Music and friendship are utterly intertwined for Hania Rani and Dobrawa Czocher, the Polish duo who have just recorded their first album of original music, Inner Symphonies. Friends since their teenage years at music school in Gdansk, the pair share a spirit of adventure and curiosity. Even as life took them on different paths Hania as a pianist and composer with two solo albums and a collection of songs written for Cinema, Theatre and Art Performances to her name; Dobrawa as solo cellist with the Szczecin Philharmonic their friendship endured. In 2015, they collaborated on an album Biala Flaga, featuring their arrangements of Polish rock star Grzegorz Ciechowskis msuic, giving them a taste of recording success and leading to the yet more ambitious Inner Symphonies.

There Will Be Hope

Right from our very early discussions about the album we wanted to bring people hope and solace through our music. The musical inspiration for this composition comes from Philip Glass – you can recognise that in the dynamic and dramatic passages that emerge in the piano and cello. The piece is full of tension which is relieved with a change in key: this is the symbolic moment at which hope arrives. “There Will Be Hope” is one of the most complex compositions on Inner Symphonies. 

Dunkel

This is the point to which the album builds, full of layers, dynamics, energy and power. “Dunkel” in German means “dark” and the pandemic times in which we were writing this music felt like that – full of fears and question marks. Music was the perfect tool to depict these emotions. But this piece also leads into the last one on the album, to “Spring”, which is a symbolic choice of light and hope.  

Con Moto

As the name itself indicates – with movement, lively, with spirit – “Con Moto” was our attempt to give an idea of the force that all living matter embodies. Repetitive rhythms in the piano and cello, pulsation, energy and dynamics were our tools for creating this piece. It was especially interesting composing something that contrasted so much with the position we were in during lockdown – “Con Moto” is therefore our ode to freedom too. 

Biała Flaga

Biała Flaga

LP

Complementing the duo’s debut DG release, they present a remastered LP edition of their 2015 album Biała flaga.

The stunningly beautiful and meditative album, which gains its strength in the delicate interplay between the cello and the piano, contains ten arrangements of Grzegorz Ciechowski by Hania in the mix with five original compositions written by Hania.

 

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Album Tour

 

Poznan PL • Centrum Kultury Zamek

4 December 2021


Porto PT • Mou.Co Auditorium

15 December 2021


Braga PT • Theatro Circo

16 December 2021


Barcelona ES • La Nau

17 December 2021


Madrid ES • Auditorio Nacional

18 December 2021


Wroclaw PL • NFM

5 February 2022


Katowice PL • NOSPR

6 February 2022