Imagine: walking through the fields of crops in the lowlands of Poland; round-dancing to the loss of breathe in a Polish villagers' wedding; singing (sic!) Mazourka while autumn leaves are falling down from trees, somewhere close to Warsaw… These are just a few landscapes that will appear in the imagination of the audience when listening to the 12 Polish Songs.
Yoanna Ayers, a Polish mezzosoprano, was deeply moved by the colourful and modern harmonies of the completely unknown songs composed by the nearly forgotten Polish composer, Konstanty Gorski, over one hundred years ago. She felt that arranged with a jazz flavour, these songs would make an even deeper impact on the hearts and minds of listeners. Thus, she invited the Polish jazz pianist and composer Kamil Urbański to reinvent together the cycle of 12 songs in jazz arrangements. Published in 1914, the songs performed by Yoanna and Kamil have never been played in post-war Europe. In 2018, the premiere of the jazz arrangement took place in Tbilisi, Georgia. Now they want to share Gorski’s music with Europe.
The current version of the project is a duo for voice and piano. But we also have a new vision for an instrumentally richer release: 12 Polish Songs in the arrangement for the voice, piano and orchestra. Currently, we are looking for new musical collaborations.