The Warsaw Village Band has revived traditional Polish roots music bringing forth the soul of Poland. It is expressed with mesmerizing music, hypnotic rhythms, and haunting vocals. The violin music has an earthy appealing sound ...the drum beats resemble the beating heart of the country.
Track #1 "To You Kasiuna" begins with a cimbalom solo that is highly interpretive and exciting. Next the hypnotic drum beat captures the primordial instincts of the listener - while unique vocal chants bring forth echoes from the past. It makes the listener feel they are participating in a dream, a film that captures life in the village at the turn of the century. Only you are awake and fully aware it is ... a dream. There is feeling of reviving a memory ... of what used to be. There is a tremendously effective gypsy brass band sound, played on the trumpet. The hurdy gurdy adds special intonations of a bygone era, while the drum beat brings into the awareness of here and now.
Track #2 "Chassidic Dance" has the far off sound of a village band playing a highly appealing melody, including the "squeaky" violin playing technique of an Eastern Europe village musician. This music is nostalgic, haunting, and evocative with its "far off" music from another era.
Track #5 "A Red Apple" is ethereal sounding with a beautiful haunting voice of a young female vocalist. This listener would love to know the English translation of this song and learn more about the significance of the red apple ...
This CD has powerful appeal due to the unique interpretations and improvisations which the highly talented Warsaw Village Band apply to traditional music. They love the music of their homeland which is evident in this extraordinairily powerful creative musical endeavor. Erika Borsos (bakonyvilla)