Songlines, one of the most important magazines devoted to world music, will showcase the rich Silesian music scene in its April 2016 edition. The included Silesian Roots sampler was created as part of a programme promoting artists associated with Katowice, named a UNESCO City of Music in December 2015.
The 15-track sampler Silesian Roots: Best Living Folk/World/Fusion 2016 will be distributed as a free bonus CD with the 116th edition of Songlines. The magazine, available in 65 countries worldwide, enjoys a readership of more than 35,000 people and is considered the most influential magazine devoted to world music. The albums distributed with the magazine typically end up inspiring various directors of distinguished festivals, and are broadcasted on prestigious radio channels such as BBC Radio 3, WDR, RNE and Radio France International. They also awaken the imagination of thousands of listeners all over the world.
Martyna Markowska, director of the Miasto Ogrodów culture centre and initiator of the album’s creation, said:
For two years we have been showcasing Silesian bands during Crossroads at the Colours of Ostrava festival. Last year, JazzArt Festival joined the European Forum of Worldwide Music Festival network, thanks to which we are in contact with the artistic directors of world music festivals.
The introduction was written by Petr Dorůžka of Czech Radio, a member of the prestigious World Music Charts Europe. The journalist says:
Unlike in the neighbouring Eastern Bloc countries, the Polish music scene was lively during communism, especially jazz and classical music – it is necessary here to mention the Silesian composers involved, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Wojciech Kilar. Now Polish audiences can enjoy the true revival of the folk scene, which has been growing during these 25 years of freedom.
The song selection was made by Mateusz Dobrowolski, manager and promoter of ethnic music, and director of the Transetnika Association. The sampler presents the rich abundance in the Silesian folk scene, which includes distinguished artists such as Gooral or Foliba and new groups such as Blokowioska, which is yet to launch its first LP. The sampler includes representatives of all the significant musical traditions of Silesia: the authentic folklore of the Beskids is represented by Kapela Byrtków, and the miners' orchestra Mysłowice-Wesoła Orchestra. There are also elements of jazz in the compositions by Adam Oleś and Garbowski-Cruz Quartet. Dobrowolski explains:
From the Polish perspective, the Silesian scene stands out because of its exceptional ability to create cross-genre bands and projects. Artists such as Psio Crew, Indialucia or Ŝanĝo are getting more confident in their ventures onto the global world music scene, finding their own niches in various, sometimes very distant, corners of the world.
Written by FL, translated by OK, 10 March 2016