Czewslaw Niemen Tribute
Chopin Productions

Film and musical tribute honoring Czeslaw Niemen (Feb 16 1939 to Jan 17 2004), one of the most important and original Polish rock musicians also responsible for introducing the Psychedelia style to communist uniform Poland.


2/22/04 - 2/22/04


Film and musical tribute honoring Czeslaw Niemen (Feb 16 1939 to Jan 17 2004), one of the most important and original Polish rock musicians also responsible for introducing the Psychedelia style to communist uniform Poland.

Mr. Niemen was born in Wasiliszki in the Grodno district. He was a singer with a wide voice scale and rich intonation, a composer and a keyboard player. He made his debut in the early 1960s, singing a Polish kind of rock & roll and soul music.

His song of 1967, "Dziwny jest ten świat" (Strange Is This World) became the most important Polish protest song of that era. He was one of the first Polish performers to wear long hair and colorful clothes, in effect introducing the Psychedelia style to communist uniform Poland.

The first three records he recorded with his band "Akwarele" (the Water-colours), later he recorded with his new bands: "Enigmatic", "Grupa Niemen" and "Aerolit". In 1969 he changed musical style to progressive rock, recording the monumental album Enigmatic. The most notable song from it was, "A Mournful Rhapsody in Memory of Jozef Bem", being the 19th century poem by Cyprian Kamil Norwid.

Director
Zygmunt Dyrkacz

Performers
M Kieko, T Rybicki, W Wanderem, Wlodka Wandera, Zbyszka Bernolaka, Mariola Napieralska, Edward Smolen, Marek Lichota, J Maciarz Duo, J Spychalski, J Adamski, Dixi Kings

Production
Zbesek Banas, Christopher Dyrkacz, Martin Dyrkacz

Tags: Music, Polish, New Europe, 2004