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Cross Culture Festival - Ethnic music from various corners of the world
date:Saturday, 23 September 2017
End date:Saturday, 30 September 2017


Music from Colombia, India, Turkey, Mali, France, Hungary, Albania, Western Sahara, Sierra Leone and USA will ring out during the 13th Cross Culture Festival in Warsaw, Poland’s largest world music event.

This year’s festival, held Sept. 23-30, will showcase folk musicians and others who incorporate ethnic music into their work.

The festival will open with a performance by Colombian singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Marta Gómez. She and her group perform a large repertoire of songs with a mixture of rhythms that range from Latin jazz to folk Latin American music.

The other star of the first festival night will be Taksim Trio, Turkey’s master instrumentalists: Hüsnü Senlendirici on the clarinet, Ismail Tunçbilek on the baglama and Aytaç Dogan on the quanun.

On September 24, Warsaw audiences will hear a Purbayan Chatterjee an Indian sitar player and composer noted for amalgamating traditional Indian classical music with contemporary world music genres. The other highlight of the night will be a performance by Indian sisters Ranjani and Gayatri, world-renowned Carnatic classical musicians.

One day of this year’s Cross Culture Festival will be devoted to Polish musicians. On September 27, a music project called ”Sounds like Poland” will be staged featuring such Polish folk music bands as Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa or Warszawska Orkiestra Sentymentalna performing prewar songs, as well as Adam Strug, an artist specialising in traditional Polish songs from the oral tradition.

The next day of the festiwal, September 28, will highlight a music act ”Kolektyw Europa”. The audience will have a chance to witness a unique artistic duel of string virtuosos from Poland and Hungary – Vołosi feat. Felix Lajko. Another attraction of the night will be a performance by Fanfara Tirana, a brass band from Albania.

Among the festival’s proposals for ethnic music facs sho like dancing is Tropical Discotheque.

The last two concerts of the festiwal will be held the next day (September 30) A duo Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal – the Malian master of the traditional harp, or kora and the French cellist with the unlikely background in trip-hop; will bring the elegant, soulful music. Their performace will be followed by a concert by Sahrawi singer. Aziza Brahim from Western Sahara.

Like each year, the festival will feature music workshops conducted by world class musicians.

First held in 2005, the annual Cross Culture Festival has so far featured 250 music acts from 61 countries on six continents. It is Poland’s largest celebration of cultural diversity and world music. All festival performances this year will be taking place inside a large tent between ¦więtokrzyska Street and the Palace of Culture and Science.

The festival is organized by the Warsaw-based Stołeczna Estrada entertainment agency. The festival’s artistic director is Maria Pomianowska.

For the festival program and further information go to www.festival.warszawa.pl



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