"Provocative, suprising and moving"
- Indie Shuffle
Stefan Wesołowski (1985) - composer, violinist and music producer, graduate of Academie Musicale de Villecroze, currently working with an American record label Important Record (Coil,Merzbow, Jozef Van Wissem, Eliane Radigue), French label Ici D'ailleurs (Matt Elliot,
Dälek, EZ3KIEL, Chapelier Fou) and a British publisher Mute Song (Nick Cave, Swans, Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson).
Wesołowski has released two original albums. His debut record Kompleta was published in Poland in 2008 by Gusstaff Records/Pointa Foundation with the support of National Culture Centre. It was a work composed to breviary prayers and hymns for two voices, string quartet and electronics. A re-edition of the album in LP/CD/Digital formats was released and distributed worldwide in May 2015 by a French label Ici D'ailleurs.
Photo by Lukasz Zietek for K MAG
Wesołowski's next album Liebestod was first presented to the audience in October 2013 at Unsound Festival. Published by Important Records, the material was enthusiastically received by international critics. An influential American portal Indie Shuffle described the album as “real dope”, a Canadian magazine Textura reviewed it as “provocative, surprising and moving” and a Dutch Caleidoscoop as a “breathtaking masterpiece”.
Wesołowski has also participated in a number of joint projects. For many years he closely collaborated with Jacaszek. He was the author of instrumental parts on the albums Treny and Pentral. Stefan Wesołowski is also an author of original music to numerous theatre plays, art installations and films.
In 2017 Stefan Wesołowski released „Rite of the End” (Ici D'ailleurs/Mute). The album received a great international recognition. The most important British music magazine UNCUT reviewed it as „Horribly satisfying!” and put on the highlights of the Month, as well as WIRE magazine and many more. The album was awarded Album of the Year 2017 after voting by 60 best Polish music journalists on major Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza and Album of the Year 2017 on international music platorm Beehy.pe.
Stefan Wesołowski was nominated for Paszport Polityki 2017 – the most important Polish artistic award.
Wesołowski has also participated in a number of joint projects. For many years he closely collaborated with Jacaszek. He was the author of instrumental parts on the albums Treny, (Miasmah/Gusstaff 2008) and Pentral (Gusstaff 2009). Stefan Wesołowski is also an author of original music to numerous theatre plays, art installations and films.
He wrote original soundtrack to „Listen To Me Marlon” - a BAFTA-nominated and OSCAR-shortlisted documentary film on Marlon Brando, produced by Universal and Passion Pictures for Showtime, which had its world premiere in January 2015 at Sundance Festival. TIME, Variety and Rolling Stone described the picture directed by Stevan Riley, as one of the highlights of the festival.
In 2017, Stefan Wesołowski scored „Love Express. The disappearance of Walerian Borowczyk” - feature documentary directed by Kuba Mikurda, starring Terry Gilliam, Andrzej Wajda, Neil Jordan.
Currently, Stefan Wesołowski is working on a few new movies, e.g. new documentary feature by Kuba Mikurda (a story about „On the silver globe” by Andrzej Zuławski – „The best sci-f film never made” - VICE), Irish feature film by Nathalie Biancheri entitled „Wolf” and a new feature film by award-winning director Jagoda Szelc.