Muzyki (Musics) is a creative documentary about the stimulative
process of making music, materialized in an artistic collaboration of
the musician Michał Zygmunt and filmmakers Aga Gonczarek & Patryk
Kizny. It explores the inspirations, the quest for one’s roots, the
artistic meetings and the musical journey into the unknown, which all
lead to the creation of a unique music album and a series of exceptional
live music performances. It reveals a modern interpretation of Polish
roots culture by means of music and imagery.
The main characters are three artists: a contemporary Polish
musician, Michał Zygmunt, a Swiss music producer, Roli Mosimann and a
Polish folk musician of older generation, Zdzisław Jamborski, that have
learnt to to read the score late in his life. Each of these characters
tells his own story, shares his fascination for the music and brings his
own unique attitude and personal charisma to the recording studio,
influencing the work on the album. Each of them has different goals and
spreads different message.
The contemporary musician seeks for his own roots and traces the
history of his family. He collects the fragments of pre-war folk songs
and tunes, sung and played by the local people who had lived in his
region before the World War II. His journey to the past becomes even
more intense when he starts collecting old pre-war photographs showing
local people’s ordinary day-to-day life. Overwhelmed by many intense
feelings, he enters the recording studio with the aim to transform his
emotions into the modern musical expression with respects to the
generations of the past, and to pave the new musical path in his
artistic life. In this process, the instrument becomes his voice.
The music producer seeks for the perfect sound, that makes the album
unique, and is fully concentrated on squeezing the most out of the
qualities of the studio and the time remained for recording. His
perspective is a more general one, as he strives to find the common
baseline for every kind of music that he happens to work on. His
adventure with the folk music means picking up some interesting aspects
of that music, the aspects that actually define its nature,
understanding them deeply and translating them into a brand new, modern
sound or effect. The studio is his instrument.
The old folk musician is the only person in the studio who was
accompanied by the folk music throughout his whole life. He has
preserved the skills of playing the folk tunes in a pure, authentic
manner. For him, playing in the recording studio means living the trace
of his professional life as a musician for new generations of listeners.
It’s a crowning of musical life for him, a proof that younger people
still care about the tradition and the qualities of old melodies.
Those three different perspectives build up an interesting story
about the multidimensional meaning of music and leave the audience with
numerous unanswered questions about the old world that passed away and
contemporary human condition.