Magda Piskorczyk

(pronounce: peace-CORE-chick) is a singer with a mature, low, unusual voice timbre and multiinstrumentalist playing acoustic, electric and bass guitar as well as percussion. Described in France as “la voix noire et au costume blanc” (black voice in a white costume). Magda performs music of Afro-American and African heritage.

She is a two-time semi-finalist of the biggest blues competition in the World, International Blues Challenge in Memphis, USA. 7 times chosen as the Vocalist of the Year by readers of the Polish blues quarterly. Three-time nominee (album of the year for CD’s, “Magda Live”, “Afro Groove” and “Mahalia”) to the Fryderyk Award, the most important and prestigious award of the Polish Phonographic Industry.

She regularly performs with her band and has given shows at many festivals almost all over Europe and in Taiwan. In 2011 Magda started music workshops entitled Magda Piskorczyk Masterclass based on her own program. CD “Magda Piskorczyk Masterclass” released in 2012 is the fruit of such workshops organized in Warsaw.

Magda has released six CDs including:

“Mahalia” – studio album prepared in Honor of Mahalia Jackson celebrating the 100th Birthday Anniversary of the Queen of Gospel;
Afro Groove
“Afro Groove” – double live CD feat. Billy Gibson, harmonica virtuoso from Memphis, with lots of ethnic flavor;
Magda Live
“Magda Live” – acoustic CD, recorded live in Radio Gdańsk;
Live at Satyrblues
“Live at Satyrblues” – with Swedish guitar player and singer-songwriter Slidin’ Slim;
Blues Travelling
“Blues Travelling” – feat. Michal Urbaniak, a renowned jazz violinist;
Make Your Spirit Fly
“Make Your Spirit Fly”first recordings of Magda.

Three CDs: “Magda Live”, “Afro Groove” and “Mahalia”
have been nominated to the Fryderyk Award, the most prestigious award of the Polish Phonographic Industry.

Music of Magda Piskorczyk

is her tasteful arrangements of funk, blues, gospel, soul, rock and jazz classics and her own original compositions as well. Despite her music being deeply set in the African-American tradition, it is very personal and innovative at the same time. Joy and humour, great emotions and energy are mixed with deep messages, melancholy and moving sincerity. An unusual, very expressive usage of voice and perfectly matched sounds of guitars, a Hammond organ, a saxophone, percussion or other instruments make this music unique and captivating. Magda is known for the excellent contact with the audience, which is alternately involved in spontaneous amusement (collective singing, emotional shouting, hand-clapping or snapping their fingers) and deep reflection. She has performed with many famous musicians, such as Bob Margolin, Bob Brozman, Seckou Keita, Greg Zlap, Michal Urbaniak, Wojciech Karolak, Organek, Rita Engedalen, Slidin’ Slim and Engerling group. In Summer 2010 she gave 22 concerts with harmonica virtuoso, Blues Award Winner Billy Gibson.


In 2011 Magda prepared a special gospel program “In Honor of Mahalia Jackson” with her versions of songs known from Mahalia’s records. She has performed gospel and spiritual songs many times in Poland, Germany, Sweden, Hungary and France. In 2008 she gave a series of concerts with her band at the City Sings Gospel Festival in Liverpool. There she performed also at the Hope Street Festival and during the final concert in the Metropolitan Cathedral, broadcast by the BBC Radio.
More about Mahalia Jackson

Musicians and media about Magda

She’s a great future for the music. She’s a great, great musician with very good groove and sense of music.
Bob Brozman after the concert with Magda at Dobrofest Trnava

Excellent music, beautiful voice, musicians in top form, our audience love it absolutely.
Serge WARIN about CD „Magda Live”, Radio Canal Bleu, France

I can hardly wait to see this lady live on stage!
Bobtje’s Blues Pages, Holland

That young and from Eastern Europe! Excellent! She is better than some Americans!”
Rev. Rabia from Berkeley, USA, American blues singer

Blues from Poland? Possibly the last place you’d expect to hear blues coming from. Magda Piskorczyk has a great bluesy voice, and you’d never guess that she was from Eastern Europe – although you might guess at Mississippi or Tennessee.
Terry Clear, Blues Bytes

Magda is an excellent, deep-voiced singer – her voice is somewhere between Koko Taylor, Charley Patton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Tommy Johnson) – capable of tackling well-known blues, jazz and gospel numbers alongside more contemporary songs from the pens of Jacques Brel, Paul Rodgers (‘Muddy Water Blues’ is a wonderful performance) and Tracy Chapman, and her style is distinctive, individual and unusual. So too are her arrangements, which certainly avoid the obvious and although they are acoustic-based, can be extremely powerful…
Norman Darwen about CD “Magda Live”, Blues Art-Journal



Make Your Spirit Fly
Magda Piskorczyk – “Make Your Spirit Fly”, reedition (digipack), Krakowskie Klimaty Muzyczne, 2017
Magda Piskorczyk “Mahalia”, Artgraff, 2011
Afro Groove
Magda Piskorczyk feat. Billy Gibson “Afro Groove”, BSMF Japan, 2011
Afro Groove
Magda Piskorczyk feat. Billy Gibson “Afro Groove”, Artgraff, 2011
Live at Satyrblues
Magda Piskorczyk & Slidin’ Slim “Live at Satyrblues”, 2010
Magda Live
Magda Piskorczyk “Magda Live”, 2008
Blues Travelling
Magda Piskorczyk “Blues Travelling”, feat. Michal Urbaniak, 2005
Make Your Spirit Fly
Magda Piskorczyk “Make Your Spirit Fly”, demo, 2002

As a guest and special projects:

Magda Piskorczyk Master Class
“Magda Piskorczyk Master Class” Ośrodek Kultury Ochoty, 2012
Antoni Krupa “Amela” Radio Cracow, 2012
Blues Flowers “Smacznego!”, 2008
Blues Flowers “Bluesmenty”, 2005
Spoko wodza
Blues Flowers “Spoko Wodza”, 2003
Nie będę grzeczną dziewczynką
Blues Flowers “Nie będę grzeczną dziewczynką” (single), 2003
Cieszmy się jak dzieci
Blues Flowers “Cieszmy się jak dzieci” (single), 2003
The Jam Session Band
The Jam Session Band “One Night At Satyrblues Live“, 2003
Chorzy na bluesa
“Chorzy na bluesa śpiewają utwory Sławka Wierzcholskiego” 2004


  • “Absolute Acoustic”, 2CD, Singapore 2016, song “Darkness on the Delta”;
  • “Jazz Studio”, CD, Singapore 2016, song “Temptation”;
  • “Amazing Jazz”, 2CD, Singapore 2015, song “I’d Rather go Blind”;
  • “The Best Blues…Ever!”, 4CD box, EMI Music Poland 2012, song “Darkness On The Delta”;
  • “When Blues Meets Jazz”, audiophile 2CD, Singapore 2012, song “I’ve Got The Blues And I Can’t Be Satysfied”;
  • “Jazz Unlimited Vol.3 (The Ultimate Jazz Vocal Collection Ever)”, audiophile 2CD, Singapore 2012, song “Temptation”;
  • “Great Songwriters’ Songbook”, Singapore 2012, song “Temptation”;
  • “Jazz Bar”, Singapore 2012, song “Work Song”;
  • “Acoustic Edition II”, audiophile CD, Singapore 2012, song “Darkness on the Delta”;
  • “Female Jazz II (The Greatest Vocal Collection)”, 2CD, Singapore 2011, song “Darkness on the Delta”;
  • “Jazz Unlimited”, 2CD, Singapore 2011, song “I’d Rather go Blind”;
  • “Jazz Addiction”, audiophile CD, Singapore 2011, song “I’d Rather go Blind”;
  • “Smooth Jazz po polsku”, 5-CD Box, 2010, 1 song;
  • “17 International Gastroblues Festival” DVD, Hungary 2009, 6 songs;
  • “Blues sur Seine celebrates its 10 years”, France 2008, song “Walking Blues”;
  • “Antologia Polskiego Bluesa” vol. I & II (Polish blues Anthology, 5-CD box), 2008 & 2009, 4 songs;
  • “Blues sur Seine, 8eme edition”, song “Help Me”, France 2006

Magda at international festivals

Magda has given shows at many international fests, such as:

  • Tyykiblues Festival, Forssa, Finland (2018, 2019)
  • Vienna Blues Spring Festival, Austria (2014, 2018)
  • Greifswald Polenmarkt, Germany (2017)
  • Jimiway Festival, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland (2002, 2006, 2017)
  • Europe Blues Train Festival, Hannover (International Fireworks Festival), Germany (2017)
  • Europe Blues Train Festival, Berlin and Bielefeld, Germany (2017)
  • Europe Blues Train Festival, Berlin and Bruchhausen-Vilsen, Germany (2016)
  • Singen Stadtfest, Germany (2015)
  • Kobieca Transsmisja (Women Transsmision), Nowy Targ, Poland (2015)
  • Ziegelei Open Air, Twistringen, Germany (2015)
  • Jazztage Dresden, Germany (2014)
  • Transit Festival, Burg Klempenow, Germany (2014)
  • Blue Wave Festival, Rugia, Germany (2014)
  • Głogow Jazz Meetings, Głogów, Poland (2013)
  • Toruń Blues Meeting, Toruń, Poland (2013)
  • Chemnitzer Stadtfest, Chemnitz, Germany (2013)
  • Bluesovy Podzimek, Holešov, Czech Rep. (2013)
  • Prerov Jazz Festival, Prerov, Czech Rep. (2009, 2013)
  • Old Jazz Meeting Golden Washboard, Iława, Poland (2013)
  • Southern Rock and Blues Festival, Kolin, Czech Rep. (2013)
  • Blues Bash, Taipei, Taiwan (2012)
  • Opole Gospel Festival, Opole, Poland (2012)
  • Blues au chateau Festival, La Cheze, France (2012)
  • Resofest, Unna, Germany (2012)
  • Picnic Country, Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland (2012)
  • Eutin Bluesfest / Blues Baltica, Germany (2011)
  • Suwalki Blues Festival, Suwalki, Poland (2011)
  • Plus Tennis Music Festival, Szczecin, Poland (2010)
  • Jazz Blues Jamboree, Nove Zamky, Slovakia (2010)
  • Dusty Road Blues Festival, Tidaholm, Sweden (2010)
  • Fredrikstad Bluescamp, Fredrikstad, Norway (2010)
  • Harmonica Bridge, Toruń and Bydgoszcz, Poland (2010)
  • Satyrblues, Tarnobrzeg, Poland (2003, 2009 & 2010)
  • Olsztyn Blues Nights Olsztyn, Poland (2002, 2010)
  • Trossinger Blues Fabrik, Germany (2009)
  • Prerov Jazz Festival, Prerov, Czech Rep. (2009)
  • Gastroblues, Paks, Hungary (2009)
  • City Sings Gospel, Liverpool, UK (2008)
  • Blues Goes East, Karlsruhe, Germany (2007)
  • Bluestracje – Polish Blues TOP, Chorzów and Zakopane, Poland (2007)
  • Buezzfest, Burgas, Bulgaria (2006)
  • International Blues Challenge, Memphis, USA (2005, 2006)
  • Resonator Guitar Festival, Sullingen, Germany (2005, 2006)
  • Jimiway Festival, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland (2002, 2006)
  • Blues Sur Seine, France (2006)
  • Dresden Blues Festival, Germany (2006)
  • Dobrofest, Trnava, Slovakia (2005)
  • Rawa Blues Festival, Katowice, Poland (2003, 2005)
  • Berlin Bluesfestival, Germany (2004)
  • Potsdam Bluesfestival, Germany (2004)
  • Blues Alive, Sumperk, Czech Republic (2002)

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