KATOLUB ORCHESTRA : A special music production of East of Culture – Different Sounds 2017
For East of Culture –Different Sounds that this year is part of the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of granting city rights to Lublin, we have produced a special project, KATOLUB Orchestra featuring 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. At the time, 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 this 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 avant-garde bands Lód 9, Hengelo and Pigeon Break. This meeting and musical dialogue have resulted in new material that will premiere at the end of the festival on 9 July at Lublin Castle’s courtyard.
Čači Vorba – 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 an 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. They left her house as a teenager 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 create 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
Lód 9 - Ordered chaos, liberated sound. Lód 9 crosses all borders of imagination. It’s a hit, avant-garde trip accompanied by electronica, the French horn and the violin. It’s unpredictability, energy, craziness. It’s the music for the day after the end of the world. Michał Zdrzałek and Maciej Klich have known each other since childhood, and they started playing together during their undergraduate days at the Music Academy in Cracow.
Hengelo – Hengelo was set up at the end of 2015 in Katowice. It consists of 5 members; each comes from a completely different musical background and has different experiences. They met to open a new chapter in their careers. The group’s style is most often defined as a fusion of modern rock with the synthesiser sounds of the 1980s and contemporary alternative sound. Hengelo debuted in February 2016 by recording a video for Silesia Video Sessions. When their debut tracks emerged on the Internet, Hengelo began to give concerts. The artists have won awards in the prestigious contest Kakofonia Music Outbreak, “Zrob Hałas” contest organised by the Silesian Theatre and have taken project “Dzielnica Brzmi Dobrze “ (Eng. The District Sounds good” ) organised by Katowice – UNESCO’s City of Music. Aside from regular gigs, they take part in many cultural projects in Silesia. In November 2016, they released a debut promo album entitled “Hungry Eyes”.
Mateusz Konieczny (vocals)
Robert Zając (bass)
Paweł Palej (guitar)
Łukasz Kozera (keyboard)
Jacek Brzezina (percussion)
Pigeon Break – Pigeon Break is a solo project of Michał Paduch - composer, inactive pianist, bird enthusiast and spaghetti master. Its style has been called “post-traumatic electro freestyle”, and the artist himself claims that he creates angry songs for angry people. He hates blues, liver and lack of respect for the coma.
9 July 2017 (Sunday) 18:45 – Lublin Castle Courtyard