Józef Skrzek

Józef Skrzek (born 2 July 1948 in Siemianowice, Silesia) – is a Polish multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer, an important figure in Polish rock. In his early career, Skrzek was associated with the groups Ślężanie, Ametysty and Breakout. In 1971, he created the progressive-rock group Silesian Blues Band (with Jerzy Piotrowski and Apostolis Anthimos) and also recorded for a time with Czesław Niemen. Over the following decades, Skrzek consistently showed independence. He performed with a number of artist and ad-hoc created bands, but mostly involved himself with theater and church music, as well as movie soundtracks. He is well-noted for his live performances not only on conventional concerts but also in a variety of other venues (e.g., his improvisations on summer solstice nights in Silesian Planetarium). Currently, he is a friend of the elementary school in his hometown (elementary school number 13 in Michalkowice) where he often plays or sings. His younger brother, Jan Skrzek (pl:Jan Skrzek), is also a notable Silesian musician.


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