International Festival of Instrumental Folk Music


September 8 - 12, 2010





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  In this year, in festival performs:

Kapela Mazowiecka - Poland

Kapela Mazowiecka (Poland) plays authentic folk music from Northern and Western parts of Polish region of Masovia. The instruments used by the band are among the oldest and most typical for the area. They include the first fiddle, the second fiddle and the upright bass (bassola). Such a set is recalled by elder inhabitants of Masovia as "the most ancient". Occassionaly folk bands were also accompanied by the clarinet in key "C".
The bass could be of a full-scale double bass or od the size of a cello.
"Kujawiak" has been one of the most popular folk dances. It is an uneven beat, whirling dance widely known in Masovia. Interestingly, local folkspeople remeber a unique dance called "obertas". It also has an uneven beat and tunes to which it is danced are similar to both "kujawiak" and "oberek". Kapela Mazowiecka performs all sort of dance melodies, including kujawiak, obertas, okrąglak (from Kurpie region), oberek and chodzony (also known as "Polish" or "polonaisse" and presently forgotten among country people). Kapela plays also mellodies such as: żabka, polka-mazur, polka, powolniak, owczarek, żuraw, mazur, mazurek.

BARTOSZ NIEDŹWIEDZKI leading fiddle, clarinet C, bagpipe
BARBARA SONGIN second fiddle, frame-drum, vocal
AGNIESZKA NIWIŃSKA basetla (folk bass), frame-drum, baraban (big drum), vocal
MATEUSZ NIWIŃSKI fiddle, basetla (folk bass)



Bagpiper, master of instruments, the leader of the group "Testamentum terrae“.


Dzianis Sukhi - Belarus

Andris, Aida Kapusts and group "Grodi"  - Latvia

It is a family duet. Andris Kapusts is an folklorist, multiinstrumentalist, organizer of various festivals, musical events and seminars, founder and leader of folklore group "Grodi", the author of world music project "Arpus Laika". Together with his wife Aida Rancane, who is a daughter of good folk fiddler, they play Latvian folk music from various regions and times. Besides restoring and reproducing archaic folklore the couple creates their own model of musical folklore.


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D. Lingė