Čači Vorba - "true speech" in Romani language (related to Gypsy songs).
With a well-acclaimed performance at the British "WOMAD Festival 2014" (BBC3 Stage), a double-scored Songlines' "Top of the World" mark (2010 & 2011), "German Record Critics Award" (2010), the Polish "Folk Fonograme of the Year" (2011/12) and more than 400 concerts in 19 countries Čači Vorba is one of the most recognised folk/world-music bands from Poland of last few years.
Original blend of impassionately and expertly treated tradition (Gypsy, Carpathian, Balkan), own compositions and musical „remakes” full of elements of jazz, rock, classical, results in Čači Vorba's refreshing approach to Gypsy music, far from beaten paths of brass band's, Balkan-beat or a sequin stylization. Band's own „Gypsy fusion” of styles and genres, performed on acoustic traditional instruments, gives a multi-layer mixture of ethnic trance, rock dynamics, subtle jazzy harmonies and a psychedelic-like space, all tied-in by a charismatic voice of group's soloist Maria Natanson. The singer and a violin player as a teeenager ran off to Carpathian mountains in search for a living village music. There she met and lived with Roma musicians, learned songs, the language and soaked up their musical sensibility. Nowadays she's considered one of most notable female voices of Polish world-music scene, easily moving between several types of East European singing and being one of very few gadji (non-Gypsy) artist creating own lyrics in Romani language.
Maria Natanson - vocal, violin, kabak keman
Rafał Gontarski - accordion
Piotr Majczyna - bouzouki, mandola, guitar
Sebastian Szebesta - darabuka, cajon, riqq, daf
Robert Brzozowski - double-bass
Band's website: www.cacivorba.pl
Meridian Art & Music is a Polish art & booking agency made by and for world-music artists. It's activities:
1. With around 500 gigs organised so far and a 12 years-long experience in working (artist booking and program consultancy) with festivals, local promoters, clubs and cultural institutions in Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic, it offers an access to Central European music events market for foreign world-music touring artists.
2. Representing Čači Vorba band and some other Eastern Polish (from Lublin city and area: St. Nicolas Orch., Sie Gra, Drewutnia, Global Shtetl Band) and Ukrainian world-music artists (Pushkin Klezmer Band, Burdon, Lemko Bluegrass Band).
3. Representing festivals "Oldest Songs of Europe" and "Mikołajki Folkowe" as well as some other folk/world-music dedicated events and organisations from the city of Lublin (East Poland).
4. Representing "Pismo Folkowe" ("Folk Magazine") - the oldest Polish printed folk & wold music magazine with space for articles, interviews, concert and album reviews.