Exclusive Interview with Beata Kossowska

Beata Kossowska How did you discover the bluesharp ?
~ My dream was to play flute or harp but at home I founded only a small harmonica. My father played harmonica so I thought that I can try it as well. My first melody was a melody from the cartoon "Bolek and Lolek". That was a beginning.

If everything would be possible (waking the dead included), which bluesharp player would you invite for a jam session?
~ I will tell like this: My favorite harmonica player is Howard Levy .

What is your favorite bluesharp brand / type and tell us why?
~ I play Suzuki Harmonicas because they sound beautiful. They are very convenience for the mouth and the teeth.They are very good attached to play.

What are the most important tips you can give to someone who wants to learn to play the bluesharp?
~ The tips? To listen music,not only harmonica but every instrument and then listen to your heart.

Tongue blocking or lip pursing, what do you prefer and tell us why.
~ It depends what I play. Tongue blocking or lip pursing - I use both alternately, depending on my feeling in the moment.

How do you clean your harps?
~ I wash it under warm water.

What is the question interviewers never seem to ask you and...you wish they would? (Please provide your answer as well.)
~ I think I am asked about everything I could tell.

Describe the ultimate recording studio (not the technique but the facilities)
~ The facilities of the technique - Mostly first take is the best, than I try this and this.....I want to tell with this that I like to record without to much technique (just like harmonica is) but what impressed me was a recording in Germany for Poland. I didn't have to drive to Poland to make a recording which was important-technique. Of course I like to experiment with a sound and possibilities of the trucks, that I can record the whole harmonica orchestra alone,that I can come true my inspirations.

Are you still nervous before going on stage and if so, do you use any "rituals" to calm you nerves?
~ I am always nervous. Yes before a performance I do some breathing exercises, they are also relax exercises.

What was the most memorable day in your musical career?
~ One of the beautiful performances was a concert with a philharmonic orchestra and playing with them a movie music.I was feeling like in a fairy tales, in another ,beautiful world of imagination.This had something to do with a imagination of children-I just had the similar feeling.

Beata Kossowska

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Answers given on April 26, 2016