Hello lovely friend! This Autumn 2011 has been so fantastic for my group ‘Katy Carr and the Aviators.’ We have completed another album to be released next year in 2012 in tribute and honour of the Polish Partisans, resistance fighters, soldiers and RAF pilots of World War Two. In fact the date of release will […]
Dear friends, This is short note to say Hi! and to let you know that my fourth album has now been recorded and is awaiting release! Stories inspired from World War Two Poland lace the record and weave a deep net of historical delights…. I will also be announcing soon how we are going to […]
Dear friends and lovers of Autumnal devilishness,
I am so excited and pleased to announce that my new album [fourth one!] which will be released in 2012 is well on route for completion. A big thanks to all my wonderful ‘Aviators’ my musicians and contributors including the wonderful Tenor Wojtek Wentura who has graced my recording and Polish language ‘coached’ me and my fantastic music producer Nigel Wolf-Hoyle for your incredible energy and verve and humour. The themes of this new record centre on the events that have surrounded my music and events this year in 2011. Our ‘Escapologist Tour,’ funded by Arts Council England set about paying tribute to Kazimierz Piechowski and his remarkable escape from Auschwitz concentration camp with a very exciting visit from Kazik, now 92 in person to London in March 2011. We shared Kazik’s story with British audiences in the form of documentary screenings of our film, ‘Kazik and the Kommander’s Car‘ as well as giving concerts to all age groups and sharing Polish history with communities from a diverse array of cultural backgrounds.
Kazik’s story of his time spent in the Polish Partisans after he escaped from Auschwitz concentration camp from June 1942 to the end of the war in 1945 has prompted the inspiration for my fourth album. My current selection of songs are directly inspired from the stories Kazik has so very kindly shared with me. I am also excited to share other amazing stories of hope, loyalty and comradeship in the form of song, gathered from my own research into further Second World War Polish underground army resistance fighters. [I will disclose the title of this record in my next newsletter!]
[The above photo shows Kazik Piechowski and Katy Carr at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland March 2011, copyright Ben Wright Photography 2011.]
Dear lovers of the summertime,
This past month has been soooooooo much fun! I have not only relaxed and become one with nature – well in terms of playing at some rather lovely English countryside festivals including Big Chill and The Wilderness – both of which were utterly charming but I have also hastened to preproduce my new album which is firmly taking shape and I can now announce that it’s producer is the infamous and great talent of Nigel Of Bermondsey. It took a steady and careful hand to finally start the process however we have now realised 14 tracks 70 percent of which are in Polish. I have also booked a rather wonderful Polish tenor to travel to record his wonderful voice on soem of my songs. More on this in the near future – I don’t want to give too much away!
Dear midsummer lovers,
Thankyou for all your kind messages of support with regards the last Katy Carr and the Aviators, ‘Escapologist Tour.’ The band promises to bring you more interesting performances and events as we approach June 2012 which marks the 70th year Anniversary of Kazik Piechowski’s escape. For the remainder of 2011, I am currently in the process of various projects including the recording a new album, supporting The Great British Barbershop Boys on their infamous 2011 UK tour as well as loving my various concerts and performances. In fact my new album is directly inspired by the time Kazik spent in the Polish Partisans and Polish Home Army after his escape. Kazik shared so many stories with me that I found it a wealth of inspiration and could not continue my creative path without responding to his knowledge in the form of song. So I have written 12 songs and some are entirely in Polish and some are a mixture of English and Polish. Expect to hear this in early 2012…..
I have really enjoyed July 2011 having performed in the most beautiful 1930s Art Deco Cinema called the Plaza in Stockport. I remember the stunning yellow silk curtain and the embroidered poppies – well worth a visit! July also saw concerts at the Polish ARTeria exhibition hosted by the Polish newspaper, Nowy Czas. Here Kristian Data had chosen a selection of Polish musicians working in London and had taken pictures of them without their musical instruments and then exhibited them together with a musical concert in Borough. It was a great happening please see my picture which was exhibited below….
ARTeria exhibition photo of Katy Carr taken by Kristian Data, London June 2011
Dear beautiful people,
I just wanted to write a quick message this month to say thankyou to all of you who helped us with the Katy Carr and the Aviator’s ‘Escapologist’ Tour 2011. It has been an intense affair due to the nature of the topics and history we have had to discuss continually throughout the live concerts and community work. We are currently going through all the information gathered – photos and videos as well as other media and will be sharing it with you soon online. We are very proud of our tour as new links between the British and Polish communities have been created, here in England – thanks to the belief and funding from the Arts Council England and we trust this will continue well into 2012 and especially for 20th Jun 2012 which marks the 70th Anniversary remembrance day to commemorate Kazik’s brave escape from Auschwitz concentration camp.
We had some great ‘Escapologist ‘tour dates in June and would like to again thank the various councils for their involvement and continued support- the highlights being at the Dugdale Centre, a lovely venue in Enfield, Holloway Festival and Exeter Fringe Festival. We have been asked to return to play at these venues in 2012 and we can’t wait!
so thanks again – gig dates below and please keep in touch MUCH LOVE TO YOU ALL AND KEEP SAFE! XXXXX Katy Carr and the Aviators
Firstly Katy Carr and the Aviators would like to say a BIG THANKYOU to all of you who have been supporting our Escapologist Tour. We have loved playing for you all and the feedback for our songs and film , Kazik and the Kommander;s Car dir Hannah Lovell have been very positive and at times extremely emotional. It is a great honour to engage with you all on such a personal basis so thankyou again. For those of you who may not have yet come to one of our tour dates please find some information below….‘The Escapologist Tour,’ is dedicated to the honour of Kazimierz ‘Kazik’ Piechowski, a Polish Scout who in June 1942 escaped from Auschwitz concentration camp in a Steyr 220 car. Events include musical performances from Katy Carr and The Aviators & a 25 min documentary screening of Kazik and the Kommander’s Car directed by Hannah Lovell & produced by Katy Carr, where Katy first presents Kazik with her tribute song, ‘Kommander’s Car’.
June 2011 ‘Escapologist’ Tour Dates….
3rd June 2011, 7.30pm at The Dugdale Centre , Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS [Free admission].
12th June 2011 – 1-1-45pm and 6-7pm Holloway Arts Festival @ The Florin, 563 Holloway Road London N19 4DQ http://www.islingtontribune.com/news/2011/apr/holloway-arts-festival-survives-cuts-popular-event-set-8-17-june
19th June 2011 – 12pm [midday] Screening of ‘Kazik and the Kommander’s Car’ at UCL [tickets £5 link to buy http://www.wegottickets.com/event/119868] Address LONDON: Screen 2, Festival Hub, Engineering Building
UCL, Torrington Place, Bloomsbury, London
22nd and 23rd June 2011 Exeter Fringe Festival at The City Gate Hotel, 1 Iron Bridge, Exeter EX4 3RB tel: 01392 495 811[ticket price tbc]
Hello from Katy Carr!
April has been an incredible month with regards various musical and historical matters….Kazimierz Piechowski’s first visit to the UK proved to be a mammoth success. The British media whipped up a storm and we were featured in various papers such as The Guardian, Evening Standard, The Sunday Express, The Times as well as Radio 4’s Today program. So thanks to all of you who helped in the event preparations and for your attendance. We will be posting up video blogs and written blogs in the near future. In addition and partly inspired by this month of events i am currently putting together a book called ‘Kazik Kollectif’ with responses from 20 artists from all disciplines, poets, writers, musicians, photographers, artists with regards Kazik’s story. This will be published next year in 2012.
I am also currently doing two tours -‘ The Escapologist Tour’ funded by Arts Council England and the support to the Great British Barbershop Boys UK tour. Details of shows are below or here at this link http://katycarr.com/live-shows/
You can also listen to my album ‘Coquette,’ which is currently on British Airways inflight entertainment, Channel 15 Easy Listening http://www.britishairways.com/travel/ifeaudio/public/en_gb
Katy Carr’s Feb/March 2011 Newsletter
Hello from Katy Carr!
First of all thanks to all you lovely people for posting such fantastic messages on my birthday,1st Feb 2011. I had over 400 and so apologies if i haven’t responded. Know that I read every single one and that I thank you sincerely!
The biggest birthday present i had was having my third album ‘Coquette,’ placed on British Airways inflight entertainment. My album will be available for easy listening 20000 feet above sea level as well as low level local flights. For the the direct link for BA’s current onboard entertainment press here
Hello from Katy Carr
A warm welcome to you all from a rather chilly London. The outside temperature here in Marylebone, heart and nucleus of the Big Smoke is swooping downwards so it’s the time for mittens and hats and scarves! November has been so much fun and looking forward to my December gigs!!! As I am currently planning my next album recording and 2011 tours I have had to cut down on performances in December. However there is one gig I am very excited about hosted by my musician friend Big Steve from The Arlenes, Nashville — so if you are around put 17th Dec in your diary!!! Poster below…. More gig news on this page http://katycarr.com/live-shows/
17th December 2010 – – 8: 30pm – – Katy Carr supports The Arlenes @ The Core Arts Xmas Party, 1 St. Barnabas Terrace, Homerton, London E9 6DJ
Katy Carr’s Newsletter Oct/ Nov 2010
Hello from Katy Carr –Firstly thankyou to Poland and to all my Polish friends for making my research trip and concerts in the early part of October so very enjoyable between 1st and 12th October. I spent some days in Warsaw with my album artist designer Susan Burghart. We visited many places of interest and took lots of photos. Susan has a good idea of what I want my next album artwork to look like and I am very excited and pleased.From Warsaw I was then driven to Bialowieza to my friend Olimpia’s house and was again very well fed and looked after. We ventured into the Białowieża Forest (National Park; Polish: Białowieski Park Narodowy) in Podlaskie Voivodship in Poland at the border with Belarus. This Park is on the UNESCO World Heritage List so it is a very special environmental area. We glimpsed bison grazing, wild boar, many varieties of mushrooms and also the footprints of wolves.
Katy Carr’s Newsletter Sept / Oct 2010
Hello from Katy Carr –Summer has ended and autumn is upon us. Golden leaves, shorter days and of course more rainier moments here in London Town. People sigh as they need to wear jumpers and warm coats and carry umbrellas everywhere…. Some of us have suffered from ‘change of the weather’ fluey type affairs with sore throats and coughing and spluttering fits a sure reminder that winter is nigh!I have loved September 2010 and all the wonderful people I have met at my gigs …