Warsaw Village Band meets Mercedes Peón - "Fly My Voice!" single
Historical moment for Warsaw Village Band! We’re happy to announce, that group is preparing new longplay album with legendary singer and multiinstrumentlist from Galicia in Spain: Mercedes Peón. New CD is promoted by a single track "Fly my voice!", recorded in November 2012.
“We’re on the front of serious challenge. Mercedes is amazing performer, one-man-band, stage shaman, with fantastic background story and long list of artistic achievements. She’s also an activist, deeply committed to the social, cultural and political issues, fighting for women's rights and the protection of the Galician language." says Maciej Szajkowski, Warsaw Village Band founder and musician. "The concept of a joint album release is based on exploring the analogies between the peripheries of Europe: archaic musical heritage of Mazovia region and uniqueness of traditional culture Galicia." – adds Szajkowski.
"For the first time in WVB discography we’ll add so much electronic music, which is brilliantly produced by Mercedes. We’re developing the Band’s instrumentation: Ewa Wałecka learns to play the hurdy-gurdy, and Sylwia Świątkowska plays special 5-string viola - says Magdalena Sobczak, vocalist and dulcimer player of WVB.
The concert premiere of a joint album will be held on 14th June in Dortmund, Germany, at Klangvokal Festival. On 1st August artists will perform at the Main Stage of the jubilee, the 20th edition of the Woodstock Festival in Kostrzyn, in the front of 400 000 expected visitors.
"We are delighted by the invitation." - adds Piotr Glinski, musician Band. "Woodstock is without a doubt one of the most important and grandest festivals, not only in Poland and Europe, but worldwide. Several years ago we played there on a small stage, now it's time for the main stage. This will be a special event to which we invite today."
Videoclip “Fly my voice !" was edited by Kuba Stężycki (gridimages.pl). Audio mix and mastering was done by Mariusz "Activator" Dziurawie and Jaroslaw "Smok" Smak from Warsaw studio AS One. The recording was taken in Polish Radio S-4 in Warsaw under the courage of Activator, Ezequiel Orol and Jacek Gladkowski.
In May 2014 musicians enter the Wisla DR Studio to record a full album. Music producers of the album will be Activator and Smok from AS One Studio. The schedule release date of the common album is 22nd September 2014. Production of the album was available thanks to the generous support of Association of Artists STOART. Executive producers are Karrot Kommando and Mateusz Dobrowolski.
"My Fate" - new videoclip
We would like to invite you to metaphysical sail with punt "Basonia" on the Vistula river, from the National Folk Bands Competition in Kazimierz Dolny to the Capital Village Warsaw, with uniqe fantastic old village musicians and singers beside the WVB members, i.a. Józef Broda, Zdzisław Marczuk, Sing Ensamble of Konopiska Community and the Bagpipers from Zbąszyń, the Ja Wisła ("Me - Vistula") Foundation Crew under command of Przemek Pasek and the resurrected dog Laika! ;)
In October Warsaw Village Band will visits United Kingdom and will play in Bydgoszcz, Poland:
13.10.2013 - UK - Peterborough - The Key Theatre | FB
18.10.2013 - PL - Bydgoszcz - MCK | FB
20.10.2013 - UK - Edinburgh - The Jam House | FB
See you soon!
"NORD" on vinyl LP!
Dear Warsaw Village Band fans!
It's very happy moment in a 16-years old WVB history! For the first time ever - Warsaw Village Band album available on VINYL!
Thanks to our Polish publisher, very active label Karrot Kommando, „NORD” LP was prepared carefully in two diffrent editions: standard, pressed on the black black grammophone disc, and special, strictly limited (70 copies), unique edition on… white vinyl!
Record available through Internet on www.karrot.pl/nord
1. Hey you, yokel’s son
2. You Sure Knew What’s What, Lass
4. Emigrant Polka
5. My fate
6. War’s coming
7. Musicians are a-playin
8. Whoa, bullocks, whoa
9. Kujawiak the Fiend
10. Hemp lullaby
The author of the graphic layout of LP edition, as the CD edition of „NORD”, is Polish artist Paweł Sky.
Vinyl available to buy also on the WVB gigs.
Prepare your grammophones for worldwide awarded 6th album of Warsaw Village Band!
People's Spring 2013
Hello! Here the Warsaw Village Band Spring newsletter.
„New Tradition”: Folk Album Of The Year and "Wirtualne Gęśle".
On 16th May 2013 Warsaw Village Band performed on XVIth Polish Radio Folk Festival "New Tradition", receiving two prizes for the 6th WVB album „NORD”: Polish Radio Best Folk Music Album Award (ex-aequo with „Adieu” of Adam Strug – congratulations!) and Best Folk Music Album Of The Year By Polish Internet Users "Wirtualne Gęśle" 2012 Award! Both are another prestigious distinctions for "NORD", beside the Quarterly Critics' Choice Of The German Record Critics' Awards, the Songlines Music Awards Final and TOP 15 of the World Music Charts Europe. We're very happy for, both audience' and professionals', great reception of the last album.
Above – WVB & Familly + two just received Polish Awards. Thank you so much! [photo by Piotr Gilarski]
Retransmissions - WVB gigs on air!
The Warsaw Village Band performance on the „New Tradition” Festival available to watch on Polish Radio websites.
Another concert on ait in forthcoming weeks:
03.06.2013 – D – Deutschlandradio Kultur, 20:00 – retranssmission of the Warsaw Village Band gig from Husum, Germany, 16th April 2013.
04.06.2013 – S – Sveriges Radio 2, 19:00 – retranssmission of the WVB gig in legendary venue Babel in Malmö, Sweden, from 23rd March 2013.
The WVB jubilee gig "15,5" on air in TVP Polonia:
- 1st part: 18.05. - 18:50; 22.05. - 13:50;
- 2nd part: 25.05. - 18:50; 29.05. - 13:50;
The forthcoming dates of live WVB performances:
24.05.2013 - PL - Wrocław – Juwenalia, 19:40
26.05.2013 - PL - Toruń - Kopernikus Fest, tickets free, 16:30
08.06.2013 - PL - Poznań - Ethno Port Festival + Mercedes Peón , tickets free, 20:00 – special concert on the front of the Imperial Castle in Poznań with featuring of the magnificent multiinstrumentalist and singer from Spain' Galicia, with whom WVB had common tour in November 2012!
09.06.2013 - PL - Sosnowiec - Sosnowiec City Days
16.06.2013 - PL - Wojnicz - Wojnicz Castellany Days
22.06.2013 – PL – Świdnica
29.06.2012 - PL - Kazimierz Dolny - 47th National Folk Bands And Singers Festival – more details soon.
Feel invite for the WVB gigs! The plans for next months including i.a. concerts in France, Germany, Switzerland and Scotland, on summer Festivals: Aarhus Jazz, Ancient Trance, Sziget and Crossroads Festival in Kraków.
A few interesting articles about WVB published in last weeks:
Enjoy the enthusiastic review of „NORD” from Columbia, and the very nice interview with WVB founder and musician Maciej Szajkiwski, about „NORD” and wider context of WVB acitivities in prestigious French world music magazine Mondomix. Take a look on the world music alphabet, created by the WVB members for Polish "HIRO" magazine, and review of the Warsaw Village Band „open-air" concert on the front of Landschaftsmuseum in Unewatt, as part of Folkbaltica Festival.
Amazing guests on forthcoming WVB gig in Nantes!
Breaking news! Amazing guests on forthcoming Warsaw Village Band gig in Nantes!
On 6th April, Warsaw Village Band will perform on Scène « Tribal » as part of the prestigious "Eurofonik" Festival in Nantes, France.
The invitation to featuring in the concert was accepted by fatnastic musicians: legendary Swedish ensamble HEDNINGARNA, and magnificent singer and multi-instrumentalist from Galicia - MERCEDES PEÓN!!!
Let us recall: WVB recorded with Hedningarna common tracks on the last WVB album "NORD" and performed together on special concert for the Inauguration of Polish Presidency in EU on 1st July 2011 in Warsaw, and with Mercedes Peón WVB performed 3 times on special concert tour in November 2012 and also done the recordings together. "Pagans" will perform on Scène « Tribal » just before the WVB and Mercedes on Scène « Brèches » a few hours earlier - don't miss their gigs!
It's going to be a unforgettable evening! See you in Nantes!
PS. Next WVB gigs in April:
14.04.2013 - LU - Luxembourg
18.04.2013 - D - Husum - FolkBaltica
19.04.2013 - D - Flensburg - FolkBaltica
20.04.2013 - DK - Unewatt - FolkBaltica
21.04.2013 - D - Flensburg - FolkBaltica