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Kwadrofonik

The Kwadrofonik band was formed in 2006, when Magdalena Kordylasińska and Miłosz Pękala’s percussion duo (Hob-Beats Duo) and Emilia Sitarz and Bartłomiej Wąsik’s piano duo (Lutosławski Piano Duo) combined. Together they have been playing music from the 20th and 21st centuries, transcriptions of symphonies, and their own compositions inspired by traditional, contemporary and popular music.

The career of the band began in 2006, with its victory during the 9th “New Tradition” Folk Music Festival. In 2007 the band received the prestigious Special Award in the 3rd Svetozár Stračina Grand Prix Competition (of the European Broadcasting Union) in Bratislava. In 2008 the debut album of the band, Folklove, was released (later it was awarded the Folk Phonogram of the Year). Also in 2008 the compositions of the band were presented in the Late Junction program of BBC Radio 3.

In 2010 the musicians performed in the prestigious New York Carnegie Hall and in Chicago Symphony Hall, presenting their project I was here. Fryderyk which combined folk music with Frédéric Chopin’s works.
In 2011 the band debuted in the Berlin Philharmonic where they presented their version of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring for two pianos and a drum kit. The musicians also played in Izumi Hall in Osaka and at contemporary music festivals in Moscow and Beijing.

In 2013 the quartet cooperated with cellist Andrzej Bauer and composer Cezary Duchnowski, preparing a chamber version, with electronics, of Witold Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto. That same year Kwadrofonik began co-operating with jazz vocalist Dorota Miśkiewicz. In 2014 Kwadrofonik and singer Adam Strug prepared Folk Requiem, a composition inspired by traditional Polish mourning music. In 2015 the Kwadrofonik Festival, created by the members of the band and devoted to contemporary chamber music, was organized for the first time. The newest, multimedia and inter-genre project of the band is Industrial Symphony, a concert of music by Angelo Badalamenti, given by Kwadrofonik and Artur Rojek.

The musicians of Kwadrofonik imperceptibly change the functions of their instruments: pianos become percussion instruments, while groups of percussion instruments take over the functions of melodic instruments. The band is also known for using everyday objects (buckets filled with water, cell phones, balloons) during its concerts and demonstrating their surprising sound possibilities

Apart from projects based on their own compositions or on transcriptions, the musicians also play compositions which were originally meant to be played on their instruments and works composed especially for the band by Polish composers (such as Wojciech Ziemowit Zych, Wojtek Blecharz, Sławomir Wojciechowski, Maciej Jabłoński).