Warsaw Village Band
Warsaw Village Band is the icon of original, intelligent Eastern European music which combines tradition with modern elements and thrilled punk rock audiences and classical alike. Launched 1997, the group became the most successful worldwide Polish ensemble, with prestigious BBC Radio 3 Newcomer World Music Award received in 2004. Despite using only archaic “white voice” vocal technique and playing traditional instruments like violin, hammered dulcimer or XVI century Płock fiddle, every of 5 band’s studio albums is full of avant-garde experiments and unique fusions.
Forthcoming release of the group, titled “Sun Celebration”, is the effect of 3 years long friendship with Galician multiinstrumentalist and singer Mercedes Peón, highlighted i.a. by a common concert at the main stage of the biggest Polish open-air festival Przystanek Woodstock on the front of 500 000 attenders.
Magdalena Sobczak – voice, dulcimer
Sylwia Świątkowska – voice, violin, fiddle from Płock
Ewa Wałecka – voice, violin
Piotr Gliński – baraban drum, perc.
Paweł Mazurczak – double bass
Maciej Szajkowski – frame drums, perc.
Mariusz Dziurawiec – FOH sound engineer, effects
Miłosz Gawryłkiewicz - trumpet
- “NORD” (2012)
- “Infinity” (2008)
- “Upmixing” (remixes, 2008)
- “Uprooting” (2004)
- “People’s Spring” (2001)
- “Hopsasa” (1998)
“Traditional Polish songs, with their cutting vocals and meshed fiddles are the foundation of Warsaw Village Band’s repertory. But while their lineup is primarily acoustic – hand drums, hammered dilcimer, violins, cello – their sensibilities are modern. They hear dance -club drive and trancey echoes in the songs and they use recording studio techniques to heighten the central drones and eerie percussive sounds in their songs. Hints of reggae and guests like a scratching disc jockey should further infuriate purists” (The New York Times)
International booking contact: Mateusz Dobrowolski, firstname.lastname@example.org, +48 792 024 754, www.karrot.pl