Volosi debut album. Out 11 May 2011.
Graphics design & layout / Hubert Czajkowski
Photos / Maria Kulik, Grzegorz Śledź
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The VOLOSI is rising star among world music bands in Europe. The band was awarded Grand Prix, Czesław Niemen’s prize and the audience award called “Burza Braw” in the “Nowa Tradycja 2010” festival organized by Polish Radio. In 2011 VOLOSI won the Grand Prix "Svetozar Stracina"at the International Folk Competition organized by the European Broadcasting Union EBU.
To most, this music will sound somehow familiar, and yet, at the same time, they will admit that they have never heard anything quite similar before. How cat this style be characterized and classified? Perhaps as an eruption of energy that comes from great job of making music together. Perhaps as exploring the deep layers of the human soul, to which only music can reach. Or, perhaps as the search for primary force that drove a man to create music. Finally, as the play sounds – improvisation on the border between different musical worlds. Undoubtedly, the essence of this music is a meeting of people from the realms of music that is ‘written’, and music that is ‘heard’.
On one side we have classical musicians, the brothers Krzysztof and Stanislaw Lason – instrumentalists from The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, whose dream has always been improvisation, and who share the love of folk music for all its’ spontaneity, vitality and beauty.
On the other hand we have the Highlanders; and the very special ones. Leader, Doubler and Bassist – all the finest musicians. They are self-taught, yet by no means amateurs. The Volosi is an ensemble that sometimes sounds like it come from New Orleans. They have a certain ‘something’ that inspired the world a hundred years ago, when jazz was born. This ‘something’ is best described by the word ‘drive’. Zbigniew Michalek, Jan Kaczmarzyk and Robert Waszut bring a Carpatian note with multiple musical expressions, which reach back to the Indian, Persian, Palestinian, Balkanian, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Slovakian roots that all tangle here, is Istebna, Koniakow and Jaworzynka, where the boarders of Pland, Slovakia and Czech Republic meet.
Here, on the beautiful Beskidian Highlands, accompanied by infinite spaces, the meeting look place; and it evolves to this day…