Joanna Słowińska with the band (Poland)
"(...) In art, only the impossible counts. Zygmunt Konieczny, who some time ago discovered this artist for himself, had to recognize this impossibility. Because Joanna Słowińska has both originality and spirituality. (...) A voice with an original timbre, clear and strong, combined with violin virtuosity, impulsive dance and gesticulation and a great sense of style. (...) I no longer remember when her bow couldn't stand it - part of the hair broke and hung down. But she didn't see it. "Even if I fall from the ridge / Carry me because I will be lost" - she sang and cut the air with a whip. No. She didn't sing. With all her life, everything she had, eternally, in every note - she gave birth to singing. With legs stuck in the ground and eyes staring out into abyss".
[Monika Partyk "Dziennik Polski"]
Joanna Słowińska is a singer and violinist with an extraordinary charisma on stage, endowed with a strong voice, singing in a rarely used folk technique of so-called "white voice". Joanna's repertoire consists of, among others, old traditional Polish and Slavic songs, presented in archaic form, as well as in a dynamic, modern sound and in new arrangements, performed with a band composed of Krakow instrumentalists. In addition to the folk-inspired repertoire, Joanna's concerts include songs from literary cabarets of the interwar period and contemporary compositions (often written especially for Joanna by Zygmunt Konieczny) to words of S. Wyspiański, E. Bryll, A. Osiecka. In 2004, together with a new band from Krakow, she was a three-time winner of the prestigious Polish Radio Festival 'New Tradition' (Grand Prix, Independent Audience Award 'Burza Braw', Special Award of TV Polonia). She is also a finalist of the Wrocław Stage Song Festival.
Joanna Słowińska - vocals, violin
Mikołaj Blajda - double bass
Michał Jurkiewicz - accordion, viola
Jan Słowiński - viola
Tomasz Wertz - drums
31 July 2004, 10:00 PM, Alchemia