Live Video: Lautari

Live Video, OFF Festival
10/27/2015
Jim Beckmann
photo by Jim Bennett (view set)

There is something both completely Polish and non-Polish about Lautari, the band featured this week in our series of Polish bands KEXP recorded while at the OFF Festival in Katowice. The award-winning ethno-jazz quartet, whose members hail from central and southern Poland, draw their name from the wandering Romainian musicians, or Gypsies, of the mid-1800's. Named for lute players back then, historic lautari fostered a rich history that spread among central, southern and eastern Europe and now informs the very contemporary approach by our modern Lautari, who blend traditional folk music with classical composition and jazz improvisation into a unique mix with as many cultural influences as Poland itself has today.

We were fortunate that Lautari wandered in to the dusty abandoned space of Fabryka Porcelany Śląskiej, the historic porcelain factory in Katowice, so that we could record this captivating acoustic set. Watch it now and then check back next Tuesday for more in our series of Polish artists recorded by KEXP in Katowice, Poland, made possible by the OFF Festival and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute's Don’t Panic! We’re from Poland! initiative.

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