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Lautari / Poland

One of the stalwarts of the Polish folk scene make a welcome return after taking a break for a few years.

Their latest project, “Vol. 67”, recalls Oskar Kolberg’s great ethnographic compilation of folk traditions from all the Polish regions. Its 67th volume comprises piano arrangements of folk music. The musicians were inspired by the great ethnographer’s legacy to present their own, contemporary interpretations of Polish folk arranged for a small ensemble with prepared piano.

The group was founded in 2000, and has won accolades at the most important Polish folk competitions. Their work has always been a personal musical journey in the footsteps of their inspirations and enchantments: from tunes by travelling Romanian musicians, alongside the Carpathian Arc and as far as the Middle East.

They debuted with the album “Musica Lautareasca Nova” in 2002, mainly inspired by music from the Carpathian region.Their second album, “Azaran” from 2006, focusing on Armenian traditions, was awarded the title of Folk Phonogram of the Year.

Maciej Filipczuk has been involved with Transkapela, plays in the ensemble Tęgie Chłopy, and he was the author of the acclaimed album “MetaMuzyka” sketching his own visions of compositions by Kazimierz Meto. Last year, he received the special prize at the Muzyka Źródeł competition for “Mazurek vulgaris”. Jacek Hałas works with the ensemble Muzykanci and his family band Kapela Hałasów. Michał Żak has worked with groups including Bal Kuzest and Len, and for thelast year he has been working with the Janusz Prusinowski Trio and Adam Strug’s ensemble. Marcin Pospieszalski, the acclaimed bassist, composer and producer, has created an impressive body of work and performs with ensembles including Tie Break, New Life’m and 2Tm2,3.

Maciej Filipczuk - violin
Michał Żak - clarinet, flute, shawm
Marcin Pospieszalski - double bass
Jacek Hałas - piano, accordion

The concert took place in 2015.

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