DAGADANA's Meridian 68 on World Music Charts Europe's Ranking of Best Albums 2016
In the World Music Charts Europe, a prestigeous ranking of the 150 best albums of 2016, prepared by the members of the Worldmusic Workshop of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), DAGADANA’s album Meridian 68 was ranked 48th.
DAGADANA, for eight years now, have triumphantly merged elements of Ukrainian and Polish culture through jazz, electronic and world music. Their latest record, their fourth, collects traditional songs from many regions of Poland (including Kurpie and Wielkopolska), as well as Ukrainian and Lemko folk music. And there’s an exceptional piece recorded in Chinese in collaboration with a band they met in Beijing – North Lab.
The core of the new album is made up of Polish and Ukrainian folk songs. Dagadana found their inspiration in many sources: amongst their families and friends, at ethnic music workshops, as well as on their friends’ and families’ bookshelves. The eastern influence is the result of an encounter with extraordinary musicians – Hassibagen from Mongolia, and Aiys Song from China – during Dagadana’s visit to Beijing.
DAGADANA are proud of their long-lasting collaboration with Chinese musicians that has now been going since 2012. One of its fruits is the album Meridian 68 which features performing guests from Beijing. The band has also performed on concert tours in Poland and China (e.g. Shanghai World Music Festival, Polish Circles of Art Festival, Festiwal Wschód Kultury, and Polish Radio Trójka).
Musicians from the band North Lab, who have been invited to join the project, present through their works the beauty of Chinese and Mongolian tradition blended with contemporary vibes. These keen-to-experiment artists met with the Polish-Ukrainian DAGADANA in 2013 in Beijing. Music was then for them the only mutually understandable language. A strong bond between the musicians, determination and support from the Polish Institute in Beijing, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Department of Culture at Poznań City Hall resulted in the release of Meridian 68 in Poland and joint concert performances.
Meridian 68 is to be released in China in 2017 and the band is planning to visit the country again for more concerts.
Sources: press release; ed. by az; 7.12.2016