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‘Czeslaw Sings Solo Act’ live, Sun 18th Jan

31 December 2014 -

Czeslaw Mozil Solo Poster

This internationally acclaimed Polish singer, composer, accordionist and TV personality stops in Edinburgh on his UK tour. Having grown up in Copenhagen (where he opened the Kulkafeen bar) and graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Mozil has had two records certified Gold and one Platinum and was a juror on the Polish version of X Factor on TVN, no less.  An avowed lover of waltzes, he improvises melodies and proves that classical music doesn’t have to be boring by combining elements of avant-garde fantasy, cabaret and folk with a punk-rock vigour and poetic mood.  Solo, he showcases piano and accordion skills, featuring hits and favourites from the albums Debut, POP and Czeslaw Spiewa Milosza.  Each song is prefaced by anecdotes about the origins of its creation and similar autobiographical accounts.  Mozil’s style will appeal equally to fans of Balkan, klezmer and gypsy music.


The idea of ​​the Czeslaw Spiewa Solo Act was born 12 years ago, when an unknown Czeslaw Mozil widely played and sang wherever he could, travelling in small towns commonly called ‘Polish Class B’, with the objective of popularizing his Polish/Danish band, Czeslaw Spiewa, and to present Czeslaw Mozil to the public as an alternative musician.  Keeping with the spirit of the artist, this musical journey through the antipodes of the country maintained a balance between Czeslaw Mozil’s TV presence and his artistic activities. The project was a big success.

His solo shows are very popular among young people and older music lovers.  Funny jokes, an unusual set up and the intimate atmosphere of small pubs and social clubs create a unique opportunity for the artist to connect with a particular and multi-generational audience.  The result is the Platinum status of his DVD ‘In my little world’, which perfectly captures the atmosphere of unusual concerts under the title of Czeslaw Sings Solo Act.  There is no easy way of describing or labelling Czeslaw Mozila Solo Concerts.  Check out the wee video clip below for a better idea of what to expect.


Tickets: £18 in advance / £22 on the door.

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Cutting edge klezmer-folk quintet Moishe’s Bagel play benefit for the Soundhouse, Thurs 19th June

11 June 2014 -
Moishe's Bagel
The Soundhouse Organisation presents …  the incomparable Moishe’s Bagel on Thursday 19 June 2014.  All the proceeds from this concert will go towards founding The Soundhouse, a bespoke live music venue and musicians’ facility in Edinburgh.
Moishe’s Bagel

A five-piece firecracker of a band presenting thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer and folk music. Featuring virtuoso performances from some of Scotland’s finest musicians, these guys play an intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European dance, jazz grooves, folk tunes, and Middle Eastern rhythms.

Seeing Moishe’s Bagel live is an unforgettable experience: expect quite a bit of improvisation, bucket loads of energy, dazzling technique, and classical rigour. Highly danceable, the band are visually and aurally exciting.


‘Exhilarating, full-flavoured stuff, often breathtakingly intricate but played with jubilation … the Bagel acquires the momentum of an express train’ The Herald

‘Expressive and raunchy … improvising confidence but with a classical attention to detail’ The Guardian

‘This brilliantly accomplished and adventurous five-piece emphatically puts the “class” into “unclassifiable”‘ The Scotsman

Buy Tickets

£10 (in advance) / £12 (on the door, subject to availability).

Q&A: Phil Alexander, Moishe’s Bagel

A piano player, believe it or not.

What would you tell your 16-year-old self now?
To go for things more and worry about the consequences less.

What are the best and worst things about being a musician?
Best – living your life through music, grasping the amazing collective feeling amongst musicians when on stage and occasional wonderful connections between musicians and audience. Letting go.  Worst – the bullshit (although I largely avoid this these days).

What was your favourite ever gig to play?
Wow – too many to remember, but I think MB with Valentina Martinez (who will join us for a few numbers on the 19th) last year at the Queens Hall ranks pretty high.

What was your favourite ever gig as an audience member?
Madness, Finsbury Park, 1992.

Who would play you in Moishe’s Bagel: the movie?
Ha! Robert Downey Jr (I should be so lucky).

If you could build a fantasy band who would you include (and you can’t choose anyone in your current line-up)?
Wow, that’s hard. Thelonious Monk, Chava Alberstein, Jim Black, Pete Kubryk Townsend, JJ Cale, Paul Brody, Karen Tweed, Bob Marley and Regina Spektor.  But ask me tomorrow and it will probably be a completely different line-up (except for Bob Marley).

What non-musical talent do you have that might surprise people?
I can juggle.

Why have you decided to play The Soundhouse benefit gig?
Music is as good as life gets.  To share music together is one of the best things we can do as human beings.  But we need venues to do it in, places where we can learn, teach and play. The noose on creative spaces is tightening all the time … long live the Soundhouse and all who sail in her!

Tell me a joke.
What do you do if you see a spaceman?  Park in it, man.

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