The organizers of the Katowice festival decided to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of renowned folklorist and composer Oskar Kolberg by devoting the Experimental Stage for a day to artists inspired by traditional music.
This is our tribute to Kolberg, and also admiration for how fascinating, multicolored and avant-garde folk music can be - said the festival organizers, stipulating that it is not a one-off event – “Kolberg's Year will last only until December, but the evening of world music coming to the Experimental Scene of the OFF Festival is for good.”
During Kolberg’s day at the OFF Festival, artists from Poland and abroad are featured, including Kapela Brodów, Same Suki, Frank Fairfield – Appalachian guitarist and singer, the international project Jerusalem In My Heart, Ukrainian musicians from DakhaBrakha, music duo Magic Carpathians and a techno legend from Berlin - Mark Ernestus with the percussion band Jeri Jeri.
Kapela Brodów is led by Witold Broda, who has carried out fieldwork in the Rzeszów region for years. The works of folk musicians is not only a subject for research for him, it also represents the basis for the creation of Kapela Brodów. Their repertoire includes songs both secular and religious, some of which date back to the seventeenth century. Kapela Brodów's concert feature traditional regional instruments, such as the hurdy gurdy, the suka (a string instrument), and a particular kind of bass from Kalisz, amongst others.
Same Suki is a feminine folk porn ensemble which was created out of love for the suka – an old Polish string instrument. In some regions, Suki were played as recently as in the nineteenth century, but to this day not a single instrument has been preserved. It was reconstructed in the 1990s. They also use other instruments in their music : the cello, the Płock fiddle (from a city in central Poland), the Bulgarian gadulka, the Turkish rebab and African percussion instruments: the bendir and the cajon. In Same Suki's music, traditional folk melodies are treated very loosely. The accompanying lyrics make folk music more contemporary and sung from a female perspective.
Karpaty Magiczne is a duet created by Anna Nacher and Marek Styczyński. They combine experimental music with musical traditions that go far beyond the Carpathians. Critics have compared them to the Eastern European Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Anna Nacher's voice to that of Diamanda Galas. The music of Karpaty Magiczne draws inspiration from both folk and contemporary electronic music. Karpaty Magiczne performs extensively in Poland and abroad, and this year they will celebrate the 15th anniversary of their creative work.
Source: OFF Festival, own materials, may 2014, translated: Katarzyna Maksimiuk, 12.05.2014