"Just when you think you’ve seen everything in folk music, you come across a band like Odpoczno."
Maciej Szajkowski, Warsaw Village Band
Travelling through central Poland, you find yourself drawn to small villages near Opoczno, where the rhythms, grooves and beautiful sounds of traditional music of the region are played. There you can meet members of Odpoczno band trying to blend in with the local old music masters and picking up tunes that would otherwise soon be consigned to oblivion.
Odpoczno pushes the Polish village dance revival into new territories, expanding the old world fiery abandon with audaciously entertaining jazz-trancery. Formed in the city of Łódź in 2014 the quartet all have experience in different backgrounds. The throbbing heart of the band is award-winning violinist Marcin Lorenc, who is the curator of the traditional material drawn from the legacy of past masters of the Opoczno region, and Joanna Gancarczyk, who sings the old songs and saws bass rhythms out of her cello.
Entering sideways on a small drum kit is Piotr Gwadera, scattering precisely funky filigree patterns upon which the inventive twang and drang of prominent jazz guitarist Marek Kądziela hangs like a shimmering suit of imaginative cloth. With their self-named debut album making inroads the Saturday night village dance seems set to go on forever.