Topoľana is a London based jazz/folk fusion sextet playing compositions inspired by Slovak folk. ​Its leader, Maria Rehakova writes all the music, taking inspiration from songs she grew up with. The band consists of top up-and-coming young jazz musicians on the London scene.

Line up:

Maria Rehakova - flute, voice

Gustavo Clayton Marucci - clarinet

Sam Knight - tenor saxophone

Charlie Bates - piano

Sam Ingvorsen - double bass

Floyer Sydenham - drums

 

Check out the music videos to find out more!

SADZILA ANIČKA

This is a composition based on Slovak Folk Song called ‘Sadzila Anička’ meaning ‘Anna was planting’. It’s about a girl planting a violet and praying for rain so that her flower grows.

Videos by

Benjamin Pembery

Sound by

Lead Engineer

Ned Roberts 

Assistant Engineers

Rebecca Hordern

Jay Kwok

Massimo Bottaro

Ben Leigh-Grosart

 

Recorded at the

Institute of Sound Recording

the University of Surrey

by a student on

the Tonmeister course.

DOČKAJ MA ŠUHAJKO

This funky composition emerged from a tune called 'Dočkaj ma šuhajko' (sang at the begging & end)' meaning 'Swain, wait for me'. A young woman is singing to her lover to wait for her in a green valley while she picks some berries. Listening to the original tune, it always made me imagine running up and down hills in the middle of nowhere, picking fruits, and spending time with a person I love, feeling free, relaxed and full of joy - see if you can hear that in the music!

SECESIA / ZBOHOM OSTÁVAJTE

This tune consists of two parts, Secesia (double meaning - secession or Art Nouveau) and Zbohom ostávajte (Farewell, God bless). The second part is an old Slovak wedding tune, a bride singing a goodbye and thank you to her parents and her old family home. The first part is about everything that foregoes a big life change like this; all the struggles of becoming an independent adult and finding the courage to start your own life and your new family.

I'd like to dedicate this tune to my parents Pavol and Zuzana and to my husband Sam.

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OCT 31

19:00

BRATISLAVA, SK

.klub pod lampou

OCT 30

20:00

BREZNO SK

Bombura NKP

OCT 29

19:30

BRNO CZ

Music Lab

OCT 28

19:30

PRAGUE CZ

U staré paní

SK/CZ TOUR

NOV 30

20:00

LONDON, UK

Jazz Cafe Posk

FEB 5

20:00

LONDON, UK

Blue in Green, Gallery Cafe

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