Soprano Alexandra Nowakowski and pianist Michał Biel, are currently recording an hour-long CD to bring Polish classical music to an international audience while at the same time breaking the Chopin-only stereotype that they believe exists about the nation’s musical heritage.
A wide array of cultural and business events, intended to present Poland as a more attractive country to visitors, are planned for Poland Day at Expo 2020 Dubai on Tuesday.
In this episode of The Debrief, host John Beauchamp speaks to folk musician Karolina Cicha about performing the music of Poland’s Karaim as well as other minorities from her native region of Podlasie and beyond.
Saul Dreier and Ruby Sosnowicz are not typical men. In 2014, approaching their tenth decade, they took the age-defying decision to set up a Klezmer ensemble so they could “sing for the 6 million who died” and spread a message of peace and love.
Warsaw’s delightful little ul. Samborska (Samborska Street) is 22 metres long, 2.7 metres wide and doesn’t have a single building registered on it. It was not until 2010, almost half a century after it disappeared from the map that its street status was restored and a plaque erected in its honour.
The regularly sold out concerts in the village of Czachów near the historic town of Cedynia attract fans from near and far to hear international musicians playing the likes of Chopin and Beethoven in the cosy village setting.
VIDEO: Once hotly tipped for the top, Majirani saw his musical ambitions cruelly cut short after falling foul of unscrupulous recording companies and envious rivals. The former music sensation has now turned a new leaf to work on construction sites while juggling academic studies in Poland.
Performed in what the organisers call the ‘Piano capital of the world’, the competition which has 16 hopefuls from Poland is one of the most prestigious global music events.
VIDEO: Nearly two decades after Stefan Dymiter’s death, artist Arkadiusz Andrejkow has celebrated the musician’s legacy by reviving a decrepit bus stop in the place of Dymiter’s birth.
Based in the headquarters of the internationally acclaimed folk song and dance ensemble ‘Mazowsze’, the centre’s permanent exhibition will show the entirety of Polish folklore in all its regional variants and how each region differs in its folkloric traditions.