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.
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.
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...