Reviews

 

"(...) Many have discovered that only by deep immersion in the past, in tradition, are we able to say something sensible about contemporary times (…). Janusz Prusinowski and his friends have followed the most basic and fundamental path open to a folk musician: they have learnt to play from village masters. Over the past few years they have used their expertise to build their own musical world, based on a great paradox: on the one hand, their musical language and its grammar come from the folk model, but on the other hand, they continue to challenge it in creative ways (…).” Tomasz Janas (Gazeta Wyborcza)

 

Mazurki brings us the wonderfully wiggly cross-rhythms – a triple beat but with stresses that can cross it in fours, fives or sevens – of the village mazureks (mazurkas) from Mazovia, Poland’s flat central region, played, with great skill and tremendous lift, by fiddler and occasional cymbalist Janusz Prusinowski, with baraban drum, tambourine and droning 3-string bass from Piotr Piszcatowski, joined by Michal Zak’s wild shawm and flute. Suddenly the similarly wiggly, asymmetric three-beat polskas of Sweden, which are indeed descended from the mazurka, have a direct connection. It’s a magnificent album. These guys play with high skill and all the fire and rhythmic energy of the village musicians they’ve learned from. Prusinowski describes his damascene moment. “It was a revelation: the authenticity, intensity and ease that I had been looking for throughout the world existed right here, beside me, in my own language”. About the “Heart” album: “The music they produce, lurching, rhythm-jumping is vigorous, grainy-textured, even appearing rough on the surface, but in no way is any of the playing anything but extremely skilled; these are contemporarily aware players, with deep love and understanding of central Polish traditional music and its techniques.” Andrew Cronshaw (fRoots Magazine 2011)

 

Andrew Cronshaw, fRoots, 2011

 

 

Ton Maas, Volkskrant, 2011