Michal Urbaniak

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

22 January 1943, Warsaw, Poland. Urbaniak learnt the violin from the age of six and took up the alto saxophone in his teens. He studied at the Academy of Music in Warsaw and although he started playing with dixieland-style jazz bands, he quickly moved on to bop. He played with various bands including that of alto saxophonist Zbigniew Namyslowski and pianist/soundtrack composer Krzysztof Komeda while he continued to perform classical violin. In 1965 he moved to Scandinavia with a band that included vocalist Urzsula Dudziak, whom he later married, before returning to Poland to form Constellation, including pianist Adam Makowicz. In 1971 he won a scholarship to the Berklee College Of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved to New York in 1974. There, Urbaniak formed a band called Fusion, the music of which was enlivened by melodies and irregular rhythms derived from Polish folk music.

Urbaniak also attracted contributions from accomplished...

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