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Paweł Romańczuk,

multi-instrumentalist and arranger, born in 1975. He studied double bass at the Witold Lutosławski State Primary Music School in Bolesławiec. He then attended the State Music School in Legnica. He plays the double bass, bass guitar, guitar, piano, accordion, percussion, bassoon, and clarinet.

In 2006 he set up the Małe Instrumenty [Small Instruments] group. He writes and arranges his own pieces, as well as film and theatre music, and music for social campaigns. He builds instruments and mechanical sound installations. He has collected over 500 instruments, which he uses on stage and in his studio. He runs workshops, delivers presentations and talks, organises exhibitions associated with instruments and experimentation with sounds.

He propagates toy music in Poland. In 2010 he wrote a book on the history of the toy piano, which was published together with the album Małe Instrumenty grają Chopina [Small Instruments Play Chopin]. It is the first publication on the development of this instrument, toy piano works, players, albums and competitions in the world. When working on the book, he collaborated with George Crumb, Margaret Leng Tan, Christopher Hobbs, Steffen Schleiermacher, and Isabel Ettenauer. In 2012, together with Piotr Kurek, Romańczuk recorded his interpretation of John Cage’s Music for Amplified Toy Pianos, which he subsequently performed at festivals of contemporary music (e.g. at Warsaw Autumn) together with Sławek Kupczak, Margaret Leng Tan, Paweł Czepułkowski, and Piotr Kurek. Romańczuk owns around 250 toy pianos and organises exhibitions of his collection (Philharmonie Luxembourg, The Berlin Musical Instrument Museum, Capitol Music Theatre in Wrocław) .

His music has been released on Małe Instrumenty's albums Chemia i Fizyka (2011), Katarynka (2012), Samoróbka (2013), and Kartacz (2013) .

He has written music for a number of theatre production. Among these are: .Komu piosenkę, czyli poemat ruchowy na stawy i krtań [A Song Anybody? A movement poem for joints and glottis]; Tańce, których nikt nazwać nie chciał [Dances That Nobody Wanted to Name]; Padlina [The Carcass] after C. Baudelaire; and no.1. for Jacek Gębura's ARKA Dance Theatre. He has also composed the score to Polish Television's travel show Wajrak na tropie. In 2010, commissioned by the "Kody" Festival of Musical Avant-Garde and Tradition in Lublin, he composed Wyliczanki polskie featuring 30-person children's choir.

Since 2009 he has been running workshops for teachers of music, children, teenagers, and adults on discovering new sources of sound, field recording, making their own instruments. In 2010 he carried out detailed research for the Musica Polonica Nova festival in Wrocław on a music instrument called "donatina" and co-authored thematic sound installations in the city's spaces. He was invited to join the Wrocław-based project Dźwięki z odzysku (DZO) [Upcycled Sounds], as part of which he run workshops on the making of music instruments from wage materials and wrote music for DZO's first album. In 2013 he wrote a textbook on DIY experimental musical instruments, which was released with Małe Instrumenty's album Samoróbka.

In collaboration with the Cinema Theatre, in 2013 he organised the public reading of Luigi Russollo's manifesto The Art of Noises (1913). He has all worked on such projects as Styria/Gratz, Za Siódmą Górą, Transfuzja (Andrzej Bauer, Cezary Duchnowski, Piotr Orzechowski). Currently, he is developing the instrumental environment to In-Between (Cezary Duchnowski, Kostas Georgakopulos).

Updated: May 2014 (ai)


Music to the music production Elektrownia Dźwięku (2008)
Music to the animated film Smok i bohater, directed by Agnieszka Jarząb (2009)
Music to the audio book Sekretne życie krasnali by Wojciech Widłak and Paweł Pawlak, read by Jan Peszek (2009)
Music to animated films by Mariusz Wilczyński: Cicha noc, Czasy przeszłe, Allegro ma non troppo, Śmierć na pięć (2009)
Music to the animated film Na cztery łapy, directed by Agnieszka Paszkiewicz (2011)
Music to the documentary Zabawki cesarza, directed by Grzegorz Wierzchowski and grupa ¾ (2011)
Music to the film Twarze nieistniejącego miasta, directed by Natasza Ziółkowska (2013)
Acousmatic for five performers (2013) (2013)
Music to the film Dama Pik, directed by A. Zwiefka (2014)