The programme includes: Roots – an exhibition of art, design and crafts, Ethno – a photographic project; and an open-air concert featuring Besquidians, Dudyskrzypce and other bands drawing on traditional folk music.
Galeria Bielska BWA is proud to host a welcome-summer event with visual arts and music, which will be held in on Friday, 28 June. The works of the featured artists, all searching for roots and sources, are inspired by folklore and popular tradition in conjunction with individual motifs and techniques.
On Friday night, 28 June, the viewers are invited to take part in the opening of two exhibitions, guided tours with the artists and an open-air concert with Czech and Polish musicians who draw on traditional folk music of the Beskidy mountain region. They include a Czech big band from the Music School in Frydland and several Polish groups such as Kapela Dudyskrzypce, Skład Niearchaiczny and Besquidians. They all explore traditional folk music and transform it into an individual style which combines folk, jazz and the traditional music of the Carpathians.
Friday, 28 June 2019, 6.00-10.00 p.m.
An open-air concert (the square outside the Gallery adjacent to ul. Adama Mickiewicza)
5.00 pm - A curated tour followed by meeting with the artists and designers participating in Roots exhibition
6.00 p.m. –vernissage of the exhibition ETHNO – a photographic project by Beata Bojda (lower room)
6.30 p.m. – vernissage of the exhibition of art, design and crafts Roots (upper room). Curated by Lucyna Wylon
7.00–10.00 p.m. – Open-air concert
Music School from Frydland (the Czech Republic)
The band was founded in 2010 by the accordionist Wojciech Golec and the violinist and singer Marcin Pokusa – two friends from the village of Ślemień in the Beskid Żywiecki mountain chain. The ensemble was soon joined by the saxophonist and jazz flutist Marcin Żupański, the double bass player Rafał Bałas and the multi-instrumentalist Przemysław Fick on traditional instruments. In 2015, the band was joined by the singer and violinist Marta Matuszna.
The musicians draw inspiration from the music of the Beskid Mountains region, translating it into the language of contemporary music and combining different styles, sounds and colours. The rough sounds of violins, bagpipes and pastoral instruments are enriched with echoes of classical music, experiments with electronics, elements of world music and trance, as well as free jazz improvisations.
The band members are:
Wojciech Golec – an accordionist. Degree in the accordion under Professor Joachim Pichur at the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice; winner of numerous international accordion competitions, lecturer in Music Education at the University of Silesia in Katowice; teacher at the Stanisław Moniuszko Music School in Bielsko-Biała.
Marcin Żupański – a multi-instrumentalist specializing in saxophone, flute and bass clarinet. Degree in Jazz and Popular Music at the Music Academy in Katowice; winner of numerous jazz competitions; composer, arranger and musician active on both national and international music scene.
Marcin Pokusa – a folk violinist and composer. Degree in the bassoon at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznań (2002); degree in singing at the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice (2014); member of the Kraków Opera Choir (since November 2014).
Marta Matuszna – originally from the village of Laliki, she was born into a family whose musical legacy stretches a few generations back; completed the 1st degree Music School in Żywiec in the class of violin; from an early age, member of various folk bands from the Beskid Żywiecki mountain region; violin masterclass teacher and singing instructor at the Golec Brothers Foundation.
Rafał Bałaś – a double bass player and folk multi-instrumentalist from Żywiec; maker of bagpipes, pipes and shepherd’s horns; teacher of bass, bagpipes and pipes at the Golec Brothers Foundation.
Przemysław Ficek – an architect by training , folklorist by vocation; passionate piper playing various pastoral instruments; instruments maker; lecturer at the postgraduate studies of traditional music at the Music Academy in Katowice; he lives in Jeleśnia.
The band plays traditional folk music of the Beskid Żywiecki mountain region. After years of cooperation, the musicians Marta Matuszna-Wejchenig (vocal, violin) and Rafał Bałaś (bagpipes, pipes) founded a folk duet playing the traditional violin and bagpipes music of the region of Żywiec. Both teach folk music at the Golec Brothers Foundation and promote regional culture by organizing traditional dance parties and folk music workshops.
The band draws inspiration from the tradition folk music of the Beskid Mountains performed by a piper and violinist. With time, this “archaic line-up” was replaced by larger string bands.
Skład Niearchaiczny, whose name translates as a “non-archaic line-up”, expanded the traditional instrumentation by adding double bass and viola. By enriching their music with new arrangements and harmonies, they prove that the folk music of the Beskid Żywiecki mountain region is still alive and open to constant rediscovery and development. The band has performed at various major folk festivals, winning numerous awards.
Marta Matuszna-Wejchenig - violin, vocals
Stanisław Bafia - viola, vocals
Przemysław Ficek - bagpipes, pastoral instruments
Rafał Bałaś - double bass, vocals
The event is part of the Polish-Czech project "Roots - the Community of Sources, Searching and Inspirations. Art and design on both sides of the border. "
The project is co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund within INTERREG V-A Czech Republic-Poland 2014-2020 programme and from the state budget of the Republic of Poland.