Maciek Schejbal grew up in Cracow, Poland where he graduated from Academy of Music in the classical percussion class. He was active on jazz, fusion, classical, and avant-garde scenes and taught music at local music schools.
Schejbal performed with the legends of Polish song, Ewa Demarczyk and Marek Grechuta. After traveling with Cracow Radio Symphony Orchestra to England (world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Polish Requiem), he decided to stay behind and after several months in London, emigrated to South Africa.
A decade in South Africa allowed Schejbal to continue developing various musical interests; he performed with Johannesburg and Cape Town symphony orchestras; jazz and African music artists including Winston Mankunku, Robbie Jansen, and Basil ‘Mannenberg’ Coetzee; as well as theater and dance groups. He was also teaching drums at a few centers around the country, including Mega Music in Johannesburg, 1820 Foundation in Grahamstown, and at Cape Town’s Musical Action for People’s Progress, The Jazz Workshop and the University of Cape Town.
While living in Johannesburg, Schejbal was involved with the progressive theater circles of the Market Theater, performing drums and percussion in a pit as well as composing and performing his own music at several theater productions supported by popular and critical acclaim. Collaboration with Andrew Buckland brought No Easy Walk, a mime and music piece (Pick of the Finge Award at the 1987 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown) and Thing?, a play for three actors and three musicians. He wrote and workshopped music for Barney Simon’s Flight, and Gary Gordon’s Anatomical Journey of a Settler Man, among other productions.
After arriving in New York in 1993, Schejbal has been working mostly with African performers, including nearly 15-year collaboration with a Cameroonian singer Kaïssa. He produced her first album Looking There (licensed by Sony South Africa) and directed Kaïssa’s various ensembles in venues around the world. He worked with South African musicians Hugh Masekela, Tony Cedras, Morris Goldberg, and Bakithi Kumalo, among others.
Maciek Schejbal has been a faculty member of the Drummers Collective since 1998. He co-wrote Afro-Caribbean & Brazilian Rhythms for the Drumset and published Afropop Play-Along for Drummers.
Currently Schejbal is working on his own Afro-Polka music project as well as developing various musical and interdisciplinary collaborations.
Certificate Program B: Afro Pop
Elective Intensive Program: Intro to Music Production
Advanced Performance Program: Intro to Music Production