Sunday, March 28, 2010

Michal Czachowski - Indialucia

Michal Czachowski - flamenco guitars, palmas, tanpura, kanjira, shakers, palo de agua, swarmandal, djembe, cajón, gong, voice, arrangements;
Avaneendra Sheolikar - sitar
Sandesh Popatkar - tabla
Pierluca Pineroli - cajón, tabla, sabar, caxixi, triangle, konnakol, choirs
Prasad Khaapadre - vocal;
Domingo Patricio - flute;
Giridhar Udupa - ghatam, morsing, konnako;
Maria Pomianowska - sarangi;
Carlos Troya - zapateado, jaleo;
Sagar Jarel - dholak;
Yrvis Mendez - fretless bass guitar;
Tomasz Pala - piano;
Adam Glosnicki - bass guitar;
Ireneusz Wyrobek - palmas;
Barbara Czachowska- choirs;
string quartet [members of "Aukso" Chamber Orchestra]:
Marta Huget-Skiba - violin;
Natalia Walawska - violin;
Anna Grzybala - viola;
Aleksandra Steczek -cello;

01. Raag & Olé (Rumba) [05:22]
02. Nagpur (Sevillanas/Dhun) [04:08]
03. Herencia hindú (Soleá por Bulerías) [06:42]
04. Taliquete (Jaleo) [03:26]
05. Mohabbat ka khazana (Tangos/Qawwali) [05:16]
06. Gujari todi (Raga) [08:05]
07. Kyabathe (Bulerías) [06:37]
08. Indialucía (Intro) [02:15]
09. Indialucía (Zambra) [05:15]
10. Amanecer (Martinete) [02:53]

Recorded in India & Spain 1999-2004

This musical project combines two musical styles – Classical Indian Music and the Flamenco. The original concept is from producer / musician – Michal Czachowski himself. The result of his work is an album which shows how much Flamenco and its “distant roots” - Indian Music have in common.


Miguel Czachowski
Flamenco guitarist, composer, architect. Born in 1974 into a family of flamenco lovers where he was raised in a flamenco music environment. At the age of 12 he began learning to play the guitar. After his initial studies he took master classes from professional flamenco players such as Rafael Cortés, Salva del Real and Gerardo Núñez, which solidified his complete dedication to flamenco. In 1992, he formed a flamenco group gradually enlarging the numbers of the artists from a duo to septet. His group "Viva Flamenco!" plays both traditional and contemporary flamenco mixed with influences of Indian and Jazz music. Performing both as a solo artist and also with his musical group, Miguel has won first prizes in many folk festivals and is now the leading flamenco player in his country. He has performed and recorded with many great artists and groups and he concretised all over Poland as well as abroad (Austria, Germany, Italy, France, England, Belgium, Holland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belarus, Oman and India). For several years he has been teaching flamenco guitar, and writing articles and interviews, promoting the art of flamenco music in magazines as "Flamenco International Magazine", "Jazz Forum" and "Swiat Gitary". In 1998, after a performance in Italy, he was invited to India to teach flamenco guitar at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Nagpur. There he started studying Indian music, learning to play the sitar under the guidance of Avaneendra Sheolikar. His fascination for flamenco and Indian music inspired him to go back to the roots of the Gypsy music and record CD titled Indialucia.

Indialucia is a musical project, which fuses two fascinating styles of music: Indian and Flamenco music. The album expresses both the human and musical fusion of these cultures, which could have had a common ancestor. Improvisation and rhythm are the common elements in both styles and are essential to the continued existence of this music. The recordings were made between 1999 and 2004 mostly in India and Spain. Many great artists from the two continents performed. This album is the result of the years of work, which for the first time demonstrates the common elements of flamenco and its Indian roots fused into one art form.
The album was distinguished with the 1st prize "Best Album of the Year 2005" Wirtualne Gesle and 2nd music critics' prize at the New Tradition competition for the "Folk Phonogram of 2005" award.


Michal Czachowski
Born in 1974, Michal grew up under the influence of flamenco music. When he was twelve, he started to learn the guitar. In 1992, he founded a music group “Viva Flamenco”, which won already some musical awards.
In 1998, after the performance at the international festival in Italy, he accepted an invitation to go to the Musical Academy in Nagpur, India. There he worked as the guitar teacher and at the same time he learned to play an Indian musical instrument - sitar.
He composed a lot of music for telvesion and radio programs, performed in India and many European countries. We too were fortunate to witness his performance at the concert in Borotin in 2004.

I have got this CD as a present during the Adi Shakti seminar in Poland. It is one of the most incredible CDs I have ever heard. The synthesis of the flamenco guitar and sitar in conjunction with the other Indian musical instruments is unbelievable. I picked up the phone and called Michal. The Sahaja Yogis already knew him from the performance at the Borotin Festival 2004, where he fascinated the audience with his guitar mastery. Afterwards, via e-mail, Michal answered a few of my questions.
Interview with Michal Czachowski here...


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Ti Jaz - Ti Jazz en concert: Musiques Bretonne Aujourd'hui

Olivier Mell - bombards;
Richard Dilly - electric bass;
Olivier Le Gallo - drums;
Camille Ollivier - alto & soprano saxophone, bombard;
Bruno Brochet - tenor saxophone;
Didier Queron - tenor & baritone saxes;
Eric Richard - accordion;
Vincent Bucher - harmonica.
Recorded in Paris on February 19,20 & 21, 1993.


01. Les filles de Lannion [05:28]
02. Suite de gavottes (rotavator 1) [04:40]
03. Concept [01:56]
04. Rotavator 2, le retour [06:53]
05. An daou vreur [03:48]
06. Terre battue [08:49]
07. Bamenjou [05:25]
08. Suites plin (ton simple) [03:35]
09. bal [02:10]
10. ton double [03:15]
11. Loudia [07:21]
12. Kost'er hoed [05:32]
13. Tricot [03:08]

"C’est le groupe mythique du jazz celtique de l’Ile de France ... 1982, date de naissance du groupe et pendant 20 ans, ils se sont produits dans de nombreux pays. Quelle notoriété ! Pendant 20 ans, ils ont fait le bonheur des passionnés de musiques celtiques adaptées à notre époque, et des danseurs dans les bals folk car c’est aussi très dansant ...
Répertoire musical : un mélange de swing, jazz, funk aux airs traditionnels ; des mélodies du Trégor ou de Spézet et le rythm’n blues ... . quelle originalité et qualité musicales !" (

"While there are bands in abundance resurrecting the folk traditions of Brittany, there are only a handful that are expandiing those traditions. Ti jaz is one of them. Starting with a band of bass, drums and accordion, they have added the instruments of jazz: saxophones, and the instrument of ancient France: the bombarde, a raspy, woodwind with a bagpipe-like sound. So, too, have they melded these musical elements, the melodies and ideas of early French music with the improvisation of free jazz and the gut of rock. They pay hommage to the "ideal jazz" bands of 1940s and players like Yves Menez, who used horns, fiddle, accordion and banjo to create a new French folk music. In that same spirit, Ti Jaz sprawl across the musical landscape, one minute a dark dirge on bombarde, the next firing off a slap bass and drum riff that would settle in nicely at The Knitting Factory. The eight instrumental works on Rêves Sauvages are sometimes chaotic, often lyrical and always challenging. They achieve power without electricity, a power intrinsic in the instruments and the source material." (


Olivier Mell:

Monday, March 1, 2010

Bronislaw Duzy & Jorgos Skolias - Do It

Bronislaw Duży -trombone;
Jorgos Skolias -vocals, percussion;
01. Afryka [06:00]
02. Piec napiec [05:07]
03. Kolo [06:08]
04. Bluesdla [07:06]
05. Imena [04:55]
06. Zolo [03:34]
07. Foxy Lady [03:43]
08. Zeimbekiko [06:19]
09. Pentagon [05:52]

Recorded on November & December 1997
excerpt # No 7.
Recorded in Saloniki, Greece on February 27, 1997 & March 06, 1997
CD Sound CDSCD 110


Skolias / Duzy -Zeimbekiko

Skolias / Duzy - Foxy Lady

About musicians

in English:

JORGOS SKOLIAS – vocalist, composer

His parents were Greek political refugees. He grew up in a cosmopolitan and culturally diverse young environment. He took part in events organised by the Greek minority, becoming involved not only in Greek music, but also trying rock and blues. He remembers his youth in Zgorzelec as being extremely inspiring.
In the 1970s he became involved with Wroclaw’s very active and exciting rock and blues scene, working with the bands Nurt, Grupa 1111 and Spisek Szesciu.
His own professional career began in 1982, when he joined the jazz rock formation “KRZAK”, soon attracting the interest of a number of searching, innovative musicians, from whom he received offers of live concert work and recording opportunities. He spent over a year with the band Osjan. Between 1988 and 1991 he was the vocalist with Young Power, a group of young, unorthodox artists that demonstrated an important and innovative approach to jazz.
His work with Radosław Nowakowski (the percussionist in Osjan), the bands Tie Break, Pick Up, Free Cooperation, and Tomasz Stańko, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Terje Rypdal, Nikos Touliatos and Bronisław Duży led him to experiment with new visions of music.
He has taken part in several recordings of music for theatre and film.
Jorgos Skolias is a musician seeking not only his own individual formula for the use of the human voice in music, but also inspiration, whether from blues, jazz, rock, or ethnic music, whether that of Greece, Africa or India. He studies ancient forms of vocal techniques, which has enabled him to master the technique of harmonic singing (taking three parts at once).

BRONISLAW DUZY - trombone.

During his career he had an opportunity to participate in many jazz, blues and rock festivals such as: Jazz Jamboree, Jazz nad Odra, Jarocin, Jazz Juniors, Solo Duo Trio, Rawa Blues and other festivals in Austria, Belgium, Norway, Russia, Germany, U.S.A. and Canada.

His CD "Do it" is the result of cooperation with Bronisław Duży with whom Skolias has been working since 1993.This music is a synthesis of different kinds of music genders where inspirations of folk and a varieties of rhythms and tones play a key role. In his music one can find the mood of blues, the expression of soul and a ballad narration. They all are supported by the rhythmic pulsation of trombone."

in Italian:

Jorgos Skolias e Bronislaw Duzy: voce e trombone

Lo stile del complesso è dato dalla sintesi di diversi generi: ispirazione dal folklore, il clima del blues, la narrazione della ballata, l’espressività vocale del soul.

Il cantante polacco più originale, noto per la sua tecnica di canto multivocale. Negli anni ‘80 ha lavorato col complesso Krzak, e coi gruppi Tie Break, Basspace, Free Cooperation, Green Revolution, Ossian, Young Power, Pick up. Con Radoslaw Nowakowski ha inciso il disco Zulu. Ha partecipato a tutti i festival jazz polacchi e ai festival in Belgio, Svezia, Germania, Russia, Norvegia, Grecia.

Diplomato all’Accademia di Musica di Katowice, dove attualmente insegna. Arrangiatore e compositore, dal 1987 è in testa alla classifica “Jazz Top” della rivista “Jazz Forum” (categoria del trombone). Ha collaborato coi complessi Sesja 80, Free Cooperation, Pick up, Twinkle Brothers, Irek Dudek – Blues Band and Symphonic Blues, Young Power, Priest and Big Cork. Ha preso parte ai festival jazz in Polonia e a Stoccolma, Oslo, Riga, Novosibirsk, Mosca, Budapest, Praga, Monaco, Berlino, Munster, Nancy, Graz, Vienna, Lussemburgo.