• Title
      Circuit   [2010]
    • For
      voice, harp, cello, piano, live electronics, trumpet, tenor saxophone, guitar, piano, bass, drums
    • Duration
      120’ of music (written over three years and put on 2 albums)
    • Description
      Though a prosaic name like Circuit may not jump at you on a festival poster, this bunch’s modus operandi epitomises all kinds of absurd. Circuit isn’t so much a band as it’s a lab of musical Mad Scientists. This winsome collective channels the satirical sloganeering of Devo, the frantic genre-hopping of Mr. Bungle and the slapstick theatrics of Zappa and his Mothers. If these names ring true to you, however, you’ll know there’s nothing remotely comparable to Circuit’s all-out musical smorgasbord and quirky shenanigans.
      (from “Le Guess Who?” page)

      Highly experimental rock, jazz, free-spirited 8-piece avant-garde, energetic, eclectic & electric ˙&*^!&•¶_%’ band Circuit, with lots of live electronics, harp, cello, classical “contemporary” sounds, strong rhythm and horn section, improv all around, etc. etc.. etc…The band has been formed in 2009 in London, UK, out of people coming from different backgrounds, countries and environments: jazz, sonic arts, classical, Middlesex University, Europe, Asia and America(s). They’ve been touring internationally and recording extensively ever since.

    • Press
      A rollicking, ingenious, painstakingly orchestrated record that draws from nearly every available genre of music, Circuit’s “Codes” is an achievement bespeaking musical creative greatness and genuine artistic integrity in its each and every attribute. (...) Like a novel by James Joyce, the album is chock full with signs and symbols.
      – MondoTunes (USA, Sean McCauley, November 2012)

      One of the main strengths of the band is its front man Jerzy Bielski (...) Circuit’s music is a patchwork of all possible styles, a blend of music and performance art that combines sound and silence, images, samples and murmurs. It’s a deconstructionist approach to music; the band misleads its audience with sudden changes of rhythm, style and instrumentation.
      – Port Kultury (Gdańsk, Katarzyna Gajewska, October 26, 2012)

      A song called ‘Thank you from the mountain’ simply knocks you off your feet
      – Cooltura (London, Piotr Dobroniak, June 19, 2011)

      The concert was excellent. It testifies to the fact that young people are, unselfconsciously, making sounds and harmonies that are beyond the comprehension of those who just sit in front of their TV.
      – SPATiF (Sopot, Arkadiusz Hronowski, 25 October 2012)

      Jerzy also writes music for theatre and shows up in various music projects, which provides evidence of his indefatigable artistic resources and hunger for creativity. (...) With mathematical precision, he has been drawing up notes, polishing lyrics and gathering the best musicians to complete his ambitious project [Circuit].
      – Kobieta w UK (London, Małgorzata Przymierska, 3 March 2010)

      The band sounds like nothing else before them, even if some compare the group to the likes of Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, Loose Tubes or classical composer Gyorgy Ligeti – there are moments when these wide-ranging influences are apparent, but it is safe to say that the style of Circuit is eclectic
      and can only be described as a mixture of many styles with an emphasis on rock and with an experimental approach to form, where tight rhythms and fast tempos contrast with open out-of- time free solos.

      [Circuit] is much more than nine instruments on one stage. It‘s a real riddle for a music lover and can by no means can be pigeonholed or bore.
      – Goniec Polski (The Polish Times, London, issue 372, 22 April 2011)

    • Awards
      Emerging Excellence Award (Musicians Benevolent Fund, UK)
    • Website
      www.circuitmusic.eu
    • Credits
      Music & lyrics: Jerzy Bielski
      Voice & guitar: Jerzy Bielski
      Trumpet: Matt Ellis
      Bass: Ed Babar, Theo Ziarkas, Geoff Threadgold
      Harp: Cristina Di Bernardi
      Cello: Evva Mizerska, Sarah Joyce
      Live Electronics: Felix Bousies, Kacper Ziemianin
      Drums: Zach McCullough, Daniel Jekey
      Tenor Saxophone: Seb Silas, Claire Ellis, Dan Mays, Rob Cope
      Piano: Maria Chiara Argiro, Ewan Duffus, Espen Tjalve,
      Rob Barron
      Trombone: David Lalljee
    • Performed at
      various different venues in the UK, Belgium and Poland
    • Title
      Down/Up   [2016]
    • For
      soprano, 3 male voices, fujara, viola da gamba
    • Duration
      15'
    • Description
      "(…) the influence of avant-garde sound poems is evident in the two pieces Up and Down. The soprano rolls r’s, slides over a variety of sounds lie ‘aa’, ‘oo’, and ‘e’. Singers rasp g’s, grumble ‘w, rr, z, ź, g, b, c, k, dż, pff, czsz’ and breathe out their last breath. Bielski searches for a different language in the singing voice, one that is not based on the understandability of words.

      But Bielski’s work also refers to innovator Antonin Artaud who aimed at removing textual and psychological drama from theatre and replacing it with new aspects, such as movement, colour, light, sound, music–what can be felt but not really expressed. Bielski’s symbolism is based on similar thinking. Everything is a foil for something else as he pairs vertical and horizontal lines and movements, standing up and lying down, a single note and rapid downward runs, horizontal and vertical handling of instruments. He also enforces unusual playing techniques as hands move from left to right, up or down. All these elements add hidden meaning to the overall narrative until it becomes a ritual or the snippet of a story, depending on the interpretation of the listener/viewer."
      – Jan Nieuwenhuis (Program Notes)

    • Press
      (...) strong was the diptych "Up" and "Down" by Jerzy Bielski: a dramatic oratorio cut loose from language and meaning. Both parts condition clever mirror effects, but rapture was mainly because of the exciting interaction between the soprano and the instrumentalists.
      – NRC (Joep Stapel, 12 September 2016)

      A nice contrast (...) with the crazy, energetic pieces "Up" and "Down" by the Polish composer Jerzy Bielski (1984). His approach is distinctly theatrical.
      – Culuurpers (Utrecht, Thea Derks, September 10, 2016)

    • Credits
      Music, movement: Jerzy Bielski
      Conductor: Manoj Kamps
      Soprano: Sterre Konijn
      Male voices: Arnout Lems, Maciej Straburzyński, Steven van Gils
      Fujara: Raphaela Danksagmüller
    • Performed at
      Gaudeamus Muziekweek
    • Supported by
      Silbersee, Gaudeamus Muziekweek
    • Title
      Etrpktln   [2015]
    • For
      4 voices, live electronics, synthesiser and drums
    • Duration
      10'
    • Description
      (the piece is a part of "not only FUTURSTS" music theatre performance)

      Speed, technology, experiment, revolt! A complete roller coaster experience for the audience, with the Italian, Russian and Polish Futurists, caught in a continuous flow of unexpected events, being only the starting point and kind of a prism, through which we can have a much closer look at our contemporary times.

      "Technology is an art the same way as painting, sculpture and architecture are!"

      Spoken, shouted, whispered, hissed, murmured and transformed in any other possible way, voices of four musicians/actors/dancers are caught in a neck- breaking, fast-paced action with a never ending flow of sudden changes and unexpected turns. Along with the ("prepared") pianist, using electronics, the jazz drummer and the two live electronics players (playing on their, specifically constructed for this occasion, stage machines, as well as the other self-built instruments), they are all entangled in a stream of events, contrasting explorations of the limits of sound and space, stretching the form of the whole to the maximum.

      "Courage, audacity and revolt will be essential elements of our poetry!"

      The topics and the way they are presented are served in a grotesque, entertaining/horrifying, deadly serious/completely not serious as well as slightly mad sauce...

    • Press
      [Futurists is] a group of fearless thinkers who expose our common madness, our willingness to rush headlong into the fray without heeding the outcome. (…)

      They are not cute, they don't even try to be nice. They are loud, they are brash, they take no prisoners. They brought a goldfish and they're on a mission to show us that we have a problem, and it's only going to get worse.
      – The Critter (South Africa, Steve Kretzmann, Sep 13 2015)

    • Awards
      Dioraphte Award
    • Website
      www.futurists.nl/notonlyfuturists
    • Credits
      Music and concept: Jerzy Bielski
      Voice: Marko Ivic, Kirstine Lindemann, Pia Podgornik, Jerzy Bielski
      Synth/Live Electronics: Panos Iliopoulos
      Synth: Akim Moiseenkov
      Drums: Tristan Renfrow
    • Performed at
      Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Amsterdam Fringe Festival, National Arts Festival (South Africa), Café OTO (London), Theater Bellevue, Theater Kikker, RASA, etc.
    • Supported by
      Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Dioraphte, Fonds Podiumkunsten
    • Title
      Red Square, Black Circle, Blue Triangle   [2014]
    • For
      percussion quartet, live electronics, quadraphonic set up
    • Duration
      13'
    • Description
      Imagining "every day" rhythms and their very different percussive sources forming into various micro and macro patterns – as an input for possible endless mutations and transformations.

      Also, taking a deep plunge into their textural and timbral exploration using live coding and quadraphonic speaker set up.

    • Credits
      Composition: Jerzy Bielski
      Percussion: Sujin Hwang, Yung-Tuan Ku, Lola Mlacnik, Mauricio Ramirez
      Live Electronics: Felipe Ignacio Noriega
    • Title
      Lanza!   [2006-2008]
    • For
      .
    • Duration
      +/-
    • Description
      Free improvised music
    • Credits
      Jerzy Bielski (synths, effects), Kamil Korolczuk (synths, effects), Javier Carmona (percussion, drums), Paulina Owczarek (sax)
    • Performed at
      various venues in the UK, Poland and Spain
    • Title
      Circuit   [2010]
    • For
      voice, harp, cello, piano, live electronics, trumpet, tenor saxophone, guitar, piano, bass, drums
    • Duration
      120’ of music (written over three years and put on 2 albums)

    • Description
      Though a prosaic name like Circuit may not jump at you on a festival poster, this bunch’s modus operandi epitomises all kinds of absurd. Circuit isn’t so much a band as it’s a lab of musical Mad Scientists. This winsome collective channels the satirical sloganeering of Devo, the frantic genre-hopping of Mr. Bungle and the slapstick theatrics of Zappa and his Mothers. If these names ring true to you, however, you’ll know there’s nothing remotely comparable to Circuit’s all-out musical smorgasbord and quirky shenanigans.
      (from “Le Guess Who?” page)

      Highly experimental rock, jazz, free-spirited 8-piece avant-garde, energetic, eclectic & electric ˙&*^!&•¶_%’ band Circuit, with lots of live electronics, harp, cello, classical “contemporary” sounds, strong rhythm and horn section, improv all around, etc. etc.. etc…The band has been formed in 2009 in London, UK, out of people coming from different backgrounds, countries and environments: jazz, sonic arts, classical, Middlesex University, Europe, Asia and America(s). They’ve been touring internationally and recording extensively ever since.

    • Press
      A rollicking, ingenious, painstakingly orchestrated record that draws from nearly every available genre of music, Circuit’s “Codes” is an achievement bespeaking musical creative greatness and genuine artistic integrity in its each and every attribute. (…) Like a novel by James Joyce, the album is chock full with signs and symbols.
      – MondoTunes (USA, Sean McCauley, November 2012)

      One of the main strengths of the band is its front man Jerzy Bielski (…) Circuit’s music is a patchwork of all possible styles, a blend of music and performance art that combines sound and silence, images, samples and murmurs. It’s a deconstructionist approach to music; the band misleads its audience with sudden changes of rhythm, style and instrumentation.
      – Port Kultury (Gdańsk, Katarzyna Gajewska, October 26, 2012)

      A song called ‘Thank you from the mountain’ simply knocks you off your feet
      – Cooltura (London, Piotr Dobroniak, June 19, 2011)

      The concert was excellent. It testifies to the fact that young people are, unselfconsciously, making sounds and harmonies that are beyond the comprehension of those who just sit in front of their TV.
      – SPATiF (Sopot, Arkadiusz Hronowski, 25 October 2012)

      Jerzy also writes music for theatre and shows up in various music projects, which provides evidence of his indefatigable artistic resources and hunger for creativity. (…) With mathematical precision, he has been drawing up notes, polishing lyrics and gathering the best musicians to complete his ambitious project [Circuit].
      – Kobieta w UK (London, Małgorzata Przymierska, 3 March 2010)

      The band sounds like nothing else before them, even if some compare the group to the likes of Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, Loose Tubes or classical composer Gyorgy Ligeti – there are moments when these wide-ranging influences are apparent, but it is safe to say that the style of Circuit is eclectic
      and can only be described as a mixture of many styles with an emphasis on rock and with an experimental approach to form, where tight rhythms and fast tempos contrast with open out-of- time free solos.

      [Circuit] is much more than nine instruments on one stage. It‘s a real riddle for a music lover and can by no means can be pigeonholed or bore.
      – Goniec Polski (The Polish Times, London, issue 372, 22 April 2011)

    • Awards
      Emerging Excellence Award (Musicians Benevolent Fund, UK)
    • Website

      www.circuitmusic.eu

    • Credits
      Music & lyrics: Jerzy Bielski
      Voice & guitar: Jerzy Bielski
      Trumpet: Matt Ellis
      Bass: Ed Babar, Theo Ziarkas, Geoff Threadgold
      Harp: Cristina Di Bernardi
      Cello: Evva Mizerska, Sarah Joyce
      Live Electronics: Felix Bousies, Kacper Ziemianin
      Drums: Zach McCullough, Daniel Jekey
      Tenor Saxophone: Seb Silas, Claire Ellis, Dan Mays, Rob Cope
      Piano: Maria Chiara Argiro, Ewan Duffus, Espen Tjalve,
      Rob Barron
      Trombone: David Lalljee
    • Performed at
      various different venues in the UK, Belgium and Poland
    • Read more
    • Title
      Down/Up   [2016]
    • For
      soprano, 3 male voices, fujara, viola da gamba
    • Duration
      15'
    • Description
      "(…) the influence of avant-garde sound poems is evident in the two pieces Up and Down. The soprano rolls r’s, slides over a variety of sounds lie ‘aa’, ‘oo’, and ‘e’. Singers rasp g’s, grumble ‘w, rr, z, ź, g, b, c, k, dż, pff, czsz’ and breathe out their last breath. Bielski searches for a different language in the singing voice, one that is not based on the understandability of words.

      But Bielski’s work also refers to innovator Antonin Artaud who aimed at removing textual and psychological drama from theatre and replacing it with new aspects, such as movement, colour, light, sound, music–what can be felt but not really expressed. Bielski’s symbolism is based on similar thinking. Everything is a foil for something else as he pairs vertical and horizontal lines and movements, standing up and lying down, a single note and rapid downward runs, horizontal and vertical handling of instruments. He also enforces unusual playing techniques as hands move from left to right, up or down. All these elements add hidden meaning to the overall narrative until it becomes a ritual or the snippet of a story, depending on the interpretation of the listener/viewer."
      – Jan Nieuwenhuis (Program Notes)

    • Press
      (…) strong was the diptych “Up” and “Down” by Jerzy Bielski: a dramatic oratorio cut loose from language and meaning. Both parts condition clever mirror effects, but rapture was mainly because of the exciting interaction between the soprano and the instrumentalists.
      – NRC (Joep Stapel, 12 September 2016)

      A nice contrast (…) with the crazy, energetic pieces “Up” and “Down” by the Polish composer Jerzy Bielski (1984). His approach is distinctly theatrical.
      – Culuurpers (Utrecht, Thea Derks, September 10, 2016)

    • Credits
      Music, movement: Jerzy Bielski
      Conductor: Manoj Kamps
      Soprano: Sterre Konijn
      Male voices: Arnout Lems, Maciej Straburzyński, Steven van Gils
      Fujara: Raphaela Danksagmüller
    • Performed at
      Gaudeamus Muziekweek
    • Supported by
      Silbersee, Gaudeamus Muziekweek
    • Read more
    • Title
      Etrpktln   [2015]
    • For
      4 voices, live electronics, synthesiser and drums
    • Duration
      10'
    • Description
      (the piece is a part of "not only FUTURSTS" music theatre performance)

      Speed, technology, experiment, revolt! A complete roller coaster experience for the audience, with the Italian, Russian and Polish Futurists, caught in a continuous flow of unexpected events, being only the starting point and kind of a prism, through which we can have a much closer look at our contemporary times.

      "Technology is an art the same way as painting, sculpture and architecture are!"

      Spoken, shouted, whispered, hissed, murmured and transformed in any other possible way, voices of four musicians/actors/dancers are caught in a neck- breaking, fast-paced action with a never ending flow of sudden changes and unexpected turns. Along with the ("prepared") pianist, using electronics, the jazz drummer and the two live electronics players (playing on their, specifically constructed for this occasion, stage machines, as well as the other self-built instruments), they are all entangled in a stream of events, contrasting explorations of the limits of sound and space, stretching the form of the whole to the maximum.

      "Courage, audacity and revolt will be essential elements of our poetry!"

      The topics and the way they are presented are served in a grotesque, entertaining/horrifying, deadly serious/completely not serious as well as slightly mad sauce...

    • Press
      [Futurists is] a group of fearless thinkers who expose our common madness, our willingness to rush headlong into the fray without heeding the outcome. (…)

      They are not cute, they don’t even try to be nice. They are loud, they are brash, they take no prisoners. They brought a goldfish and they’re on a mission to show us that we have a problem, and it’s only going to get worse.
      – The Critter (South Africa, Steve Kretzmann, Sep 13 2015)

    • Awards
      Dioraphte Award
    • Website

      www.futurists.nl/notonlyfuturists

    • Credits
      Music and concept: Jerzy Bielski
      Voice: Marko Ivic, Kirstine Lindemann, Pia Podgornik, Jerzy Bielski
      Synth/Live Electronics: Panos Iliopoulos
      Synth: Akim Moiseenkov
      Drums: Tristan Renfrow
    • Performed at
      Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Amsterdam Fringe Festival, National Arts Festival (South Africa), Café OTO (London), Theater Bellevue, Theater Kikker, RASA, etc.
    • Supported by
      Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Dioraphte, Fonds Podiumkunsten
    • Read more
    • Title
      Red Square, Black Circle, Blue Triangle   [2014]
    • For
      percussion quartet, live electronics, quadraphonic set up
    • Duration
      13'
    • Description
      Imagining "every day" rhythms and their very different percussive sources forming into various micro and macro patterns – as an input for possible endless mutations and transformations.

      Also, taking a deep plunge into their textural and timbral exploration using live coding and quadraphonic speaker set up.

    • Credits
      Composition: Jerzy Bielski
      Percussion: Sujin Hwang, Yung-Tuan Ku, Lola Mlacnik, Mauricio Ramirez
      Live Electronics: Felipe Ignacio Noriega
    • Read more
    • Title
      Lanza!   [2006-2008]
    • For
      .
    • Duration
      +/-

    • Description
      Free improvised music
    • Credits
      Jerzy Bielski (synths, effects), Kamil Korolczuk (synths, effects), Javier Carmona (percussion, drums), Paulina Owczarek (sax)
    • Performed at
      various venues in the UK, Poland and Spain
    • Read more