Marek Podstawek
  • 59, Male
  • Lalor , Victoria
  • Australia
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Musical Artist, Producer, Music Director, Arranger, Composer
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Marek Podstawek refers to himself as a percussionist and performer. But that simple label belies his mastery of a more diverse range of instruments and the sheer creativity of his performances. Marek is indeed a percussionist (vibraphone and marimba) but he is also a drummer, keyboardist, composer, author, arranger and teacher. As a performer, Marek has a well-earned reputation for his visual antics and his ability to garner audience participation. Marek is a classic example of a musician who has not only devoted his entire career to mastering his instruments, but also exhibits a passion for sharing his sense of musical adventure.
A native of Poland, Marek graduated from the Polish Conservatory in Wroclaw with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Percussion and soon began his professional career with the National Dance Music Association of Poland, playing and performing in various jazz and dance clubs around the country. Building a strong reputation as both a versatile and charismatic performer, it was not long before he began touring internationally for the next ten years, playing National and International Jazz Festivals in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Hungary and Yugoslavia. Following his foundation years in Europe, Marek spent two years in the United States and began a full time gig that many can only dream of, spending 1992-1993 with Renaissance Cruise Lines, drumming with the ship band as he cruised the Caribbean Islands.
With experience in two continents under his belt, Marek relocated to Australia in the mid 1990s – and decided to make the great south land his permanent home. Settling in Melbourne, Marek soon developed a solid experience base, performing with some of Australia’s premier jazz and blues artists, being the drummer of choice for such acts as Tony Gould, Alex Pertout, Brian Brown, Shelly Scown, Peter Jones, Dutch Tildres as well as MBAS Performer of the Year Annie-Marie Sharry and the Hiphuggers. He has also been invited to play at such events Monsalvat Jazz Festival, The Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival, Hall’s Gap, Inverloch Jazz Festival, Merimbula Jazz Festival, The Big Blues Day Out and many more.
Marek’s passion for learning has never abated. Shortly after settling in Melbourne, Marek enrolled in the prestigious, Victorian College of Arts were he gained a Bachelor of Music Performance (Improvisation). These studies cemented his long-standing interest in composition and arranging – both for solo instruments as well as for larger ensembles- an activity that now consumes much of his spare time.
Marek’s band, Arachnids, is a multi-guise format that can include Marek performing as a solo artist or in an ensemble, is dedicated to performing his material around various venues in Melbourne. Audiences are constantly astounded by his energy, dynamism and creativity. He is strongly committed to the notion of a musician as a performer and constantly searches for innovative ways to generate audience participation and allow audience members to share his own sense of musical wonder. One of his signature visual antics is to leave the drum kit behind, mingle with the audience, while maintaining constant rhythm, using any available surface as potential percussion instrument. Marek sees himself as a sculptor of sound; he uses percussion in the same way that a painter uses a brush to create something new and exciting.
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At 1:53pm on July 19, 2010, Lou Vig said…
Thanks for the add... best wishes,

Lou Vig
At 7:54am on July 19, 2010, Derek Southon said…
Marek, nice to hear from you, I'm just enjoying one of your tracks, a cool sound. We seem to have something in common, my wife lived in Oz for nine years, some time in Melbourne, then in Sydney. My maternal grandparents were from Lithuania, so not too far from Poland. I look forward to hearing more of your excellent work, best regards, Derek, known as Del.
At 6:53am on July 19, 2010, Jussanam Dejah said…
Thanks for add me and congratulations for your job! Greetings from Reykjavik


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