From a real-life, 19th-century bagpiper to a literary dulcimer virtuoso and a fiddler on the... riverside. This selection of ten exceptional works shows the various incarnations of Polish folk musicians in paintings, which tell the stories of their lives, their instruments and the joy they brought their audiences.
My focus is traditional music, which means I have a living source of music within reach, giving me a never-ending singerly liveliness - says singer and instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, and researcher of traditional music.
Dominik Bukowski said about the album: 'I chose Polish folk songs and recorded them according to the traditional Arabic system of melodic modes called maqam (Arabic: maqām); to my astonishment, those traditional tunes ended up sounding better'.
Contemporary Polish folk groups are a diverse lot. Some bands play highlander tunes or heavy neo-folk inspired by Slavic mythology, some others stick to the more traditional songs and dances of the Polish heartland, but overall the folk scene in Poland could convert anyone into an avid folk listener.
Vocalist and violinist. She started out in the band Muzykanci, then she collaborated with Zygmunt Konieczny, but her greatest achievements have been as a solo artist. She’s had one foot in the world of ethnic music, the second in the philharmonic.
This energetic band from Kraków was a revelation at the 2014 edition of the New Tradition festival. The combination of punk rock with street folk, taken back in time by eighty years, to the times of Sanation, and infused with the rage of working people, made a very fresh impression.
Their music is a mix of folk and jazz, inspired by traditional sounds, however both lyrics and music has been written by the artists themselves. As the band name itself suggests, the main characters are the double bass and the lead singer Basia Derlak – altogether the composition is rather minimalistic and sensual.
A family folk band from Męcina Mała in the Low Beskids, founded by the multi-instrumentalist Jan Malisz, who also acts as the composer of the group's original musical pieces. Most of his compositions are inspired by the music of the Carpathians, but the band's repertoire also includes interpretations of traditional tunes.
The Trzcinicoki folk band was founded in 1995. Its name derives from the name of the village Trzcinica, located in Jasło municipality (in the southern part of the Rzeszów region), belonging to the Pogorzans (also called Pogorzanie or Polish Uplanders) ethnographic group.