Rafal Zapała is a composer, improviser, sound artist, assistant professor at Composition Dept. He also works at Studio Muzyki Elektroakustycznej Akademii Muzycznej w Poznaniu (SMEAMuz Poznan).
He graduated composition (MA, PhD) and choir conducting (MA).
He was participant of K.Stockhausen Concerts and Courses (Kurten2008), Acanthes Courses (Metz, 2010 with IRCAM, T.Murail and B.Furrer), P. Oliveros, A. Lucier (STEIM Amsterdam), Z. Karkowski and others.
He participated in the Artist-in-residence at Stanford University–CCRMA (Jan.-Mar.2014), Culture Center "Zamek" (2014), Swiętokrzyska Philharmonic (2014/2015), ZK/U Berlin ( 2016/2017).
He is founder and head of an_ARCHE NewMusicFoundation and many ensembles (contemporary, improvised, electronic music).
His concept of Live Electronic Preparation (LEP Technique) is published at Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio (Oxford University Press, 2014).
As a Sound Designer of The Polish national exhibition Post-Apocalypsis he was awarded the Gold Medal of the 13th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space festival – Sound Design category).
Rafal Zapała does not recognise any boundaries between music acquired through academic education, experience of the counterculture and collaborating with artists from other fields of art. His music was presented at contemporary music festivals, jazz clubs, experimental music venues and open, public spaces.