Lautari

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About


Lautari has long been dedicated to restoring the splendor of Polish folk music: from playing in crudo, to accompanying dancing as our rural predecessors did, to participation in avant-garde music projects. They have performed at barn dances, in jazz clubs, and in large concert halls in Poland and abroad. Firmly believing musical notation to be a totally inadequate means of recording folk music, they have made a point of learning their repertoire directly from village musicians. During this music adventure, they have often turned to the work of the late 19th century Polish ethnographer, Oskar Kolberg – and not only to the mere tunes he collected, but also the wide cultural context of folk music that he depicts – to fill their contemporary interpretations with the emotions and imagination of earlier times.

Presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York

 


Artist Links:   Facebook  | Soundcloud

Areas of Representation: North America

Biography

Members of the band Lautari met in 2000 and performed together until 2008, playing modern ethno-jazz rooted in the traditions of Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe and Caucasus. During that time they produced two well-received albums: Azaran and Muzica Lautareasca Nova. Their latest release, in the summer of 2015, is the live recording Vol.67. Here, Lautari is reunited after several years to produce their first project fully dedicated to Polish folk music.

The name and the idea of Vol.67 refers to the monumental ethnographic compilation by the great 19th century Polish folklorist, Oskar Kolberg, entitled The folk: its customs, life, speech, tales, proverbs, rituals, superstitions, games, songs, music, and dances. Volume 67 of Kolberg’s work contains sheet music of folk tunes arranged for piano.

Today, just as in the time when Kolberg was compiling his work, there remain the same valid questions about the role of folk music in Polish national culture. There is also the question of how folk music can function – in the past, in European high societies, and today – in the international world music market.

The band’s most recent performances include the Philharmonics of Łódź and Szczecin, Jagillonian Fair in Lublin, Ethno Port Poznań Festival, Festival EtnoKraków, and OFF Festival in Katowice (Recorded by KEXP Seattle).

Lautari has long been dedicated to restoring the splendor of Polish folk music: from playing in crudo, to accompanying dancing as our rural predecessors did, to participation in avant-garde music projects. They have performed at barn dances, in jazz clubs, and in large concert halls in Poland and abroad. Firmly believing musical notation to be a totally inadequate means of recording folk music, they have made a point of learning their repertoire directly from village musicians. During this music adventure, they have often turned to the work of Oskar Kolberg – and not only to the mere tunes he collected, but also the wide cultural context of folk music that he depicts – to fill their contemporary interpretations with the emotions and imagination of earlier times.

Presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York

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2016
Sep 23, 2016 Venue Info
New York, NY USA Subrosa
7:30 & 9:30PM  
Sep 22, 2016 Chicago World Music Festival Venue Info
Chicago, IL USA Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theatre
12:00 PM  
Sep 21, 2016 Chicago World Music Festival Venue Info
Chicago, IL USA Chicago Cultural Center Preston Bradley Hall
7:15 PM  
Sep 20, 2016 Venue Info
Minneapolis, MN USA Cedar Cultural Center
9PM  
Sep 17, 2016 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival Venue Info
Bloomington, IN USA FUMC (First United Methodist Church)
7:15PM  
Sep 16, 2016 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival Venue Info
Bloomington, IN USA FUMC (First United Methodist Church)
8:45PM  
Sep 15, 2016 Landfall Festival of World Music Venue Info
Cedar Rapids, IA USA CSPS Hall
8:00PM  
Sep 14, 2016 Landfall Festival of World Music Venue Info
Cedar Rapids, IA USA Opus Concert Cafe
6:30PM  

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Press

“…Lautari is certainly a band to watch, of creative musicians significant in the evolution of Polish music.”  ~ fRoots


“Sonically, they shapeshift from antique village dances that rise from the skeletal to the fully fleshed, to contemporary European art music quartet – call it jazz, call it folk, call it what you like.”

“Drawing on musical modernism as much as specific rural folk traditions, Lautari deliver a compelling contemporary account from one small corner of the European folk tradition’s amazing legacy.”  ~ TheArtsDesk


“…so thrilling, so coherent, and so much filled with a common spirit, with traditional themes not being mere pretexts for clichéd solos, but remaining the compositional foundation at every moment” ~ KulturaPoznan


“Lautari… takes folk music to the philharmonic… such a singular story and such a vibrant show.” ~ Wyborcza.pl


“…a fascinating, engaging avant-garde deconstruction of traditional tunes… Lautari shows once more how folk music and jazz can coexist with neither of them being treated in a servile way.” ~ Etnosystem


Lautari Press Reviews – English: Download (pdf)

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