Styles, trends and fashion are all but natural to come back. We keenly observe the past seething into our future, into the urban space. The Singer’s Warsaw Jewish Culture Festival, respecting the history of Warsaw and her inhabitants, revives the memory of the city for those who feel the bond with the cultural heritage, the multi-cultural spirit and the openness of the capital. Like every year artist from all around the world will present their novel, eclectic and creative performances, inspired by the common Polish and Jewish tradition.
What’s up for us this year?
We already know the stars of this year’s festival. Artists of both Polish and international format are expected.
This year’s edition of the Festival will traditionally be inaugurated by the concert the the Nożyk Synagogue, where we shall hear the most prominent representatives of the klezmer and cantoral music. The musicians are performing „Ahava Raba” project – an emotional interpretation of prayer and blessing recited by the Jews during Shakharit – the morning religious rite. The show will host world renown artists: Frank London, Yaakov Lemmer, Patrick Farrell, Merlin Shepherd, Guy Shalom, Benjy Fox-Rosen.
One of the very unique festival events is the Warsaw premiere of a new album by one of the most popular klezmer bands of Poland and Europe – KROKE „TRAVELLER”. It is already the eleventh album in the portfolio of this Cracow-based trio, shining bright on the international music scene for a quarter of a decade. KROKE will perform upon our stage accompanied by Anna Maria Jopek, a prominent vocalist giving concerts with the most important music characters of our time. It is an encounter of the two worlds of sensitivity and a unique fusion of author’s music, calling upon influences of numerous cultures and traditional sounds via the use of modern means.
The very special guest star of the Festival is Daniel Kahn, the “one man band”, hailing from the USA and now Berlin-based actor, director, scriptwriter and poet. On our stage, he will present two of his music projects. The Painted Bird joins the accordion and the clarinet with punk rock and the trombone with the electric guitar. This novel arrangement will be presented to us in, i.a., songs by Mordekhay Gebirtig or David Edelstadt with an unrestricted, New York freedom and cabaret form. In the other project, he performs with the international super-group The Brothers Nazaroff, performing in the Yiddish-folkpunk „simcha madness” style.
We will also hear Renata Przemyk, performing pieces from the newest album – from the „Boogie Street” show after Leonard Cohen’s “Book of longing”. A very special complement to the concert are the additional songs from Cohen’s repertoire, such as „Suzanne” or „Hallelujah”.
The programme of the Festival also features once again the section of Singer Jazz Festiwal – within which prominent personalities of the jazz scene are performing.
We will have the opportunity to listen to the greatest star of the jazz part of the Festival, Rolf Kühn. This world-renown jazz musician, hailing from Germany, is a phenomenon: performer and clarinet player, excelling in numerous areas of music. Rolf Kühn will perform in a new project „Clarinet Summit” – initiated by Adam Baruch, artistic director of Singer Jazz Festival. Next to Rorf Kühn on the stage will appear young jazz musicians, amongst them Ircha Clarinet Quartet – a quartet by Mikołaj Trzaska, consisting of excellent musicians playing various types of the clarinet. The project will also see the participation of the Oleś Brothers, acclaimed as the greatest treasure of Polish 21st-century jazz, as well as
„GERSHWIN FOREVER” concert is a tribute by Warsaw Academic Big Band to the prominent US composer George Gershwin on the 80th anniversary of his death. Warsaw Academic Big Band invited Janusz Olejniczak to cooperate, and now they will jointly perform the famous „Blue rhapsody”. The concert at Grzybowski Square will also feature the prominent and acclaimed Polish musician, composer, arranger and musical producer Kuba Badach accompanied by young jazz vocalists.
The main star of the final festival concert is David D’Or, a world-renown Israeli countertenor and composer. We have already hosted David in Poland during the 11th edition of the Festival, where he was so well received by the Polish audience. This year, this angel-voiced, unmistakably unique artist comes back to Warsaw with a new project. It is the first time that he performs on the very same stage in a unique conjunction with a great star of the Israeli musical scene, Miri Mesika. This phenomenal artist, so popular in Israel, is now enjoying her first visit to Poland.
A great asset of the Festival are also the theatre performances.
There will be ample occasions to see the popular and acclaimed shows by the Jewish Theatre, such as „Shosha”, „The Sabbath girl” or „Karsylewka Town”. Ahead of us lie also the opportunities to see the cult shows, which are making a special, Festival-oriented comeback to the stages. In cooperation with TR Warszawa, the ATM Studio stage shows us two prominent plays by Maja Kleczewska and Łukasz Chotkowski. The acclaimed „Dybuk” is based on the renown Jewish drama by Shimun Ansky – the story of the soul of a deceased yeshiva student inhabiting the body of his loved one, which, when interpreted by Kleczewska and Chotkowski, also shows its new meanings, so important for the contemporary viewer. There is also one more special artistic event in line – the play of „Malowany Ptak” based upon the famous, controversial novel by Jerzy Kosiński, premiered not so long ago in Warsaw. It is a story of a small Jewish boy during World War Two, seeking refuge in the Polish countryside. The play was co-produced in cooperation with Teatr Polski in Poznań. During the Festival, plays will also be presented by Yiddishpiel Theatre of Israel and the Jewish Theatre of Bucharest. Moreover, Jewish-themed performances will be shown by Polish theatres.
On the Festival
Singer’s Warsaw Festival is held in August-September at the Grzybowski Square and Próżna Street. This time, part of the events are held at the temporary location of the Jewish Theatre at 35 Senatorska Street in Warsaw. Some of the shows will be histed by the Kwadrat Theatre. The events will also be held at the Warsaw Garrison HQ Club as well as on the stage of the ATM Studio.
The Festical presents various manifestations of the vividly live, Polish-Jewish tradition. The stages will host prominent artists drawing from the wealth of the Polish Jews’ cultural heritage. The excellent programme, the prominent artists and the multitude of attractions attract 60 thousand spectators of the Festival every year.
Singer’s Warsaw Festival is an initiative by the Shalom Foundation, the aim of which is to restore, if but for a few days, the atmosphere of the pre-war city of Warsaw. We intend to show the Yiddish culture, its excellent literature and heritage. Books, music, theatre, cuisine, conversations with creators and artists – all those cannot be missed at our Festival. We present aor spectators with writers, musicians, artist of various genres and generations, and their innovative projects. We also give the chance to learn of the Jewish history and custom. We talk to experts, historians, scientists, allowing for discussions and exchange of views, attempting to be the event, due to which the dialogue of history with the present is not only possible but also effective.
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