No plans for Halloween? no problem! Join us 29th Oct 2016

No plans for Halloween? No problem 🙂 join us for an intimate show of music, comedy & overall good energy! Lovely Bar 48 cafe invited me to host one more evening in their Oval headquarters – We have a few bands confirmed, a few comedians, and YES  my humble self will play some of my songs on the grand piano! Bands confirmed to play are Annalie Wilson, Amy Firth, and more 🙂 We will also have a few jazz musicians to perform some jazz 🙂 So if you need some good warm energy and a hug on a cold autumn night, join us there! Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/300625410313196/ Saturday 29th Oct from 7:30 pm London UK    Address: 48 Brixton Road, SW9 6BT London, United Kingdom Starting 7:30 pm – My songs from around 8:15 pm Hope to see you there 🙂 With hugs – Maja (Petal)   PS Picture credit: Birgit Lechner X...

New adventures with presenting :) 2016 & onwards

A week ago, I attended a course I had dreamt of for a while: TV presenting training with TV academy in Pinewood Studios. I love being creative, and MUSIC will always stay & have a special place in my life. Acting is a big love too, but sadly due to my French / Polish background, I only got to be cast as lovers, cleaners, prostitutes or other country stereotypes. A few years ago I discovered how much I love travelling, and so, going back to my journalist background, I have for long thought of learning more about working as TV presenter to meet incredible people from all around the world & e.g. film a series around my one more love: TEA :). I worked as a presenter before, but tt was amazing to meet fellow presenters, including Finnish documentary maker Iris Olsson (see below), and hone our skills together . It was hard work, especially as I was suffering from a nasty cold, but also great fun to practice writing scripts, learning all the ins and out of the studio, and working with the camera. I simply cannot wait to share with you the end result – my final presenter showreel.     I hope the training will help me experience adventures all around our beautiful planet & visit places I have not even heard of! Stay tuned and cross fingers 🙂...

Thoughts after a show – on being safe & everything turning out OK :)

So I had a show… Again.. of my original songs in which embarrassingly I recently seem to lose all possible faith – my only children: my hug-songs.. and I have been such a bad mother.. If you have read my previous post, you know that – well let’s just say I kind of stopped hoping any of friends would ever make it to one of my shows 😉 Which is kind of good, because I would like to try to hope that my music could just touch some people & people would like it for its sake, and not come as my friends to help me feel better when I lose faith.. So it did not bother me at all. I kind of planned a pause on live gigs (because ‘ no one ever came’ anyway, and well some people I admire, like Stina N, never play live anyway ..) & focus on starting fundraising – via pledge music – for my EP recording project. Thing I was meant to do months ago but well then the faith thing started happening and well.. one gets always busy in London right? (especially when you are good at perfectionism & procrastination 😉. So for tonight I kind accepted some time ago not many may actually make it to the show… but then a friend said she would come. AND bring a friend. And another long lost friend got back in touch saying it was her birthday and she would make her birthday do in the pub where the show was taking place. And another suddenly decided to show up. with a friend too. AND...

Thoughts after a show – on serving ….

So today I had a show… Seems normal but actually only last year & unplanned I suddenly became a ‘band’ on my own & got forced to also become a pianist after nearly 20 years of not touching the keys..And this time, the show was in an old stinky pub round the corner… Sadly as most times they did not have a piano so I had to drag down my mini (=sounding sh**) shaky keyboard & pretend I can play it… And, as usual, with so many friends that “so much want to see me live blah blah”, no one could make it… Ok London is big & there s so many much more fun things to do 🙂 & when there is deluge outside – like tonight – it does not encourage you to go anywhere let alone cross the river 😉 but even though you know & understand it all, it still hurts when you realise after 10 years none of the people you know can show up at your show ((thank you so so so SO much to all who ever came to my shows!!! I was nearly physically ill – I knew I could still run away, & I kept asking myself why I keep doing it to myself: why I keep playing live on shit keyboard? Why do I keep sharing my songs at all? when maybe it s all sh** & I should have stopped ages ago… WHY? I promised I would NEVER do it again. EVER. In nervousness, I panicked & texted a friend to feel better. Aren’t you supposed to share...

Show of my original songs :) on a FRIday 14th Aug :) – New Cross Inn

Another show announced!! YES!! 🙂 If you are free on Friday 14th August do pop in to the lovely New Cross Inn (323 New Cross Road, SE14 6AS London) for an accoustic set of female singer songwriters incl. Sasha Johnst, Nicole Stella – & myself 🙂 Evening is only 3£ to attend (to pay our sandman) so if you fancy some positive energy, music & hugs pop in & say hi 🙂 Facebook event invite...

How to start your day in the most awesome way? With a FREE exercise class :) i.e. Project Awesome :)

This morning was a struggle… Not having fallen asleep till 3 am, I had to wake up around 5:45 am. A friend who was staying over at our couch (& who I also had to wake up & take care of, being a good hostess of course :), asked me why I decide to leave so early despite such a short & ergo painful night… But I was a woman on a mission! & nothing could stop me – Yes, I was shattered but also full of positive energy looking forward to an exercise class with an awesome difference :). Project Awesome run by a very awesome indeed & full of positive energy Mr Danny Bent, awarded a place in the famous Independent Happy list 2015, & Ms Adventurer Extraordinaire Anna McNuff, is simply put “FREE fitness movement in London that gets you out of bed and into shape” ( ok definitely out of bed, I confirm ;). Named “The friendliest workout in London” & taking place in some of the most scenic parts of London, such as today’s Tower Bridge area & Primrose Hill on Fridays, it is probably one of the most perfect ways to start your day with some friendly strangers coming from all ages, races & colours having one goal in common – have fun & get fit 🙂 All levels are welcome! Even though I regularly cycle, swim & as you know, hike whenever I can since the age of 5, after two hours of sleep, my press-ups were probably the crappiest ones today in front of the whole Project Awesome community :), but that...

Another show of my original songs :) Wed 22nd July 2015 in Hackney

This Wednesday 22nd July I have another show of my original Petal songs 🙂 I will be playing in a lovely Hackney cafe joined by 3 other incredible singer songwriters 🙂 It is all FREE to attend and! there is 20% discount on all food and drink that day! All details are below: Event invite on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/404490396406347/ Location: The Star by Hackney Downs 35 Queensdown Road, E5 8NN London, United Kingdom Do pop in and say hi 🙂 & bring friends! 🙂...

Mini artist photoshoot at St Pancras International station

Today I was playing my songs to travelers at St Pancras International station 🙂 on one of the station resident pianos! 🙂 This year I was invited by photographer James Hall to help coordinating a series of portraits of Polish artists living in UK. … And also be a subject of one of them :). I would love my songs to be enjoyed by people from all over the world so what better place to place me playing them then at one of the biggest train stations on the planet with multitude of people from various walks of life? It was quite scary, my fingers were shaking but thankfully one smiling lady, a traveler from USA, came up to us & started filming us & encouraging me to play more :). After we finished, we took part in the national minute of silence remembering those who lost their lives on 7/7/2005 in London tube terrorist attacks. I now have a task of choosing the most favorite picture (not easy!:) before the series is finished & we can hopefully organise an exhibition honoring the work of all incredible people who agreed to be involved in the project. Stay tuned 🙂 Unedited shots below.  All photographs – ©James Hall at...

Star Wars & me… & the proof I am an alien! :)

Finally… After months of so many friends & fans asking me so many questions about what how when & who, I can reveal… what my character looked like on the set of latest Star Wars movie 🙂 And well, yep – it looks simply.. like me 🙂 With a big hair! There, in print, lies the proof that I have always been an alien 🙂 thanks to Vanity Fair and the photoshoot by one and only Annie Leibovitz. I still cannot say anything about the plot, other characters I met, or what happened in my scene.  For that, we will have to wait another few more months 🙂  ...

New show of my original songs – Thu 19th March in Central London 7:00 pm

Next Thu I am absolutely delighted to be playing a set of my own original songs (under my pseudonym PETAL) & be joined on stage by some amazing London bands! I hope you can join us on 19th March in the Workshop in Old street (details below) from 7:00 pm a mini taster here: – one of my most recent songs 🙂 See you there 🙂 Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/924525330899347...