Mon, September 28th

NYGF 2015: Karolina Cicha and Bart Pałyga

folk gypsy World Beat world music TICKETS

Doors 7PM
Show 8PM
Advance Price $15
Door Price $20
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11th Annual NY Gypsy Festival presents 

 Karolina Cicha and Bart Pałyga


Karolina Cicha and Bart Pałyga will visit the United States for the first time this fall! They will hold over 12 concerts on their tour, including playing at prestigious World Music festivals and universities. Their tour will promote Many languages, a project showcasing the multicultural region of Podlasie.

Many Languages will be presented at the World Music Festival Chicago, the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, the Landfall Festival of World Music and Alverno Presents. Cicha and Pałyga will also visit the University of Chicago, Alverno College and the University of Iowa, where they will conduct master classes. The tour will end with a concert at the legendary DROM club in New York as part of the New York Gypsy Festival.

Many Languages is linked to the traditions of Podlasie, the home region of multi-instrumentalist and composer Karolina Cicha. The project draws on the full range of traditional music, but rather than an archival compilation, it’s 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. Many Languages features songs in the minority languages of the Podlasie region of northeast Poland, bordering Russia, Lithuania and Belarus: Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Russian, Romani, Belarusian, Yiddish, Polish, Tatar and Esperanto. Traditional folk instruments, such as the morinhuur, dorar, drumla, duduk, accordion, pipe and mandolin are joined by modern samplers and loopers, as well as ancient overtone singing. Many Languages was awarded the Grand Prix of the Polish Radio New Tradition Festival and has been performed at the most 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 multi-instrumentalist. From 2005-2009 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, Yiddishland, with songs composed to texts written by Jewish poets from Podlasie region, will premiere 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. 

Bart Pałyga is a cellist, multi-instrumentalist and improvisational artist. He specializes in more than a dozen folk and 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.

The Many Languages project was supported by the Podlasie Marshal’s Office and the Białystok Municipal Office. The tour is presented by the Landfall Festival of World Music, World Music Festival Chicago, Alverno Presents, Univeristy of Chicago, Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, DROM, and Live Sounds in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.