InFidelis

April 13, 2016
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InFidelis means UnFaithful. The instrumental duo formed by Helena Matuszewska and Marta Sołek draws from tradition but does not stick to the routine. Inspiration for InFidelis are traditional melodies from Poland. InFidelis does not faithfully follow any genre, style or convention. In their music we can hear classical polish roots melodies, echoes of early music and minimal music. It is not the music of the roots, it is a music of tree crowns – the starting point to the duo’s own artistic pursuit.

InFidelis is based on two very traditional folk string knee fiddles – suka bilgorajska and fidel plocka, meeting on stage with a loop station. The instruments are distinguished for their specific, nail technique of playing.

InFidelis are laureates of 19th Polish Radio Folk Festival “Nowa Tradycja” and “Mikołajki Folkowe” Folk Music Festival in Lublin. In 2014 the duo was granted a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

InFidelis

Helena Matuszewska
suka bilgorajska, loop station

Marta Sołek
fidel plocka, suka bilgorajska

Projekt Kolberg

PROJEKT KOLBERG is a very first album of an instrumental duo InFidelis (Matuszewska / Sołek) playing on traditional Polish string instruments, knee fiddles: suka bilgorajska and fidel plocka. Album PROJEKT KOLBERG is dedicated to the great polish ethnographer – Oskar Kolberg.

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InFidelis – Projekt Kolberg
Release: 2015
Label: Self-Published
Format: digital / CD

Kapela Maliszów

April 12, 2016
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Kapela Maliszów – Mazurki Niepojęte
release: 2015
label: AKE Karrot Kommando
catalog number: KK79
format: digital / CD

Youth, trance and virtuosity

Kapela Maliszów proves that tradition is not a relic that belongs in a museum but a living tissue which can take on any shape. They are an example of traditional musicians who have transcended genres and created a new art. Through their music Malisze remind us that youth can be amazing in its maturity and the only limit is the imagination.

Music they create is a new and irresistible vision of folk, deeply rooted in tradition, but swathed in creativity. Trance- like mazurka melodies composed by the father and the son are the basis of the music. The virtuosity and imagination of the 16-year-old Kacper puts him among the most interesting folk violinists. The incredible maturity of Zuzanna’s voice and her feel for the rhythm alongside Jan’s endless ideas make Kapela Maliszów one of the most exciting musical discoveries of the last few years in Poland and abroad.

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Kapela Maliszów – Wiejski dżaz [Village jazz]

RELEASE DATE: 2017-11-24
LABEL: Unzipped Fly Records

Longing for a new quality
“Wiejski jazz” [Village jazz] is testament to the Malisze’s unrelenting urge to explore the types of music not necessarily popular or well received in the rural communities. Village jazz from Męcina Mała is a dreamed up jazz that represents a very unique and individualized approach to harmony. The musicians boldly follow the path chosen on their album “Mazurki niepojęte” [“Inconceivable mazurkas”]. Listening to their music you can still discern the trance-like and inconceivable rhythms and melodies of mazurkas, but something different also comes to the surface. It’s a longing for a new quality, on the one hand found in unusual harmonies, and more progressive, at times even radical improvisation, on the other – in a deeper immersion in the traditional village music.
The new music of the Maliszes continues to be filled with Kacper’s virtuoso interpretations and the beautiful, maturing voice of Zuzanna. But is also peppered with Jan’s ideas, in particular the lively accordion melodies, which could be classed as examples of “new village music”.

Kapela Maliszów add a lively punch to a firm base while playing traditional music from Gorlice county in the South of Poland – as you would expect from a family band. Jan Malisz founded the trio featuring his son Kacper, a dazzling folk violinist, and daughter Zuzanna, firm on the frame drum and singing with gusto. They create a fresh sound close to the roots.

„(…) performing wildly kinetic mazurkas, polkas and the kind of haunted, lurching dances Tom Waits must dream of in his sleep (…)

Tim Cumming, Songlines Magazine *****

A family band from Męcina Mała, a small viallage in Beskid Niski, comprising the multi-instrumentalist Jan Malisz and his children. The band is inspired by traditional music of their region: folk songs and dance music from Gorlice county. The music is traditionally performed “archaic style” on a violin, a basolia (a folk instrument similar to a cello) and a drum, with a great degree of freedom, joy and improvisation – it’s not just an academic reconstruction of old melodies.

Kapela Maliszow also compose original music, inspired by Polish tradition and characterised by their distinctive style. Interestingly, the violin and baraban (the drum) have been in the family for generations, handed down to Jan Malisz from his father, Jozef. Jozef also taught Jan the basics of many other instruments that could be found around the house. That’s why the band called this music “Father’s notes”. Apart from making music, the band also make instruments. In his workshop, Jan Malisz builds violins, hurdy-gurdys, nyckelharpas, pipes and many others..

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Jan Malisz
violin, basolia, hurdy-gurdy, accordion, vocals

Zuzanna Malisz
vocals, basolia, drums

Kacper Malisz
violin, basolia, nyckelharpa

Sutari

April 12, 2016
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Sutari

Sutari was created by singers, instrumentalists and performers – each from different musical and theatrical backgrounds – continuing the tradition of singing Polish folk music. The  s u t a r i project is a fusion of our diverse music experiences and passions.Sutari we continue to perform in the tradition of Polish folk music. Using traditional instruments (violin, basetla and drum) we also make use of everyday objects and explore their potential as musical devices  – for instance – a hand mixer, grater, bottles and a wrench.

This trio bring poetry, theatre and musicality together into one compelling and original package. They sing with such ease, sliding in and out of each others voices creating an intimacy and playfulness that belies the skill involved. Intoxicating and hypnotic. Just brilliant.

Lopa Kothari (BBC Radio 3)

In our search for the harmonies and consonances found within our vocal tradition, rather than making changes to the songs themselves our intention was to reach for hidden characters concealed within their structures. Whilst maintaining the style, temperament, melody and rhythm, above all, we preserved the essential content of the songs – femininity, intelligence and their general attractiveness – thereby emphasizing the essential contemporary elements of sound and interpretation.

Sutari

BASIA SONGIN vocals, wolf base, polish frame drum, zabumba, everyday objects (water, kitchen grater)

KASIA KAPELA vocals, violin, zabumba, everyday objects (kitchen board, bottles)

ZOSIA ZEMBRZUSKA (BARAŃSKA) vocals, violin, zabumba, everyday objects (kitchen blender, bottles, kitchen grater)

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The debut recording from SUTARI is leading the listener through the soundscapes of everyday life which whilst expressing an Intimacy within four walls also introduces an open and joyful experience for a larger gathering. As SUTARI, we sing in the kitchen, we sing in the bathroom, with the window open and by the fireplace, pouring tea, baking a cake or listening to the ticking of the clock, from walking in the woods to siting on a bench by the house or on a bridge by a lake.