Hania Rani & Dobrawa Czocher © Bernard Ambroziewicz
Hania Rani & Dobrawa Czocher
Hania and Dobrawa’s haunting art grows from a friendship that began when they were in their early teens. It reflects a mutual passion for everything from classical and jazz to electronica and contemporary music and their refusal to accept artificially imposed boundaries between different genres. Their work has also been shaped by, among other influences, the natural rhythms of the seascapes and landscapes of northern Poland and beyond, the freedom and space of improvisation, and a courageous openness to all emotions, sensations and feelings.
Hania Rani was born in Gdańsk in 1990 and began playing classical piano at the age of 7. She started experimenting with new musical styles four years later, after meeting Dobrawa Czocher at music school, and continued her training in Warsaw at the prestigious Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. Postgraduate studies in Berlin led to her immersion in the work of composer, performer and producer Nils Frahm and other pioneering creatives. She worked on the tracks for her debut album while on retreat in Iceland in 2017 and named it Esja after the volcanic mountain range near Reykjavík. The album received rave reviews, led to a series of concerts throughout Europe and Japan and inspired broadcaster Mark Coles to feature Hania as the subject of one of his Profile programmes on BBC Radio 4. Her latest solo album, Home, was released in May 2020.
Born in 1991 in the historic town of Tczew, about 30 kilometres from Gdańsk, Dobrawa Czocher received her first cello lessons at the age of seven. Following her studies at the Feliks Nowowiejski Music School, the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and in Germany, she became a member of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to her orchestral work and chamber music performances, she continues to pursue creative collaborations in Warsaw, not least with Hania Rani.
The young Polish duo, friends since their student days at the Feliks Nowowiejski Music School in Gdańsk, are known for their emotionally restrained yet revealing, wholly honest and authentic musical style.
Their first album, Biała flaga (“White Flag”), marked the start of their artistic partnership. Having been invited to reimagine music by the late Polish composer Grzegorz Ciechowski (founder and frontman of the band Republika), Dobrawa asked Hania to join her in making the album. Biała flaga entered the top 30 of Poland’s album chart following its release in September 2015. The recording revealed the artists’ ability to take a distinctive sound and translate it into their own unique musical language. It won them a cult following and set secure foundations for their dynamic creative dialogue. The duo’s DG debut, their first full album of original works, will reflect the sense of adventure that has developed from years of close artistic collaboration.