Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Grzech Piotrowski - World Orchestra (Agora, 2012)

Grzech Piotrowski 

Grzech Piotrowski - sax
Theodosii Spassov - kaval
Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer - vocal
Terje Isungstet - vocal, wood percussions, stones, creator of ice-music
Azat Bikchurin - kurai
Marcel Comendant - Moldavian dulcimer
Bram Stadhouders - electrical guitar
Marcin Wasilewski - piano
Michał Barański - double bass
Jan Pilch - percussions
Robert Luty - drums
Sandra Kopijkowska - harp

World Orchestra (Agora, 2012)

Grzech Piotrowski WORLD ORCHESTRA is a project spanning many cultures, and it’s all based on the Polish Alchemik String Orchestra in combination with soloists from selected folk cultures from around the globe. The orchestra plays Grzech Piotrowski’s music, which is rooted on Polish music tradition, and incorporates into this, sounds, instruments and melodies from other countries. The orchestra toured Russia and Poland in July 2010, and a tour of Poland and Slovenia in summer 2011.

The orchestra has invited soloists playing different folk instruments such as zither, lyre, harp, bandura, cymbals, kuray, kaval and duduk, amongst others. Some of the soloists are: Marcin Wasilewski/ piano (Poland), Theodosii Spassov/ kaval (Bulgaria), Terje Isungset/ percussion,drums (Norway), Azat Bikchurin/ kurai (Bashkiria,Ural), Bram Stadhouders/ guitar (Holland), Marcel Comendant/ cimbalom (Moldavia) and Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer / voice (Norway).

Grzech Piotrowski WORLD ORCHESTRA recorded a CD in July 2010, and another one in August 2011. The latter to be released in spring 2012.


"Music Window to the World
...Singing, miming, gesticulation, stage movement as well as costumes of the invited world music guests made us realize in how much restricted music space we live everyday. Into the intricate, multileveled stylistics of Piotrowski's compositions perfectly inserted themselves jazz musicians, headed by Marcin Wasilewski, who enriched the pieces with element of improvisation. The leader and the author of the project Grzech Piotrowski managed to join in a harmonic way the strengths of so different musicians. In his synthesis of world music, jazz, old and improvised music he demonstrated a lot of creativity. His compositions radiated energy, were lyrical and nostalgic. The pieces might have been very successful as film music for their figurative and mood qualities. The performers were cheered enthusiastically by the thrilled audience...

...The Norwegian delighted the audience with her 5-octave, unusually expressive voice as well as a number of techniques taken from different vocal traditions of the world (especially the Arctic Circle area) like for example the throat singing..."

By Katarzyna Chmura (Gazeta Wyborcza - 16 sierpnia 2011)

Tracklisting: 1. Clouds 2. Bogurodzica 3. Sirdaria 4. Barin 5. Warmiak 6. Armenian 7. Yunus Emre 8. Farvel

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