Tomasz Torres biography


Tomek was born in 1984. After twelve years of music education he graduated from primary & secondary Public Music School in Bytom. He got a Master Degree of music in Music Academy in Wroclaw, department of jazz. His musical adventure began in United States, where he was invited every year (1997- 2006) to tour with his trio TRIOLOGY (w/ Michal Baranski and Matuesz Kolakowski). The trio was founded by american clarnet player Brad Teryy. He played over 300 concerts in almost all the states including shows at Knitting Factory (NYC); Jazz Bakery (LA); Andy's Jazz Club (Chicago), as well in smaller jazz clubs in San Diego, Boston, Denver, San Francisco. During his stay in US, he was able to meet & share the stage with well known musicians as Bill McHenry, William Gallison, Tony Malaby, Jeff Williams, Aaron Goldberg, Jamey Aabersold (who invited them to do workshops for college students), Adam Makowicz, Buddy DeFranco, just to name a few. In Poland he played with well known band leaders such as Urszula Dudziak, Kuba Badach, Ania Szarmach, Kasia Kowalska, Mayito Rivera, Natasza Urbanska and also Bobby McFerrin! Tomek has worked with renowned musicians like Jose Torres, Reinaldo Ceballo, Carlos del Pino, Piotr Zaczek, Grzegorz Jablonski, Robert Kubiszyn, Michal Baranski, Jan Smoczynski, Grzech Piotrowski. He works with polish groups: Afromental, Krzysztof Urbanski Quartet, Jose Torres & Havana Dreams, Quinteto Cubano, VNM, TEDE.
In 2012 Tomek started to work with best polish and international DJ's, as a Live Set Drummer, in clubs in Poland. He's worked with DJ Bleq, DJ Macu, DJ Kocurr and a german 3-time World Dj Champion - DJ PRO ZEIKO. He plays in the best clubs in Warsaw as well as other cities in Poland. In 2014 he form a group of two DJs (DJ Macu & DJ Kocurr) and himself called The Bangers. A year later they release a first mixtape in Poland with a live drums.
In 2014 Tomek Torres was chosen "Modern Drummer of the Year" by polish drummer magazine - "Perkusista". In 2016 he won "Drummer of the Year" ("Pekusista" magazine") and in 2017 he was claimed one of "101 Best Polish Drummers of All Time".
  • - TOP TEN on Gama Festival in Kolobrzeg 2004
  • - Final of Student Arts Festival in Krakow 2004
  • - I Award on 1st Competition for Young Bands in Olsztyn 2007
  • - took part in TopTrendy 2007 Final concert in Sopot
  • - Fryderki 2008 (polish type of Grammy) nominations for debut album "The Breakthru" in category "Best HipHop R'n'B Album of the year"
  • - Concert @ Polish Eurovision Final 2008
  • - Nomination for MTV European Music Awards 2008 i 2009 and 2010 "Best Polish Act", and Award in 2010 for the "Best Polish Act"
  • - Nomination for MTV European Music Awards 2010 "Best European Act"
  • - "Superones" awards in Opole for the "Band of the year"
  • - Concert at final of Sopot Festival 2009
  • - took part in polish TV Series "39,5" ( 2009 )
  • - Soundtrack for a polish dance mowie "Dance & Love" ( 2009 )
  • - Golden Album for second album "Playing with Pop" 2009
  • - "Band of the year" on Viva Comet 2010 festival ( 4 nominations: Band of the Year, Image of the Year, Video of the Year, Charts Award )
  • - London Pam Awards 2010 - 2 nominations: Band of the year, Urban / Roots Album of the year
  • - Fryderyki 2010 ( polish Grammy-like ) 2 nominations: Band of the year, Hip Hop RnB Album of the year.
  • - "Band of the year" at Eska Music Awards 2010 ( 3 nominations: Band of the year, Video of the year, Hit of the year )
  • - "Wow!" Music Award @ Orange Warsaw Festival 2010. Selected from 10 bands from all over the world. 
  • - Golden Record for the album "The B.O.M.B." in 2014
  • - Platinum Record for the album "Kayah & Transoriental Orchestra" in 2014
  • - 1st place at International Jazz Competition in Gdynia 2007
  • - 1st place at International comepition Jazz Juniors in Cracow 2007
  • - 1st place at Jazz nad Odra festival 2008
  • - 1st place on Interational Jazz Competition "Jazz Hoeilaart 2008" in Belgium, selected from 60 bands from over the world!
  • - concert and the biggest jazz festival in Poland
  • - JAZZ JAMBOREE 2008, supporting for Arturo Sandoval
  • - 1st place on international competition Jazz Juniors in Cracow 2007.