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Andrzej Mitan

From Unearthing The Music

Andrzej Mitan studied at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, the Warsaw Theological Academy and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Since the 1960s he has realised his artistic objectives by forming music groups including Onomatopeja (Onomatopoeia), Święta Racja (Amen to That), Super Grupa Bez Fałszywej Skromności (Super Group Without False Modesty), and Niezależne Studio Muzyki Elektroakustycznej (Independent Studio of Electroacoustic Music). As an artist, he has engaged in many musical and artistic forms of expression. He is a vocalist of extraordinary scale and capability, and his musical output evolved from rock forms and collaborations with free jazz musicians, to experimental music. He has also been a performance artist, creator of objects and video performances. In the years 1982–1988, along with Cezary Staniszewski and Tomasz Wilmański, Mitan ran the RR Gallery, based in the Riviera Remont Club in Warsaw. During that period, he initiated a series of albums under the title of Klub Muzyki Nowej Remont, presenting compositions by some of leading composers affiliated with the Polish Radio Experimental Studio (Andrzej Bieżan, Krzysztof Knittel), improvisers (Andrzej Przybielski, Helmut Nadolski) and visual artists (Jarosław Kozłowski, Włodzimierz Borowski). All albums were released in limited editions and designed by artists. In 1987, together with Cezary Staniszewski and Emmet Williams, Mitan organised the International Seminar of Art in Warsaw (ETC). In 2015 the artist suspended his public activity.

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