Today, we are excited to spotlight Composer Maciej Zieliński, whose latest project, ‘Desolation,’ premieres tonight and celebrates its theatrical release on Friday, January 26th!

History & background

I was born as a son of famous Polish jazz drummer Andrzej “Fats” Zielinski, who was working with composer and pianist Christopher Komeda (music to Rosemary’s Baby by Roman Polanski). As ‘Komeda Trio’ they were recording music to Roman Polanski’s movies at the end of 50’s and the beginning of 60’s. I grew up learning about jazz and commercial music from my father and receiving classical music education at music schools, and then studying composition at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and at the Royal Academy of Music in London (Paul Patterson).

What do you do with your limited free time?

Skiing, windsurfing

If you could travel to any period based on the music, when would you go?

XIX or XVIII century

Favorite current composer

Don’t have just one. I like some ideas or some original elements I can find in compositions of many different composers including, Lutoslawski, Xenakis, Lighetti, Morricone, Barber, Mahler, Chick Corea, Edie Van Halen, John Williams, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Johns, and many others.

Best scored movie you’ve ever seen?

John William’s ET

What’s your composing method? (a) sitting at a piano (b) computer (c) pencil on manuscript paper (d) improvisation with musicians (e) other

I use all of them. Which one is needed – depends on the project.

When did you discover that you wanted to pursue film music?

I started to improvise, compose when I was 7 or 8. My music had this kind of film mood, atmosphere. At least that is what everybody were saying. I was always influenced by visuals. I had many painters in my family so probably I have this kind of sensitivity… I was always into movies. I was always wanting to support emotional side of the movies with my music… I am not sure when it started… It seems that I always wanted to do it… I like to combine sophisticated electronic music with acoustic instruments or orchestra as well as combining melodies with contemporary classical music approach, or sound design.