“I do prefer acoustic sounds and like the way you integrate the harp into the songs. Very enjoyable.”
Steve Baker (2012)
Łukasz Pietrzak is a versatile harmonica-player who feels equally at home in blues, jazz, folk and singer-songwriter music. Despite his young age, he has managed to make his mark in numerous concerts in Poland and abroad, to enthusiastic response. He has performed in many festivals, including OFF Plus Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema, Bluesroads Festival and Harmonica Bridge Festival. His approach to harmonica-playing combines the instrument’s rich tradition with innovative techniques.
-Winner of the prestigious Grand Prix in the masters of the harmonica competition at Harmonica Bridge International Festival in Torun in 2014, as well as in competitions at several other festivals.
-Honourable Mention for best instrumentalist during the 4th edition of Bluesroads Festival (2013)
-He learned harmonica-playing, music theory and improvisation from Bartosz Łęczycki, Łukasz Wiśniewski, Zygmunt Zgraja, Steve Baker and Keith Dunn.
-He has been invited twice to take part in Summer Celebration on Sekier Meadows Festival in Slovakia (2012 and 2014), where he led harmonica workshops for musicians from Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany. He also teaches diatonic harmonica in Krakow, where he regularly organizes classes for harmonica students.
-He performed as a member of the Bluesroads Band – a group comprised of well-recognized Krakow-based musicians and special guests, created for the 5th edition of Bluesroads Festival and the 650th anniversary of the Jagiellonian University. Their jubilee concert featured performers such as Natalia “Natu” Przybysz, Michał Augustyniak vel “Limboski,” Paweł Ostafil, Piotr Grząślewicz and Łukasz Wiśniewski.
-In the years 2012 and 2014, together with members of the Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, he collaborated on educational workshops for children and youths during which he presented the musical possibilities of the harmonica.
-In April 2014, a compilation CD titled “Krakow Blues Climates” was released by Mediapixel, featuring recordings by two of Łukasz Pietrzak’s bands – The Silver Owls and Little They Know.
-He has promoted the harmonica many times on radio shows all around Poland.