November 23 2023, 19:00
Forum, 5 Legionowa Street
tickets: 40 PLN, available at the Forum cinema’s box office (5 Legionowa Street), Ludwik Zamenhof Centre’s box office (19 Warszawska Street) and on bilety.bok.bialystok.pl
Raphael Wressnig & the Soul Gift Band feat. Donniele Graves
From New Orleans-style funk to soul and rhythm & blues, Wressnig’s percussive and greasy Hammond sounds conjure dynamic, high-voltage music. Old-school and new-school rendezvous in his style and his sound combines an authentic soul & blues vibe and a “lowdown” feel with a contemporary funk edge for a unique listening experience. His fluency in soul, funk, jazz and blues has garnered him the attention of an international claque of critics and multiple nominations, over the past decade, for both the DownBeat Critics and Readers Polls as “Best Organ Player of the Year”.
There are about 20 albums in Wressnig’s catalog including two live records and highlights such as “Soul Gumbo” or “Chicken Burrito”. “Soul Gumbo” was recorded in New Orleans and features prominent luminaries from the Crescent City like Grammy winner Jon Cleary, George Porter, Jr. (The Meters), drummer Stanton Moore and R&B legend Walter “Wolfman” Washington. “Chicken Burrito” is a tour de force in groove featuring longtime collaborator Alex Schultz on guitar and legendary funk drummer James Gadson. Together with his co-conspirators – The Soul Gift Band – he shows the bright potential of soul, blues and funk in a modern world and will give the audience a new way to experience these genres. Raw and hard-hitting, the band features the skills of celebrated guitarist Enrico Crivellaro and drummer Eric Cisbani.
Donniele Graves is a North Carolina-based soulful singer whose musical journey has been infused with a profound love for the art form. From a tender age of four, Donniele has captivated numerous listeners with her enchanting voice. Deeply rooted in the gospel tradition, she effortlessly explores multiple genres of roots music, delivering each piece with unrivalled intensity and vulnerability. Her music is a testament to the power of self- expression, serving as a sanctuary for her soul. As an exemplary communicator, she eagerly shares her gift with the world, spreading the magic of her musical prowess far and wide. The vocal powerhouse and the acclaimed organist show the bright potential of soul, blues and funk in a modern world and will give the audience a new way to experience these old genres!
Raphael Wressnig – Hammond B-3 organ, vocals
Enrico Crivellaro – guitars
Eric Cisbani – drums
Donniele Graves – leadvocals