He started early. As a twelve years-old he ....wielded a battered acoustic palying ;House of the Rising Sun. He spent long years at home, playing with the likes of BB King, Hendrix. In 1982 He graduated from Institiute of Protecting Atmosphere at The Wroclaw Technical University, not even thinking of music as his final destination. From over 10 years he is considered as the best Polish blues-rock guitar player.
He was the first in Poland to prepare an instructional course with audio tape for guitar players Blues-Rock Guitar Workshop. He is also the publisher of this material and other education products. His instructional projects and workshops together with MIDI-MAX - his publishing house - were awarded with the Bronze Medal at the International Music Fair INTERMEDIA '94 in Wroclaw
Since 1991 he's been a band-leader of his own group GUITAR WORKSHOP employing top Polish musicians (Wojciech Karolak, Jerzy Piotrowski –SBB, Krzysztof Scieranski and others) as well as a blues promotor for Poland. In 1996 he had recorded an album "Leszek Cichonski & friends - LIVE" with some of the best polish guitarists: Grzegorz Skawinski, Jerzy Styczynski, Dariusz Kozakiewicz and Carlos Johnson from Chicago.
Leszek Cichonski is a laureate of the Maria Jurkowska Award granted every year by the Polish Radio Programme 3 musical jurnalist for his propagation of the blues and musical education among young people. According to "Gitara i Bass" and "Twoj Blues" magazine, he is the best polish blues-rock guitarist of 2001, 2004 and 2003 year.
Over a period of last five years, he has organized and played more than 150 concerts in Poland and Czech Republic with Chicago based blues players. Chicago's greats, Carlos Johnson, Sammy Fender, Pistol Pete came to Poland at different times and played with his band, “Guitar Workshop”.
Cichonski's CD, “Thanks Jimi" is his tribute to Jimi Hendrix. It features Chicago's own Stan Skibby and Anika - a very talented woman from Wroclaw. “Thanks Jimi” has got a few prestigious Awards of Polish Music Magazines as The Best Polish Blues Album and the Best Rock Guitar Album of 2001y.
The biggest so far guitar band lead by Leszek Cichonski plays in the center of gorgous Polish city Wroclaw every year from may 2003 y. During “Thanks Jimi Festival” e made attempt to set the new Guinness Record in simultaneous playing Jimi Hendrix's super hit "Hey Joe" . The jury has officialy confirmed 1581 guitarist taking part in this unique event in 2006 y.
His last disc, "Come Together – Live” issued in may 2005 was recorded with Mississippi born bluesman John “Broadway” Tucker and got very warm reviews already.
Cichonski and the John "Broadway" Tucker Band kicked off the night concert on June 24th at The Main Stage of the Monterey Bay Blues Festival. The first tune to be heard was our guitarist's composition "Thanks Jimi" That was the Pole's first performance on the famous Monterey stage.
www.cichonski.art.pl - the official website
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