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KATOLUB ORCHESTRA: ČAČI VORBA

Sunday, 9 July | 18:45-20:15

Having been well received in Great Britain at the legendary WOMAD Festival and having won the German Record Critics’ Award and given over 400 concerts in 20 countries, Čači Vorba is seen as one of the leading Polish folk bands of the recent years. They offer and original mix of professionally handled, passion-infused tradition (gipsy, Balkan, Carpathian), original compositions and musical “remakes” full of non-folk ideas inspired by jazz, rock, classical music or film score, males Caci Vorba’s music eludeS all established stereotypes of brass orchestras, Balkan-beauty or sequin stylization. Performed on traditional acoustic instruments, this “gipsy fusion” of genres and styles is a multidimensional combination of ethnic trance, dynamic rock, subtle jazzy harmonies and psychedelic space, all bound by the charismatic voice of the band’s singer, Masza Natanson. The vocalist and violinist dropped out of school and left her house as a teenager in order to begin a solitary journey across the Carpathian Mountains in search of live traditional music. She lived, among others, with Romani musicians from Spis learning their language, songs and musical sensitivity. Nowadays, she is considered one of the leading Polish folk vocalists capable of freely sliding between different traditional singing techniques and at the same time one of few non-Romani performers who creates original lyrics and sings in this language.

Members: Masza Natanson – vocals, violin Rafał Gontarski – accordion Piotr Majczyna – bouzouki, mandola, guitar Robert Brzozowski – double bass, Stanisław Siedlaczek – percussion instruments


For East of Culture –Different Sounds that this year is part of the 700th anniversary of granting city rights to Lublin we have produced a special musical project KATOLUB Orchestra that gathers together musicians from two unique, very music-oriented cities: Lublin and Katowice.

Lublin is celebrating its 700th birthday, whereas barely two years ago, Katowice celebrated its 150th anniversary. It is also then that Katowice joined UNESCO’s prestigious network of Creative Cities as the City of Music. Two Jubilees of this significance have created a need for a joint project. For the collaboration, we invited musicians who represent different genres. Lublin is represented by the folk band Čači Vorba, whereas Katowice brings in the combined forces of the avantgarde bands Lód 9, Hengelo and Pigeon Break. This meeting and musical dialogue has resulted in new material that will debut at the end of the festival on 9 July at the Lublin Castle’s courtyard