Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga


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Karolina Cicha
Karolina Cicha is a singer-songwriter, composer and multiinstrumentalist. One-woman-orchestra. She plays many instruments at once and sings using vocal techniques that she developed herself. She has also a PHD in humanities (history of literature). She was born in 1979 in Białystok city in north-east Poland, where studied polish literature ...

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  • 09/02/201509/28/2015
  • New York, NY

Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga Present Music from the Polish Borderlands at NY Gypsy Festival Sept. 28th

KAROLINA CICHA AND BART PALYGA
9 Languages US TOUR stops in New York for the New York Gypsy Festival at DROM on Sept. 28th. Concert co-presented by Live Sounds.

9 Languages will be presented at the World Music Festival Chicago, the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, the Landfall Festival of World Music, Alverno College's Global Union World Music Festival, the Brink Loungeand the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The tour will end with a concert co-presented by Live Sounds at...

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09/28/2015, New York, NY, DROM, 8:00 PM
09/02/201509/28/2015, Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga Present Music from the Polish Borderlands at NY Gypsy Festival Sept. 28th
Event
09/28/2015
Event
09/28/2015
Doors Open
7:00 PM
Concert Start Time
8:00 PM
Venue
DROM
Venue St. Address
85 Avenue A
Venue City, State
New York, NY
Ticket Price(s)
$15 adv / $20 door
Ticket Phone
646.791.4244
The project is inspired by the multicultural richness of the Podlasie region, which borders Russia, Lithuania and Belarus. Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga draw on the full range of traditional music, but rather than an archival compilation, the project is a compact whole, speaking the language of contemporary music. MORE» More»

KAROLINA CICHA AND BART PALYGA
9 Languages US TOUR stops in New York for the New York Gypsy Festival at DROM on Sept. 28th. Concert co-presented by Live Sounds.

9 Languages will be presented at the World Music Festival Chicago, the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, the Landfall Festival of World Music, Alverno College's Global Union World Music Festival, the Brink Loungeand the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The tour will end with a concert co-presented by Live Sounds at the legendary DROM club in New York as part of the New York Gypsy Festival. The tour is presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

The project is inspired by the multicultural richness of the Podlasie region, which borders Russia, Lithuania and Belarus and is one of the most diverse areas of Poland. Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga draw on the full range of traditional music, but rather than an archival compilation, the project a compact whole, speaking the language of contemporary music. This language is built on the innovative style of the two performers, their charisma, and their experience in musical expression from folk, ancient and rock music projects. 9 Languages features songs in the minority languages of Podlasie: Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Russian, Romani, Belarusian, Yiddish, Polish, Tatar and Esperanto. Traditional folk instruments, such as the morin khuurdotar, Jew's harp, duduk, accordion and mandolin are joined by modern samplers and loopers, as well as ancient overtone singing. The concerts present multidimensionality of Polish culture and the power of music – the best translator of emotions, universal language, understandable for people of all cultures.  

9 Languages was awarded the Grand Prix of the Polish Radio New Tradition Festival and has been performed at prestigious folk festivals. This fall, the concert will be staged as part of the official selection of the World Music Expo WOMEX in Budapest.

Karolina Cicha is a vocalist, composer, actor and one-woman orchestra. From 2005 to 2009 she was a member of the Gardzienice Theater Practice Center and created the title roles in their productions ofElectra and Iphigenia in A…. Her new album, Greetings from Yiddishland, with songs composed to texts written by Jewish poets from Podlasie, premiered at the 2015 Warsaw Singer Festival. Her newest project, Poland Pakistan: Music Without Borders was produced with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Islamabad. The goal of this musical journey was a collaboration between Karolina Cicha and Shafqat Ali Khan, a songwriter and master of the ghazal tradition of South Asian classical music. Karolina Cicha holds a PhD in Literary Studies.

Bart Palyga is a cellist, multi-instrumentalist and improvisational artist. He specializes in more than a dozen string instruments from around the world. He has collaborated with the bands Laterna, Masala, Village Kollektiv, Arcus Poloniae, the Polish Ensemble, Yerba Mater and the Maria Pomianowska Ensemble. He is a pioneer of aliquot (throat) singing in Polish modern, folk and pop music. He performs all over the world and at prestigious festivals, including the Ollincan Festival in Mexico, the Fusion Festival in Germany, La Folle Journée in France, the Mostar World Music Festival in Moldova, and the Open’er Festival in Poland.

9 Languages was supported by the Podlasie Marshal’s Office and the Bialystok Municipal Office. The tour is presented by the Landfall Festival of World Music, World Music Festival Chicago, Alverno College's Global Union World Music Festival, University of Illinois at Chicago, Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, The Brink Lounge, Mad-Pol KA, Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Wayne State University (WSU), WSU Slavic Program, WSU Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, DROM, and Live Sounds in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

Event
09/28/2015

09/25/2015, Bloomington, IN, Lotus World Music Festival, 7:00 PM
09/03/201509/25/2015, Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga Present Music from the Polish Borderlands at Lotus Festival Sept. 25th and 26th
Event
09/25/2015
Event
09/25/2015
Concert Start Time
7:00 PM
Venue
Lotus World Music Festival
Venue St. Address
221 E 6th Street
Venue City, State
Bloomington, IN
The project is inspired by the multicultural richness of the Podlasie region, which borders Russia, Lithuania and Belarus. Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga draw on the full range of traditional music, but rather than an archival compilation, the project is a compact whole, speaking the language of contemporary music. MORE» More»

KAROLINA CICHA AND BART PALYGA
9 Languages US TOUR stops in Bloomington Sept. 25th and 26th

9 Languages will be presented at the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, the World Music Festival Chicago, the Landfall Festival of World Music, Alverno College's Global Union World Music Festival, the Brink Loungeand the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The tour will end with a concert co-presented by Live Sounds at the legendary DROM club in New York as part of the New York Gypsy Festival. The tour is presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

The project is inspired by the multicultural richness of the Podlasie region, which borders Russia, Lithuania and Belarus and is one of the most diverse areas of Poland. Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga draw on the full range of traditional music, but rather than an archival compilation, the project a compact whole, speaking the language of contemporary music. This language is built on the innovative style of the two performers, their charisma, and their experience in musical expression from folk, ancient and rock music projects. 9 Languages features songs in the minority languages of Podlasie: Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Russian, Romani, Belarusian, Yiddish, Polish, Tatar and Esperanto. Traditional folk instruments, such as the morin khuurdotar, Jew's harp, duduk, accordion and mandolin are joined by modern samplers and loopers, as well as ancient overtone singing. The concerts present multidimensionality of Polish culture and the power of music – the best translator of emotions, universal language, understandable for people of all cultures.  

9 Languages was awarded the Grand Prix of the Polish Radio New Tradition Festival and has been performed at prestigious folk festivals. This fall, the concert will be staged as part of the official selection of the World Music Expo WOMEX in Budapest.

Karolina Cicha is a vocalist, composer, actor and one-woman orchestra. From 2005 to 2009 she was a member of the Gardzienice Theater Practice Center and created the title roles in their productions ofElectra and Iphigenia in A…. Her new album, Greetings from Yiddishland, with songs composed to texts written by Jewish poets from Podlasie, premiered at the 2015 Warsaw Singer Festival. Her newest project, Poland Pakistan: Music Without Borders was produced with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Islamabad. The goal of this musical journey was a collaboration between Karolina Cicha and Shafqat Ali Khan, a songwriter and master of the ghazal tradition of South Asian classical music. Karolina Cicha holds a PhD in Literary Studies.

Bart Palyga is a cellist, multi-instrumentalist and improvisational artist. He specializes in more than a dozen string instruments from around the world. He has collaborated with the bands Laterna, Masala, Village Kollektiv, Arcus Poloniae, the Polish Ensemble, Yerba Mater and the Maria Pomianowska Ensemble. He is a pioneer of aliquot (throat) singing in Polish modern, folk and pop music. He performs all over the world and at prestigious festivals, including the Ollincan Festival in Mexico, the Fusion Festival in Germany, La Folle Journée in France, the Mostar World Music Festival in Moldova, and the Open’er Festival in Poland.

9 Languages was supported by the Podlasie Marshal’s Office and the Bialystok Municipal Office. The tour is presented by the Landfall Festival of World Music, World Music Festival Chicago, Alverno College's Global Union World Music Festival, University of Illinois at Chicago, Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, The Brink Lounge, Mad-Pol KA, Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Wayne State University (WSU), WSU Slavic Program, WSU Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, DROM, and Live Sounds in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

Event
09/25/2015

09/24/2015, Detroit, MI, Detroit Institute of Arts, 7:00 PM
09/02/201509/24/2015, Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga Present Music from the Polish Borderlands in Detroit Sept. 24th
Event
09/24/2015
Event
09/24/2015
Concert Start Time
7:00 PM
Venue
Detroit Institute of Arts
Venue St. Address
Wayne State University 5200 Woodward Ave
Venue City, State
Detroit, MI
The project is inspired by the multicultural richness of the Podlasie region, which borders Russia, Lithuania and Belarus. Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga draw on the full range of traditional music, but rather than an archival compilation, the project is a compact whole, speaking the language of contemporary music. MORE» More»

KAROLINA CICHA AND BART PALYGA
9 Languages US TOUR stops in Detroit Sept. 24th

9 Languages will be presented at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), World Music Festival Chicago, the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, the Landfall Festival of World Music, Alverno College's Global Union World Music Festival, and the Brink Lounge. The tour will end with a concert co-presented by Live Sounds at the legendary DROM club in New York as part of the New York Gypsy Festival. The tour is presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

The project is inspired by the multicultural richness of the Podlasie region, which borders Russia, Lithuania and Belarus and is one of the most diverse areas of Poland. Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga draw on the full range of traditional music, but rather than an archival compilation, the project a compact whole, speaking the language of contemporary music. This language is built on the innovative style of the two performers, their charisma, and their experience in musical expression from folk, ancient and rock music projects. 9 Languages features songs in the minority languages of Podlasie: Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Russian, Romani, Belarusian, Yiddish, Polish, Tatar and Esperanto. Traditional folk instruments, such as the morin khuurdotar, Jew's harp, duduk, accordion and mandolin are joined by modern samplers and loopers, as well as ancient overtone singing. The concerts present multidimensionality of Polish culture and the power of music – the best translator of emotions, universal language, understandable for people of all cultures.  

9 Languages was awarded the Grand Prix of the Polish Radio New Tradition Festival and has been performed at prestigious folk festivals. This fall, the concert will be staged as part of the official selection of the World Music Expo WOMEX in Budapest.

Karolina Cicha is a vocalist, composer, actor and one-woman orchestra. From 2005 to 2009 she was a member of the Gardzienice Theater Practice Center and created the title roles in their productions ofElectra and Iphigenia in A…. Her new album, Greetings from Yiddishland, with songs composed to texts written by Jewish poets from Podlasie, premiered at the 2015 Warsaw Singer Festival. Her newest project, Poland Pakistan: Music Without Borders was produced with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Islamabad. The goal of this musical journey was a collaboration between Karolina Cicha and Shafqat Ali Khan, a songwriter and master of the ghazal tradition of South Asian classical music. Karolina Cicha holds a PhD in Literary Studies.

Bart Palyga is a cellist, multi-instrumentalist and improvisational artist. He specializes in more than a dozen string instruments from around the world. He has collaborated with the bands Laterna, Masala, Village Kollektiv, Arcus Poloniae, the Polish Ensemble, Yerba Mater and the Maria Pomianowska Ensemble. He is a pioneer of aliquot (throat) singing in Polish modern, folk and pop music. He performs all over the world and at prestigious festivals, including the Ollincan Festival in Mexico, the Fusion Festival in Germany, La Folle Journée in France, the Mostar World Music Festival in Moldova, and the Open’er Festival in Poland.

9 Languages was supported by the Podlasie Marshal’s Office and the Bialystok Municipal Office. The tour is presented by the Landfall Festival of World Music, World Music Festival Chicago, Alverno College's Global Union World Music Festival, University of Illinois at Chicago, Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, The Brink Lounge, Mad-Pol KA, Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Wayne State University (WSU), WSU Slavic Program, WSU Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, DROM, and Live Sounds in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

Event
09/24/2015

09/22/2015, Madison, WI, The Brink Lounge, 7:00 PM
09/03/201509/22/2015, Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga Present Music from the Polish Borderlands in Madison Sept. 22nd
Event
09/22/2015
Event
09/22/2015
Concert Start Time
7:00 PM
Venue
The Brink Lounge
Venue St. Address
701 E. Washington Ave. Suite 105
Venue City, State
Madison, WI
Ticket Price(s)
$20 at the door; $15 in advance
Ticket Phone
608.661.8599
The project is inspired by the multicultural richness of the Podlasie region, which borders Russia, Lithuania and Belarus. Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga draw on the full range of traditional music, but rather than an archival compilation, the project is a compact whole, speaking the language of contemporary music. MORE» More»

KAROLINA CICHA AND BART PALYGA
9 Languages US TOUR stops in Madison Sept. 22nd

Cicha’s unique approach to rare repertoire is absolutely compelling, and her artistry on stage, as performer and musician is riveting. Her work is original, intelligent, and creative, and makes a strong contribution to contemporary Jewish culture. – Ellie Shapiro, Jewish Music Festival in Berkeley

9 Languages will be presented at the Brink Lounge in Madison, World Music Festival Chicago, the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, the Landfall Festival of World Music, Alverno College's Global Union World Music Festival, and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The tour will end with a concert co-presented by Live Sounds at the legendary DROM club in New York as part of the New York Gypsy Festival. The tour is presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

The project is inspired by the multicultural richness of the Podlasie region, which borders Russia, Lithuania and Belarus and is one of the most diverse areas of Poland. Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga draw on the full range of traditional music, but rather than an archival compilation, the project a compact whole, speaking the language of contemporary music. This language is built on the innovative style of the two performers, their charisma, and their experience in musical expression from folk, ancient and rock music projects. 9 Languagesfeatures songs in the minority languages of Podlasie: Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Russian, Romani, Belarusian, Yiddish, Polish, Tatar and Esperanto. Traditional folk instruments, such as the morin khuurdotar, Jew's harp, duduk, accordion and mandolin are joined by modern samplers and loopers, as well as ancient overtone singing. 9 Languages was awarded the Grand Prix of the Polish Radio New Tradition Festival and has been performed at prestigious folk festivals. This fall, the concert will be staged as part of the official selection of the World Music Expo WOMEX in Budapest.

In addition to the 9 Languages project, Karolina Cicha will present songs from her latest album Yiddishland. The album consists of songs composed by Cicha with Piotr Domagalski, to texts written by Jewish poets from the Podlasie region such as Chaim Siemiatycki, Rabbi Elizer Szulman from Tykocin, and Moris Rosenfeld from Sejny. Other songs are testimonials of places, such as Bialystok main heim and other traditional Jewish songs connected with this region. One song was written in archaic Yiddish by the 16th century scholar Rivka Tiktiner, whose father was raised in Tykocin. Some of these texts have never seen the light of day outside of archives. 

Karolina Cicha is a vocalist, composer, actor and one-woman orchestra. From 2005 to 2009 she was a member of the Gardzienice Theater Practice Center and created the title roles in their productions of Electra and Iphigenia in A…. Her new album, Greetings from Yiddishland, with songs composed to texts written by Jewish poets from Podlasie, premiered at the 2015 Warsaw Singer Festival. Her newest project, Poland Pakistan: Music Without Borders was produced with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Islamabad. The goal of this musical journey was a collaboration between Karolina Cicha and Shafqat Ali Khan, a songwriter and master of the ghazal tradition of South Asian classical music. Karolina Cicha holds a PhD in Literary Studies.

Bart Palyga is a cellist, multi-instrumentalist and improvisational artist. He specializes in more than a dozen string instruments from around the world. He has collaborated with the bands Laterna, Masala, Village Kollektiv, Arcus Poloniae, the Polish Ensemble, Yerba Mater and the Maria Pomianowska Ensemble. He is a pioneer of aliquot (throat) singing in Polish modern, folk and pop music. He performs all over the world and at prestigious festivals, including the Ollincan Festival in Mexico, the Fusion Festival in Germany, La Folle Journée in France, the Mostar World Music Festival in Moldova, and the Open’er Festival in Poland.

9 Languages was supported by the Podlasie Marshal’s Office and the Bialystok Municipal Office. The tour is presented by the Landfall Festival of World Music, World Music Festival Chicago, Alverno College's Global Union World Music Festival, University of Illinois at Chicago, Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, The Brink Lounge, Mad-Pol KA, Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Wayne State University (WSU), WSU Slavic Program, WSU Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, DROM, and Live Sounds in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

Event
09/22/2015

09/19/2015, Milwaukee, WI, Global Union Alverno Presents, 2:00 PM
09/02/201509/19/2015, Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga Present Music from the Polish Borderlands in Milwaukee Sept. 19th
Event
09/19/2015
Event
09/19/2015
Concert Start Time
2:00 PM
Venue
Global Union Alverno Presents
Venue St. Address
3000 South Howell Ave.
Venue City, State
Milwaukee, WI
Ticket Price(s)
$15.00
The project is inspired by the multicultural richness of the Podlasie region, which borders Russia, Lithuania and Belarus. Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga draw on the full range of traditional music, but rather than an archival compilation, the project is a compact whole, speaking the language of contemporary music. MORE» More»

KAROLINA CICHA AND BART PALYGA
9 Languages US TOUR stops in Milwaukee Sept. 19th

9 Languages will be presented at Alverno College's Global Union World Music Festival, World Music Festival Chicago, the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, the Landfall Festival of World Music, the Brink Loungeand the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The tour will end with a concert co-presented by Live Sounds at the legendary DROM club in New York as part of the New York Gypsy Festival. The tour is presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

The project is inspired by the multicultural richness of the Podlasie region, which borders Russia, Lithuania and Belarus and is one of the most diverse areas of Poland. Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga draw on the full range of traditional music, but rather than an archival compilation, the project a compact whole, speaking the language of contemporary music. This language is built on the innovative style of the two performers, their charisma, and their experience in musical expression from folk, ancient and rock music projects. 9 Languages features songs in the minority languages of Podlasie: Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Russian, Romani, Belarusian, Yiddish, Polish, Tatar and Esperanto. Traditional folk instruments, such as the morin khuurdotar, Jew's harp, duduk, accordion and mandolin are joined by modern samplers and loopers, as well as ancient overtone singing. The concerts present multidimensionality of Polish culture and the power of music – the best translator of emotions, universal language, understandable for people of all cultures.  

9 Languages was awarded the Grand Prix of the Polish Radio New Tradition Festival and has been performed at prestigious folk festivals. This fall, the concert will be staged as part of the official selection of the World Music Expo WOMEX in Budapest.

Karolina Cicha is a vocalist, composer, actor and one-woman orchestra. From 2005 to 2009 she was a member of the Gardzienice Theater Practice Center and created the title roles in their productions ofElectra and Iphigenia in A…. Her new album, Greetings from Yiddishland, with songs composed to texts written by Jewish poets from Podlasie, premiered at the 2015 Warsaw Singer Festival. Her newest project, Poland Pakistan: Music Without Borders was produced with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Islamabad. The goal of this musical journey was a collaboration between Karolina Cicha and Shafqat Ali Khan, a songwriter and master of the ghazal tradition of South Asian classical music. Karolina Cicha holds a PhD in Literary Studies.

Bart Palyga is a cellist, multi-instrumentalist and improvisational artist. He specializes in more than a dozen string instruments from around the world. He has collaborated with the bands Laterna, Masala, Village Kollektiv, Arcus Poloniae, the Polish Ensemble, Yerba Mater and the Maria Pomianowska Ensemble. He is a pioneer of aliquot (throat) singing in Polish modern, folk and pop music. He performs all over the world and at prestigious festivals, including the Ollincan Festival in Mexico, the Fusion Festival in Germany, La Folle Journée in France, the Mostar World Music Festival in Moldova, and the Open’er Festival in Poland.

9 Languages was supported by the Podlasie Marshal’s Office and the Bialystok Municipal Office. The tour is presented by the Landfall Festival of World Music, World Music Festival Chicago, Alverno College's Global Union World Music Festival, University of Illinois at Chicago, Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, The Brink Lounge, Mad-Pol KA, Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Wayne State University (WSU), WSU Slavic Program, WSU Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, DROM, and Live Sounds in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

Event
09/19/2015

Press

  • New York Music Daily, Concert review, 09/23/2015, Intense Polish Art-Rock Bandleader Karolina Cicha Brings Her Otherworldly Jewish Music Project to Drom Text
  • Journal and Courier, Concert preview, 09/17/2015, Karolina Cicha & Bart Palyga Text
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Concert preview, 09/18/2015, Outdoor season closes strong Text
  • WUWM, Concert preview, 09/18/2015, Karolina Cicha Sings in 9 Languages at Global Union Text
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