#Don't Panic! We're From Poland
This year’s edition of the biggest European music showcase festival Eurosonic Nooderslag in Groningen will host four Polish bands: Bass Astral x Igo, Hania Rani, Lonker See and LASS.
Eurosonic Noorderslag, held in Groningen, Netherlands, is the biggest European music showcase and conference festival, which attracts over 40,000 visitors each year. This year’s edition will take place between 16th - 19th January 2019 and will host four Polish bands: Bass Astral x Igo, Hania Rani, Lonker See and LASS.
Bass Astral x Igo
Electronic rock from Kraków. Bass player Kuba Tracz and singer Igor Walaszek met while playing in the rock band Clock Machine, and decided to play dance music together. What they lacked in experience they made up for with talent and energy. Their 2016 debut Discobolus was proof enough that the duo were on the right track, while their late-2017 EP only solidified their status. These guys have catchy tunes, vivid production, and the kind of relentless energy that earned them a major live reputation.
Rani is a Polish pianist, composer and singer, who splits her life between Warsaw and Berlin. She received a special distinction at the International Transatlantyk Festival in Łódz and also won the Firestone Headliners of Tomorrow competition. Hania Rani works on projects which aim to cross the boundaries between styles and genres, like her new arrangements of songs by John Dowland for string quintets and soloists, or her music for films, theatre performances and artistic installations. Since 2012, she has also worked with cellist Dobrawa Czocher, and since 2017, with the band tęskno.
Lonker See started as a project of Polish ambient duo Joanna Kucharska and Bartosz ‘Boro’ Borowski. After their first EP they invited TriCity jazz musicians Tomasz Gadecki and Michal Gos, and changed the music formula, exploring a wider spectrum. In their music you can hear (free) jazz, space and psychedelic rock. It’s based on long forms, leaving room for improvisation. Their latest album One Eye Sees Red starts with an 18-minute trip and was released April 2018 on the Instant Classic label.
LASS is an avant-pop solo project of Kasia Klimczyk based in Warsaw. Her aim is to connect feminine sensibilities with the modern tools of electronic music. Inspired by Grimes, Björk and Fever Ray as well as Kasia's love for the sounds of computer games, harmonium, omnichord, arpeggiator, synthesisers, distorted electric guitars, contrabass and wind instruments.
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The international music conference happening alongside the Eurosonic Nooderslag Festival will enable representatives of the music industry to network and exchange. The Polish bands and delegates attending the event are supported by Don’t Panic! We’re from Poland.
Source: promotional materials, compiled by BF & NR, Jan 2019