‘Księżyc’ means ‘Moon’.
Music of “I’m going outside, it’s raining, kids are hopping clumsily…”
– Remek Hanaj (from the group’s manifesto)
The first incarnation of Księżyc was active in the 1990’s, the second exists now. In both forms the members include Agata Harz (vocals), Katarzyna Smoluk (vocals, piano), Robert Niziński (wind instruments, keyboards), Lechosław Polak (accordion, keyboards, synthesizers) and Remigiusz Mazur Hanaj (lyrics, tapes). The spirit of Księżyc captures early and late medieval music with a sound rooted in the Slavic tradition combined with elements of minimalism and vocal experiments of the 20th Century. The alchemy of these constituent parts results in a breathtaking original music, both delicate and sinister. The surreal fairy tale inspired lyrics (written by Remigiusz Mazur Hanaj) add to the inherent beauty, sadness and madness within. Following the Penultimate Press reissue of their self titled full length recording the band re-united with a series of shows all over Poland. The timeless quality of their work resulted in old and new audiences being exposed to the spell of the moon.
The return of this singular enigmatic experience has received a rapturous response from critics and audience alike.
– Mark Harwood, Penultimate Press
Download a hi-res press photo here. (Photo by Krzysztof Podbielski)