A double bass player, composer and session musician with extensive experience in all music genres with a special emphasis and passion for jazz. Based in Gdańsk, regularly gives over 100 concerts a year on national and international stages. In 2016 was named one of best polish double bass players by „Jazz Forum” readers. Maciej was recognised as the musician of the year 2019 by the esteemed independent critic Adam Baruch on the polish-jazz.blogspot.com .
Over the last 10 years of his career he has performed with over 100 ensembles throughout the Europe, and contributed to a range of high profile projects, examples of which include the following:
- Performed with Gdansk Jazz Quintet with Cezary Paciorek and Maciej Sikała at Expo Milano 2015.
- Performed with Krystyna Durys at the world biggest jazz festival „Jazz Java Festival” in Indonesia.
- Participated in an international cooperation of classic musicians from Eastern and Central Europe as part of I, CULTURE Orchestra.
- Performed at numerous jazz festivals with Zgniłość, Almost Jazz Group, LowBow, Maciej Sadowski Kwadrat, Marcin Gawdzis Quintet, Szymon Łukowski Quintet, Sekstans, Leszek Kułakowski Big Band, Maciej Sikała Trio, Krystyna Durys Band.
- Cooperated with Marcin Gawdzis, Dominik Bukowski, Szymon Łukowski and Tomasz Sowiński on recording ‘Shadows of Autumn 2013’ – nominated for Fryderyk Award.
His professional experience is supported with Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Studies and Master’s Degree in Jazz and Stage Music earned at Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdańsk, where he has developed a solid technical background enabling me to freely perform in a broad range of music genres including jazz, classical, pop, folk, ethnic and electronic music.
Maciej consequently works on his composer’s mastery, by creating works in diversed genres. In this area it is also worth stressing, that he is the graduate of film music composition workshops led by the Oscar winner Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.
Maciej is currently running two original projects: Maciej Sadowski Kwadrat and LowBow. First of them is a rather unusual jazz quartet consisting of drumms (Tomasz Koper), double bass (Maciej Sadowski), trumpet (Dawid Lipka) and saxophone (Michał Jan Ciesielski). The lack of harmonic instrument is a rarity in jazz music world. Another distinguishing characteristic of this project is application of electronic devices to process sounds produced by classical acoustic instruments. Despite the modern sounds, the band refers to the tradition of the genre through simple forms, far from the modern jazz trend.
The LowBow project, in turn, is located on a genre continuum closer to film music, classical and contemporary chamber music with elements of improvization. The innovative solution here is the instrumentarium – the music has been arranged for two cellos and two double basses (in this configuration, it is probably the first arrangement of this type in the world). The tracks are illustrative – a bit dark, but also warm, with a large load of emotions.
In addition to his own projects, Maciej composes film music and actively contributes to ensembles: Zgniłość & Marcin Świetlicki, Trio Sagato, Gdańsk Nekropolitan Orchestra, Julia i Nieprzyjemni, Tribute to Polish Funk and Almost Jazz Group. He is also a founder of Eastrings Records