The annual WOMEX festivities commence with a grand Opening Concert, focusing on music from a particular country or region and celebrating the start of five days bursting with music, networking and cultural exchange.
For the Opening Concert, three Polish folk groups will freshen up perceptions of what folk music can be in the 21st century. The performers on show reinvent regional music traditions in their own way, making them ideal to start the first ever WOMEX in Poland.
Kapela Maliszów, Lautari and Vołosi will each perform their interpretations of the Polish musical heritage individually as well as collaborating on a few pieces with the Aukso Chamber Orchestra(Aukso Orkiestra Kameralna Miasta Tychy), conducted by Marek Mos.
The Malisz family hail from Męcina Mała, a small village in the Beskid Niski region of the Western Carpathians. The family orchestra, Kapela Maliszów, comprises the multi-instrumentalist Jan Malisz with daughter Zuzanna on vocals and percussion and son Kacper on violin and basolia. The rich variety of traditional folk songs and dance music from Gorlice county are the basis of their repertoire, as well as the inspiration for their original compositions characterised by fiery, trance-like mazurkas driven by the precociously proficient violin playing of Kacper Malisz and the organic improvisatory interplay of a family brought up on music. Jan Malisz was himself taught the basics of a variety of instruments by his father Jozef and today, as well as playing them, he builds violins, hurdy-gurdys, nyckelharpas and pipes in his workshop.
Jan Malisz – violin, basolia, accordion, vocals Zuzanna Malisz – vocals, drums
Kacper Malisz – violin, basolia
The WOMEX 17 Opening will take place from 20:00 on Wednesday, 25 October in NOSPR concert hall. Join us after the WOMEX Opening for our Folk Dance Night at Królestwo Club.