Vołosi and 33a Kick off Songlines Encounters
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Polish band Vołosi and 33a from Georgia will perform at the London festival Songlines Encounters. They will then tour to Kiev, Prague and Warsaw.
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Two mountain ranges are represented at Songlines Encounters: the Carpathians and the Caucasus. Vołosi were first discovered in 2010 at the New Tradition festival, where they received all the prizes and awards to be recieved. Since then, it seems they haven't been off stage for a single moment. Their success was confirmed at a concert organized by the European Broadcasting Union, where they were awared the Grand Prix for best world-music band in Europe.
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The character of their music is defined by their strings instruments, which lend a dynamic, recognizable sound. Vołosi is comprised of both classically trained musicians and self-taught mountaineers - the latter no less talented then the former. Brothers Krzysztof and Stanisław Lason (cello and violin, respectively) work day jobs at the Katowice Music Academy. Zbigniew Michałek plays violin, Jan Kaczmarzyk is on viola, and Robert Waszut plays the double bass. Their webpage states that,
It is an ensemble that sometimes sounds like it comes from New Orleans. They have a certain ‘something’ that inspired the world a hundred years ago, when jazz was born. This ‘something’ is best described by the word ‘drive’.
33a combines rock, chanson and reggae influences with traditional Georgian music. The founder, guitarist and lead singer of the band is the charismatic Niaz Diasamidze. The band has been performing since 1994, and have since become one of the best-known Georgian bands in the world. 33a's trademark sound comes from the panduri, a three-string instrument typical of Southern Georgian regions.
Vołosi and 33a's performance is one of the high points of the Transkaukazja festival. The festival, which aims to promote harmony in one of the most multicultural regions of the globe, will take place in Caucasus countries as well as in nine European countries. In London, their concert will set off one of the most popular world-music festival on earth: Songlines Encounters Festival (on the 5th of June). They will perform in Kiev on the 15th of June, at the United Island Festival in Prague on the 21st of June. They will be in Warsaw on 29th of June.