Biography

Aleksander Atamańczuk was born in 1973 in Wrocław. He has no formal musical education – he has had to acquire knowledge on his own. He started learning to play the classic guitar at the age of seventeen and at the same time he began composing his first songs.

In the years 1993 – 1994 he experimented by playing unconventional music – using different metric patterns and dissonant intervals. The search for new means of expression led to the creation of music that can be classified as alternative underground.

In the late 90’s of the 20th century the composer performed improvised music, and the favourite scales he began to use included the pentatonic scale, the whole-tone scale and the Arab-Persian scale. Vocal and instrumental improvisations were not based on pre-arranged elements: the form of a composition, harmony, melody, and rhythm. Compositions were created spontaneously when seeking his own language of musical expression.

The tendency to improve the creative process inspired Atamańczuk to focus on original work, as well as musical production. Since 2009 he has been mixing pre-composed songs to bring out as much as possible from the recordings. He considers the work with a mixing console as a kind of artistic creation.

The composer sketches ideas more freely and employs non-standard instruments: Tibetan Singing Bowls, Chinese Erhu Violin, Persian Santoor, Chinese Guzheng Zither, Mbira, Idiophone and Electronic musical instrument.

In his most recent works there are aspects of a polyphonic texture with a distinct melody line, unconventional forms of music and an avant-garde style.