Joachim Mencel Quintet - Artisena
Label: For Tune
Artisena is a fusion of Polish folk music and modern jazz. It is based on traditional dances therefore the dancing quality shapes its very expression, however Artisena itself is not meant to be danced to. All of the compositions were written by Joachim Mencel. The individual style of Mencel as a composer merged with the spirit of Slavic dancing music concluded in something brand new. The result is both dynamic and deeply moving: our hearts start beating to the rhythm of our ancestors. We are touched by sentimental tone of our root music and at the same time we are impressed by its assimilation to modern jazz. The composer invited musicians playing drums, double bass, violin and guitar. He himself sits at the piano and plays the crank lyre (hurdy-gurdy) – an instrument that has rich history in Polish folk music. Artisena is dedicated to jazz lovers and all those who respect and admire ancestral music. Folk melodies are living creations, still undergoing evolution, hence they do not belong in a museum. Artisena creates another, new chapter of the history of traditional music.
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