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The ZAWIERUCHA group brings together experienced musicians , fascinated for many years with Polish traditional music and dances. The "OberTany" album marks towards the modern times, through its sound, arrangements and lyrics, combining traditionalist sound with world music, as well as psychedelic, minimal, jazz-rock and punk-rock experiments resonating throughout the recording.

ZAWIERUCHA is a new folk band from Poland was founded in 2020 (ZAWIFRUCHA, pronounced /Za-veeah-ROO-ha/ means “Turmoil/Storm”). This musical storm was inspired in the year 2020 by Piotr Zgorzelski (trad musician and dancer) when he organized the “Traditional Dance PL” project (available on YouTube), which was commissioned by The Polish Institute of Music and Dance.

The group brings together experienced musicians from various musical backgrounds, fascinated for many years with Polish traditional music and dances. For many years, they have been essential participants in the traditional music revival movement in its most raw form in Poland.

The music on "OberTany" album is centered around the melodies which are played in their extended form with rich elements of violin improvisation and dance rhythms, both in triple meter (mazurka style) and duple meter. These rhythms were the integral part of traditional function of social interactions, celebration and spending free time during dance games.

The "OberTany" album marks also a decisive move towards the modern times, through its sound, arrangements and lyrics, combining traditionalist sound with world music, as well as psychedelic, minimal, jazz-rock and punk-rock experiments resonating throughout the recording.

The use of old and modern instruments, the use of old and modern rhythms, stylistics and musical techniques is intended to be a bridge linking tradition with the present times, so that the old dance rhythms of mazurkas, obereks, kujawiaks, polkas, wiwats can be reborn into modern everyday life - life that is dramatically different from village life 100 years ago.

The musicians drew their musical inspiration directly from the authentic village musicians they met in person as well as from archival sources.

The Zawierucha band was disbanded in the fall of 2021.

The members of ZAWIERUCHA include:

Piotr Zgorzelski - bass-cello, singing
Marcin Drabik - violin, octave violin
Kacper Malisz - violin, octave violin
Kamil Siciak - drums

Contact: zawierucha.zawierucha@gmail.com or Zawierucha (Fb)

Publisher: Fundacja Czas Tradycji
Concept and produced by: Bogumiła Zgorzelska, Piotr Zgorzelski
Musical arrangements: ZAWIERUCHA
Original music arrangement: Marcin Drabik
Choice of music material: Piotr Zgorzelski, Marcin Drabik
Recorded at: The Boogie Town Studio, ul. Żeromskiego 112, Otwock, 2020 rok;
Recording and mastering by: Paweł Marciniak
Graphic design by: Marta Gotfryd (Fb)

© Fundacja Czas Tradycji, 2020 - All rights of the producer and of the owner of the work reproduced reserved. Unauthorised copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this recording prohibited.

CD REVIEVS:

Maria Baliszewska (Polish Radio): The new album released by the band "Zawierucha" ... is a real treasure of music suspended between the past and the future. The title of the CD "OberTany" suggests immersion in the dance tradition and it is true. Ten dances are captivating by their originality, great reading of rhythms from several musical regions, perfect performance of all musicians, lightness of violinist improvisation, colorful ornaments. These seasoned musicians consequently draw their inspirations from traditional sources but in their own style! "

Tomasz Janas (journalist, music critic): Four personalities, four gentlemen bringing their unique past and characters. This is also what defines the music proposed by the Zawierucha quartet: founded on the admiration of tradition, and at the same time successfully building its own story. ... The musical style they present is, on the one hand, perfectly thought out, organized as well as the result of a coherent artistic vision and creation while on the other hand, it is full of "fire" - spontaneity, real emotions and captivating trance. And how great it all sounds! ... We can find many elements here: from fervent country dance phrases to a rather song-like form, but in the arrangements and improvisations of instrumentalists we can also find some echoes of psychedelia or minimal music, and even distant jazz-rock experiments from many years ago.

Kuba Borysiak (Polish Radio): It is dance music, raw, but with an inclination towards modernity, not avoiding even punk or rock.