bal folk nuevo . tramiditional dance music . bal folk & fest-noz electronized
hurdy-gurdy running unwearied . choppin’ & loopin’ cittern . groovy rumble of cajon . thick layers of electronic samples . from traditon to modernity and back . dark disco for dark times
daniel: wheel / mikuláš: strings / šimon: box & buttons
ba.fnu project started in 2009, as the first Czech bal folk band combinig traditional dance rhythms with samples, loops and other electronic doings. Now it covers most of the general bal folk standards as scottishes, mazurkas, cercles, bourrées, breton dances and more. In 2012 band started reviving traditional Czech dances and sharing them with bal folk audience. In 2014 ba.fnu added some traditional and semi-forgotten instruments into their setup (wallachian kobza, vozembouch) and launched their first CD. In 2015 band started a joint project with famous Breton singer Yann-Fañch Kemener, leading to a new CD YFK~2016.
ba.fnu is also the only Czech balfolk band travelling the world, from Portugal to Lithuania, playing and teaching at festivals such as Boombal, Gennetines, Andanças, Damada and more…
ba.fnu performs with a variable line-up: trio with cittern, hurdy-gurdy, percussion and samples being the essence of the sound, and guests bringing more flavour with violin, flutes, harp, kantele and extra vocals.
ba.fnu stands for bal folk nuevo – the new approach to bal folk. As musicians, we were inspired by the revolutions of tango nuevo and electroswing: we bring beats, samples and electronics to the traditional dance music. As dancers, we introduce principles and aspects of other social dances and contemporary dance into bal folk to create a fresh, vivid form approachable by the contemporary audience. On both levels we aspire to create a bridge between tradition and moderny, with a deep respect to the traditional material.
Mikuláš Bryan: cittern, kobza, voice. / Daniel Kahuda: hurdy-gurdy, voice. / Šimon Vojtík: percussions, keyboard, electronics, voice.