Willem Pijper Centenary: Marta Warelis

Meet the artists: Marta Warelis

Pianist Marta Warelis is a vibrant performer with a strong preference for improvisation and experimentation in all genres. She continually aims for instant composing on the basis of new sounds and influences. Her work draws inspiration from music across the globe including cumbia, Angolan dance music, as well as jazz, western classical music and the various schools of free improvisation. 

Born and raised in Poland where she graduated with honours from WSJiMR in Wrocław, Marta moved to Groningen in 2010 to attend the Prins Claus Conservatorium. In 2014 she found her place in Amsterdam, very quickly becoming an active member of the local improvisers’ scene. Marta has appeared frequently in the Bimhuis, where in 2017 she was given a Carte Blanche in recognition of her remarkable talents. She performs with a variety of creative musicians including Michael Moore, Ab Baars, Mike Reed, Andy Moor, Joost Buis, dancers Lily Kiara and Michael Shumacher and groups such as Hupata!, Omawi, Future Neighbor, Polyband, Edge Ensemble, Strings5, Xavier Pamplona, Warelis/Rosaly/Lumley/Dikeman and Bazooka.