Faith No More, Muchy, Snowman and even more music at Malta Festival Poznań 2012!

As always, this year’s Malta Festival Poznań abounds with music events. Below is a brief preview:

- 4 July: this year, the festival headline, as far as music is concerned, are Faith No More and their charismatic frontman Mike Patton. They will perform at Lake Malta as part of the Poznań for the Earth series. But before we will hear the legend of alternative rock play, the stage will be given to two bands cited among the most unique phenomena in the Polish scene: Muchy and Snowman. Following the release of their latest album Notoryczni debiutanci Muchy is the only Polish band to have been invited to perform on the major music festival stages in Poland. Their latest single Nie przeszkadzaj mi, bo tańczę momentarily peaked on a whole variety of charts. Snowman’s most recent album The Best Is Yet to Come was enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike. Their blend of avant-garde, post rock, jazz and psychedelia has earned them an opinion of a band who “resists the various temptations of contemporary music life and is patient…they recorded one of the best Polish albums this year” (Tomasz Janas, Gazeta Wyborcza).

- 6 July: an event which relates to this year’s Idiom Akcje Azjatyckie/Asian Investments is a nearly six-hour-long concert entitled Between Asia and Europe. Roma Music. Roma People are the very ethnic group who reminds us of eternal migration and who provide a connection between Asia and Europe. The idea of the concert is take a musical journey following in their footsteps. This will begin in Rajasthan (from where Roma People set out many centuries ago), represented by the Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan, and take us all the way to Egypt, the home of The Musicians of the Nile who will perform traditional Egyptian and Sudanese music mixed with songs of Roma families who once inhabited the area. Our guide through the Turkish section of our wanderings will be Hasan Yarimdünya, one of the best Turkish clarinettists and a major name in world music circles. We will be reminded of how European music has been affected by the Roma by the brilliant el cante singer Carmen Linares from Andalusia and by the Hungarian band Parno Graszt. The hosts of the concert will be Jowita Budnik and Antoni Pawlicki, actors who starred in Joanna Kos-Krauze’s and Krzysztof Krauze’s latest film Papusza about Roma poet Bronisława Wajs-Papusza and the translator of her poetry Jerzy Ficowski. The intermissions between the various performances will feature some beautiful stills from the film created by cinematographer Wojciech Staroń. The concert will also include a Polish contribution made by Tsigunz Fanfara Avantura. The band members hail from improvised, alternative and jazz circles. What brought them together is their fascination with Balkan music which they skilfully transpose to Polish settings in some pretty surprising interpretations. Their energetic and exciting shows include a great degree of interaction with the audience and strongly differ from typical ethno or folk concerts.

This very special musical marathon will also take place at Lake Malta (admission free).

3-6 July: traditionally, there will also be a powerful portion of excellent music in the Culture Walkway, i.e. at the Festival Club in the Old Market Square. The Club will open its musical programme with performances by artists from Japan: DMC World Champion and accomplished turntablist DJ Kentaro and the hottest underground act from Tokyo, Anli Pollicino. On the subsequent nights we will also see artists from Europe beginning with Bass Clef (UK) who, for many years, has been active in the electronic scenes of London and Bristol where he released his most recent highly acclaimed album Reeling Skullways on the famous Punch Drunk Records label.  Also from the UK is Czech-born Emika who merges dubstep, drum&base, electro and trip hop. Via Berlin she reached London and the legendary Ninja Tune who release her recordings. You will also have the opportunity to encounter the craziest electropop group from Sweden, Slagsmålsklubben. There will also be a selection of Polish artists, including the excellent Ballady i Romanse (considered one of the most interesting debuts in 2011), Kari Amirian and Justyna Szafran with the band Sztylety who will play a concert in the rock/psychedelic context of Krzysztof ‘Wiki’ Nowikow’s music.

After the concerts you can indulge yourself in the favourite Malta pastime, the Silent Disco, i.e. dancing to the small hours without disturbing anyone to DJ sets played on wireless headphones (as always, admission to the Festival Club is free).

For a detailed programme including descriptions of the particular events see