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Lisboa Avenue

by Stilo

The fourth album from one of the most intriguing Polish independent band. Recorded and edited with a help of guests artists from Poland, Portugal and Iran, presents the bands' compositions mixing rock, ethno and jazz in one original vision.
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1. Mazura Boomerang
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2. Oxalis
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3. Swiatla Dunaju (Danube' Lights)
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4. Latimeria
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5. Kwak Song
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6. Most Karola (Charles Bridge)
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7. 52
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8. Lisboa Avenue
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9. Azoia
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I. STILO

THE STYLE: modern alternative music (mix of ethno, rock and jazz)

LOCATION: Warsaw, Poland (Europe)

BORN: 1997

THE MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS:
2000 - first gig
2002 - 1st Prize at the prestigious ethno festival New Tradition, organized by Polish Radio
2004 - 2nd Prize in the journalists' poll Folk Phonogram of the Year - for the second album of the band ('Idą czasy')
2005 - release of the documentary about the band ('Stilo', made by Krzysztof Kubiak for Polish satellite channel TV Polonia)
2000/2007 - artistic cooperation with the artists from Portugal, Iran, Ukraine and Turkey
2009 - "Lisboa Avenue" is nominated to Just Plain Folks Music Awards - in "European Album" category

DISCOGRAPHY:
1. Opowieści kamieni (Havry Records, 2001)
2. Idą czasy (Żur Płyty, 2003)
3. Szukaj! (Konador, 2005)
4. Lisboa Avenue (Konador, 2007)

LINE-UP:
Zuza Kuczbajska - violin
Wojtek Stasiak - acoustic and electric guitar, programming drums
Tomasz Żur - bas guitar

(collaboration: Janusz Żukowski - sax, clarinet, flute)

During all the years there were more than ten musicians in the band, including Sylwia Świątkowska from the Warsaw Village Band.

WEB-SITES:
http://myspace.com/stilospace
http://numberonemusic.com/stilo
http://www.stilo.terramail.pl

MANAGEMENT & BOOKING:
StiloManagement
e-mail: realmusic@wp.pl
tel. +48 510 377 321

II. THE ALBUM
Recorded in Poland (New Project Studio, Wołomin) by Krzysztof Maszota and Paweł Sapija; 2007
Released 2007 October 27th, by Konador - independent Polish label (www.folk.pl)
CD cover by: Joanna Łątka, Polish painter living in Lisbon, Portugal

REVIEWS of the 'LISBOA AVENUE':

"Luna Kafe", 2009 (Tim Clark)
If there's one thing that's changed in the 18 months I've been listening to Frank Zappa, it's my attitude towards melody. I used to be a bit suspicious of anything with a strong melody, especially major-key melodies played on instruments like saxophones, but I'm now a sucker for anything that's melodically interesting. And this release by Polish jazz-rock band Stilo is nothing but melodically interesting.
Opener "Mazura Boomerang" springs to life with all the elements that make this music so appealing: crisp, propulsive drumming; lithe, sinuous bass; clean, funky guitar; and joyous melodies played by saxophone and violin. The song weaves and builds, gets seriously gorgeous with a phased violin in the breakdown, adds a sax solo, returns to the main theme, and then ends. Fantastic stuff.
Aside from the interesting percussion piece "Latimeria" and the bizarre guitar and percussion miniature "Kwak Song", which is introduced by the squeal of a pig (!), most of the songs on this album are variations on the basic blueprint established so strikingly on "Mazura". "Most Karola (Charles Bridge)" also features a lovely synth intro, but is let down by a rather lacklustre vocal performance, which leaves me wishing that the album was entirely instrumental, since the voices of each instrument are so strong and engaging.
Later in the album, acoustic guitar is introduced, providing the brittle structure around which other instruments solo in "52", and then as the backdrop for the rather predictable Eastern European theme of the title track. "Azoia" ends the album on a high note with more acoustic guitar partnered with sighing violin, and then a darker passage led by sax and fuzz guitar, before breaking down again at the end, accompanied by a recording of Lisbon metro.
Aside from the less inspiring passages featuring more predictable melodic themes, this is a thoroughly enjoyable release from a talented band. Recommended for anyone who enjoys the more buoyant end of jazz fusion.


"The ChickenFish Speaks" 2008 (Mite Mutant)
This is a mostly instrumental CD with a lean towards a world music feel. The songs are a bit light for my liking and after hearing great world music instrumentals by the likes of Dudley & Coleman, AfroCelt Sound System, Lights in a Fat City, etc. this release just failed to capture my interest.


"MusiqueMachine" 2008 (Martijn Busink):
The homecountry of this quintet may be Poland, in their music they are true worldcitizens. Their fourth album is jazzrock/fusion spiced up with balkan, klezmer, African and middle-eastern influences.
The five members, Janusz Żukowski (reeds), Wojtek Stasiak (guitar), Tomasz Żur (bassguitar), Jarek Cieślak (drums) and Zuza Kuczbajska (violin), get some extra exotic help by Iranian nay-player Mohammad Rasooli as well as Genoveva Faisca (vocals) and Joăo Bengala (Portuguese guitar) from Portugal who recorded their parts in the titletrack in that country. Other than the recordings of the city of Lissabon everything else is recorded in Poland. Apart from the contributions from the Portuguese and Iranian musicians, which are immediately identifiable, the sound of Stilo is quite balanced and consistent. The great instrumentalists play together in such a way that the diverse sourcematerial melds into a consistent and powerful sound.
The first two tracks, Mazura Boomerang and Oxalis, are carried by the drive of the drums, with seductive violin leads and themes that take you to the Balkans. In Oxalis also the Iranian ney takes over as well as taking the pace down to prepare us for the more romantically inclined Światła Dunaju. In Latimeria percussion takes the lead. The following short intermezzo Kwak Song takes a more Asiatic turn, with some strange sounds and a more confusing atmosphere. The music is largely instrumental, but in Most Karola we get some vocals in Polish before a riff commences that reminds me of Smoke On The Water. We get some time to relax in 52 and then the beautiful crystalline sound of the Portuguese guitar brings us to Lisboa Avenue, where we also get some more vocals, but this time in Portuguese. The last tune (Azoia) is instrumental and has some light rock influences. The outro consists of Lissabon streetrecordings to make the circle full.
World music is a 'genre' susceptable to lots of cheesy interpretations or bitter critique, but technically it's the best term to describe this music. Traditions from all over the world are found but the total ends up 'homeless', but far from aimless. Bitterness or cheesiness remain far away because Lisboa Avenue features some fine musicianship and a seductive energy that radiates from the dynamic mix.


"Newsweek", 2008 (Filip Łobodziński):
Turkish-Karpathyan Red Hot
Warsaw quintet is looking for its place not in the country of pure styles but somewhere in the middle. Musicians fascinated by trans and spirit of the East are trying to translate these elements into the language of rock and jazz. The band explains its eclectics, going to many sources of inspirations by quite banal reflections about "attempting to find out the long lost Golden Sounds" and "the way to the promised Home". But actually this is not important. Because in the joy of playing music underlies the power of Stilo, not the pompous philosophy. "Lisboa Avenue", the fourth album of the group, demonstrates it perfectly. The sound dominated by a violin, the intriguing rhythm measures and a big spirit of improvisations - these are the chief assets of the group. In this neo-folk meal you can even find variations on the "Breaking the Girl" of Red Hot Chilli Peppers. The only downside is a little weakness of compositions - it is not easy to find melodies and themes in the joy of improvisations. Generally the more you listen to this record the better it sounds, but it is hard to reply everything in the memory. But it is not a shame to play this CD to the foreigners. Especially that some of them (coming from Iran and Portugal) are the guest performers.

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