Joanna Bielawska introduced her Asia i Koty project to a wider Polish audience in 2012, when she released her debut album entitled “Miserable Miaow”. It presented her fascination with simple songs, acoustic melodies and electronic influences which, when put together, created a beautiful landscape of melancholic and distinctive songs. Asia i Koty is a singer/songwriter who composes, plays electric guitar and experiments with loop stations herself. It’s minimalistic songwriting, enhanced by multi-layered harmonies and mantric repeats. Joanna’s voice is the most distinguished element – it’s deeply moving, clear and mature.
In Asia i Koty’s music one can spot both fragility and dark mood, simple melodies and musical experiments. Moreover, the artist co-authored four albums with her former group, Folder. After she had released her debut solo album she also collaborated with several bands or ephemeral projects, like “Nasiono Swap Singers”, co- authored Karol Schwarz All Stars’ “Hi, Mom!” album, took part in two editions of the collaborative music project Pure Phase Ensemble at the first and the third SpaceFest! festival. Apart from these, she started two new projects deriving from electronic music: Morgaine Fay – a duo based on ambient and noise synthesizer and electric guitar sounds; and Kthx NFZ – a solo techno project.
The second album entitled “Sing” was released on 2 April 2016 on the Nasiono Records label that Bielawska has been associated with from the very beginning of her career. As the title indicates, this album is about singing and vocals play a major role in it. Asia i Koty intertwines various musical inspirations here, among which one can sense the spirit of Angel Olsen, Cat Power or Julianna Barwick. The music is based on the sound of an electric guitar but Joanna Bielawska also reaches for an acoustic guitar, piano, loops her instruments or enhances them with a subtle beat.
Asia i Koty toured Poland several times (performed at OFF Festival in Katowice, Opole Songwriters Festival, Spring Break Festival, supported such artists as Hugo Race, Maria Peszek or Hey). She also played in Germany, Switzerland and Lithuania.
Sing (2016, nasiono)
Miserable Miaow (2012, nasiono)
Asia i Koty EP (2010, nasiono)
Collaborations and guest appearances:
Hoszpital “Weszoło” (2015, Thin Man Records)
Morgaine Fay “Morgaine Fay” (2015)
Pure Phase Ensemble 3 “Live at SpaceFest!” (2014, nasiono)
The Sunlit Earth “Between the Lines” (2014, nasiono)
KSAS “Hi Mom!” (2013, nasiono)
Pure Phase Ensemble “Live at SpaceFest!” (2012, nasiono)
Nasiono Swap Singers (2012, nasiono)
Mordy “Nobody” (2011, nasiono)
Nasiono Sampler Vol.2 (2011, nasiono)
Nasiono Sampler Vol.1 (2010, nasiono)
Folder “Get Real” (2011, nasiono)
Folder “Hello” (2010, nasiono)
Folder “Red lof” (2009, nasiono)
Folder “Inside EP”: Transtienda (ESP) / Probablyworse (USA) / Tonmagnet (GER)
booking: booking [at ] nasiono.net