Michał Czachowski

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Miguel CZACHOWSKI - flamenco guitar player, founder of Indialucia group, architect, musical producer, owner of the CM Records company.

Miguel began playing guitar at the age of twelve, in a flamenco environment in Poland. His international group Indialucia has released two award-winning albums, Indialucia and Acatao, a fusion of flamenco and Indian music. He has performed in more than twenty three countries including most European countries, Asia, Africa and North and South America. He has performed with many internationally renowned artists such as Ernie Watts, Jorge Pardo, Paquito Gonzalez, L. Subramaniam, Domingo Patricio, Pepe Habichuela and many others.

Born in Poland in 1974 in a family of flamenco lovers where he was raised in a flamenco music environment. At the age of 12 he began learning to play the guitar. After initial classical education he took master classes from flamenco professional players as Rafael Cortés, Salva del Real and Gerardo Nuñez in Poland and Spain which made him completely dedicated to flamenco. In 1992 he formed a flamenco group gradually extending the numbers of the artists from a duo to septet. His group "Viva Flamenco!" plays contemporary flamenco mixed with traditional together with influences of Indian and Jazz music. Performing solo and also with his band Miguel won first prizes in many Polish folk festivals and is now leading flamenco player in his country. He has performed all over Poland as well as abroad (USA, Russia, Spain, Austria, Germany, Italy, France, England, Belgium, Luxemburg, Holland, Finland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Belarus, Hungary, Romania, Turkey, Oman, Singapore, Mexico, Colombia and India). For several years he teaches flamenco guitar and publishes articles and interviews propagating flamenco music in magazines as "Flamenco International Magazine", "Jazz Forum", "Top Guitar" and "Swiat Gitary". In 1998 after performing in Italy he was invited to India to teach flamenco guitar at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Nagpur. There he started studying Indian music learning to play the sitar under the guidance of Avaneendra Sheolikar. His fascination of flamenco and Indian music inspired him to go back to the roots of the Gypsy music and record the CD Indialucia which is the fusion of both styles: Flamenco and Indian music. The album was distinguished with the 1st prize "Best Album of the Year 2005" Wirtualne Gesle and 2nd music critics' prize at the New Tradition competition for the "Folk Phonogram of 2005" award. His second album Acatao released in 2014 got 2nd music critics' prize at the New Tradition competition for the "Folk Phonogram of 2014" award.

Miguel performed with such artists like: Pepe Habichuela, Jorge Pardo, Eduardo el Clavijo, Carlos Troya, Ricardo Espinosa, Domingo Patricio, Rafael Cortés, Hani Naser, Mohammad Rasouli, Pratap Pawar, Purbayan Chaterji, Mukesh Sharma, Sukhvinder Singh, Emam, Kavita Krishnamurti, Layatharanga, L. Subramaniam, Ernie Watts, Mike Dowes, Lulo Reindhart, Brian Gore, Andre Krengel, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and many others.

His international musical project - Indialucia - is at the same time one the first band which has managed to successfully combine the music of India with flamenco from Andalusia, giving concerts all over the world since 1999.

They released two award-winning albums, Indialucia and Acatao. Both of them received award as second best album of the year by Polish Radio. The music was used as a soundtrack for the American movie The Boondock Saints II.

The group has performed in more than twenty three countries including most European countries, Asia, and North and South America. The musicians performed on many prestigious stages such as Lincoln Center (New York), Skirball Center (New York), Eisemann Centre Theatre (Dallas), Lisner Auditorium (Washington, D.C.), The Egg (Albany), Harris Theater (Chicago), Royal Albert Hall (London), National Theatre (London), Templo de Debod in Madrid, Esplanade Theater (Singapore), AKG Hall in Trivandrum (India), Kamaraj Auditorium in Madras (India), Teatro di Vicenza (Italy), Cemal Resit Rey (Istambul) and many others.

Michał Czachowski

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