Warsaw Village Band & Mercedes Peón
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Warsaw Village Band & Mercedes Peón

Warszawa, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Warszawa, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland
Established on Jan, 2014
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"“Mercedes Peón and Warsaw Village Band – as raw and energetic as you can get”"

EtnoUgór, Palladium, Warsaw, November 10 2012

EtnoUgór in Warsaw was about juxtaposition and fusion, showcasing two Polish and two foreign artists. Urban folk poet Pablopavo & global roots producer Praczas courageously introduced traditional instruments into their digital sound, but hit the spot only in some songs. Sadly, their rehearsed cooperation with Airtist (a didgeridoo, beatbox, Jew's harp trio) wasn’t treated carefully enough by sound-guys, hopefully the recordings will compensate for that. Airtist came back to close the evening with a breathtaking show. According to John Cage, “hearing” of silence is deafened by person’s own nervous system and heartbeat – add breath and it’s clear where does Airtist music come from. Their fascinating sound and natural danceability were emphatic, it’s a shame that only about 1/3 of the audience stayed till midnight to see them.
A decent crowd attended performances by Warsaw Village Band and Mercedes Peón, highlights of the evening. WVB’s dulcimer collapsed early in the concert – without a melodic tissue, a space between high registers of violins & fidels and the rhythm section opened, which was filled with a stellar vocal performance and stingy trumpet. The way the band adapted to the circumstances proved its masterclass. Mercedes Peón was on stage alone and absolutely on her own – speaking only Spanish and Galician, playing a range of electronic and acoustic instruments, singing with passion, her reinterpretation of Galician folk was deeply personal and mesmerizing. I was most impressed by songs of lament and protest, and sometimes wondered what would happen if she had 2-3 musicians to help her with the sound collages. The answer came quickly – three songs performed by Peón and WVK together were as raw and energetic as you can get.

Piotr Lewandowski, www.popupmusic.pl - Piotr Lewandowski, Songlines Magazine


Warsaw Village Band & Mercedes Pen - Fly my voice! - digital single, Karrot Kommando; to be released May 2014
Warsaw Village Band & Mercedes Pen - LP - CD, Karrot Kommando/JARO/Folmusica; to be released September 2014



After a fantastically acclaimed tour together in Poland, the BBC Radio 3 awarded Warsaw Village Band will record a new album as a joint project with the charismatic singer and multi-instrumentalist from Galicia: Mercedes Pen. On their forthcoming record both groups will mix their creative approaches to their own traditions to present the music of the future. Besides the music, based on the woman white voices and acoustic instruments such as violins, bagpipes, Pock fiddle, hammered dulcimer and traditional drums of two nations, the lyrics on the new CD will bring a message of tolerance, cultural diversity and social engagement. By exploring and redefining the roots of the heritages of the Western and Eastern borderlands of the Old Continent: the hypnotic lowlands of Polish Mazovia and the mysterious seaside of Spanish Galicia, artists will establish a manifesto of universal human community.
The new album will be recorded in May 2014 in Warsaw. First recording take place in November 2012 in Polish Radio Recording Studios.
The premiere of new album is planned for September 2014.

Warsaw Village Band & Mercedes Pen

Mercedes Peon -  voice, Galician gaita, pandeireta, electronics
Magdalena Sobczak - voice, dulcimer
Sylwia Swiatkowska - voice, violin, viola, fiddle from Plock
Ewa Walecka - voice, violin, hurdy-gurdy
Piotr Glinski - baraban drum, percussions
Pawel Mazurczak - double bass
Maciej Szajkowski - frame drum, percussions

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