have been friends of the SLOT Art Festival for years. They’ll be playing about 30 concerts in Poland this spring and summer as well as touring Europe. They have a unique message, unusual show and fantastic contact with the public- and they’ll be at SAF!
Tues. July 9
Wed. July 10
Thurs. July 11
Fri. July 12
Sat. July 13
|20:00 - 20:30||
Winner small stage
Winner small stage
Winner small stage
|20:45 - 21:30||(od.20.30) To Leave a Trace||(od.20.30) 3 kluski śląskie||Arci||Cinemon||Dead Efforts|
|21:45 - 22:45||The Brimstone Days||Bongostan||YOU||Pchełki||Fair Weather Friends|
|23:00 - 24:00||Maleo Reggae Rockers||Ścianka||Paula i Karol||Armia||Marika Akustycznie|
|00:00 - 00:15||slotv||slotv||slotv||slotv||slotv|
Photo Bartek Muracki
Marika is without a doubt one of Poland’s most charismatic vocalists. Until now she was known for her reggae as the “Queen of Polish Dancehall”. She released a new acoustic album on May 14th and it shows a whole new side of the artist- sensual, delicate and totally magic. She’s joined by Patryk Kraśniewski / piano, Jerzy Markuszewski / drums, Krzysztof Nowicki / guitar, and Michał Przybyła / bass.
This legendary Polish reggae band, led by Darek Malejonek, has been playing for 16 years. They’ve made 6 albums, a concert DVD and have played about a thousand concerts in Poland and foreign countries. Some of the highlights of their history are their work with Jamaican reggae star Michael Black and with Kofi Ayivor from OSIBA. They also appeared at Europe’s largest Reggae festival, - Rototom Sunsplash Festival.
For several years MRR has taken part in the “Free Belarus” movement, protesting the abuse of human rights there. The problems of Third World nations, especially those in Africa are also important to the band since Maleo visited and experienced the struggles there firsthand. MMR regularly takes part in “SOS for Africa” concerts where money is raised to build schools, hospices and to help the poor.
Maleo Reggae Rockers is:
- Darek "Maleo" Malejonek: vocals, guitar
- Tomek "Siwy" Wójcik: guitar, BGV
- Andrzej Roemer: bass
- Kacper Rynek: drums
- Adam Mościcki: percussion, BGV
- Tomacki: keyboards
- Józek Zatwarnicki: trombone
- Tomek Mazur: trumpet
Armia began in 1984 when three men from Poland’s independent scene met; Tomasz Budzyński (at that time vocalist of the cult band Siekiera), Robert Brylewski(guitarist in Kryzys, Brygady Kryzys and Izrael) and philosopher Sławomir Gołaszewski.From the beginning the band has used instruments not normally found in a rock band- piano, cello, violin and ethnic instruments like didgeridoo and bells, but the defining moment was when a French horn was added. Tomek Budzinski’s mystical lyrics draw the listener to reflection about the meaning of life and the spiritual condition of modern man. Their style is hard to describe but contains elements of rock, folk, jazz and avant garde. They’ve recorded numerous albums, some of which are considered classics of Polish rock.
This band is one of Poland’s most important alternative groups. They combine raw pre-punk energy and free jazz craziness with beautiful and delicate melodies. They’ve been playing since 1994 and started recording in 1998. The leader and founder of the band Maciek Cieślak, is also part of Cieślak i Księżniczki and Lenny Valentino. He’s known as one of Poland’s best producers. The band’s bass player is also part of Kristen- praised by critics and fans for their post-rock sounds.
Maciej Cieślak (since 1994) – guitar, vocals
Arkadiusz Kowalczyk (since 1994) – drums
Michał Biela (since 2005) – bass, chromatic bells
If you didn’t know better you might think that Paula and Karol are just a girl from Canada and a guy from Poland who met and play fun folk music together. But the truth is much more complicated than that. Paula and Karol isn’t a duo but a whole family of musicians from Warsaw who have won the hearts of young and old fans in the last two years.
England’s “The Guardian” newspaper placed them on their “Sounds of 2011” list of the most interesting young bands. After the release of their first albums they were labeled “the discovery of the year” and “the most interesting and one of the most important new alternative Polish bands”.
The songs of Paula and Karol contain not only catchy melodies but also honest texts that speak of community and a distance to post-modernism.
Paula and Konrad perform and compose with Christop Thun and Staszek Wróbel on drums, Krzysiek Pożarowski on bass and Szymon Najder on electric guitar.
No one in Poland plays like them. This quartet formed in 2011 and has broken the barriers between vintage dance music, modern electronic and stylistic guitar. They love to play with musical conventions and mix ‘70’s funk, synth pop, dancefloor, modern electronic avant garde all with live bass which gives them an amazing sound.
They released their debut EP in 2012 and the single, Fortune Player” was used in a film about the Heineken Open-er Festival and for a Coke Live Music Festival ad that year. Those two festivals were just the beginning of FWF’s musical adventure.
Sometimes it takes longer to get to the place you want to be. Remalja and Rafael Weisz and their friend Sven Michelson made it to Lisk where they’re close to art and music and feel at home. They brought their own music with them which led to their debut album, “Neon Ranch”. The album combines piano and penetrating guitar with gentle melodies full of multiple sounds. Their music will make you think and dance at the same time.
Close your eyes and imagine the sounds of the ‘60’s and 70’s and a band whose energy doesn’t allow you to stand still. This trio from Malmo began playing together in 2009 and they do it strongly!
Since then they’ve put out two albums and toured basically all of Europe. They themselves say that their goal is to be an excellent concert band, and they’ve reached their goal. It’s not an exaggeration to say that they sound better live than on a recording.
This Swedish band plays positive rock’n’roll and leaves you with a smile.
They describe their music as “hop-shoop”. It’s a mix of ethno, post-rock and psychedelic pop with jungle rhythms…. The members of the band are: Marta Rogalska (vocals, flute), Paweł Rychert (keyboards, electric, guitar), Świstak Rogalski (bass), Damian Kowalski (drums).
In 2012 the band co-created a theater piece called, "Knock on Unpainted Wood" together with Danish dance theater company Mute Comp Physical Theatre. The music is played live and they’ve performed it many times in Copenhagen and Odense. The band has played Poland’s big festivals and toured in Poland, Denmark and Germany. They’ve done several recordings and have just finished their newest, “Pan Hop-siup”.
The band began in December 2009 and has gone through many formations since then. Right now it consists of Wojtek Zalewski on bass, Rafał Klimek on trumpet, Krzysiek Dyga on sax, Kamil Majewski- piano, drummer Bartek Drozd and Kinga Berkowicz. They’ve been known to play 40 concerts in four months. The band has a contract with Lion Stage Records and in 2012 released their first album, "Rasta Kasta".
To Leave a Trace, a posthardcore/screamo/metal band from Ukraine, is an old friend of SLOT, having played the main stage and the Hardcore/Punk stage in years past. They started in 2008, in 2009 made their first album and have been playing concerts mainly in Ukraine, Poland Czech Republic and Germany ever since. They’re working on a new album and we’ll hear some of it at SLOT.
Cinemon is simply rock and roll. They present the whole package- jumping around on stage, breaking equipment, swinging hair, out-of-tune guitars, foot tapping, and above all good pop from this trio. They’re from Krakow where 2/3 of the band have jobs and families and 1/3 of the band is young, attractive and curious.
If you’ve ever been at one of their concerts you know at least two things about them. 1. Acoustic music isn’t always quiet and 2. Such energy and power come from the stage that it’s hard to believe that there’s only 3 people playing. To say that they play acoustic grunge or stoner rock is too simple. They like to play with lots of types of music and they do it well.
Artashes Baroyan,”Archi” is from Armenia but has lived in Poland 18 years. He’s played hip-hop and reggae for 10 years and has 2 albums, a third on the way and many concerts under his belt. He combines hip-hop, reggae, oriental Balkan rhythms, funk, and dancehall and adds a positive message. His new album will be in three languages- Polish, English and Armenian with guests from Nigeria and Costa Rico
What started in 2009 as a few friends jamming for fun grew into Dead Efforts. Their debut album full of Seattle sounds from the ‘90’s and Australian rock was released in March of this year.
The group consists of a Polish girl and two musicians with European-American roots. The name means “very.b” in French and refers to music that is B-class, not polished.
After recording their first album, “Scylla and Charybdis” and producing it themselves in Holland they moved to Poland where they’ve been since 2011.
Gooral is a producer, generator of sound and a precursor joining electro, dubstep and dnb with all things mountainy (góra in Polish means “mountain”). The place where Gooral grew up has influenced his creativity greatly. It’s a city surrounded by mountains. Gooral is close to the city but spent half his life teaching people to ski and skiing himself.
In the ‘90’s he fell in love with the electronic and techno music of the time. He co-founded and created the project PSIO CREW recording the album „Szumi Jawor Soundsystem” and playing hundreds of concerts. In 2008 he left Psio Crew and began his musical wanderings.
Dikanda, in an African dialect, means “family” and that words tells it all about this band. They live and work as a small family.
The band was born in 1997 in Szczecin. A love for traditional music and hard work allowed them to create their own style and sound. In their totally acoustic repertoire you can hear inspiration from the Orient, Balkan and Macedonian folk and Gypsies.
One characteristic of Dikanda is their created words and meanings that are present in the compositions.
They have 4 albums, have played hundreds of concerts, performed at big European festivals and won many awards in and out of Poland.
Dikanda’s concerts are a unique voyage through a musical world, a meeting full of energy, charisma, true emotions and joy for the audience and the performers alike.
They have played in Asiatic Russia, India and most countries of Europe. They’ve taken part in festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Sziget Festival (Budapest), Rudolstadt and 2x have played Opole. They’ve won fans all over Europe, especially in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
This group, known to the SLOT audience for their exceptional creativity, will play on the Main Stage at the Slot Art Festival 2012.
They have recorded two original albums, Takadum! (2011) and Do Not Cover! (premiere March 21,2012) and one re-mix of Takadum! They’ve won multiple awards.
Their only instrument is their voices. They say of their music that it is , “Vocal music humanly controlled.” They sing accapella and create electronic sounds of jazz, rock, soul based on beatbox rhythms. It’s 3 people making music that defies definition. They have hundreds of concerts under their belt, playing with artists such as B.Mcfferin, L.Wright, R. Bona, L.Możdżer. They played for the Dali Lama during his visit to Wrocław and one of their pieces is on the Wiedźmin soundtrack.
SEA + AIR is a duo that was born after 10 years of the group Daniel Benjamin, recording hundreds of songs and playing more than 120 concerts around the world. This duo was formed during the European tour of Whitney Houston in 2010 when Daniel and Eleni played support at her concerts. They realized then that they were able to reach the public in a huge hall, even though they might not be interested in them, with just their voices and by being themselves.
In 2011 they recorded the album “My Heart’s Sick Chord” which was strongly influenced by Bach’s Baroque melodies as well as music from the ‘70’s. To that they added some Greek traditions (Eleni) and German (Daniel). The whole album is dedicated to Bach’s favorite instrument- the harpsichord.
It’s hard to classify their music, but critics usually call it Indie Folk or Song/Songwriter.
During their concerts each of the performers play 5 different instruments which makes a backing track unnecessary.
SEA+AIR have played with artists such as Stevens, The White Stripes, Jose Gonzalez, and The Flaming Lips.
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LUXTORPEDA returns to SLOT! Those of you who were at the SAF last year will still remember the Luxtorpeda concert full of energy and charisma. Well - they’re coming back! They’re the same and yet not the same. The same- because they still guarantee concrete, solid music and not the same because they’re coming with fresh material. Their new album, “Robaki” will premiere May 9th!LUXTORPEDA began in 2010 at the initiative of Robert “Litza” Friedrich, guitarist and vocalist of well known bands like Acid Drinkers, Turbo, Flapjack, Arka Noego, 2Tm2:3, and KNŻ. He invited guitarist, Robert Drężek, and bass player, Krzystof Kmiecik, both of whom play with 2Tm 2:3 plus drummer Tomek Krzyżaniak, from Turbo and Armia to join him. While they were recording their first album they added a vocalist, Przemek Frencel, a well-known rapper from the hip-hop duo, 52 Dębiec.
Their debut album, entitled “LUXTORPEDA”, came out May 9, 2011 and is a mix of garage-punk-rock. The texts speak of everyday life, about battles, defeats, rising up, darkness and hope. The lyrics and music are without compromise. Several music videos were produced to songs from the first album such as “"Autystyczny" and "Za wolność". LUXTORPEDA performed at the Jarocin Festival 2011 as well as at the 17th Przystanek Woodstock. “Autystyczny” became a #1 radio hit and in the summation of music for 2011, LUXTORPEDA was in the top, if not #1, in many lists. The magazine “Tylko Rock” (Only Rock) voted them band of the year, record of the year, music video of the year and best hope of the year!
LUXTORPEDA was also nominated for 4 Fryderyk awards (Polish Grammy’s) in 2011.