In The Steps of Poland’s Village Master Musicians is a special concert pairing and part of the Center for World Music’s Spring 2021 Virtual Encounters with World Music and Dance series. The first concert (on February 19) will be a collaborative livestream of the Great Improvisation online series. The second concert (March 20) will be a live concert stream with Q&A presented by the Center for World Music. Please join us for both concerts.
IN THE STEPS OF POLAND’S VILLAGE MASTER MUSICIANS
A concert pairing featuring Janusz Prusinowski Kompania
Saturday, March 20, 2:00 PM PST
THE ROOTS OF REVIVAL: A Story of Poland’s Village Music
This hour-long virtual live presentation of music and dance will bring you on a storied journey from the roots of Poland’s ancient village music to its present-day revival. Janusz Prusinowski Kompania will share this nearly extinct musical tradition’s heritage and how intergenerational collaboration brought about its revitalization. Tim Cooley, Professor of Ethnomusicology at University of California Santa Barbara, will join the Kompania for a post-concert question and answer session. Audience members are invited to submit questions.
View the program notes, here.
Registration is free. A link to the live stream will be emailed to you closer to the date. If you’d like to support this program and the Center for World Music, donations will be welcomed through Ticketleap or on our donation webpage.
About Janusz Prusinowski Kompania
“Mazurkas and obereks are lively Polish dances.” Janusz Prusinowski explains, “the dances from the Heart of Poland exemplify the unity between music and movement, body and soul. Mazurkas and obereks are born from song. The dances capture the melody, rhythm, accentuation, grammar, and emotions found in the lyrics. Dances begin with three steps in triple time, mirroring the melody’s irregularities, accents, and syncopations. When the music starts, a musical dialogue begins among band members and the dancers. And at that moment, the love of old forms and improvisational freedom are bound together.” Janusz Prusinowski hopes that the story told through this concert will be a unique tale about the sources of mazurkas and music in general.
To gain a deeper understanding of how a musician learns to play a melody following a singer, please watch Janusz Prusinowski’s workshops with Maria Siwiec, an outstanding Polish folk singer from the village of Gałki Rusinowskie.
Janusz Prusinowski Kompania Band Members
Janusz Prusinowski – vocal, violin, polish accordion, dulcimer
Michał Żak – flutes, clarinet, shawm, saxophone, vocal
Piotr Piszczatowski – baraban, drum, violin, vocal
Szczepan Pospieszalski – trumpet, cello, double bass, vocal
Maria Siwiec – vocal, dancer
Friday, February 19, 11:00 AM PST
THE GREAT IMPROVISATION: Janusz Prusinowski Kompania
Janusz Prusinowski Kompania is a group of musicians who follow in the traditions of village master musicians. They are also an avant-garde band with their own characteristic sound and language of improvisation. They combine music with dance and the archaic with the modern.
Janusz Prusinowski Kompania will share old melodies made anew through the movement and shifting of ancient rhythmic structures.
The Great Improvisation online series is presented by Jazztopad Festival and National Forum of Music, in partnership with Polish Cultural Institute New York, and in collaboration with Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Center for World Music, Polish Music Center USC Thornton School of Music, and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance. For more information see the Jazztopad Festival Press Release.
Watch the free live stream on Friday, February 19 at 11 AM PST on the Center for World Music Facebook page.
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