Raphael Rogiński

Guitarist, composer and performer, improviser, cultural animator and researcher of musical folklore. Educated in jazz and classical music, he expanded his education to include musicology and ethnomusicology. The mixture of these two paths is a determinant of the style of his work in terms of both composition and performance. Connected with the Jewish culture, he conducts research on its forgotten traditions, translating their meaning into the present day.

This search results in two projects of which he is the leader: Shofar and Cukunft. He is also the artistic director of festivals depicting the new Jewish culture, such as Tikkun, Varshe, Mizrach, and a consultant for projects related to it. He also plays Turkish, Bedouin, African, Lappish, Persian, Armenian and other music, performing it with musicians from those regions.

The primitive music of America, blues and rock of the 1960s is another significant part of Rogiński’s inspiration. These influences are evident in his concerts with ensembles and solo performances. An in-depth analysis of guitar techniques, classic blues guitarists and mastering the instruments of the 1950s and 1960s is the basis of his sounds.

Inspired by the experimental music of America (Harry Partch, Henry Cowell and others), the band Spinalonga was formed; whereas inspired by blues – the bands Wovoka and Shy Albatross. His passion for Kurpie folklore led him to Genowefa Lenarcik, an outstanding folk singer of that region, daughter of the famous Stanisław Brzozowy. The exploration of the classical music resulted in the project “Rogiński plays Bach”, in which Bach’s music is performed on prepared guitars, and CDs with the music of Henry Purcell. At the same time, the musician is involved in projects related to the world scene of new jazz.

His compositions, improvisations or interpretations often illustrate artistic events – documentary and cartoon films, as well as animated fairy tales (e.g. Man Ray, Viking Elling, Lidia Skvorcova), performances (e.g. Jerzy Kalina), traditional and multimedia theater (e.g. “Lothe Lachmann videoteatre”, “Poza “, Paweł Miśkiewicz, Piotr Cieplak, Michał Walczak, Maja Korczakowska) and the world of word (e.g. works of Tadeusz Różewicz, Mieczysław Myśliwski, Mieczysław Abramowicz, Andrzej Stasiuk). He performs mainly as part of his own projects: solo or as a band leader.

Permanent music projects include the aforementioned Shofar, Shy Albatross, Żywizna, Elik (duet with Svitlana Nianio) and solo guitar concerts. He has played and collaborated with: Marylin Mazur, Michael Zerang, Kazuchisa Uchichashi, Le Quan Ninh, Frank London, Noel Akchote, Frederic Blondy, Joe Giardullo, Keith Rowe, Tima Sparks, Axel Dorner, Thomas Lehn, Andrew Sharpley , John Edwards, John Tilbury, Brighit Ulher, Yale Strom, Tim Daisy, Dave Rempis, Mark Sanders, Clayton Thomas, Joe

McPhee, Kris Wenders, Peter Jaquemyn, Natalia Przybysz, Wacław Zimpel, Emiter, Macio Moretti, DJ Lenar, Daniel Pigonski , Konstanty Usenko, Jarek Bester, Rafał Mazur, Arszyn, Mikołaj Trzaska, Maria Peszek. He takes part in music workshops, competitions and music festivals in Poland and around the world.

In June 2015, the album “Raphael Roginski plays John Coltrane and Langston Hughes African mystic music” was released by the Bółt label. The album was ranked high by journalists in Poland and abroad. The Wire magazine placed it 16th in its annual summary, and Raphael Rogiński himself was the first Polish artist to be included in its monthly’s list. In 2015, he was nominated for Polityka’s Passports for this album, in 2016 again nominated for the album Żywizny and Shy Albatross.