Festival autumn 2010

The autumn edition of the ”Mazurkas of the World” Festival has been especially designed to mark the end of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition and dedicated to the Adam Mickiewicz Institute to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Like in the spring, the Square in Krakowskie Przedmieście Street was brimming with audience – concerts, workshops, Festival Club and a Dance Night were a great opportunity for unique musical encounters, and a great time was had by all!

On the first day of the Festival we were listening to the mazurkas as they originally sounded, performed bytraditional village bands (Józef Piechota, The Tarnowski Brothers), to the works of young composers,based on the traditional music from the Kujawy region and played by Scontri Ensemble (“Mazurki According to Kolberg” project), to village mazurkas in dialogue with the compositions of Fryderyk Chopin (Magdalena Wojciechowska and Janusz Prusinowski Trio), mazurka jazz (Marcin Pospieszalski and Mazurka Jazz Impressions) and Swedish polska, played on intriguing, traditional instruments (Nyckelharpa Trio). On Saturday, we have been dancing all night long.

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The Dance Night begun with “Polish Tavern Dances” by G.F. Telemann (The Plague Times Orchestra), followed by dance music performed by Polish, Swedish and Estonian musicians (Jan Gaca Band, Sławomir Czekalski Band from Dobrzelin, The Tarnowski Brothers, Nyckelhyrpa Trio, Sofia Joons).

During the daytime workshops in the State Ethnographical Museum few dozens of participants have had an opportunity to learn how to play fiddle and frame drum, sing mazurkas and dance Polish and Swedish dances. And on Friday workshops pianists for the first time could learn mazurkas directly from village fiddlers and accordion players.

 

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