Misia Ff

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Misia Ff (Furtak)
Misia Furtak.jpg
Misia Furtak performing in 2009
Background information
Birth name Michalina Furtak
Genres Indie pop, rock
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar, piano
Years active 2005–present
Labels Pomaton EMI, Chaos Group
Associated acts Très.b, Dr.No, Misia Ff
Website www.tres-b.com
Notable instruments
Daisy Rock Monarch Butterfly Bass (which looks exactly like the butterfly commonly called monarch), Mustang

Misia Ff (Furtak) is a Polish singer, bassist ( and journalist most known as a member of the indie rock group Très.b.

Biography[edit]

Furtak was born in Zielona Góra, Poland and is of Lemko origin.[1] As a child, Misia Furtak studied violin, piano, and flute.[2] She moved to Denmark and studied at Testrup Højskole where she met her bandmates Thomas Pettit and Olivier Heim. They first lived in Copenhagen, where they shared a room, and later moved to Maastricht and Amsterdam.[3] Misia studied a Master's Programme Media Culture at Maastricht University.[4]

After having lived in the Netherlands and Denmark,[5] Furtak returned to Poland where in June 2010, her and Très.b signed to Pomaton EMI and their debut called The Other Hand was released 21 September 2010. The album was recorded in Warsaw at Studio 333 and was mixed in New York City by Victor Van Vugt, who has worked with acts like PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and Depeche Mode. It was well received, and in May 2011 the band was awarded a Fryderyk for Best Debut Album of the Year.[6][7]

In December 2011, it was announced that the band was ready to record a new album and finance it through crow funding.[8] In February 2012, the band recorded with Michał Kupicz (Indigo Tree, Enchanted Hunters). They recorded everything live, so the whole recording process only took 6 days.[9]

The band used unusual ideas to promote the release, e.g. the title was announced in a set of riddles [10] and the first single, before the official radio premiere, was streamed by a local espresso bar where fans could hear it with a set of headphones attached to the wall, after they received gps coordinates to find the location.[11]

The album 40 Winks of Courage was released 15 May 2012 and received complimentary reviews.[12][13] In January 2013 the album was awarded with the prestigious Paszport Polityki.

Misia (Ff) Furtak is also known for her cooperation with a Polish band Dr.No, with the most recent release being a single called "Dissaray".[14] This track will be featured on the upcoming Polskie Radio Program III compilation Offensywa vol.4. Their earlier recording was a tribute to Polish poet Stanisław Wyspiański and was featured on a special compilation released by Polish Radio.[15]

She released a digital only EP 40 Winks, on streaming platforms.[16]

She has also made appearances on albums by Lucky Fonz III, Envotion, and Bajzel.[17] Furtak was also a member of the trip-hop band called Glorybox. in the period 2002–2003.[18]

She recently recorded a track with Maciej Werk for his new album Songs That Make Sense featuring a.o Mark Lanegan, Chris Olley or Poogie Bell. Their duet "Summer of love", is the first single promoting the album.[19]

Her list of favourite/inspiring songs, prepared for a radio interview in January 2011 included works by Bob Dylan, David Bowie, The Smiths, Lou Reed and John Cale, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, The National and Local Natives.[5]

Elle Magazine (October 2012 issue) listed her amongst "the 12 most promising talents of 2012" [20]

In October 2013 she released her first EP as Misia Ff.

She holds a master's degree in media culture from Maastricht University and works with the Polish public radio channel RDC.[1][2]

She plays a shortscale bass guitar in the shape of a monarch butterfly.

Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 The Other Hand Fryderyk; Best Debut Album of the Year (Fonograficzny Debiut Roku) Won[6][7]
2012 Très.B Paszport Polityki, Muzyka Popularna Won

Charts[edit]

Year Title Position
LP3[21]
2012 Like Is not listed
2012 Let it shine 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Paweł Zając, Sierpień 19, 2011". Modnykrakow.pl. 1991-09-09. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Anna Kilian 23-09-2010" (in Polish). Zyciewarszawy.pl. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  3. ^ "Interia TV 2009-08-08". Interia.tv. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  4. ^ "Misia Ff | Twórca | Culture.pl". Culture.pl. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  5. ^ a b Gość. "Trójka 19.01.2011". Polskieradio.pl. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  6. ^ a b "Fryderyki 2011. Najwięksi zwycięzcy: Acid Drinkers i Monika Brodka - Wiadomości" (in Polish). polskieradio.pl. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Co działo się na gali Fryderyk 2011? - Wideo - Plejada - Sprawdź, co słychać w show-biznesie" (in Polish). Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "tresb_prosza_o_wsparcie". 
  9. ^ "tresb_o_doroslosci". 
  10. ^ "Odgadnij tytuł nowego albumu!". 
  11. ^ "Listening point". 
  12. ^ ""très.b. 40 Winks of Courage" -" (in Polish). Music Is. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  13. ^ ""Przewaga wyobraźni" -" (in Polish). Polityka. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  14. ^ "27.05.2011 by Łukasz Stasiełowicz". Uwolnijmuzyke.pl. 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  15. ^ "18.08.2008 by Eliza Gaust". Uwolnijmuzyke.pl. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  16. ^ "Misia is mju on Bandcamp".  (requires registration)
  17. ^ "Misia Furtak Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  18. ^ "Musli Magazine p.24". Issuu.com. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  19. ^ "CGM" (in Polish). CGM. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  20. ^ "Elle Magazine October 2012/ Très.B official website" (in Polish). Elle. 2012-09-11. 
  21. ^ Archiwum Listy Programu Trzeciego lp3.pl [dostęp 2012-02-26]