Formed in Przemyśl (Poland) in 2009, Arlon is a Polish progressive rock band. In 2013, the group featuring Jacek Szott (saxophone, keyboard and composition), Wiesław Rutka (guitar), Maciej Napieraj (bass), Paweł Zwirn (drums) and vocalist Paweł Szykuła, releases their first studio album ,,On The Edge”. The album receives very good reviews and in March 2014 wins the prestigious First Prize of “The Werbel 2013” (a competition for the best album of the year 2013 ) awarded by the Polish Radio Rzeszow. The year 2013 is for the band the time of promoting the album “On the Edge”. The band gives concerts in many places all over Poland, including Warsaw, Cracow, Katowice, Lublin, Rzeszów and Przemyśl. At that time the band performs at a prestigious Polish festival, the 7th Festival of Progressive Rock in Gniewkowo, and participates in the first historical concert of Rock Area On Stage in Katowice. The latter, with a guest performance of Clive Nolan ( Arena, Pendragon ), takes place on 21 November 2013.
The Album “On the Edge” also receives positive reviews in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Egypt, Brazil, the UK and the USA. Nominated by several websites and radio broadcasting stations for the best progressive rock album, the band markedly makes its presence on checklists in 2014. In the same year Arlon’s lead singer Paweł Szykuła leaves the band.
In April 2014 Wojciech Mandzyn (a classical guitarist, a vocalist and a composer) joins Arlon and contributes to the band’s new project „Mimetic Desires” with lyrics by Anetta Maria Mandzyn (an English teacher and a doctoral student in Comparative Literature). Her evocative texts add new colors to the music of Arlon, generating a unique climate of the new record. „Mimetic Desires”, the second studio album of Arlon, was made in collaboration with a composer, an arranger, a film music composer and the founder of Sinfonietta Consonus Symphonic Orchestra, Michał Mierzejewski (http://mierzejewskimusic.weebly.com/), famous for collaborating with such prominent performers as Transatlantic, Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Flying Colors, Mike Portnoy (ex- Dream Theater, Winnery Dogs), Neal Morse (Neal Morse Band), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Casey McPherson (Alfa Rev), Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings), Bad Salad, Affector, Tina Guo (Hans Zimmer), Marc Papeghin, Whiterose, Collin Leijenaar, Daniel Fries or Sigma Project.
The Sinfonietta Consonus Symphonic Orchestra www.sinfonietta-consonus.com, appears in three tracks from the new album by Arlon. The recordings started on 29 November 2014, and were completed at the end of May 2015. 43 musicians and a choir were engaged in the project. The new album “Mimetic Desires” is about a 52-minute record with music composed and arranged mainly by the group leader, Jacek Szott and with some pieces composed by a classical guitarist and the group vocalist, Wojciech Mandzyn as well as by Wiesław Rutka, the guitarist of Arlon. www.arlon.art.pl. On August 23, 2015 the group performed at the Cieszanów Rock Festival.
Currently a video promoting our new album is being made. At the moment Arlon is beginning a new concert tour and is giving a concert at the Prog the Night Festival in Łódź (November 11, 2015).