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Paweł Baranek

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Paweł Baranek

Paweł Baranek - begun his music education at the age of 10 as a student of the State Music School in Miechów, learning accordion under the tutelage of Mr. Wiesław Kusion, MA. He continued his music studies under Mr. Kusion tutelage in Ignacy Paderewski the State Music Lyceum in Tarnów. He was a student at the Academy of Music in Kraków, where he studied accordion under the tutelage of Mr. Janusz Pater, PhD, completing his tertiary education summa cum laude. He is the author of several compositions played by the Motion Trio ensemble. Paweł Baranek is the laureate of various national and international accordion competitions. Together with Motion Trio he was the laureate of the Grand Prix of the 4th Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in 2000. He participated in master classes at various universities, among others at the University of Chicago, Conservatoire de Paris and Royal Academy of Music in London. He performed in 31 countries, playing in the most prestigious concert halls, among others in Carnegie Hall in New York, Skirball Center of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Barbican Center in London and many others. In 2009 won an award of the Different Tones „Cobalt Muse” for the outstanding musicians for their contribution into the development of art. In February, 2011 was awarded the - Honoris Gratia badge, in recognition of merits for Krakow and its citizens.

Janusz Wojtarowicz

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Janusz Wojtarowicz

Janusz Wojtarowicz - accordionist, composer, arranger, music producer, author of theatrical and film music, founder of the Motion Trio accordion ensemble and the Akordeonus publishing house, issuing the Motion Trio disks and accordion music scores. He is the author of the majority of compositions played by the Motion Trio.
The creator of the “accordion trio” idea, which, just like a string quartet, is becoming a classical performing group.
He was the laureate of the Grand Prix (together with the Motion Trio) of the 4th Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in 2000. He was the holder of the President of the City of Kraków Scholarship in 2001. He is the author of the “Jak pisać na akordeon” [How to compose for accordion] vademecum for music composers (AKORDEONUS 2007). He taught numerous master classes, among others at the: University of Chicago, Conservatoire de Paris, Royal Academy of Music in London. He arranged the music composed by Krzysztof Penderecki, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Wojciech Kilar, Paweł Szymański, Michael Nyman to the needs of the Motion Trio ensemble and performed those compositions, among others at the Carnegie Hall in New York, Skirball Center of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Barbican Center in London and many others. In 2009 won an award of the Different Tones „Cobalt Muse” for the outstanding musicians for their contribution into the development of art. In February, 2011 was awarded the - Honoris Gratia badge, in recognition of merits for Krakow and its citizens.
He begun accordion and piano lessons at the age of 7, as a student of his father Eugeniusz. Janusz Wojtarowicz is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin State Music Lyceum in Kraków. He studied accordion at the Academy of Music in Kraków and privately he studied piano under the tutelage of professor Andrzej Białko. As a soloist – accordionist he gained recognition at numerous accordion competitions. He is the author of music to various theatrical performances, among others those by: Jerzy Jarocki, Piotr Cieplak, Rafał Kmita, Remigiusz Brzyk and many others.

Marcin Gałażyn

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Marcin Gałażyn

Marcin Gałażyn - begun his music education at the age of 7 as a student of the State Music School in Augustów, learning accordion under the tutelage of Mr. Eugeniusz Ajdamach, MA. He graduated from the Ignacy Paderewski State Music High School in Białystok. He was a student at the Academy of Music in Kraków, where he studied accordion. Ha is the laureate of numerous accordion, jazz and chamber music competitions. He is the co-founder of the “Que Passa” ensemble, with which he toured for 8 years playing improvised flamenco, latino and jazz music. Since 1999 Marcin Gałażyn is a member of Motion Trio. Marcin Gałżyn was the laureate of the Grand Prix of the 4th Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in 2000. He participated in master classes at various universities, among others at the University of Chicago, Conservatoire de Paris and Royal Academy of Music in London. Together with Motion Trio he performed in 31 countries, playing in the most prestigious concert halls, among others in Carnegie Hall in New York, Skirball Center of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Barbican Center in London and many others. In 2009 won an award of the Different Tones „Cobalt Muse” for the outstanding musicians for their contribution into the development of art. In February, 2011 was awarded the - Honoris Gratia badge, in recognition of merits for Krakow and its citizens.

MOTION TRIO

An accordion trio founded in 1996 by Janusz Wojtarowicz - leader and author of most of the compositions. They are a phenomenon on the European and global music market. Janusz Wojtarowicz, Paweł Baranek and Marcin Gałażyn are world class accordionists. Using all the advantages of the accordion in their creations, they continually explore the new possibilities of this instrument, changing the way that it is perceived. Their concerts are musical performances that contain action and drama.

They have won many prestigious awards, including:

- Grand Prix at the IV Krzysztof Penderecki International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in the year 2000
- Deutsche Shallplatten Kritik
- Grand Prix at the Polish Music Industry (“Pictures from the Street”)
- Best Polish Recording 2000
- Best Debut in the year 2000 in Poland (Jazzi Magazine)
- “Gus Viseur” in the category “Musical Discovery of the Year” in France (2005)
- The Best album (Classical Music), HI-FI & Music
- "Cobalt Muse" – Award of the Foundation "Different Tones" (2009)
- Best Album of the Year in the category "Classical Music" by. HI-FI AND MUSIC - magazine of audiophile and music lover "CHOPIN" (2010)
- "Honoris Gratia" musicians were honored by the Mayor of the City of Krakow in recognition for contribution to Krakow and its inhabitants (2011)
- "Mateusze 2013" - Music Award of the Polish Radio Channel 3 for the Motion Trio and L.U.C - masterful combination of two musical worlds, which resulted in two albums, "NOTHING HAPPENED" and "CITY OF HARMONY"
- "Best Film Music" 2016 - 41 Film Festival in Gdynia for Janusz Wojtarowicz and Motion Trio (Janusz Wojtarowicz, Paweł Baranek, Marcin Gałażyn) for the music for the film "Szczęście Świata" dir. Michał Rosa

About the music of Motion Trio:

Joe Zawinul : "Your music is amazing"

Krzysztof Penderecki : "They are an exceptional accordion trio"

Wanda Wiłkomirska : "I have never heard such a well-tuned band before."

FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG : “Trio plays masterfully with suggestive sounds (...)”

LIBERATION : “Those who thought that the accordion was old-fashioned and who were present at the Motion Trio concert had no alternative but to reconsider their earlier judgment (...)”

LE MONDE : “The Polish accordion trio ridicules all the habits and traditional ways to play the accordion; they bring the instrument into the future without any electronic effects (...)”

ALL ABOUT JAZZ : “You have never heard such accordion playing (...)"

MOTION TRIO works with:

Krzysztof Penderecki

- "Ciaccona" from Polish Requiem (in the version for three accordions)-world premiere in New York, Carnegie Hall in 2008 ,

- Oratorio "Seven gates of Jerusalem" part III "De profundis" (in the version for three accordions) - world premiere "Skirball Center" in Los Angeles 2007 .

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

- "Three Works in the Old Style" (in the version for three accordions) - world premiere in New York, Carnegie Hall in 2008.

Wojciech Kilar

- "Orawa" (in the version for three accordions) - world premiere in New York Carnegie Hall in 2008.

Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

- "Koncert Jankiela" (in the version for three accordions and orchestra)- premiere on International Film and Music Festival "Transatlantic" (Poznań - Poland 2012)

Michael Nyman

- MGV "Musique a Grand Vitesse" (for three accordions) with Michael Nyman Band - world premiere "Barbican Centre" in London 2009.

Viacheslav Siemionov

- "Toccata Barbaro" (for three accordions) 2014 - world premiere - International Festival of Cracow Composers 2015

Bobby McFerrin, Krzesimir Dębski, Trilok Gurtu, Michał Urbaniak, Tomasz Stańko, Leszek Możdżer, Zohar Fresco, Atom String Quartet, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, Sinfoniett Riga, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Rio de Janeiro Orquestra do Teatro Municipal, Chamber Orchestra “Aukso”, Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra, Hanseatica Chamber Orchestra (Gdańsk), Ensemble “KONTRASTE” (Nürnberg) and with Anna Dymna, Krzysztof Orzechowski - "The Salon of Poetry", Andrzej Seweryn - "Mounsieur Pichon" - based on the text by Salome Broussky (Premiere: October 19th 2010 in the Comedie Francaise in Paris, music by F. Chopin and the Motion Trio), Piotr Cieplak - "The Italian Straw Hat" - music by Janusz Wojtarowicz, performed by the MT, Jerzy Grałek - "Jesienin" - music by the Motion Trio, Jerzy Skolimowski – the MT starred in the "Essential Killing" (award winner at the film festivals in Venice, Mar Del Plata and Gdynia), Jacek Sroka - concert project "Sroka in Motion" combines music of MT and painting of Jacek Sroka.
The band granted permission for the use of their pieces of music in such films as: One Hour Summer (USA 2008), Laura (POLAND 2010), Życie (POLAND 2002), as well as in many other historical and feature films all over the world.
The band made various recordings for the following TV stations: Arte, ZDF, WDR, France 3, Mezzo, TVP, TVP Kultura, as well as for several radio stations.

The band has performed on six continents and in forty two countries: Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, China, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Spain, Holland, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Canada, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Germany, Kazachstan, Moldova, New Caledonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Corea, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Hungary and Italy.

MOTION TRIO has recorded thirteen albums:

- "CRY" (1998)

- "PICTURES FROM THE STREET" (2000, 2003 Reedition)

(Best Polish Recording 2000)
(Grand Prix at the Polish Music Industry)
(Best Debut year 2000 in Poland - Jazzi Magazine)
(Deutsche Shallplatten Kritik)
("Gus Viseur","Musical Discovery of the Year" in France,2005)

- "PLAY-STATION" (2002, 2009 Reedition)

- "LIVE IN VIENNA Sacrum & Profanum" (2004)

- "METROPOLIS" (2007)

- "MICHAEL NYMAN & MOTION TRIO" (2009)

- "CHOPIN" Live at La Folle Journee (2010)

(The Best Album in category Classical Music , HI-FI & Music)

- "BRAHMS AND LISZT AND..." Live at La Folle Journee (2011)

- "MUSSORGSKY. PROKOFIEV. SHOSTAKOVICH. KHACHATURIAN" (2012)

- "NIC SIĘ NIE STAŁO" (2013)L.U.C & MOTION TRIO

(MATEUSZ TRÓJKI) - Award of the POLISH RADIO III
(HIT OF 2013)"ILUZJI ŁĄKA" by radio TOK FM audience vote

- "CITY OF HARMONY" (2013) MOTION TRIO & L.U.C

(MATEUSZ TRÓJKI)- Award of the POLISH RADIO III
(HIT OF 2013)"ILUZJI ŁĄKA" by radio TOK FM audience vote

- "POLONIUM" (2013)- WARNER CLASSICS, Parlophone Music Polska

- "ACCORDION STORIES" (2018)

The band records for its own record company
AKORDEONUS RECORDS

MOTION TRIO has participated in many festivals and music events:

- Red Sea Jazz Festival (Israel)
- UN VIOLON SUR LE SABLE FESTIVAL - Royan (France)
- Oxford Contemporary Music (England)
- Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Hamburg) Germany
- Elbphilharmonie Concerts (Hamburg) Germany
- Fest Der Kontinente (Berlin) Germany
- La Folle Journee (Nantes, Tokyo, Warsaw)
- Festival d’Ile de France (Paris) France
- Musiques Metisses (Angouleme) France
- Reykjavik Arts Festival (Iceland)
- Montreal Jazz Fest (Canada)
- Quebec City Summer Festival (Canada)
- Solidarity of Arts (Gdańsk) Poland
- Open’er Festival (Gdynia) Poland
- T-Mobile Nowe Horyzonty (Wrocław) Poland
- International Film And Music Festival "Transatlantyk" (Poznań) Poland
- Musical Gardens (Warsaw) Poland
- Stresa Festival (Stresa e del Lago Maggiore) Italy
- Lowlands Festival (Leuvaarden) Netherlands
- Gaudeamus Festival (Amsterdam) Netherlands
- Migration Music Festival (Taipei) Taiwan
- Paleo Festival in (Nyon) Switzerland
- Alternativa Festival (Moscow) Russia
- FESTIVAL ACCORDION PLUS - (Rostov on Don) Russia
- Krzysztof Komeda Film Music Festival (Warszawa) Poland

and many others ...

MOTION TRIO plays on Pigini Sirius Millennium accordions - considered the best accordions in the world.

Motion on Motion

"we are as passionate about heavy metal as we are about jazz or contemporary music"

"we feel just as good playing on the street as we do in a concert hall"

"it is our belief that music will do just fine without the Motion Trio; we, without music, on the other hand..."

Krzysztof Penderecki :

I have had an opportunity to listen to Motion Trio several times, both in Poland and abroad. This is exceptional accordion trio. The group led by Janusz Wojtarowicz, who is also the compozer of pieces by the trio plays also jazz, and promotes modern music. The activity of the group is worth supporting, not only becouse of its exceptional character, but also due to the high artistic lavel of its musicians.

Michael Nyman :

Me and my group are impressed by the power of their music. Their tones are the very component that was missing in our work. Our cooperation with Motion Trio has been one of the most exciting projects I've ever taken part in

Joe Zawinul :

" Your music is amazing!! "

Tomasz Stańko :

(...) Those people play really well.I could have never got into it myself. The colour they create is unusual ! Besides, they do care about it, they know what matters, they are aware of their own sound, their own value,they have something in themselves that I like very much, and what they call being "street".They tell us about themselves that they are street musicians,that it,they have a great deal of dirt,but also knowledge,charisma,and passion;they own all the values that I appreciate so much...