Open-air koncert on the Jubilee of the Visegrad Summer School. Fókatelep, Voo Voo and Ukrainni, Szidi Tobias. 8 July (Friday), Forty Kleparz (Kraków, ul. Kamienna 2-4), 18:30, entrance with free tickets- – Villa Decius and InfoKrakow, ul. św. Jana.
Willa Decius invites for open-air concert Visegrad Sound Fusion at Music Club Forty Kleparz on 8 July, 18:30. Performers: Fókatelep, Voo Voo and Ukrainni, Szidi Tobias. This special event will be held on the ocasson of the 10th editio of the Visegrad Summer School. Free ticket are available at the Villa Decius and at InfoKrakow, ul. św. Jana.
Music created by invited artists from Central and Eastern Europe represents a specific melting pot of influences and inspiration, expressed in unique and separate ways, by each and every musician. It’s not just crossing borders of their own culture, but also combining often extremely different musical genres to get new surprising quality. Ultimately, however, all of these proposals, full of Gypsy, Slavic, Balkan, Latino, African, Indian and many other motifs, have a common denominator: folk – in the freshest and fullest, because of its multi-ethnic, sense of that notion.
Fókatelep is a project created in 2007 by two musicians of the leading Hungarian psychedelic bands – Korai Öröm and Colostar – and charismatic vocalist Annamária Oláh. The band has already on its scorecard two well-received albums – “Fókatelep” (2009) and “Fokadelic” (2011), which form a kind of musical wandering around the folk world in which Hungarian, Bulgarian, Gypsy, Latino and even African motives collide. Hungarian texts full of Spanish and Bulgarian influences complement this truly transcendental music.
In Krakow, the band will play several of its tracks, including, among others, inspired by an Indian “raga-rock” and played with the use of Bulgarian folk instruments, “Yallaha Yallaha.” Yet, concerts of “Fókatelep” are not only musical events, but also visual ones. Annamária Oláh attracts the crowds’ attention with both her electrifying voice and ecstatic dance, in which, in a way, the whole group takes part.
In addition to that, the band has also developed its own distinctive sound called “fóka sound,” which is a coherent and harmonious combination of many extremely different musical genres such as folk, metal and electronic. This unusual blend, presented to the public during their European tour in 2009, won the hearts of audiences in Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
Voo Voo i Ukrainni
JFor more than twenty-five years, “Voo Voo” band has been enriching Polish music scene by bringing to it a note of folklore and multicultural sounds. This contribution has been much acknowledged both by connoisseurs and critics, as well as ordinary Polish listeners, and its appreciation was reflected in the awarding of the “Polityka Passport” for “combining music of various cultures,” to the band’s founder – Wojciech Waglewski. In its long and fruitful career, the band collaborated with many artists from, among others, Bulgaria, Senegal, Cuba, Russia and Mongolia. But it also has always been emphasising the importance of so-called “near abroad” to its work, the evidence of which might be the recent cooperation with the Ukrainian band “Haydamaky.” Their cooperation is continued by the currently carried out project called “Voo Voo and Ukrainni.”
During the concert, on stage, next to Wojciech Waglewski’s band, you will have the opportunity to see and hear two outstanding singers of the Ukrainian band “Drewno” – Anna Ochrimczuk and Tatiana Sopiłka, as well as the Ukrainian trumpeter, Jeka Didic.
Music of this Polish-Ukrainian group is the fusion of melodic Polish rock and traditional Ukrainian ceremonial songs, which reinforces its amazing “Slavic” dimension.
SSzidi Tobias, hailed the Slovak Tanita Tikaram, is the actress and singer who has already created four perfectly received albums. In cooperation with Slovak and Czech musicians and poets, she creates a delicate and feminine chamber music, which evokes soothing images of hot tea or a warm sweater on a windy autumn day. Her characteristic magnatising voice is perfectly accompanied by accordion, cello and flute. Although Szidi is not a lyricist, the songs she sings sound extremely authentic and are like intimate thoughts and personal experiences. On Szidi Tobias’ records, one may find not only Slovak or Czech, but also Hungarian influences.
The artist and part of the musicians come from the south-eastern part of Slovakia and have Hungarian origins, which directly affects their work, sometimes adding to it a very melancholic character. Though the music created by artists is very intimate, it won the crowd of faithful fans in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the proof of which might be the success of their third album “Under Obojím” which won the status of a Gold Record. Tobias Szidi also takes part in other musical projects, as she worked, among others, with the famous Czech duo Hapka-Horáček.