Different Sounds Zone

Different Sounds Zone – is a cycle of concerts featuring original performers, most interesting independent record labels and a variety of musical genres and their arresting combinations. This cycle is a continuation of the summer festival East of Culture- Different Sounds and allows us to abandon musical routine and experience new sounds.

Since December 2015 Kaiser Söze Foundartion is the partner of DSZ.


Kristen was established in Szczecin in 19997 by Michał Biela and Mateusz and Łukasz Rychlik. There is no other band in Poland that would be active for as long as they have and keep recording albums of such consistently high quality. Each new album is a treat for the fans of Polish alternative music. The penultimate album – The Secret Map was very well received by the critics and the vocalist and guitarist Michał Biela was nominated for “Paszporty Polityki” Award. Kristen’s music cannot be easily classified as any one genre, it keeps showing different faces ranging from math-rock to elaborate trance. Their newest album, “LAS”, released by the leading Polish record label Instant Classic received a whole bunch of awards and was one of the best albums of 2016. The band is known for excellent gigs and they have performed several hundred of them in Poland and abroad. “LAS” was recorded in an extended, four-member line-up, with Maciek Bączyk. The artist had contributed to their previous album, “The Secret Map”, but with this album, he became a permanent band member. The band cuts the means of expression but at the same time offers sounds that are meaty and suggestive; their compositions are often based on repetitions. This album features Michał Biela singing in Polish the outstanding, hypnotising eponymous song. But Kristen’s music is far from songs- the band often goes for experimental forms. This can be heard at their gigs- the performers love them: they play powerful, catchy sounds that pull the listeners into the world of their music.

Kristen is Mateusz Rychlicki – drums, electronics / Łukasz Rychlicki – guitar / Michał Biela – bass, vocals / Maciej Bączyk – synths.

When: 27 May (Saturday), 20:00
Where: Próba Café Patio, Grodzka 5a
The event is free!

T’ien Lai and X-Navi:Et | double concert 

T’ien Lai –  an organic and synthetic dance quartet established in 2012 by Łukasz Jędrzejczak (So Slow, Alameda 5) and Kuba Ziołek (Stara Rzeka, Innercity Ensemble) as a result of their search for new forms of meditative electronic and electroacoustic music. Their debut album “Da’at”, released by Monotype Records in 2013 evoked the sounds of old Polish People Republic’s “Śnieżka” radios processed via guitar effects and superimposed on synthesiser loops. These adventures ended with well-received gigs at the Unsound Festival in Cracow (2012) and Monotype Zone in Warsaw (2014). The duet also recorded a second album called “RHYTHM” , released in autumn 2015 that concluded their experiments with pulse music and explorations of various dimensions of rhythm.  “RHYTHM” featured music that was more lively and energetic- the effect of musicians’ work in  Alameda 5 and Innercity Ensemble. Since the beginning of 2015, T’ien Lai has been performing as a quartet. New members joined: Rafał Kołacki (Hati, Innercity Ensemble, Mammoth Ulthana) and Mikołaj Zieliński (Alameda 3, Alameda 5, Rara)  playing on the African percussion and drums. Jędrzejczak and Ziołek have returned to strictly synthetic sounds, that are juxtaposed live with the organic sounds of the percussion instruments. The result is a music veering between quasi-shaman trance and raw, almost industrial electronic rhythm and even pastiches of contemporary techno. The band plays and improvises live, without using computers.

Rafał Iwański (X-NAVI:ET) –  sound artist, percussionist and ethnologist by education. He makes electroacoustic music based on sounds of electronic and acoustic instruments that are analogue-modified as well as on recovered sounds.  Co-founder and musician in Hati (with Rafał Kołacki), Kapitał (with Kuba Ziółek) and Innercity ensemble, since 2014 he has been a part of Alameda 5. He worked on audiovisual projects: Aqualuna (with Anna Pilewicz) and VOICES OF THE COSMOS (with Wojciech Zięba and Sebastian Soberski- a radio observer from the Astronomy Centre at the Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń). Iwański played solo and with bands at dozens of  gigs in Poland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, France, Denmark, Lithuania, Hungary and the USA, including with other artists such as  Z’EV, Richard Pinhas, Peter Votava, Jerzy Mazzoll, Jeff Gburek, John Zorn, Anna Zielińska, Wojtek Jachna, Jacek Buhl, Raymond Salvatore Harmon, Xavier Bayle. He participated in the recording and production of a number of albums released on digital media, vinyl records and cassettes. A member of the Polish Association of Electroacoustic Music. As part of HATI, he conducted sound workshops based on the idea of recycling. In November 2015,  the label Wounded Knife released a mini-album signed X-NAVI:ET; released on cassette, it was titled  “Vox Paradox”.


When: 27.04.2017, 19.00

Where: Workshops of Culture in Lublin, Grodzka 5a

The event is free


SONAR consists of  Łukasz Stachurko (RYS co-founder),  percussionist Rafał Dutkiewicz and Lena Osińska who’s debuting as a vocalist. Fascination with trip hop and sensual electronics resulted in creating a very original sound because it’s tough to compare Sonar with anything else. They have only Polish lyrics (penned by Mateusz Holak), live percussion, string quartet, Artur Bogułsawki on the piano, a few interesting guests and most of all Lena’s voice are the ingredients of the album „Pętle” (Loops) that was released in September 2016 by U Know Me Records.


Muzyka Miasta – official music video

Vaga – official music video

Kilka Wspomnień – official music video

Sonar performing Debiutantki live 

Między wierszami – official music video

When: 17.03.2017,  20.00
Where:  Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 5a

Free event.

Duży Jack and Xenony | double concert

Duży Jack – the band was formed in 2011 for a gig featuring the covers of Starzy Singers and years later released an album with their own compositions, completely different music and a slightly changed line-up. The members are Paweł „Bebech” Górski (Xenony) playing the baritone guitar and Tomasz Dubiel the drummer. These two were later joined by the guitarist Piotrek Bukowki (Xenony, Hokei) and the vocalist Łukasz Jędrzejczak (T’ien Lai, Alameda 5). Duży Jack is a Frankenstein-like band: each member draws inspiration from a different source. That’s why their new album “Uczucia” (released by Lado ABC) evokes many associations- starting from Shellac and NoMeansNo, through Refused and Dead Kennedys and Stereolab.

Duży Jack on FB

Xenony – the only band to combine synthesiser sounds with advanced knowledge about vectors and integrals in such an uncompromising way. They can be modern, they can be melancholy and they strive to be entertaining. And they are most definitely super cool.

After the excellent album “XE” released in 2014 (Lado ABC abc A/13, MA14), XENOMY has ventured on a different course. That course is space. On the tour in autumn, the band will present new tracks from the upcoming album „Polished Space Program” – that will have its premiere in spring 2017. Members: Bukowski (Hokei, Duży Jack) – synth, Koszniec Karol (Komora A) – synth, Bebech (Duży Jack) – synth.

XenonyBand on FB

When: 15 December 2016 (Thursday), 19:00

Where: Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 5a

The event is free


Karolina Rec who performs under the stage name Resina is the first Polish musician to have ever signed, at the beginning of this year, a contract with the legendary British label FatCatRecords, and specifically with its post-classic branch, “130701″. For the past 10 years, Karolina has been associated with the Polish independent scene co-forming bands with such performers as Maciek Cieślak, Michał Biela or Natalia Fiedorczuk. Resina’s debut album was released on 30.09.2016. It is the result of experiments combining cello and simple electronic instruments. It means that sometimes the tracks are almost songs and sometimes they become more elaborate, intuitive impressions. What links all composition is the desire to learn and explore all non-obvious functions of the instrument. Fat Cat Records is famous for discovering many important contemporary alternative artists (such as Animal Collective, Múm or Sigur Rós). Through calling to life the sublabel 130701 they became unofficial originators of the so-called post-classical trend in contemporary alternative/instrumental music. In July 2016, 130701 celebrated their 15th anniversary and to celebrate they released a unique compilation featuring all 11 (current and former) artists associated with the label. Aside from compositions by such masters of instrumental music as Max Richter or Johann Johannsson, it also featured Resina’s piece.

Resina on Facebook

When: 25 November 2016 (Friday), 20:00

Where: Workshops of Culture in Lublin, Grodzka 5a

The event is free


JAAA!- JAAA!’ s music can be defined as a trance flight to the land of imagination. Sounds are tools for building stories with emotion. In the time of singles and easy playlists, their conceptual album is a true gem for the fans of Thomas Yorke, Moderat or Atoms For Peace whose influence, according to many journalists is very discernible in the band’s work. The musicians themselves try to avoid any comparisons, letting the music speak for itself. “Remik” is an album that Marek Karolczyk, Kamil Pater and Miron Grzegorkiewicz have worked on for three years. It is a a nearly hour-long tale about a boy who escapes the real, dark world and creates his own, safer reality. In this self-made world, the alienated Remik is not lonely anymore. He has a friend and defender called Bujillo. Together, they are untouchable. Together, they journey across new worlds. JAA’s concerts are also unforgettable. Every concert is different because the musicians improvise using different synthesizers and samples they have previously recorded, often outside studio (field recording). JAAA’s gigs are accompanied by unique, animations by Karolina Głusiec. Emotional music and the imagery inspired by it transport the public to an entirely different realm. All musicians have been working in the business for years: Marek Karolczyk and Robert Piernikowski form Napszykłat, Kamil Pater was a member of Contemporary Noise Quartet, and Miron Grzegorkiewicz was a part of such projects as Daktari and How How.

Jaaa on FB

When: 28 October 2016 (Friday), 20:00
Where: Workshops of Culture in Lublin, Grodzka 5a Grodzka
The event is free

Fonomo On Tour | Tropy | Movies: „Every Other Summer”, „Do It Together”

Artur Maćkowiak and Bartek Kapsa have been organizing the FONOMO Festival in Bydgoszcz for the past four years, but they never cooperated before. The time to cooperate has come now. They have composed music to accompany experimental films by Pedro Fereira and they will play it live in Lublin. Eight different films, ranging from abstract video-art to found footage  drown in the jungle of sounds and become spread between melodies and improvised experiments. The premise  of this project is that sound and image interact but neither dominates over the other. In this instance, film and music are two parallel stories, which closely interact. In February the band released their album TROPY ( Tropes) which contains tracks created specifically for this concert. Therfore, the  entire  concert tour  FONOMO ON TOUR will promote their debut release.

When: 7, 8 April, 20:00
Where: Workshops of Culture, ul. Grodzka 5a, Lublin
Tickets: 10 zł –  available for purchase from 22 March 2016  | Workshops of Culture in Lublin, ul. Grodzka 5a,  1st floor, Monday to Friday 10:00-16:30 and an hour before the concert or |online|.

Lomi Lomi

According to many music critics, Lomi Lomi’s album entitled “Heroizm Woli” – The Heroism of Will (Lado ABC) is one of the most interesting releases of 2015.  Piotr Domagalski, Mateusz Szemraj, Krzysztof Cybulski and Artur Lipiński play music that evades categorisation. Check it out! Lomi’s music is like experimental dance music and contemporary early music. Lomi joins the unjoinable: psychedelia, melodic lightness and a touch of nerdiness (those cymbals!)  It’s pretty chill, absurd and convincingly blasé. – Radek Soćko ( It’s a bit like a radio drama broadcast by a niche radio station, or like a soundtrack to an old film, or like music played at a funeral, except the organist slightly overdid psychotropic substances – Łukasz Kamiński (Gazeta Wyborcza)

When: 11 march 2016, 20:00
Where: Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 5a, Lublin
Tickets: 10 PLN / available for sale from 22 February 2016 / Workshops of Culture in Lublin / ul. Grodzka 5a, 1st Floor, Monday to Friday 10:00-16:30. They can also be purchased an hour before the concert and online on our website 



Lauda is a musical project created by Błażej Król and his wife Iwona. Material recorded on their album “Gennin” was produced among the rush of daily life and constitutes an attempt to play/capture  the place where the couple has been living for a few years: a small village called Jenin located just a few kilometres away from Gorzów Wlkp. Listeners who know Błażej Krol only from his UL/KR days or his newer solo projects may be in for a surprise, unless they are familiar with his project Dwutysięczny (Two-thousandth) and the album “Jedynak” (Only Child). The pair’s music is clearly influenced by early Aphex Twin and Demdlike Stare. Lauda will release their debut album at the beginning of February. The album will be published by Latarnia Records. For the remainder of the month the  duo will promote their  album at concerts in selected cities.

When: 25 february 2016, 19:00
Where: Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 5a, Lublin
Tickets: 10 PLN – available from 8 February 2016, at Workshops of Culture, ul. Grodzka 5a, 1st Floor,  Monday- Friday 10:00-16:30. Tickets can also be purchased an hour before the concert or ONLINE on our website.




Ścianka is a cult Polish alternative band which was created in 1994 in Sopot. Their style is difficult to define – it combines the raw energy of pre-punk with free-jazz madness. In Lublin the group will present their latest project, „Ścianka – Niezwyciężony,” which will be performed live exclusively in December and in a few selected venues in Poland. The band has also prepared a number of musical surprises for those who remember their earlier albums.

When: 18 december 2015, 20:00
Where: Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 5a, Lublin
Tickets: 15 zł – available from 23 November at the Workshop for Culture in Lublin, first floor (Monday to Friday, 10:00-16:30 and one hour before the concert).

Syny + Adam Gołębiewski

Syny – admired by the Pitchfork magazine for their concert at the Unsound Festival, labeled as „the most beautiful discovery of the festival of New Music” by the French magazine Traxmag. They have also been appreciated in Poland, as exemplified by the nomination for the Aktivist magazine Nocne Marki award. After well-received appearances at festivals such as the New Music, Avant Art, Unsound and Up To Date, the duo starts its autumn and winter concerts in cancert halls and clubs.

Adam Gołębiewski – born in 1984,  drummer, improviser, musicologist and sociologist. He is mainly involved in improvised and experimental music as well as free jazz. In his work he focuses on the ultimate extension of the capabilities of the drum set and percussion instruments  in terms of their anatomy, sound and expression in an attempt to create frank and poignant sounds.  He has worked with icons of experimental art and music such as  Yoko Ono or Thurston Moore. He has performed and recorded with leading figures of improvised music: Mats Gustaffson, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Ken Vandermark and John Edwards.

When: 4 december 2015, 20:00
Where: Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 5a, Lublin
Tickets: 10 zł – available from 23 November at the Workshop for Culture in Lublin, first floor (Monday to Friday, 10:00-16:30 and one hour before the concert).


Different Sounds Zone invites you to a special concert. This time we will meet the band Slalom and their new album, Wunderkamera  (Wunderkammer), which was released on 14 October 2015. Lap steel guitar,  sampler and  analogue synthesizers combine to create sounds you simply cannot miss. Slalom was set up in 2013 by  musicians  associated with the record label LADO ABC ; Bartłomiej Tyciński (Mitch & Mitch, Alte Zachen, Starzy Singers), Bartosza Webera (Baaba, Mitch & Mitch)  and Hubert Zemler (Piętnastka, Natalia Przybysz, Moped).  The sound they play results from the band’s use of unique instruments.

When: November 17, 2015, at 19:00
Where: Workshops of Culture, Ul. Grodzka 5a
Free event

Karbido & Andrukhovych

Karbido and the writer  Yurii Andrukhovych  have been working together since 2005. Their active participation in historical transformations, the experience of the changes taking place in Ukraine, an awakening of a radical perspective on the musical-literary experiment, and, finally, their unending travels to important corners of the world  constitute the genesis of their new joint project entitled “Atlas Estremo”

When: 20 May 2015, at 19:00
Where: Workshops of Culture in Lublin, Grodzka 5a
Tickets: 20 zł – tickets will be sold at  Workshops of Culture  starting from May 13, between 10:00 and 16:00. We accept payments in cash only.

The Fruitcakes

A new hope of the alternative scene in the Tricity. The band consists of young artists and true enthusiasts and is likely to become a music epiphany in the future. They are  clearly inspired by the sounds of the sixties, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or Bob Dylan.

When: 27.04.2015 (Monday), at 19:00
Where: Workshops of Culture in Lublin
Free Event

Jachna/Buhl + Artur Maćkowiak

The first concert will be a double event. It will be a solo performance of Artur Maćkowiak – a guitarist, producer, co-founder of the cult band Something Like Elvis. We will also meet the duo  Wojtek Jachna (trumpet) and Jacek Buhl (drums) who combine jazz, electronic music and improvisation. Their newest album, “Atropina” has been getting rave reviews in Poland.

When: 19.02.2015 (Thursday), at 19:00
Where: Workshops of Culture in Lublin
Free Event