“It should be remembered that the lyricists, who at that time were provided with scores of "Derwid" melodies, were outstanding men of words. The craftsmanship and ease of writing can be heard! But the times in which these songs were written also matter: The stories reflect the spirit of the 1950s and 1960s. It was a time of Poland's development, the capital was flourishing anew, life was returning to normality. People were happy about simple, ordinary things. This is what these songs are about....” - the Artists point out.
Caravana Banda draw from their roots by recreating some of the polish melodies, as well as from the Czech Moravia region. They also include traditional melodies from Romania, Albania, Macedonia, and Serbia. You will not miss the Spanish accent since the first band’s language is ESPAÑOL. The band juggles styles, rhythms, melodies, and languages. It is a real musical spectacle for all the senses. And then there is Magda Navarrete’s voice and dance. On the one hand she sings velvet boleros, on the other piercing flamenco notes, she can display many different voices.
Magda Navarrete - time Magda Navarrete faced the classics in her native language, adding her personal character and a specific Latin "feeling".
Piotr Steczek - Composer, arranger, violinist, multi-instrumentalist. A graduate of the Academy of Music. Karol Szymanowski in Katowice at the instrumental department in the violin class of Marek Moś. A violinist of the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra and the founder and leader of the ESUS quintet. As a composer and arranger, he is invited to collaborate by leading artists of the Polish scene, including MYSLOVITZ, CREE, Dorota Miśkiewicz, Artur Rojek. He is the author of all studies of the "Warszawski Lutosławski" project.
THE ESUS QUINTET
“The unique character, nobility, looseness, spontaneity and, what is important, dignity and, to be honest, great respect for the songs make it something to listen to and be proud of. This is our history of post-war song, the achievement of our culture (...)”
Arkadiusz Kalucki / WARTO POSLUCHAC - RADIO AUDITION / Poland
Agora / 2015
Magda Navarrete and Piotr Steczek, fascinated by the works of Witold Lutosławski, decided to give new life to the composer's forgotten songs. Having studied the rich archives of the Polish Radio, the artists decided to present ten compositions by "Derwid", which in the 50s and 60s accompanied Poles not only in music cafes and concert halls but also were presented on the radio. The songs of "Derwid" were sung by outstanding Polish artists: Sława Przybylska, Mieczysław Fogg and Irena Santor. This time Piotr Steczek wrote arrangements for string quintet and orchestra, and Magda Navarrete interpreted them giving them her "retro latin" swing.
“The production, reminiscent of the 50s and 60s, with violins, cellos and violas leading the way, created unforgettable melodies with lyrics about love and the joy of everyday things, down-to-earth and yet very profound. A real pearl!” - announces the publisher.
The premiere of the album "Warszawski Lutosławski" took place in Warsaw at the Syrena Theater on March 7, 2015.
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