19.09.2018 Sounds Like Poland

WoWaKin Trio (Poland)

Paula Kinaszewska, Bartłomiej Woźniak and Mateusz Wachowiak are mixing various musical experiences, freely and bodaciously interpreting traditional repertoire of Polish cottage. WoWaKin often plays at knees-ups, inviting to dance oberek, polka, foxtrot and kujawiak. The base of their sounds is violin, Polish accordion and baraban, but cimbalom, kalimba and banjoele are also often used. In 2017 their very first album “Kraj za miastem” was released, containing the traditional repertoire of Radomskie, Kieleckie and Sannickie regions.

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Bester Quartet (Poland)

Formerly known as The Cracow Klezmer Band, since 2006 – Bester Quartet. Consistently walking the way of bold and unique repertoire, worked out during almost 20 years of their activity. The group is formed by four extraordinary instrumentalists, classical musicians by profession, working under the leadership of Jarosław Bester. The breakthrough in they activity, which was also the moment when their big international career begun was releasing an album De Profundis in 2000 in prestige New York record Tzadik, founded by John Zorn. At first, they were inspired mostly by klezmer, but constant artistic research let them master the fusion of various elements: among others classical music, jazz, avant-garde, klezmer, world music, chamber music, when the foundation of building original instrumental forms is improvisation.

Przełomem w ich aktywności i początkiem międzynarodowej kariery zespołu było wydanie w 2000 roku płyty De Profundis w prestiżowej nowojorskiej wytwórni Tzadik, założonej przez Johna Zorna. Początkowo inspirowali się głównie muzyką klezmerską, jednak artystyczne poszukiwania zaprowadziły ich do mistrzowskiego połączenia wielu elementów. To m.in. dokonania muzyki klasycznej, jazzowej, awangardowej, tradycji klezmerskiej, nurtu world music oraz dokonań współczesnej kameralistyki, gdzie fundamentem do budowania oryginalnych form

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Maria Pomianowska& Hooosein Alizadeh world ensemble

Maria is a Doctor with a habilitation on musical arts, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and teacher. Since 1984 she studies local techniques of playing from Asia and Europe, traveling to India, China, Korea, Japan and the Middle East. Working together with prof. Ewa Dahling and luthier Andrzej Kuczkowski, she successfully reconstructed three Polish lost string instruments: suka biłgorajska, suka mielecka and fidela płocka. In 2010 she opened the first in Poland Faculty of Ethno-music at the Academy of Music in Cracow. For many years she popularizes Polish music all around the world and makes international projects with musicians from various cultures. She is a director of the Cross Culture Festival.

Hossein Alizadeh (Iran) is one of the greatest musicians and composers of a contemporary Persian classical music. His main instrument is six-string tar lute. In 1975 he graduated from musical studies on composition and performing arts at the University of Tehran. In the meantime, he was studying Persian radif under the leadership of great masters and protectors of tradition. Being extremely valued composer, the fuses the sound of traditional Persian instruments with the elements of classical western music. In 2006, he was nominated to Grammy in a best world music album category for an album Endless Vision, recorded in a cooperation with Djivan Gasparyan.