HANIA RANI (PL) at St. Georg Kirche Haldern (tbc)
Hania Rani is an award-winning pianist, composer and singer. Her debut album “Esja”, a beguiling collection of solo piano pieces on Gondwana Records was released to international acclaim in 2019, earning Rani four prestigious Fryderyk Awards including “Best Debut Album”, “Best Alternative Album” and “Best New Arrangement”, in recognition from the Polish music industries very own Grammys. In the same year, Rani became the “Discovery of the Year 2019” in the Empik Bestseller Awards whilst also earning the distinguished Sanki Award for the “New Face of Polish Music”.
Her follow-up sophomore album, the expansive, cinematic, “Home”, was released in 2020 on Gondwana Records and finds Rani expanding her palate: adding vocals and subtle electronics to her music as well as being accompanied by bassist Ziemowit Klimek and drummer Wojtek Warmijak. The album earned Rani another notable accolade of ‘Best Composer’, a further acknowledgement from Fryderyk and with Rough Trade including it in their essential “Albums of the Year”.
In 2021, Hania signed her publishing rights to Wise Music Group, where her music is represented next to names like Olafur Arnalds, Dustin O’Halloran, Hildur Guðnadóttir and Ludovico Einaudi. That year also brought “Music for Film and Theatre” a personal selection of recent compositions for film, theatre and other projects released on Gondwana Records.
Later in October, together with Dobrawa Czocher they have released their duo album “Inner Symphonies” recorded in the beautiful Szczecin’s Philharmonic Hall and released by prestigious Deutsche Grammophon. Complementing the duo’s release, they also released a remastered LP edition of their album from 2015 called “Biała Flaga”. The stunningly beautiful and meditative album, which gains its strength in the delicate interplay between the cello and the piano, containing ten arrangements of Grzegorz Ciechowski tracks mixed with five original compositions written by Hania.
In 2022 Hania released the EP Live From Studio S2, which includes rearrangements of her favourite songs (‘Hawaii Oslo’ , ‘Glass’ , ‘Leaving’ , ‘Buka’).