The Sarakina band performs music that is closest to the term ethno / jazz. The band's compositions and arrangements combine the influences of Balkan, classical, church and contemporary music with the elements of jazz improvisation and ethno stylistics. The ensemble has existed since 1999 and consists of graduates and students of collage music schools. It is the laureate of the "New Tradition" Festival (2001), it also received the title of "Folk Phonogram of the Year" for the albums: "Sarakina" (2001) and „Junctions” (2004).
Sarakina is the oriental name of a beautiful girl from the Balkans, a village in Greece and the name of a band from Bialystok playing music with Bulgarian roots. (...) They play compositions and arrangements of melodies and musical motifs originating from Bulgaria and Macedonia. (...) Like in a kaleidoscope, pace and mood and even historical periods are mixed up: next to archaic songs there are jazzy, virtuoso played inserts, and the clarinet "talks" with ethnic instruments.
Monika Żmijewska, "Gazeta Wyborcza"
Jacek Grekow - accordion, gajda, kaval
Jan Mlejnek - clarinet, tambura
Mateusz Bielski - double bass
Robert Siwak - percussion instruments
Teodora Dimitrova-Grekow – dance teaching and conducting
Workshops: 29.07.2005, 4:00 PM, Rotunda
Concert: 29.07.2005, 7:00 PM, Barbakan