Cello quintet cellostrada, established by a group of friends, is one of a kind formation on the international scene. The unique connection of musical temperaments and personalities is the reason why the young and dynamically developing band quickly gains popularity and receives more and more recognition on the national and international scenes.
Cellostrada is ready to explore any musical genre and is constantly looking for new inspirations, through which it is trying toshare the unprecedented and orginal sound of five cellos.
The quintet is formed by Radosław Bukała, Michał Dąbek, Miłosz Krcha, Marcin Kulig and Michał Świstak.
Hometown: Rzeszów. A diagnosed optimist and dreamer, as well as the band’s finest pompadour. Favors snacks over smokes during cigarette breaks, although his tongue’s a tad sharp, so the occasional sandwich or two has been afraid to enter his mouth. His number, when you’re trying to reach, is constantly unavailable. First chair at the Kraków Opera and the Myślenice Chamber Orchestra. Vastly experienced, has fiddled around with everyone, from Piotr Rubik, to Krzysztof Penderecki. Also, has a serious bike fetish (got the category A licence in 2011, woot woot!) and craves to cross the continent up and down and side to side.
Hometown: Katowice. Fresh, young specimen, still in his prime. Innocent and yet unspoiled by the bad habits of his mentors. Definitely, the band’s poster boy – the camera just loves that cover face. At present, fiddles full-time at the Kraków Philharmonic, and first chair at the Beethoven Academy Orchestra. Also in cahoots the Cracovienne quartet and the Palabra de Musica Fuerte, which latter ensemble he uses as vent for his chief musical inspiration – the Argentinian tango. Passionate aviation and world history geek.
Hometown: Kraków, Krowodrza. Man of the streets. The GPS in his brain has for a long time safely navigated the band over the rocky Alpine roads, especially Swiss and Italian ones, inbetween individual gigs. Himself, a harbor of calm and taciturnity – that is, until 10 p.m. and a few stiff ones. The man that shakes everything in the band – starting with percussive instruments. Member of the Krakauer string quartet. Has inherited a hand for fine arts and an 18th c. instrument after his grandfather, Emil. Remains faithful to symphonic music and Marek Grechuta. In personal life, acts out his kink for sports every Wednesday afternoon, by playing left winger. Sophisticated conoisseur of Chianti.
Hometown: Kraków, Swoszowice. The band’s own grumpy young man. Bandchair strategist, chauffeur and grease monkey. Also, buccaneer extraordinaire, albeit with too many nautical miles on his meter (courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines). Genetically challenged with a long family history of musical traditions. In the band, usually kicks bass and will grab a tenth single-handed in first position. Fitness fascist, ardent cyclist and amateur photographer. Hon. member of Caffeine Anonymous. Anything he lays his hands on, he’ll read to pieces.
Hometown: Kraków, Nowa Huta. The hottest (temper) and the shortest (erm… fuse) in the band. The package also includes the world’s longest remarks, complete with thesis, arguments and conclusion. Yet another brave seaman, under the flag of Princess Cruises. Also connected to the Fusion Strings quartet, Grzegorz Turnau and Michał Jurkiewicz. Collaborates with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra. Finale certified as second language. Keen chamber player and funk and session music enthusiast. Mexican cuisine aficionado, with a passion for computer simulations and Texas Hold’em Poker.