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Krzysztof's Music Site

Musical Biography

1950 - 1960

Started piano lessons aged six.  Immediately involved in music making within the family and in the Polish community in Redditch, Worcestershire.

1960 - 1970

Continued to function as a musician for the Polish community, playing at social events, concerts, church organist, dance band and folk dancing.

Played accordion in a Polish folk singing group with sister Grazyna and cousin Baska Osciak doing the then flourishing folk club scene.

 Invited to join young "r 'n b" groups, "Motivation", the " Bob James Set" and the "Chances Are".  Recorded a single at Abbey Road with the "Chances Are".  Moved to London in 1968 and immediately invited to join a band doing the College circuit with Mick Strode ex of the Robert Plant "Band of Joy" and Eddie Middleton from N.Ireland.  For two months the bass player was Ian Patterson, soon to change his name to Ian Hunter of "Mott The Hoople".  Band broke up after three months and then, in early 1969, invited to join "Skin Alley".  Recorded first Skin Alley album in 1969.

1970 - 1980

Recorded four albums, two film scores and various singles with Skin Alley until its' demise in mid - 1973, as well as many gigs and tours including Denmark - (the first Rosskilde festival), Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and Memphis.

After 1973 worked as a session musician and toured with various put together bands with Edwin Starr, Polly Brown and others, by now using the working name Krzysztof Kafka.  Invited to co-write music and tour with a theatre production involving Peter Richardson and Nigel Planer.  Did some music in a production at the Riverside and then finally invited to play in a "fringe" production of a new musical by Keith Strachan at the "Orange Tree" in Richmond.  Immediately after this, invited to be an onstage musician in the "Elvis" show at the Astoria..  This led to work on three series of T.V. shows produced by Jack Good, initially titled "Oh Boy" and then "Let's Rock".

1980 - 1990

Accepted for a graduate diploma course at the London College of Music.  In September 1980 invited to provide the music for a newly opened Comedy club at the "Paul Raymond Revuebar".  This was the "Comic Strip" with the then unknowns Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson, Alexei Sayle, Ade Edmonson, Rick Mayall and French and Saunders amongst others.  I departed in October to concentrate on my studies.  Completed my studies, specialising in Piano and Harpsichord, and did a year at the Institute of Education in London.

Moved to Sussex in 1984 and continued with odd session work.  Played in local Blues bands whilst teaching curriculum music in local Compehensives.  Alongside teaching, continued playing with "Dip Dazzle and the Indicators" which later became the "Gary Skipsey Blues Band".  Also got involved with Irish music in a band formed with teacher friends called "The Leprechauns".

1990 -2009

Continued teaching and playing in local bands, also still doing the odd session work, by now often on accordion.  Invited to join a "Latin" band playing mostly music by Carlos Santana. This was "Santanarama" and featured two percussionists, a genius guitarist, a latin - styled Bass player, Pete Phipps on drums and me on Hammond and Piano. To our great surprise, we were invited, by Sanctuary records, to record an Album. This was duly released in 2002.  This band unfortunately ceased functioning on the tragic death of our guitarist, Steve Sardar, in 2005.

In 2007, Sara and myself packed our stuff, loaded our animals, and moved to Normandy.  I have continued to do odd gigs and sessions in England and a few in France. 

I am currently working on an album of Polish music, produced by Nick Graham who was in Skin Alley and who has, since then, forged a successful career in writing , producing and playing. This is scheduled for completion in early summer 2009.

 

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