MARIA MAZZOTTA, STELIOS PETRAKIS, YEGOR ZABELOV+DARIA KOSIEK, DAKH DAUGHTERS, LES AMAZONES D'AFRIQUE, KAPELA MALISZÓW, MARI KALKUN, GYEONGGI SINAWI ORCHESTRA
The programme of this year’s 18th edition of Cross-Culture Festival will traditionally feature bands from different continents. You will be able to see artists from Italy, Greece, Belarus, Ukraine, Estonia, as well as from Mali or South Korea. There will be Polish accents too. This mixture of culture can be seen at the Dramatic Theatre from 9 to 11 September 2022.
The Inauguration Concert will feature MARIA MAZZOTTA, originating from Southern Italy, who has become known to the Italian and international audience as one of the leading voices of Canzioniere Grecanico Salentino, a famous band performing contemporary pizzica. During her 15-year long career with the band, she has recorded six albums and performed at the most important world music festivals in the world. Maria Mazzotta’s vocal and scenic expression is inimitable and her voice has a power of evoking extreme emotions – from exalted joy, through deep sadness, to insanity. The second performer that evening will be a lyre virtuoso – STELIOS PETRAKIS with the quartet. In their repertoire, the band perform vivid and lively melodies, trance-like dance rhythms, epic songs and dirges, proudly presenting musical traditions of their home Island through original melodies and their own compositions in the Cretan music style.
The second day of the Festival will be commenced by YEGOR ZABELOV, a Belarusian musician, a refugee from Minsk, who started playing the accordion at the age of seven and later studied the instrument at the Music Academy. Very soon, though, he got involved with alternative scene and started creating his own compositions. He owes his popularity to the bands he himself founded - Gurzuf and Yegor Zabelov Trio, with which he gave concerts across Europe. A significant part of his body of work is linked to Poland – he cooperated with Włodzimierz „Kinior” Kiniorski and Lao Che, to name a few, he created music for stage plays and silent films. Yegor Zabelov’s music could be described as a combination of accordion neoclassical, avant-garde, jazz, noise and minimal music – it is a hypnotic combination enriched with electronics that resonates in a powerful and vivid way. A guest singer performing with Yegor will be DARIA KOSIEK – one of the most interesting revelations of the Polish folk scene in the recent years, a singer of an award-winning trio Wernyhora from Sanok. This project, which has been prepared especially for the Festival, is a music commentary on the situation in Ukraine and human rights violations and aspirations for freedom of the Belarusian people. A powerful and united voice of artists of Eastern origin, who share the passion and contemporary approach to tradition, will resonate. It is a cultural meeting which shows the essence of the dialogue, the need for the mutual respect and understanding.
Daria comes from a Boyko family, she was raised in Biały Bór, a large Ukrainian diaspora in the Western Pomerania. The next to perform will be DAKH DAUGHTERS, a one of a kind cabaret of music and experiment, a freak show at the intersection of theatre and music,
a French salon atmosphere, where Mireille Mathieu befriends Marilyn Manson while singing Ukrainian melodies and The Tiger Lillies meet CocoRosie. Intellectual and creative entertainment, where love, freedom and beauty come first. The versatile artists play over
a dozen instruments, sing in several languages and Ukrainian dialects, often reaching for traditional melodies, they draw inspiration from a variety of texts, from Shakespeare and Shevchenko to Bukowski and Shaggy. Their trademark is white-painted faces, dark eyes and blood red lips, reminding of silent films’ characters. The Saturday’s concert will end with the performance of LES AMAZONES D’AFRIQUE, a music and warrior project based on
a marriage of traditional and West African cultures and contemporary sounds of dub, blues, funk or pop. The African Amazones unite to stand up to fight for womens’ and girls’ rights through music.
On the last day of the Festival the first band to be seen on the stage of the Dramatic Theatre will be KAPELA MALISZÓW, coming from Męcina Mała, a picturesque village in the Low Beskids which used to be on the verge of the Polish and Ruthenian settlements. Kapela Maliszów was founded by a multi-instrumentalist and instrument maker Jan Malisz along with his family. In addition to playing the family instruments, the violin and taraban, the musicians also play the instruments hand made by Jan in his workshop, where not only violins and drums but also hurdy-gurdies, nyckelharpas and moraharpas are made. Initially Kapela Maliszów made music of their home regions, but an important impulse for their work became central Poland’s mazourkas. The signature style of the band combines the very archaic style of playing with a great deal of freedom and dialogue with contemporariness. After the performance of Kapela Maliszów the stage will be taken by MARI KALKUN, one of the most prominent characters of the contemporary Estonian folk stage, who combines music of the roots, her personal message and innovative song writing. Her lyrics in Estonian and Võro delve into relations between a man, life and nature.
The festival will end with a concert of GYEONGGI SINAWI ORCHESTRA from Southern Korea. GSO relies on interdisciplinary art – in order to address the contemporary audience, they combine traditional and modern ways of performing Korean music with other art forms of our time, frequently incorporating elements of Western music. The band uses, among others, instruments traditionally used in Sinawi music: haegeum and daegeum flutes, piri oboe, janggu and buk drums and instruments especially characteristic of Korean music - gayageum and geomungo zithers. GSO also comprises a vocal group, performing, above all, minyo – folk songs.
THE 18TH CROSS-CULTURE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME
1. MARIA MAZZOTTA (Italy)
2. STELIOS PETRAKIS (Greece)
1. YEGOR ZABELOV (Belarus) + Daria Kosiek
2. DAKH DAUGHTERS (Ukraine)
LES AMAZONES D'AFRIQUE (France/Mali)
1. KAPELA MALISZÓW
2. MARI KALKUN (Estonia)
GYEONGGI SINAWI ORCHESTRA (Korea)
• 10:00 a.m.-noon
Cretan dance workshops
• 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lyre playing workshops
• 2.00 p.m. Author’s meeting
A little cross-culture experience:
• 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Drum workshops
• 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Konnakol workshop – educator: Michał Czachowski
Tickets are available via the online ticket sales system eBilet.pl and www.skrzyzowaniekultur.pl website
A ticket to one concert – 60 zł /including 8% VAT/
A day ticket – 100 zł /including 8% VAT/
The festival is organized by the City of Warsaw and Stołeczna Estrada.