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Maria Siwiec

Jan Kmita

Maria Siwiec & Jan Kmita (Poland)

(22.07.2012, 8:00 PM, Magazyn Kultury | Kolanko No 6 - „The Night of Dance”)

„At the beginning there was a song” - traditional singing and dancing workshops (22.07.2012, 3:30-5:30 PM, Magazyn Kultury | Kolanko No 6)


The artists live in the villages of Przystałowice Małe and Gałki Rusinowskie (the Kajok microregion in Radom area). Kajok music is experiencing a renaissance, attracting admirers and adepts of traditional music from all over Poland. Maria Siwiec – a singer from Gałki Rusinowskie – knows hundreds of local songs, she is one of the main singers of the ensemble operating in the village. She is happy to share her knowledge. Jan Kmita – one of the best Kajok violinists; his playing is characterized by a clean, energetic execution of traditional local themes. His repertoire includes a great number of mazurka melodies, called "continuous" oberek, which he plays in the manner characteristic of the Kajok microregion.

The workshops will focus on several Kajok mazurkas, which will be presented in both vocal and violin versions. Short vocal forms will be sung with violin and drum accompaniment, which is their natural performance context. This will make it easier to understand their specific rhythm and will give a basis for playing them on instruments and singing them in the form of "wyrywasy". The workshops will also be an opportunity to get acquainted with the characteristic verbal layer of "wyrywasy" and the possibility of creating your own, spontaneously invented texts and singing them to the melodies learned.

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