Gaba Kulka

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Gabriela Kulka
Orange Warsaw Festival 2009 (Day 1 043) Gaba.jpg
Background information
Born 1979
Warsaw, Poland
Genres pop, indie pop, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments piano, vocals
Labels Mystic Production
Associated acts The Saintbox, Konrad Kucz, Młynarski Plays Młynarski
Website www.gabakulka.com

Gabriela Kulka (known as Gaba Kulka, born 1979 in Warsaw, Poland) is an independent artist, a songwriter, and performer.

Biography[edit]

Gabriela Kulka was born to a family of musicians, her father, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, is a well known Polish violinist and a professor at Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw. Following in her father's footsteps, she endured eight years of classical schooling in violin, but still ended up embracing the piano as a weapon of choice in her songwriting and performing activities.

She recorded her first full-length album, Between Miss Scylla and a Hard Place, in 2003, available in CD-R format. The year 2006 saw the release of her second LP, Out, a full-colour, professionally pressed affair. Both albums were completely independent releases. Aside from these, Gaba contributed to a (private?) compilation of covers called Songs for Wolf, containing covers of the likes of Björk, Ozzy Osbourne, Neil Diamond, Stevie Nicks and The Church).

In 2009 her third album, Hat, Rabbit, was released by major label Mystic Production and therefore Gaba Kulka gained wider popularity. The album went gold in Poland and with her singles "Niejasności", "Kara Niny" or "Got a Song" the singer became successful in more alternative-oriented radio stations. In the same year she issued her next album, Sleepwalk, a collaboration with Polish singer Konrad Kucz.

Musical style[edit]

Over seven years of writing and recording, Gabriela Kulka developed the singular style of dark musical theatre mixed with a jazzy attitude, and a focus on poetic and quirky lyrics - influenced by Danny Elfman and Kate Bush on equal part. Her output is strongly influenced by classical music, jazz and pop.

Artists she names as her closest inspirations are, firstly and undeniably - Kate Bush and Tori Amos, but also Peter Gabriel, Kurt Weill, Danny Elfman, The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, Chroma Key, Queen, ABBA, Bruce Dickinson, and Iron Maiden (whose songs she performs live) and Madonna.

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
POL
[1][2][3][4][5][6]
Out
  • Released: November 12, 2007[7]
  • Label: Eblok
  • Formats: CD, digital download[8]
47
Hat, Rabbit
  • Released: May 4, 2009[9]
  • Label: Mystic Production
  • Formats: CD, digital download[10]
7
Wersje
  • Released: November 4, 2013[13]
  • Label: Mystic Production
  • Formats: CD, digital download[14]
25
The Escapist
  • Released: September 8, 2014[15]
  • Label: Mystic Production
  • Formats: CD, digital download[16]
9
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Collaborative albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
POL
[1]
Sleepwalk (with Konrad Kucz)
  • Released: October 26, 2009[17]
  • Label: Jazzboy Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download[18]
11
Rebeka nie zejdzie dziś na kolację

(with Młynarski Plays Młynarski)

  • Released: October 10, 2010
  • Label: Mystic Production
  • Formats: CD
14
Baaba Kulka (with Baaba)
  • Released: March 21, 2011[19]
  • Label: Mystic Production
  • Formats: CD
14
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Video albums[edit]

Title Album details
Live Rabbit
  • Released: November 26, 2010[20]
  • Label: Mystic Production
  • Formats: DVD

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Directed Album Ref.
2009 "Niejasności"
Hat, Rabbit [21]
"Got a Song" (with Konrad Kucz) Filip Kovcin Sleepwalk [22]
2014 "Wielkie wrażenie" Mads Hemmingsen The Escapist [23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS - Official Retail Sales Chart". olis.onyx.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  2. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS - Official Retail Sales Chart". olis.onyx.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS - Official Retail Sales Chart". olis.onyx.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  4. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS - Official Retail Sales Chart". olis.onyx.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  5. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS - Official Retail Sales Chart". olis.onyx.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  6. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS - Official Retail Sales Chart". olis.onyx.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  7. ^ "Gaba Kulka - Out - Muzyka w Interia.pl". muzyka.interia.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  8. ^ "Out by Gaba Kulka on iTunes". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  9. ^ "Gaba Kulka - Hat, Rabbit - Muzyka w Interia.pl". muzyka.interia.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  10. ^ "Hat, Rabbit by Gaba Kulka on iTunes". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  13. ^ "Gaba Kulka - Wersje - Muzyka w Interia.pl". muzyka.interia.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  14. ^ "Wersje (Bonus Tracks) by Gaba Kulka on iTunes". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  15. ^ "Aktualności - GABA KULKA nowy album "The Escapist" już 8 września! - Wytwórnia płytowa - Mystic Production". mystic.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  16. ^ "The Escapist by Gaba Kulka on iTunes". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  17. ^ "Gaba Kulka - Sleepwalk - Muzyka w Interia.pl". muzyka.interia.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  18. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/sleepwalk/id579365917
  19. ^ "Gaba Kulka - Baaba Kulka - Muzyka w Interia.pl". muzyka.interia.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  20. ^ "Gaba Kulka koncertowo: Wzloty i upadki na DVD - muzyka.interia.pl". muzyka.interia.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-17. [permanent dead link]
  21. ^ "Gaba Kulka "Niejasności" - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  22. ^ "Gaba Kulka i Konrad Kucz - Kucz/Kulka "Got a Song" (oficjalny teledysk) - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  23. ^ "Gaba Kulka - Wielkie Wrażenie - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 

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