Dorota Miśkiewicz & Kwadrofonik
"Lutosławski, Tuwim. Piosenki nie tylko dla dzieci"
A new face of Dorota Miśkiewicz, Kwadrofonik band and the great Polish composer - Witold Lutosławski – a record for children - older, younger, and those quite grown up as well.
A centenary of the birth of the Polish composer associated with classical music for mature music lovers became a pretext for the collaboration of one the most interesting Polish jazz vocalists and an unusual quartet formed by two pianists and two percussionists known for their creative approach to traditional, classical, and contemporary music. Dorota Miśkiewicz and Kwadrofonik prepared new orchestration to children’s songs written by Witold Lutosławski to Tuwim’s texts known by all kids and adults. The composer took this job very seriously but also with a high degree of sensitivity. Dorota Miśkiewicz and Kwadrofonik offer a new, very colorful, modern yet acoustic, versions of 10 songs which, though composed more than 60 years ago, are timeless.
This creative meeting resulted in an album which for the youngest will be a great travel to the world of magical sounds, and for those who by now poorly remember their kindergarten is a throwback to a time when imagination was a boundless energy, and fairytales always ended well.
A record for both kids and parents, it never wears out. You can learn Tuwim’s poems when listening to it, you can sing, and hear the beautiful background music created with two pianos and dozens percussion instruments such as marimba, cymbals, xylophone, cajon, udu, kalimba, gongs. Instrumental side of the record shimmers with colours and is extremely soothing and inspiring.
The real challenge was the record’s target- these are the songs for kids- says Bartłomiej Wąsik, the pianist for Kwadrofonik – we were wondering how to approach it. Whether to treat it seriously or rather think of it as an album not for adults. We didn’t want the songs to sound infantile because kids would detect false straight away, they are a really demanding audience. There was no light treatment.
We also wanted to make it fun for parents. During the concerts they are just as absorber by the music as their children- adds Dorota Miśkiewicz.
It is the first collaboration of Dorota Miśkiewicz and Kwadrofonik. It is also one of the first creative arrangement of Witold Lutosławski’s children songs composed to Julian Tuwim’s poems.