As a composer and instrumentalist, Damasiewicz represented Poland on European music platforms: JazzPlaysEurope 2010, European Jazz Network and Take Five European Project 2013.
The artist’s most significant orchestral works include: Hadrons for string quintet and jazz ensemble commissioned by the Jazztopad Festival, Suite 29 written for the World Jazz Days for Dwojka – Polish Radio Second Program, Composition for 27 improvisers as part of the Melting Pot final ( Jazztopad) in Wrocław and the composition Some Kind Of Greek Story, based on Delphic maxims, commissioned by Casa da Música in Porto.
In addition to orchestral, chamber and solo works, Damasiewicz also creates theatre and film music. He is the author of music for the plays: Angels and Manifesto and the soundtrack to the film The Scent of Lviv. He is a co-composer of the European jazz anthem for the 25th anniversary of the European Jazz Network. As a composer and arranger, he also cooperates with the educational departament of the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw. Laureate of the Krzysztof Komeda Competition.
Examples of compositional works
Piotr Damasiewicz prepared a composition entitled “Suite 29,” in which he has used a completely different poetics than in the lively, juicy, even aggressive “Alaman.” This time, the musicians mastered a score much less carried on the energetic potential of a large ensemble. “Suite 29” is mainly based on playing the sound in sub-assemblies, in smaller ensembles taking up the thread in turn. Damasiewicz himself performed on stage primarily as a conductor, director of the show, who only grabs the instrument from time to time. A similar solution was quite a risky, albeit brave, move – surely a large part of the audience familiar with PotH from the album must have been surprised, not to say disappointed, with such a scenario of the performance. The result was a “boost,” but one built steadily, oscillating between sections, yet very rarely exploding with the full collective power.
Krzysztof Karol Wójcik
The Polish-Portuguese Orchestra of Improvisers is a special project commissioned by Casa da Música, which brought together the Polish free jazz band Power of the Horns and outstanding Portuguese musicians. Closer to historic orchestras and creative musicians such as the Sun Ra Arkestra and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Power of the Horns perpetually seeks new possibilities in group music. For this concert, trumpeter Piotr Damasiewicz composed music inspired by Portuguese jazz and invited the Red Trio to create a rhythm section with Polish musicians. It is an artistic challenge and an unforgettable concert bridging two different musical cultures.
The piece is a fusion between chamber music referring to the classics of the 20th century and the sound of a contemporary jazz quintet. The idea of combining a chamber orchestra with a jazz rhythm section and three wind instruments was to create a coherent musical entity in terms of expression and sound between the permanent, composed structure of the orchestra and the improvised layer of the jazz ensemble. The title, Hadrons, is the result of Damasiewicz’s fascination with quantum physics. The structure of individual pieces, as well as the entire musical material, is an attempt to find the relationship between the reactions of molecules and their mutual interactions, and improvising musicians.
Commissioned, Teatr Prawdziwy in Bielawa , premiere at the Wroclaw Market Square, 1997, performed by Piotr Damasiewicz and Stefan Gąsieniec
Open improvisation / composition for a monodrama, premiered in Kormorany Theatre, directed by A. Pietrucka, performed by Piotr Damasiewicz, movement and dance – Ewa Staroń
The soundtrack to the film The Scent of Lviv, dir. G. Korczak. Art Meetings Orchestra, a group established by Piotr Damasiewicz. The Polish-Ukrainian ensemble performed in Lviv with an outstanding concert, 2013.
L a S Dam
L a S Dam, piece for solo cello, performed by Sylwia Kessels, Viersen 2007 Germany
Composition for 27 improvisers, commissioned by Jazztopad, World Jazz Days, premiere in 2016, National Forum of Music, Wroclaw
25th anniversary of the European Jazz Network
25th anniversary of the European Jazz Network, one of the parts of the jazz anthem commissioned by the European Jazz Network, premiere: Petruccelli Theater, Bari
A series of educational works
A series of educational works for the National Forum of Music, 2013/2019
Temple (Mnemotaksja 2006)
Zarys Szczęścia 1998
Psalm for William Parker 2013
Man on the railway track 2008
God’s Will 2008
Buenos Ires 2006
Back to the silent 2008
Ciagle Myśląc 1999
012 P. D. QUARTET 2004
Heya mota teya damas orchestra
Sześciu w jednym płaszczu damas orchestra
Ventus IMP / Blask 2004
A series of educational works
Waves (pl. Fale) (chamber piece for wind quartet) National Forum of Music, educational section
Orient (chamber piece for wind quartet) National Forum of Music, educational section
Drops (pl. Krople) (chamber piece for wind quartet) National Forum of Music, educational section