Władysław “Gudonis” Komendarek is an icon of Polish electronic music. A member of Exodus in the 1980s, he embarked on a solo career and has been composing electronic music since 1984. Komendarek is a direct descendant of Michał Kleofas Ogiński, composer of the famous polonaise Farewell to My Fatherland.
He is an artist of many interests, with three major areas evident in his work:
– original music, fascination with classical music and its transcription and performance on synthesisers;
– experimental electronic music projects which brought him renown thanks to original ideas, a musical imagination and an extensive array of instruments;
– composition of accessible music (albums Dotyk chmur, Manipulator świadomości, Zeta Reticuli IV, Hibernacja nr 1).
In the mid-1970s Komendarek was a member of Grupa Dominika, formed by Dominik Kuta, who has previously worked with the group Czerwone Gitary. In 1976-1984 Komendarek played in Exodus.
In 1979, together with Exodus band mate Paweł Birula he appeared on the Skaldowie album Rezerwat miłości. In 1985 he performed at the rock festival in Jarocin, where – in homage to J. S. Bach on the occasion of his 300th birthday, Komendarek performed the extended instrumental rock suite Powrót z materii międzygwiazdowej. He appeared at the Jarocin festival next year, performing Zabawa kosmicznych dzieci. Komendarek performed at prestigious festivals in Poland, Europe and in the USSR. He has released more than 30 albums on LP, cassette and compact disc.
His works are always ranked at the top of the Top Tlen electronic music programme in Programme 3 ofPolish Radio.
Władysław “Gudonis” Komendarek received the Polish Culture Medal of Merit from the Minister of Culture.