Joszko Broda on the album ‘Debora’: By recording the album I intended to win the heart of my wife, who likes it when I play. I’m a highlander, so the musical themes are mainly songs I grew up on, performed in my village for centuries.

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Joszko Broda „Debora” – 2013

I wanted to play them as someone who lives in 2013 and not in the 19th century. Moja rodzina mieszka w polskich górach od XIV wieku. It’s a lot to come up with some good themes. In addition to sheep farming and cloth production, my ancestors were also involved in music. For hundreds of years of our family’s history, the Polish blues – the Carpathian blues – was born in Lipowiec, and since the Carpathians, I also played songs from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Serbia and Hungary on the album. This is my cultural circle, which starts in my home villages (Istebna, Lipowiec) and ends in Turkey.

In music, I am interested in sound, form and dialogue, which is why I have invited performers with whom I have a musical understanding. Wojciech Waglewski and Dima Gorelik – two guitarists who bridge East and West, Marcin Pospieszalski and Michał Barański – water and fire. Special guests Grażyna Auguścik and Adam Bałdych. Of course, there was no shortage of highlanders (Jan Trebunia -Tutka and my sister and friends from Istebna). Percussionist Frank Parker from the USA and Szabolc Róka, a bagpiper from Hungary, and Michal Lorenc also contributed to the recording.

In the recording of the album, we used exotic instrumentation such as acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, violin and keyboards, as well as the more standard ones: drumla, salsa pipe, salsa trumpet, pipes, fasting pipe, ocarina, leaf, shofar, horn, eight-string bagpipe or Hungarian viola.

I am fascinated by the world of ethnic music in original indigenous performances, jazz and blues, but I made this record so that my wife could listen to something too.