“I see making music as a spiritual practice, a ritual that helps me reconnect with the beauty and mystery of life. Major role in the process is improvisation which emerges each show in a different way. My music brings the sensation of being held by the earth which allows things to grow from it.” Zuzanna Całka
ZUZANNA CAŁKA is a classically trained pianist and composer based in Warsaw. Graduated from Berlin and Warsaw Music Universities. She makes music by manipulating and multi-tracking sounds of piano and synthesizers. Całka music is an alternation of minimalistic solo piano and more articulated songs where piano and electronic inserts are mixed together and create haunting layers of sounds. Transforming basic and minimal sketches of music into powerful, visceral but also sometimes hallucinatory songs.
She treats her compositions as a development of the aesthetics that grew out of studying classic compositions combined with her interest in electronic music and film. On her debut EP album Late Night Takes, the classically trained polish composer elaborates piano harmonies and melodies in a very intimate, soothing soundscape. Late Night Takes were released on 29th of March and got to the top of the Piano Day playlist curated by Nils Frahm. Her soundtrack was awarded the first prize at the Transatlantyk Festival with Jan AP Kaczmarek at the head of the jury. Zuzanna’s music video May B was picked as a 10 top favorite videos by Max Cooper.