While The Beatles and Stones were beginning to experiment in the West, two ageing Polish gents were entertaining millions on the other side of the Iron Curtain. But why did they split up so suddenly? And why does everyone in Poland still know their songs, over 50 years after they retired? Marek Kazmierski presents some of their best-loved songs and investigates. Read more »about: Kabaret Starszych Panów: Poland’s Old-School Answer to The Beatles?
Polish-born Józef Hofmann was not only a highly acclaimed pianist, respected by the likes of Rachmaninov, but also a keen inventor that registered over 70 patents, including a proto-GPS and a solution decreasing the resistive drag of piano keys, still used today in Steinway pianos. His interests in music and technology ended up fuelling each other. Read more »about: Twice The Genius: The Music & Inventions of Józef Hofmann
While the Warsaw Village Band works on their new album, we spoke to two of its members, Maciej Szajkowski and Sylwia Światkowska, about their twenty years on the stage, their reactions to Iggy Pop playing their songs on the radio and why it’s better to shoot yourself in the head than to work on music with any limitations. Read more »about: Wild & Untamed: An Interview with the Warsaw Village Band
Polish-born Ganna Walska was an operatic singer so unsuccessful that her failure as a vocalist is near-legendary: it inspired a theme of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane and has been described in numerous books. But, after giving up on her short-lived career as a singer, she created Lotusland, a public garden considered one of the world’s most unique. Read more »about: Ganna Walska: The Soprano from the Garden Estate
One of the most prominent British violinists in the world is known for her weakness for Polish music. Along with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner, Tasmin Little recorded Karol Szymanowski and Mieczysław Karłowicz’s violin concertos. Her new album will be released in September 2017. Read more »about: Tasmin Little plays Szymanowski and Karłowicz
From 25th to 29th October 2017, Katowice will host one of the most prestigious musical events in Europe – the WOMEX World Music Expo. Four Polish groups will perform at the opening concert: Aukso, Vołosi, Kapela Maliszów and Lautari. Read more »about: Polish Bands to Inaugurate WOMEX 2017
The word ‘folk’ can often box in musicians and force them to craft their sound to fit the traditional vibe of Polish folk music. The modern Polish folk scene tosses this limit on creativity out the window without forgetting their roots. These six bands continue to innovate and blend genres seamlessly. Folk your life up and enjoy! Read more »about: 6 Polish Folk Bands That Throw Tradition Out of the Box
Exhibitions, concerts, performances, publications, lectures, conferences… These and other events organised by dozens of museums, theatres, galleries, and other cultural and educations institutions will mark the centenary of the avant-garde movement in Poland. Read more »about: 2017: The Centenary of Polish Avant-garde
The art of sampling draws on the ability to manipulate and combine small snippets from other songs to create a completely new product. In rap, it’s often hard to figure out where a sample comes from. Thankfully, Culture.pl is here to help: we’ve compiled a mixtape of famous American rap tracks with samples from incredibly influential Polish musicians. Vibe away! Read more »about: Polish Music in American Hip-Hop: 9 Unexpected Samples
Are you ready for more Finnegans Wake? On 4th May 2017, the international artistic cooperation known as Waywords and Meansigns will release the third installment of its ongoing project of setting James Joyce’s masterpiece to music. More than 100 artists from 15 different countries have contributed their talents to the upcoming release, including a handful of Poles. Read more »about: Polish Musicians Look for Meaning in Finnegans Wake
Tallinn Music Week (TMW), Music Estonia, Estonian song contest Eesti Laul and Don’t Panic! We’re from Poland have joined their forces again to organise another professional song-writing camp in the Baltics from 27 - 30 March 2017. The writing and recording period will last for two days (March 28 and 29). Read more »about: Songwriting Camp as Part of Tallinn Music Week
A remarkable new interpretation of Henryk Górecki’s classic Sorrow has had both classical enthusiasts and contemporary fans turning their heads. In an interview for Culture.pl, Colin Stetson explains his thinking and feelings about the Polish composer’s influence on him, and why his album adds metal and drone elements to one of his favourite compositions.
Read more »about: Górecki Meets Drone: An Interview with Colin Stetson