“This is the sound of Globalisation” NY TIMES
“Fierce, passionate folk music
with a real edge” THE IRISH TIMES
“One of Europe's most intriguing,
adventurous bands” THE GUARDIAN
“Musical and mesmerizing” THE WASHINGTON POST
" The Polish Pogues.” SONGLINES
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR THIS FALL
co-presented by the Polish Cultural Institute and The City of Warsaw
WARSAW VILLAGE BAND
The much lauded Polish band’s fourth cd is deeply rooted in Polish village music but mixes traditional tunes with fresh, cutting edge compositions.The band manages to incorporate influences as varied as traditional village music, Swedish Polska, African polyrhythm, and Jewish music without ever losing their authenticity.
The Warsaw Village Band’s previous album won them much acclaim in Europe and the US, including a prestigious BBC award. Their new album is a window onto the future of folk music everywhere and should advance their career even further. It has already earned them a nomination to a Frederik Award – the Polish Grammy.
As violinist Wojciech Krzak explains “We are all born in a particular place and time, and shaped by the culture of our ancestors. We live in big cities, seek our place on earth, lose old gods and find new ones, so that later we can hand them down to our children, who are born in a particular place and time, seek their place on earth, lose old gods and find new ones, Ad infinitum. And here is how the idea of "Infinity" came into being – the need to take a dip in tradition, derive from it and create contemporary and modern compositions – to inspire other generations!”
To create this global Polish sound, WVB doesn’t hesitate to extrapolate musical ideas based on historical probabilities. They used Swedish Polskas, originally imitated from Polish music; they indulge in what they call Slavic raga, assuming that the Polish suka is related to the Indian sarangi; they hear echoes of African polyrhythms in Polish drumming. They use Carpathian Mountain singers who claim James Brown as their main influence and give the country’s long marginalized Jewish culture a prominent place.
The result is a rare album which transcends its roots and comes close to achieving true universality. This is 21st century music played by a band of village youths with an innate feel for the global pulse.
A Brief History of the Band
WVB started out in 1999 with fourteen-year-old cellist Maja Kleszcz on the cello. With their second cd "People’s Spring” the group started gaining worldwide recognition and played in places as far-flung as Alaska, Japan, Taiwan, Portugal, Moscow and Paris - to exuberant reviews. From the start, they elicited enthusiastic responses from rock audiences and traditionalists alike. They were commissioned to write music for video games, movie sound tracks and theatre productions. The British BBC honored the band with a sixty-minute portrait which has since been broadcast in several European countries.
The band’s creative leaders are Maja Kleszcz – vocals and cello, the sextet’s front woman, and Wojtek Krzak – violin and zuka.
Maja Kleszcz was born in 1985. Her father, Wlodzimierz Kleszcz, is a well-known Polish music journalist, and producer (Twinkle Brothers and Trebunie Tutki). Maja started playing with the WARSAW VILLAGE BAND when she was 14 years old and is its youngest member. She counts as influences on her singing both the traditional Polish "white voice" style and classical singing. She also works as a presenter and co-author for the Polish Radio. She is the founder of the “Incarnations” project and has worked with Malian and Senegalese artists such as Baaba Maal and Ali Farka Toure.
is a musicans, ethnomusicologist and journalist. He was born in 1980 in Kozienice, a small town in the Mazovia area. Upon meeting traditional violin master Kazimierz Zdrzalik he decided to learn to play the violin in the old Polish way. Today, he is one of the youngest musicians in Poland to play in that style. Wojciech became a member of the Warsaw Village Band when he moved to Warsaw to study. He also works as a journalist for “Free Colours”– the biggest roots, reggae, world magazine in Poland. Together with Maja Kleszcz he started the “Incarnations” project. Their biggest success was Charlie Gillett’s compilation “World 2006” where you can find their project among artists such as the Kronos Qartet and Amadou & Mariam.