REBEL BABEL is an unique international orchestra of brass bands – soon to be the biggest band in Europe. It’s a meeting space for musicians, writers and composers from various regions of Europe. This project aims to create a dialogue, to mix cultures and styles, to join professionals and enthusiasts, collide folksy with futurism.
REBEL BABEL is a series of concerts, performances and flashmobs created to improve people’s everyday reality with music, update the tradition and reach those with less access to the culture. Our goal is to make the European culture flow with the hip hop and funk and eventually mix the uniqueness of local bass bands sound with verbal complexity of various languages.
John Feat. (Jan Eleński) – born in 1984 in Ronne, Danish composer and performer of Polish descent. Graduate of Conservatorium van Amsterdam (drums). He grew up in Wroclaw and afterwards in 1992-2009 because of his father’s engineer contracts he travelled through Europe living in Germany, Netherlands and UK. He performed series of avant-garde acts on the streets of many European cities joining local brass bands as an instrumentalist with cymbals. Since 2012 together with a group of ornithologists he’s conducted a series of therapeutic sound installations which aim is to provide sounds of exotic birds in silent winter parks of Eastern Europe. In 2013 he began cooperation with Institute B61 from Torun and naming himself USB he gave a dozen performances in Baltic Republic titled “Everything is Just a Memory Flash” creating a Macro USB drive from elements of public space.
It was his grandfather, bandleader of Galician orchestra who inspired Feat to explore the culture and sound of brass bands. At the same time he has been fascinated by funk and hip hop and that is why, trying to restore and cultivate tradition of orchestras, since 2013 he writes and plays with them modern music situated between pop, funk and hip-hop (for example concerts with Lisbon Orchestra Bombeiros and Original Bandalheira). In 2015 he established in Wroclaw Rebel Babel Ensemble - an unique international and multilanguage orchestra of brass bands gathering musicians and composers from various regions of Europe in order to create a dialogue and to improve everyday reality with music. Ensemble performs various musical acts in all kinds of spaces and circumstances and it’s aiming to be the world’s biggest band. This project is being held under Wroclaw ECOC 2016 patronage.
L.U.C (Łukasz Rostkowski) - repeatedly appreciated polish producer,
music composer, performer, songwriter, concert and video director, called by
polish press an artist of XXI century.
For his innovativeness, eclecticism spirit, unconventional music and text solutions he gained respect among many journalists and as a result he got
excellent reviews in the most important polish cultural magazines.
Certified lawyer who had passed the advocate applications exam and resigned for music.
Since 2002 he has recorded 12 LP albums and many soundtracks, spectacles and video's which combines nu jazz, trip-hop, hip-hop with the classical music and electronica. Merging music with the picture is his great passion. In 2004 he created the philosophy of 4 galaxies which connects music, lyrics, movie and graphics in a whole transfer. In 2015, with Jan Feat he founded REBEL BABEL ENSEMBLE - a transcultural, international Big Band, where he met several thousands of musicians from all over Europe.
For these works, but also for his inventiveness concert shows, original performances and educational valuable projects he was awarded and nominated to many main polish cultural awards (POLISH MUSIC ACADEMY AWARD FRYDREYK '05'07'08, PASZPORTY POLITYKI, GWARANCJE TVP KULTURY, YACH, WARTO, WROCŁAW MUSIC AWARD).
He was producing and recording with many great instrumentalists and vocalists i.e. with famous jazz vocalist Urszula Dudziak, ZBIGNIEW NAMYSŁOWSKI, MICHAŁ URBANIAK, KRYSTYNA PROŃKO, MOTION TRIO, PROMOE, GRUBSON, RAPSUSKLEI, LESZEK MOŻDŻER and MUM (ICELAND). He was a support on live concerts to TRICKY, PRODIGY, MASSIVE ATTACK, SKUNK ANANSIE, TALIB KWELI, THE VACCINES, WU-TANG CLAN, COLDCUT, and many other world known Artists.
Project held under Wroclaw ECOC 2016 and NEXTBIKE patronage is going to be a constant element of building international and multilingual orchestra of brass bands - REBEL BABEL ENSEMBLE.