Laboratorium Pieśni – Song Laboratory
Laboratorium Pieśni – Song Laboratory (world/ethno/spiritual/mystic folk music) is a group of female singers from Poland, created in 2013. Using traditional, polyphonic singing they perform songs from all over the world, mainly: Ukraine, Balkans, Poland, Belarus, Georgia, Scandinavia and many other places. They sing a capella as well as with shaman drums and other ethnic instruments (shruti box, kalimba, flute, gong, zaphir and koshi chimes, singing bowls, rattles etc.), creating a new space in a traditional song, adding voice improvisations, inspired by sounds of nature, often intuitive, wild and feminine.
The traditional songs are often brought from their source – different regions of Poland, Europe and world, by the members of the group – having their unique history and evolving in the course of work. Finally, they are performed in a new form – traditional or enriched.
Laboratorium Pieśni collaborated with Polish valued and known musicians (for example project with Kayah and composer Atanas Valkov and gues performance on L.U.C.’s album, titled “GOOD L.U.C.K”. The ensamble is also a winner of TRYTON PRIZE on FAMA Festival 2014 for the greatest artistic personality of the festival.
The group is also creating theatre performances, where using traditional songs they tell stories about disappearing rites: ‘Pory Roku’ (Seasons) 2013, ‘Puste Noce – Pieśni, które już się kończą’ (Empty Nights – Songs that have come to an end) 2014.
The group has visited over 15 countries with concerts and workshops (for example: USA, India, England, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Iceland, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Czech Republic). The video with Belarusian song ‘Sztoj pa moru’ has reached over 4 mln views, and the group is followed by more then 115 thousands fans on Facebook.
Founders of Laboratorium Pieśni
The founders of Laboratorium Pieśni: Alina Jurczyszyn – The Academy for Theater Practices ‘Gardzienice’ graduate and Kamila Bigus – The Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk graduate, are leading workshops of traditional singing (more info about the founders and workshops in WORKSHOPS section).