Norwich based bass teacher and session musician
Lukasz Chyla is a graduate of the Jazz Faculty at the Birmingham Conservatoire (Bass Guitar, BMus (Honours) Jazz).
He is professional bass player and educator.
He was born in Swidnik (Poland), in 1987.
His hometown hosts the Swidnik Jazz Festival where the biggest names in jazz arrive to perform, including: Tribal Tech, The Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, Jack DeJohnette with his project The Ripple Effect, Tomasz Stanko Quartet and others. From his earliest years he has had contact with jazz music at its highest, world-class level.
At the age of 14 he became interested in the bass guitar and he set his future course on training and improving his bass guitar skills. From the age of 15 he attended a secondary classical music school in a double bass class. However, he continued to be involved in jazz music and participated in jazz workshops organised in that period. There he met the Polish jazz elite (Bogdan Holownia, Artur Dutkiewicz, Janusz Szrom and others). At the age of 18 he decided to leave for Great Britain. In 2009 he began studies at the Leeds College of Music under Dave Kane’s tutelage which culminated in graduation with distinctions and in 2011 he has commenced studies at the Jazz Department at the Birmingham Conservatoire in the bass guitar class. He studied under of such tutors as: Mark Hodgson, Arnie Somogyi, Fred T Baker, Jean Toussaint, Andrew Bain, Mike Williams, Jeremy Price an others. He participated in masterclasses and performances with the likes of Dave Holland, Jeff Ballard, Mark Turner, John Taylor, and George Colligan.
He also participated in the project titled Blood On The Floor composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage organised together with the Classical Department of the Birmingham Conservatoire conducted by Sian Edwards.The next important event came with the Frontiers Festival in which he participated and with the Thallein Ensemble performed In C, composed by Terry Riley, performing together with eminent representatives of British jazz (Steve Tromans, Mark Sanders and others). The band was conducted by a Nothern Irish band leader, Sid Peacock. His participation in that festival led to cooperation with Steve Tromans in his trio, Axis Point, and a series of concerts on the jazz scene of Birmingham (made a record) as well as joining the band run by Sid Peacock and Ruth Angell, Peacock Angell Band. The band recorded pieces and videos for their new project, North. They played a promotional concert on 7th November 2014 at Midlands Arts Centre.
After completing his studies in 2015, Lukasz was employed at the Warner Leisure Hotel on the Isle of Wight as a resident bass player. During the half-year contract he has gained invaluable experience in the field of music entertainment. He collaborated with a whole range of musicians associated with running this kind of artistic activity. It was a very important period for a young graduate entering a professional music career.
In 2017, Lukasz returned to Birmingham where he threw himself into the many live music scenes of this great city. He participates in an impressive range of projects in a variety of musical genres, and has recently established a private school- the “Jaco” Bass Guitar Academy- which offers exciting, high-quality for bass guitarists at every level.
In 2019 after 2 years spent in Birmingham he relocated to Norfolk. He joined resident band at the Warner Leisure Hotel (Corton Coastal Holiday Village). He is also member of Joe Ringer Band – well established function band.
Through the years he backup plenty of artists and been involved in different kind of shows (still do it) included music of ”Abba”, ”Jacksons”, “The Beatles” etc. These includes vocalists and dancers.
Currently, he is working with Anders Helmerson Trio (new album) featuring well – renowned Japanese drummer Senri Kawaguchi. You can find new video here: andershelmerson.com
Lukasz has collaborated, and continues to collaborate, with artists such as: Ross Lydon, Abigail Kesley, Victor Horwath, David Gonzalez, Dominic James Hyde, Chandra Walker, Murdock Swales, Toby Wilson, Jake Henry, Kate Wilkins, Ruth Kokumo and others. Bands and projects include Axis Point with Steve Tromans, The Peacock Angel Band, The Ziggie Paul Band, Anne-Marie Allen Music, Johanna Rey, Hedra, Anders Helmerson Trio, Joe Ringer Band and others.