Maria Pomianowska will perform acoustic music on two unique Polish ancient string instruments called Bilgoraj Suka and Plock Fidel which have been extinct since the late 1800s.
Maria has discovered and reconstructed them based on old drawings and descriptions in the mid 1990s.
Since then, she has dedicated her career to mastering, popularizing and teaching music performed on these traditional knee fiddles which require fingernail playing technique similar to this of sarangi - string instrument from India. Her concert will feature Polish traditional folk songs, roots music of F. Chopin's mazurkas as well as Pomianowska's own compositions inspired by various world music traditions .
She has dedicated her career to mastering, popularizing and teaching music performed on these traditional knee fiddles which require fingernail playing technique similar to this of sarangi - string instrument from India. Over the years, she has released over 20 albums and performed Polish traditional folk and classical music in Japan, China, Korea, Pakistan, Iran, India, Ethiopia, Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt etc. She has performed with Yo Yo Ma, Branford Marsalis, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Gil Goldstein and Ram Narayan. She is a classically trained cellist, sarangi player, professor of Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland as well as prolific, musical collaborator, able to connect and cross various cultural traditions while being strongly rooted in dedication to popularizing Polish music. In 2010 she released critically acclaimed CD - "Chopin on Five Continents" for which she assembled musicians from Asia, Africa, Europe, America, Middle East to perform fusion of various world music traditions in the context of Chopin's music. Finally, in 2017 she had her first US tour with her all-female quartet of suka players - ReBorn Project supporting her latest release The Voice of Suka. That tour included also her first stop in Madison, WI for an exclusive on-air 89.9 FM WORT one hour radio concert and interview with the ReBorn Project
This event is sponsored and organized by:Polish Student Association of UW Madison with Department of German, Nordic and Slavic Studies in cooperation with Mad-PolKA, Polish Heritage Club of Madison,WI and Sounds and Notes of Chicago.