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The project „Searching the Azaran Bird” was the result of our fascination with the Byzantine music. In that world influences from different lands—Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Romania, Serbia, and Bulgaria—all melt in one pot and various musical systems and ethos, such as traditional, ritual, dance, classic, and sacral music amalgamate into one integrity.

We travel to places marked with Eastern history, we meet musicians with whom we play together and talk. We visit medieval temples, and admire Byzantine frescos, icons, and decorated manuscipts. 

All those experiences make an unusual and truly Byzantine mosaic in which oriental ornaments, subtlety of Caucasus music, Balkan rhythms, and Slavic vividness can all be heard. 

The result of the project is the CD Azaran (Samograj, Poznan 2006) recorded by Maciej Filipczuk (violin), Zbigniew Łowżyl (piano), Michal Żak (flutes, clarinet, shawms), and Robert Siwak (drums). The music places itself within ethno-jazz style and consists of author’s compositions and contemporary elaborations of traditional motifs. Lautari sets out for a mythical journey and refer to the story of immemorial quest for freedom, happiness, and beauty.

Both the project and the CD AZARAN are accompanied by a Caucasian fairy-tale “Azaran—the Bird of a Thousand Trills” which tells a story of a bird whose singing brings the dead land back to life.