Republika (band)


Republika (band)

Republika was a Polish rock band from the 1980s. The group formed in Toruń, Poland, in 1979 as "Res Publica" and began playing Jethro Tull-style prog rock. This type of music proved to be unpopular with fans, so the original leader, Jann Castor, also known as Wieslaw Rucinski, quit the band and emigrated to Australia, where, after releasing 2 CDs ("PRECEDENCE", "RED EXPRESS"), he was nominated for Australian Grammy (Aria) (see links below the article). He now resides in Hollywood, California, writing music for film and theatre.

In 1981, Grzegorz Ciechowski, taking over as the new head, moved the group's sound from prog rock closer to New Wave and rechristened the band to Republika. He did not, however, completely abandon the band's roots; rather, he adapted Ian Anderson's "heavy-metal flute" into a "New-Wave flute" which featured prominently in such early tracks as "Nowe sytuacje" and "Kombinat".

The group disbanded in 2001 following Ciechowski's death during surgery.

Members

* Grzegorz Ciechowski - vocals, keyboards, flute (1957-2001)
* Sławomir Ciesielski - drums, vocals
* Zbyszek Krzywański - guitar, vocals
* Paweł Kuczyński - bass guitar (1981-1986)
* Leszek Biolik - bass guitar (1991-2001)

Discography

Studio albums

*"Nowe sytuacje" (1983)
**English: "New Situations"
*"1984" (1984) (This was an English-language version of "Nowe sytuacje", released in the UK by the Mega Organisation Ltd.)
*"Nieustanne tango" (1984)
**English: "Incessant tango"
*"1991" (1991)
*"Siódma pieczęć" (1993)
**English: "The Seventh Seal"
*"Republika marzeń" (1995)
**English: "Republic of Dreams"
*"Masakra" (1998)
**English: "Massacre"

Other Albums

*"Bez prądu" (1993)
**English: "Unplugged"
*"82-85" (1995)
*"Biała flaga" (1999)
**English: "White Flag"
*"Republika" (2002)
**English: "Republic"
*"Komplet" (2003)
**English: "Box Set"

External links

* [http://www.republika.art.pl/ Official Republika site] (in Polish)
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:eu7m962okep7 All Music Guide Republika page]
* [http://www.composing.com Official site of Jann Castor]


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