The name of Trebunie-Tutki group is the name of a
big, famous family, that has been living in Podhale region for generations.
And for all those years music has been present in the family life; during
very important events, like weeding or funeral and also during ordinary
days and long winter evenings. But Trebunie-Tutki did not play only
for themselves. The Trebunias’ grand father- Stanislaw Budz Mróz gave
concerts in Warsaw, Lvov, Hamburg, Berlin and even, in 1925, at the
World Exhibition in Paris. He also played for such well known Polish
artists like Jan Kasprowicz or Karol Szymanowski.
All members of Trebunie-Tutki group still live in Podhale-mountain region,
far away from the overcrowded capital city, big events and a commercial
market, what, of course, is not good for them. But the Trebunias say,
that „they have to be close to the sky-touching mountains, dark forests
and green valleys, to hear a wind whistling and to fill an air vibration
during a thunderstorm. And all those things you can find in their music.
Trebunie-Tutki band started to be popular in 1991, after a historical
meeting with Twinkle Brothers - the group from Jamaica playing ”roots
reggae”. A result of this meeting were 2 CDs; one of them, ”Higher Heights”,
was the greatest event of the Berlin Music Fair ‘94, the second, ”Come
Back Twinkle to Trebunia Family”, was the number 6 in the World Music
Trebunie-Tutki band was nominated for the Fryderyk Music Award in 1995
and 1996 (Polish equivalent of Grammy). They give many concerts, very
often they are invited to TV programs, their songs you can hear on radio.
Up today they recorded 23 albums. ”Janosik in Sherwood” recorded in
co-operation with a famous megadubmaster Adrian Sherwood, was the number
9 in the World Music Chart Europe 1997. The next record śHighlander
Apo- Calypso” also appeared on this list.
A traditional highlander music is difficult and not very popular. To
make it more interesting and do not forget the traditional customs and
ceremonies, Trebunie-Tutki try to create a new, special sound of their
music - called by them ”a new highlander music” or ”a heavy wood music”.
In this music you can find elements from reggae, jazz and rock.
Trebunie-Tutki co-operate with different bands. They give concerts together
with Daab - one of the best Polish reggae group, with Kinior Orchestra
and sometimes with Michal Kulenty, Krzysztof Ścierański or Pawel Kukiz
- very popular Polish artists.
The band have played many concerts in Poland: at the Opole and Sopot
Song Festivals, Poznan Jazz Fair, European Radio Union in Zakopane and
in abroad: London, Lisbona (EXPO98), Budapest, Perleberg, Potsdam, Sfinks
Festival in Antwerpen and in Kirgihstan. Last year the group created
a music illustration to multi mediumistic encyclopaedia describing Polish
Tatra Mountains, which step by step turned into an album titled śEtnno
techno”, where they conspire with Włodzimierz Kiniorski’s band: Kinior
Future Sound. Here come the violins, flutes, bagpipes of Trebunie -
Tutki combined with the technno, ambient and dub of the Kiniors.