Sunday 10 January 2016, 8pm

Photo by Andrew Cronshaw

East Warsaw Ensemble

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A evening of traditional folk songs from Ukraine, Poland and Russia.

“We would like to take you to some of the most extraordinary places in Eastern Europe. We will show fragments of a documentary “From Podserednieye with Love”, directed by Tomasz Knittel. As we have many years visited the village of Podserednieye, researching local musical style, this film will be an excellent background to our concert. Sophisticated polyphonies, improvisation, and joy from making music – “playing” the songs, as people there use to say – these are the main features of this ancient music. Also, we will sing some Ukrainian and Polish rituals chants – mainly spring, harvest and old wishing Christmas songs. There will be also some drinking and dance circle songs, as well as lyrical and epic repertoire, collected in the archives or during ethnographic expeditions. Musically, this repertoire represents the whole range of styles: from archaic heterophony to most sublimated church-like sounds. The variety of styles however is united by traditional way of singing – with an open, unconstrained voice, full of energy and light.”

East Warsaw Ensemble

EAST WARSAW ensemble has been singing folk music together since 1999, when the members of the group first met, united by their fascination for the ancient Ukrainian traditions. They have been learning various singing styles from the lecturers and pedagogues from Moscow Gnesini Akademy and Tchaykovsky Music Conservatory, including the members of Ukraininan group Drevo.

EAST WARSAW ensemble has organised and taken part in various cultural projects in Poland and Ukraine; in 2014 its new album was released, containing unique Russian field recordings and East Warsaw studio session. Recently the group participated in big concerts with Polish repertoire (concert in the Royal Castle in Warsaw at Mazurkas of the World festival, as well as in the Warsaw Ethnographic Museum). Moreover East Warsaw ensemble had many times performed in Poland (including festivals: Crossroads Festival in Krakow, Mazurkas of the World in Warsaw, Songs of our Roots in Jarosław, The Oldest Songs of Europe festival in Lublin), and abroad (in Kiev, Rivne, Moscow, Petersburg, Paris, Odense in Denmark, and London).