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Modern Polish Musicians

Polish Musicians who run the world. Widely known in mother country as well as abroad. Click to listen and see pieces of their work.
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Monika Brodka - known for her unique brand of "folk power with punk energy", she is one of the most acclaimed young Polish recording artists, brandishing success on all fronts - gold records, critical praise and industry awards. The key to her success is her fresh, experimental approach that pushes the envelope on commercial pop without alienating the masses. Photo courtesy of Kayax.

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PINK FREUD is a jazz band founded in Gdańsk in 1998 by Wojtek Mazolewski. The ensemble has since become a strong force in the Polish music market. It has built its own niche on the ground of new jazz with a punk twist, remaining stylistically soul-searching through the years. The band features Wojtek Mazolewski (bass), Adam Baron (trumpet), Tomek Duda (saxophone) Rafał Klimczuk (drums).

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Żywiołak was formed in early 2005, initially as a musical duet: Robert Jaworski (a former member of bands like ich troLe and Warsaw Village Band) and Robert Wasilewski (the co-founder and guitarist of Open Folk).The band's debut is considered to be their concert at the Warsaw club Jadłodajnia Filozoficzna on December 8, 2005.

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Maciej Obara International Quartet is the latest project by Maciej Obara, composer and saxophonist, with the participation of eminent pianist Dominic Wania and two Norwegian musicians: bassist Ole Morton Vagan and drummer Gard Nilssen, leaders on the young Scandinavian jazz scene. Quartet's debut took place at the Jazzart Festival in Katowice, Poland in April 2012. Obara International Quartet presents a new approach to jazz, combining it with Nordic and Polish ethnic motifs.

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Skubas (Radosław Skubaja) has collaborated with the avant-garde of the Polish musicians, finally releasing his debut album in 2012. His single has made it to the top of the most influential chart in his native Poland. Skubas combines rough, intriguing guitar riffs, with deep, emotional vocals. Photo by Anna Tomczyńska.

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Drekoty is trio of Polish artist - Ola Rzepka, Magda Turłaj and Zosz Chabiera stand out for their untamed energy and unusual selection of instruments. To record their CD they used a set of Soviet Venta church organs, an out of tune piano, violins, a zither to name a few. Moreover, their particularly colourful lyrics might even make you want to learn Polish.

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BOKKA. The band was launched in 2013 by three anonymous musicians with the intention of emphasizing their sound and marginalizing their own identities. The gossip had it that Bokka must be a supergroup formed by a bunch of well-known Polish musicians.

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Piotr Damasiewicz is one of the most important young Polish musicians - founder of the project "Power of the Horns", whose debut disc "Hadrons" gained enthusiastic reviews. In Tokyo he will be accompanied by saxophonist Gerard Lebik, known as a member of Foton Quartet. Together they will present improvised jazz compositions inspired by the animated films of renowned filmmaker Stefan Schabenbeck.

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Marcin Masecki, pianist, composer, winner of many prizes, among them First Prize at the Moscow International Jazz Piano Competition 2005, participates in a wide variety of projects. Apart from performing solo and leading his own sextet Profesjonalizm, he is a is also Music Director of the first edition Warsaw Orchestra of Recreation and a member of the international band ParisTetris. He has also composed music for theatre plays in Warsaw's Teatr Rozmaitosci and in Wroclaw's Teatr…

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Paula & Karol's rise to become musicians recognised by the world music press and blogs started out as a modest folk duo whose sound was swiftly recognised by Poland's iconic Lado ABC label. They made their first LP Goodnight Warsaw in early 2010 and later that year they released their first studio album Overshare with Lado ABC, which was hailed by fans and the media as a great discovery on the Polish music scene.

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