Main Stage, 19/07/2019
Travelling through central Poland, you find yourself drawn to small villages near Opoczno, where the rhythms, grooves and beautiful sounds of traditional music of the region are played. There you can meet members of Odpoczno band trying to blend in with the local old music masters and picking up tunes that would otherwise soon be consigned to oblivion.
Odpoczno pushes the Polish village dance revival into new territories. Formed in the city of Łódź in 2014 the quartet members all have experience in different backgrounds. The throbbing heart of the band is award-winning violinist Marcin Lorenc, who is the curator of the traditional material drawn from the legacy of past masters of the Opoczno region, and Joanna Gancarczyk, who sings the old songs and saws bass rhythms out of her cello. Entering sideways on a small drum kit is Piotr Gwadera, scattering precisely funky filigree patterns upon which the inventive twang and drang of prominent jazz guitarist Marek Kądziela hangs like a shimmering suit of imaginative cloth. They all come from radically different musical backgrounds – they played (and some of them still play) in many diverse bands as eg. Lorenc Trio, Kożuch, L.Stadt, Hunger Pangs.
They have been awarded a 3rd prize in the prestigious Polish Radio Competition at "New Tradition" festival. Nevertheless, almost three more years of musical experimentation were necessary before the recording of the group’s first album, “Odpoczno”, a well-balanced fusion of old and new, could take place. The album, released in March 2018 received a rave review on the day of its release – strong proof that fresh new shoots are still emerging from traditional roots.
Odpoczno was the only Polish representative officially selected for the biggest world music fair – Womex 2018, which took place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Joanna Gancarczyk — voice, cello, melodica
Marcin Lorenc — violin
Marek Kądziela — guitar
Piotr Gwadera — drums