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In the year 2002 Simon Wascher and Merit Zloch played session at the slightly odd bagpipe festival in Strakonice / Czechoslovakia. It grooved so well that they decided to join forces. Out of this relation bilwesz was born in late autumn of the same year.

One year later, also playing session, but this time at the hurdy-gurdy-festival in Lißberg/Germany, Matthias Branschke joined the team.

The first CD followed in February 2004. The recordings were made in a wine cellar in the western outskirts of Vienna. In addition to Matthias Branschke there were two more guests invited: Stefan Straubinger (concertina) from Munich and Laurenz Schiffermüller (percussion).
Listeners and critics liked "hardigatti!".  The french Trad Magazine awarded it with "Bravos!!", a prize for especially recommended CDs.
Gigs in Germany and abroad followed, amongst others at the EBU Festival in Pula/Croatia and at the Harfentreffen at Mosenberg, Germany.

In winter 2006 so many new tunes had piled up that plans were made for a new CD. "spring" was recorded in February 2006 in the "Blue house" in Kremsmünster / Upper Austria with Jörg Mikula (drums) as guest musician. The new CD was presented to the public at Rudolstadt TFF Festival, the biggest world music festival in Germany.

Meanwhile Matthias Branschke is a fixed member of bilwesz. For bigger stages a drummer is invited as guest musician.

the  band:

Simon Wascher
hurdy-gurdy alto
musician with Schickaneders Jugend and Rundgeiger, 1. prize at solo competition at Saint Chartier Festival 2003; CD-recordings with L´Orfeo Barockorchester, editor of sheet music, graphic

Matthias Branschke
shepherds pipe, border pipes, säckpipa, flute
musician with Broth, winner of Folkförderpreises TFF Rudolstadt 2001

Merit Zloch
lever harp, voice, booking
musician with Malbrook (TFF-Ruth-winner 2005) and vinkoop, 2. prize at Duo competition at Saint Chartier 2003, MA in archaeology and art history