederick Chopin School of Music Concert Hall in 1996. Kapelański performed the phasal clapping part while reading from sheet music, and Brańska performed the stable part from memory.


SACRED

 

After graduating with an associate diploma in piano performance (ARCT) from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (1992), Maksymilian Kapelański began working as a church and religious service musician. 

He worked in Toronto and Montreal with the Roman Catholic Church, United Church, and Anglican Church, providing his services as a permanent, substitute, and on-call musician. Occasions on which he served as musician have included Masses, weddings, and memorial services.

His instruments are the pipe and electric organ, piano, keyboard and synthesizer. The music was played solo and as accompaniment to voice and chorus. In addition to church repertoire and known Classical works, he was called on to perform his sacred electronic compositions at St. Patrick's Basilica, Montreal.

Illustration by Charlot Byj, 1952.