MUSIC

MUZYKA


FUNK-DISCO

 

Between 2004 and 2016, Maksymilian Kapelański composed 211 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 improvising the pieces' actual shape, Kapelański improvises melodies and other musical elements 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 three live performances of his music in Montreal, including one full-length solo concert.

 
 

NOISE

Maksymilian Kapelański performed his untitled, improvisational noise 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

Around 1991, Maksymilian Kapelański played the harpsichord (basso continuo) in a Baroque ensemble, adding splendour to 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 were invited to visit Cabbagetown townhouses and wine & cheese tasting to classical music from audiophile hi-fi.


PERFORMANCE ART

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 his Observer Transfiguration (2001). The work and its shocked reception is described in the SHORT TEXTS.


CLASSICAL

1991-1992 was a period of three recording sessions at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto by Maksymilian Kapelański. The piano repertoire consisted of works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Bartók, Pépin, and others. It was recorded in the conservatory's Remenyi Room and the Concert Hall on Digital Audio Tapes (DAT) and transferred to SONY UX-Pro cassettes.


ROCK

In 2002, Maksymilian Kapelański performed the first 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 by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff based on The Who's 1969 double-album rock opera Tommy. The original premiere took place in July, 1992.


MODERN

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


SACRED

After graduating with an Associate Royal Conservatory of Toronto diploma specialized in piano performance (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 in accompaniment to voice and chorus. In addition to church repertoire and classical standards, he was called on to perform his sacred electronic compositions at St. Patrick's Basilica, Montreal.

Illustration by Charlot Byj, 1952.