Artur Tuznik is a Polish piano player and composer based in Copenhagen, Denmark, active on European scene for jazz and improvised music both as a bandleader and sideman. His recognizable musical voice is strongly influenced by language of impressionism and folk music of his origins, while previously rooted in tradition of modal-jazz and sound we know as Scandinavian jazz. Most recently, after completing his studies at classical DKDM in Copenhagen, he engaged into stilistics from between worlds of classical music and contemporary improvisation, being known for his daring approach to combine achievements of earlier music with modern understanding of songforms and instrumentarium.
After moving to Denmark in 2008, Tuznik made his recording debut in 2011 with his “Licak/Tuznik Quintet”, released on the Danish label BlackOut, feat. Anders Mogensen on drums. The album was received by critics as an “excellent contemporary recordand real must listen'', and Tuznik has been described as “unusually gifted improviser” and “brilliant soloist”. That was followed by a realese of his Outbreak Quartet by label of Radio Katowice, after the band won probably the most important competition in Poland “Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa”.
In 2016 he made his first trio release featuring Danish rhythm section of Nils Davidsen and Jakob Høyer - major figures on Scandinavian scene for improvised music. Album “Artur Tuznik TRIO” has been released by Polish label Multikulti, followed by great reviews internationally. The major Danish newspaper POLITIKEN placed it in TOP 5 Jazz Albums of 2017.
"I have listened to this album many times, and it's not possible to get it out of head. Tuznik has a zone of an alluring calm and
adventurous contemplation in his playing"
Christian Munch-Hansen, POLITIKEN (DK) - ***** (5/6)
''(...) Possibly the most interesting piano-achievement on the Polish jazz scene last year"
5 stars ***** by Adam Domagala, JAZZ FORUM Polish Jazz Magazine
Since then, Tuznik engaged himself into touring, composing or performing in a number of various co-operations with Atom String Quartet, Thomas Agergaard, Maciej Obara, Moo Latte, and several other formations playing his original music. He premiered his cross-over work "SWAN Suite" under CPH jazzfestival 2018 receiving 5 stars in POLITIKEN. Before that, his work WOODS has been rewarded with a prize by the Danish Popular Authors Association (DPA), presented by Danish Radio Big Band and broadcasted live.
Tuznik’s newest project THE SPACE ABOVE features Bolivian-routed flutist Flavia Huarachi and Norwegian drummer Simon Albertsen. The band plays Artur’s compositions and interpretaions of classical music, trying to challenge rigid frames of academic approach to earlier music and putting it in a context of modern understanding and instrumentarium.
On Scandinavian scene Tuznik gained recognition with his TRIO and by performing with Thomas Blachman, Lennart Ginman, Anders Christensen, Anders Mogensen, Alex Riel, Thommy Andersson, Fredrik Lundin among many others. Internationally, in various projects, Tuznik has shared the stage and/or recorded with artists like Tomasz Stanko, Jeremy Pelt, Tony Malaby, Maciej Obara. Artur has also been performing on festivals in Europe, USA, Canada and such prestigeous venues as Lincoln Center in NYC.
From 2015, Artur was a part of an international super-group of young generation musicians lead by one of the most influential trumpeters in music history Tomasz Stanko who sadly passed away in 2018. As Tomasz Stanko Experience, band has recorded and played a concert tour in Denmark followed by superb reviews in main national media - 5 stars from Berlingske and great words about Tuznik from major daily newspaper POLITIKEN:
“Especially Tuznik was interesting to follow (...) With his New Ballad he also showed good work as a composer”
Jakob Baekgaard, Politiken (DK)
As a bandleader, Tuznik has been awarded best-soloist and Grand Prix prizes on a number of international jazz competitions in Europe - Burghausen (Germany), Getxo (Spain), Hoeilaart (Belgium), Jazz-Nad-Odra (PL), Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa (PL) and more.
He graduated from Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen with a master degree and with prestigious Advanced-Postgraduate-Diploma "Solistclass". Afterwards, with Bachelor degree in classical piano from Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.