Klezmer Music Concerts in Cracow 29/06/2018 – Posted in: blog

Klezmer music will be alien for those visiting Poland for the first time. The music has its origins in the Ashkenazi Jews of Southeastern Europe. Klezmer music is influenced by music from countries like Turkish, Greek, Romanian, Ukrainian andPolish.

Klezmer music’s repertoire comprises instrumental pieces that are linked to the songs performed in Yiddish and folklore of Reform Judaism that belongs to Orthodox Judaism.

The members include Mariola Śpiewak on clarinet, Grzegorz Śpiewak on accordion and Rafał Seweryniak on double bass and they perform both vocal and instrumental pieces.

The three band members are graduates of the Academy of Music in Krakow and their artistic creativity goes back to the tradition of Klezmer music. The band, which was formed in 1996, has ever since been fascinated by Klezmer music and since the beginning the band members have been maintaining the traditional Klezmer style.

The band gave hundred of concerts across European nations and one of the most prestigious concerts was in Luxembourg, which commemorated the first anniversary of the extension of the European Union. Another prestigious concert was given at Hanover on the occasion of the EXPO 2000 World Exhibition.

The trio happens to be the laureates of the European Awards in Culture at Basle in 1998. They also won the first prize in the first Chopian Open Competition for all instruments, but piono for “Chopin’s Freilach”.

The three band members had also collaborated with the Pomeranian, Swietokrzyska Philharmonic orchestras of Poland and the Croatian Chamber of Philharmonic Otchestra of Zagreb and Kalise.

A unique style of the three musicians is to personalising the Klezmer music in their attempt to extract and underline only those features that are the most important ones.

The famous Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki recommended the band’s last and third album titled “Over the horizon”.

The venue of Klezmer music concert is on 14 Slawkowska STR and this historical tenement house was called “Debinskim” or “Under Barrel”. Built in the 15th century, the house was a one-storeyed building. Later, the house was restructured during the 16th century.

Later, house went into the hands of a Royal Hunter named Kasper Debinski. He worked for the Royal Family in the Wawel Castle.

Kasper Debinski added the second floor and got the house’s facade decorated with paintings.

Today, visitors to Poland can see a 19th century staircase with richly ornamented railing that leads to the concert hall.

The concerts are scheduled to be held on Thursday and Saturday at 5.00 p.m.