Amphitheater in Mrągowo
and her band
She is a singer, violinist, composer and lyricist. She has been developing her nearly four-octave ranged voice in many different ways: having trained classically and excelling in pop and traditional-folk singing. She has also absorbed the specific characteristics of Turkish music. Her strong musical sensibility, self-awareness and the need to express what is close to heart, have influenced Karolina to create a her own unique sound, above any cultural and stylistic divisions. She is inspiring, intresting and memorable. Her music is outside the box of any particular style, it can’t be categorised. The unmistakable sound is the result of Karolina’s unique voice, fine-tuned melodies, her own poetic lyrics, and the use of instruments from all over the world. Her second album „Written on the water” (2017) oscillate between Slavic traditional music and modern flavors from different parts of the world. Karolina’s music is strongly linked to native Polish culture. With each sound you can hear her deep bond with slavic roots. A true soliloquy of sound encapsulated in a world full of various instruments from around the globe, vocal techniques, touching melodies and rhythms. It’s a journey through music immersed in the life of the forest, the wilderness and the yearning for it, dormant under the skin of every human being.
Everybody who has ever tasted fruit picked from a wayside tree and who has ever scratched their knees against the tree bark to get a handful of wild cherries or stuff their pockets with green apples, will never give them up for standard and calibrated products from huge plantations, with no taste and no aroma at all. A wilding (in Polish: dziczka) is a tree of a genuine character, unique and exceptional, strong and resilient. It can survive in any conditions and it is always there to refresh a passer-by with its abundant fruit.
The music performed by the vocal group “Dziczka” has a similar effect. Each song captivates the listener with its original sound of individual voices merging into a perfect unity. Distinctive natural timbres sound with distant echoes of the wildness of Polissya and the longings of the Poltava land. The songs are just like the fruit of wild trees and reflect the place they stem from: the landscape, the lives of people who sing them, the sun and the wind.
DIKANDA is a music band of international renown, playing „world music”. They come from Szczecin, Poland. In their artistic work DIKANDA promotes the authenticity of style – searching for new trends therefore most of their works are original compositions. They draw their musical inspiration from traditional folk sounds of the broadly defined Orient – from the Balkans, through Israel, Kurdistan, Belarus to India. Their works are dominated by the Balkan and Gypsy influences. The band has been playing since 1997 and has recorded 7 albums so far, including a Live DVD recorded in the Witkacy Theatre in Zakopane. They have performed hundreds of concerts, mostly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland but also in Russia, India and the USA. They have won numerous awards – among others in 2005 their album „Ushtijo” was awarded „The Disc of the Year” by a German magazine „Folker”. DIKANDA’s concerts are extremely emotional journeys through ethnic sounds, zestful meetings full of charisma, energy and true feelings. What sets DIKANDA apart is creating new words in their lyrics, thus forming their genuine language – „dikandish”. The most important element of their artistic work is the message – a special relation between the musicians and the audience.
announcer, art director
Polish-Canadian jazz vocalist, composer, arranger, songwriter. She is a graduate of the Jazz Vocal and Composition Faculty at Humber College in Toronto; founder and leader of two music session formations – the Independence Concert and the Arboretum Project. The names of these formations are synonymous with her original, cyclic artistic projects. The beginning of her artistic career was the performance of “Mystery”, to which she composed the music entirely. She created the Canadian band “Bethlehem” and was a soloist of the jazz band „Up Front”. In 2004 she organized the 1st Polish Jazz Festival (Toronto, Mississauga) and in 2006 the 1st Polish “All Souls’ Jazz Vespers” (Toronto). Since 2009 Ola has also been working in Poland, since then, she has been music director and co-organizer of the Independence Concert held at the Warsaw Uprising Museum and the Royal Castle in Warsaw, on Westerplatte and in Canada. In 2014, the artist inaugurated the Arboretum Project by her new original cyclic event, realized in Mrągowo. The unusual symbiosis of cultures and trends, defined in the project as hybrid music, is accompanied by a prose-poetic-fairy narration. The Independence Concert and the Arboretum Project are also the formations of session musicians founded by Ola Turkiewicz, involving 155 artists from Poland, Armenia, Ukraine, Canada, Mexico and Great Britain.
HYBRID OF CULTURES FESTIVAL
Hybrid of Cultures Festival is a unique and, to some extent also a groundbreaking project. It will encourage Polish and foreign artists to creatively interpret the traditional and folk culture and show the effects of such inspirations against the background of modern instrumentalism and diversity of present and future musical styles.
Fryderyk Chopin and Karol Szymanowski – masters whose works made Polish culture famous for centuries – have drawn their inspiration from the music of Polish roots. Unfortunately, today’s Polish music scene has not yet been freed from the rut of „Cepelia” folk culture, which makes the rich legacy of traditional music still trapped in closed circles of folklore events and conservative circles of audience and artists who simply reproduce the folk music interpretations straight from the times of the PRL (The Polish People’s Republic). Musical modes of expression designed in the times of People’s Poland for the massive song & dance folk groups, became a peculiar kiss of death for the authentic culture of 19th century rural areas of the former Polish Republic.
For the last few years there has been a growing tendency to restore the Polish folk music from before this deformation. However, there is no public space for musical interactions of artists who would like to combine their longing for what has irretrievably passed, with evaluation and translation of ancestors’ legacy into the language of contemporary music scene.
Hybrid of Cultures Festival will seek out, promote and mutually confront those artists who, with the musical legacy of the old village, want to develop new genres, forms and styles of contemporary music, as Chopin and Szymanowski did years ago. The fact that such activities have a chance to become part of the music history is evidently exemplified by the „giants” of the music scene, such as Peter Gabriel or Sting, who, in their works, regularly extol the archaic folk songs to the heights of contemporary music. Hybrid of Cultures Festival will support these non-commercial artists who, in their non-conformist and non-commercial creative explorations follow their heart and inspiration derived from the roots.
The founder and organizer of the Hybrid of Cultures Festival is Fundacja Dziedzictwa Rzeczypospolitej (Heritage of the Republic of Poland Foundation). The foundation is engaged among others in artistic popularization of the widely understood national heritage and cultural legacy of the Republic, domestically as well as abroad. Since 2009 it’s also the organizer of the large format historical literate and musical performance „Polish Independence Concert” as well as, since 2014, a series of hybrid music concerts under the name of „Arboretum Project”. In 2015 the organization founded „Śpiewnik Niepodległości” (Independence Songbook) a music educational portal for Polish patriotic, military and anthemic songs. The „Hybrid of Cultures Festival” is the fourth original and innovative project of the founder of Heritage of the Republic of Poland Foundation – Jacek „Wiejski” Górski and the Art Director – Ola Turkiewicz.
Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.