the world of hybrid music
ABOUT THE ARBORETUM PROJECT
„This tree, as well as the name, has many meanings: it is about the roots, history, genealogy, nature, and all of that will find its reflection in music. We cannot live without trees …”
– Ola Turkiewicz –
The Arboretum Project – is an oral and musical performance realized annually at the turn of July and August, in the amphitheater by Lake Czos in Mrągowo. The Arboretum Project fits the formula of high culture, contemporary music concert and the event inspired by indigenous music. The characteristic feature of the project is the original artist’s style of hybrid music, which in this case combines the traditional folk songs into a coherent whole with different musical genres, for example: jazz, rock, ethno, electronic and classical music, sung poetry, as well as archival and nature sounds – all used as parts of the composition. The music is accompanied by a poetic-fairy-tale narration, presenting musical works with the background of narrated stories describing the life, culture and rituals of the inhabitants of rural areas of the former and present Republic of Poland. Work on this project began in 2013 and it combines the involvement of both the Polish-Canadian jazz vocalist Ola Turkiewicz and the screenwriter and music producer Jacek „Wiejski” Górski. They are also the creators of the Independence Concert, performed since 2009 at the Warsaw Uprising Museum, at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, at Westerplatte and in Canada. The organizers of the Arboretum Project are the Polish Heritage Foundation and the City of Mrągowo. The Arboretum Project is covered by the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
The Arboretum Project is also a music formation of session musicians founded by Ola Turkiewicz, which has involved musicians from Poland, Canada, Ukraine and Mexico.
THE FORM AND THE CONTENT
The aim of the project is to present ethnic and folk music in modern instrumental arrangements, which allow it to appear in the broadly understood musical trend, defined by the creators as hybrid music. The Arboretum Project is inspired by cultural and ethnic legacy as well as by the landscape and nature heritage of rural areas of the former and present Republic of Poland. The project also refers to ecology and sustainable development. The material that has been arranged since 2013 includes more than 30 Polish ancient songs of Masuria, Varmia, Kurpie and Podolia, as well as contemporary compositions inspired by the theme of the concerts. The works are performed by incorporating the remnants of Masuria, Varmia, Kurpie and Podolia dialects. The ancient languages of Prussians and Yotvingians are also being restored there. The repertoire presents the poetic works of prominent Polish poets of the 19th and 20th century as well as the anonymous poems by folk artists. The Arboretum Project is an oral and musical performance, in which the musical pieces are preceded by a poetic-fairy-tale narration, depicting the customs and culture of the inhabitants of old-time villages as well as their legends and beliefs.
Concerts are accompanied by open social events such as Arboretum About the World (“Arboretum o świecie”) in 2014, in which participants were singing together the ethnic songs at sunrise time over Lake Czos or a hoedown in 2016 (“Potańcówka Ludowa”).
THE ARBORETUM PROJECT TEAM
The Arboretum Project is co-created by Ola Turkiewicz (artistic director, vocal) and Jacek „Wiejski” Górski (screenwriter, director and producer). The narratives were led by Wojciech Malajkat (2014-2015) and Katarzyna Enerlich (2016). The previous editions of the project were cast by Adam Strug (vocal), Justyna Czerwińska (vocal) and vocal group “Dziczka” (Tetiana Sopiłka, Justyna Czerwińska, Maria Puzyna, Agata Wróbel). The instrumentalists accompanying the soloists included among others: Wojciech Hartman (violin), Marcin Riege (piano), Krzysztof Kowalewski (guitar), Marcin Ritter (bass, double bass), Paweł Janiszewski (accordion), Paweł Jabłoński (accordion), Paweł Iwaszkiewicz (flutes) ), Jarosław Żeliński (flutes), Tomas Celis Sanchez (percussion instruments), Bogusz Wekka (percussion instruments), Grzegorz Poliszak (drums), Przemek Kuczyński (percussion) Radosław Bolewski (drums). Within the framework of the Arboretum Project there is also an organized folk hoedown (Potańcówka Ludowa), taking place along with traditional dance workshops run by the bands of Tęgie Chłopy (2016) and Janusz Prusinowski Kompania (2017). In total, over 30 artists have taken part so far in realisation of the Arboretum Project.
EDITIONS OF THE ARBORETUM PROJECT
Performances of the Arboretum Project
- I Arboretum Project „Kurpie and Podolia”, August 10, 2014, Amphitheater in Mrągowo
- II Arboretum Project „Kurpie and Masuria”, August 9, 2015, Amphitheater in Mrągowo
- III Arboretum Project „Varmia and Masuria”, July 16, 2016, Amphitheater in Mrągowo
- IV Arboretum Project „Yotvingia, Varmia and Masuria”, July 23, 2017, Amphitheater in Mrągowo
- V Arboretum Project „Wooden Mating”, August 4, 2018, Amphitheater in Mrągowo
Special editions of the Arboretum Project
- The Arboretum Project during the International Language Diversity Week, Fort Sokolnickiego in Warsaw
- The Arboretum “Masuria and Podolia”, May 6, 2018, XVI International Jazz Festival, „Flugery L’vova”, Market Square in Lviv
- The Arboretum Project, „Mazurÿ, Warnijoki, Jaćwięgi, Prūsai” (2017), © Fundacja Dziedzictwa Rzeczypospolitej (National Heritage Foundation of the Republic of Poland)
WATCH & LISTEN
MUSIC FROM THE ARBORETUM PROJECT
I Projekt Arboretum „Kurpie i Podole”
II Projekt Arboretum „Kurpie i Mazury”
III Projekt Arboretum „Warmia i Mazury”
Reportaż: Projekt Arboretum w Mrągowie
Ola Turkiewicz i jej projekty muzyczne
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