Marek Ałaszewski, painter, musician and leader of the Klan band, has died. “My beloved Dad passed away tonight. For almost a year, since January, he was on a respirator, already unconscious,” the son of the 80-year-old artist said on Sunday.
“My beloved Dad passed away tonight… 7 years ago, a stroke, the nightmare of our times, took away his ability to move, speak, create… basically everything… For the last almost a year, since January, he has been on a respirator, already unconscious… at least that much we hope… I can’t imagine what he had to go through… Now you don’t suffer anymore, dear Dad… See you later… – wrote the painter’s son, Marek Ałaszewski junior, on Facebook on Sunday.
Composer, guitarist, songwriter
Marek Ałaszewski was born on December 2, 1942 in Warsaw. He was a composer, guitarist, lyricist, vocalist and painter.
He graduated from the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw – he learned from Jan Cybis, Aleksander Kobzdej and Stefan Gierowski. This year, Ałaszewski’s works could be seen at an exhibition at the Kordegarda gallery in Warsaw. During the opening, Deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage Wanda Zwinogrodzka presented the family of Marek Ałaszewski with the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis.
Ałaszewski was also a composer, vocalist, guitarist and leader of the band Klan, which he founded in 1969. During the first two years of activity, the band released the albums “Klan” and “Mrowisko”. After two years, he suspended the band’s activities and took up painting. The clan reactivated in 1991, a year later the band recorded the album “Po co mi ten raj”, and in 2012 “Laufer”. Years later, the remastered albums were released by GAD Records.
He composed music for performances
Marek Ałaszewski also wrote music for performances. In 1973, he composed music for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” after Shakespeare, staged by the Roma Theater and the Berlin Metropoltheater, and in 2010, commissioned by the Museum of Literature, he composed the oratorio “The Magi’s Journey” to the poetry of TS Eliot.
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