In one of the past newesletter from Folk Radio UK I found the interview with two folk bands who had joined for the Free Folk in Brexit Britain tour this summer. Sutari is the name of a trio composed of three women from Poland, Dead Rat Orchestra is a male trio from the UK.
The music by Sutari reminded me to one of my favorite albums with music from Hungary “La Hongire – Ensemble Ferenc Sebö”,especially the singing style of Sutari. In their music they are using traditional stringed instruments, but also all kind of other thinks like bottles, a big wrench, a bowl of water or kitchen equipment. You can watch a great performance filmed by KEXP here:
Sutari Live on KEXP
Dead Rat Orchestra are also using traditional instruments like the violin – but played in a very unusual way. The are also using meat choppers played with a wooden stick or a violin bow and other very unusual things. Watch this great performance from a Rough Music concert:
Dead Rat Orchestra – Rough Music Concert
I have found some videos from the recent Free Folk in Brexit Britain tour , check the following playlist with some great performances of both groups together:
Playlist Sutari & Dead Rat Orchestra
Sutari is the brainchild of three young women: singers, instrumentalists and performers – Kasia Kapela, Basia Songin and Zosia Zembrzuska, (they featured in our Lost in Transmission Show No 36). Like the DRO they are also busy with other projects as Kasia explained “We still work on both theatre and music projects. Zosia is a manager of culture, promoting contemporary Polish composers outside Poland. Basia is a storyteller and she performs with two music duos: Mehehe and Kuso. Kasia has a family-based band, Kapela Timingeriu, who play gypsy and klezmer music.”
‘Intoxicating and hypnotic’ Wiano
The ensemble made their debut in 2012 at the prestige New Tradition Polish Radio Folk Festival, where they immediately received second prize from the jury and a prize from the audience: a ‘a storm of cheers’. They didn’t have to wait long for subsequent distinctions and complements. Journalists announced the Warsaw trio the most interesting new band of 2012. The group’s CV was then enriched by first prize at the 10th edition of Battle of the Bands, an international competition organized by one of the biggest labels in the world – World Music Network. The lively song Chłopacy gained 91% of online votes and got a chance to be internationally promoted by being included on the compilation album The Rough Guide to Undiscovered World.
One of the UK’s most innovative ensembles, their work has been performed, installed and experienced across Europe, North America and the Middle East, and their soundtracks have featured on BBC Television and at Tate Modern.
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