Posts Tagged ‘Mazurkas of the World Festival’


NOTE: edit is rough at the beginning, but it smooths out.

Witek Broda is the driving force behind the Kapela Brodow, which in this video consists of Marta Maślanka on cimbalom, Witold Broda on fiddle, Iwona Sojka on violin, and Anatol Broda on cello.
I met him at the Mazurkas of the World Festival, where he gave a lecture about his researches into the folk fiddling styles of Poland, a tradition that was in danger of dying out prior to the recent resurgence of interest in it. He impressed me as a forceful and committed person, in thrall with his country’s music.
When I saw this ensemble play at the festival, I knew, even as I was shooting it, that it was a performance I would want to post. There is a lushness about the sound, and a wonderful energy that comes bursting out of it. These guys really know how to lay into the bow.
I wrote to Mr. Broda requesting information on the pieces herein. Here are his answers.
“The first recorded piece – consists of 2 combined Mazurkas from the Rzeszowskie region, the south of Poland (the area is also referred to as Małopolska), this is specifically dance music, I know these pieces from an old violin master, born in the 19th century,
2nd piece – “Polka przez nogę” – danced quickly with a strange choreography, the rhythm is 2/4; the dancers dance as if it were 3/4; it also comes from the Rzeszowskie region; the south of Poland (Małopolska);
3rd piece – Wolny (the Slow Dance)- a type of Mazurka which is played very slowly; sung at weddings; from the Rzeszowskie region; the south of Poland (Małopolska);
4th piece – this is a Polka I composed myself;
5th piece – Polonaise – comes from the collection of Oskar Kolberg, the most eminent 19th century Polish ethnographer.”

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Janusz Prusinowski Trio (plus 2) live in Warsaw, May 13, 2013 from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

The Mazurkas of the World Festival took place in Warsaw the second week in May, sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. There were daytime workshops in music and dance, and wonderful performances at night. The band needed a lively video in a hurry, so I threw this one together. These guys rocked the joint!

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