The conference is a place to meet and share ideas on world music and extensive foreign contacts with the renowned experts.
All events of the conference are open to the general public, preferable music professionals (musicians, agents, PR managers, music researchers, students, etc.). As the number of the participants is limited, it is appreciated to register for the seminar/workshops in advance.
22-nd of September 2017 from 10:00 a.m. (Zichy palace, Ventúrska street 9, Bratislava, 2. floor – Music saloon)
Slovakia and world music
František Morong a Barbora Morongová (SK)15 years of traditional dance houses in Slovakia
Rich cultural resources, natural communicability of traditional music and dance, and interactivity with the public are the basic pillars on which the project Dance House stands. It has been regularly organized by the civic association Dragúni in Bratislava and in Slovakia 2002. According to its organizers, the event has become a movement, with many regular, active participants. The Dance House creates space for natural communication and active entertainment - the immediate use and development of traditional music-dance art under the guidance of high-quality lectures. The concept is based on knowledge and respect for tradition. The ambition is to allow participants to experience first-hand and to create an atmosphere of live music production. It has had a stable place at the Pohoda festival for 11 years now, and the Nay Dance House is one of the most popular events at the festival.
What are beginnings, results and visions? Where is the folk movement headed? Who are the main people involved and what can Slovakia offer to both the European and the world music scene in the area? We will look for answers to these questions during F. Morong´s speech. In cooperation with the OZ Draguni www.tanecnydom.sk
Studied at Academy of Music Arts in Bratislava. In 2002 as a leader of Dragúni group he initiated revival movement - Dance House presenting traditional dance and music art for public. He also created brand and festival Nay Tanečný dom, a part of music festival Pohoda. He was artist director of ensemble Technik and for Lúčnica, SĽUK and folk programs for festivals (Východná, Myjava, Detva etc.).
She studied ethnology , pedagogy of traditional dance, get PhD in ethnochoreology at Institute of Musicology at SAS, with professional orientation on dance research. She is active in organizing of cultural events (Dance Houses, workshops for public), festival programs, dance interpretation, pedagogy, choreography, jury of competitions, seminars. Works for Ministry of Culture of Slovak Republic as a Head of Department for ICH.
Katarína Babčáková & Michal Noga (SK)Folklore festival Východná and traditional music and dance projects in National cultural center
For more than 60 years, the National Cultural Center (NCC) has been systematically working in the field of folk movement development. The NCC is the main organizer of the Východná Folklore Festival, leads 8 national competitions in the field of folk dance and folk music, and organizes several creative workshops under the guidance of professional lecturers. The professional staff is the lecturer of the leadership of the folk groups, which number almost a thousand in Slovakia. It also deals with research and documentation of folk dance (the project of Folk Dances of Slovak Regions), the publishing of methodical and material publications and digitization of objects from folk music and dance culture. NCC is currently preparing the Encyclopedia of Scenic Folklore of Slovakia. Through creative workshops, competitions, training and art programs, the NCC systematically and methodically guides an extensive folklore movement. This, in accordance with the objectives of the Conception of Traditional Folk Culture, contributes to the knowledge, preservation and presentation of the values of our intangible cultural heritage.
Katarína Babčáková graduated in 2002 at the Department of Ethnology of Comenius University, and earned the Doctorate (Ph.D.) in ethnochoreology at the Department of Ethnology and Ethnomusicology of Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra. Since 2002 she has worked in the National Cultural Center, where she participates in the organization and conception of national folk dance competitions and the Východná Folklore Festival. She is the author of several ethnochoreology contributions and many artistic programs for folklore festivals. As a dance teacher she has led several workshops of traditional dance and contributed to several folk dance researches.
is well-known primáš – a violin player focused on the traditional styles of musical interpretation. He studied ethnology at Department of Ethnology and Folkloristics at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra. The main sources of inspiration for his music are the archaic ways of playing the violin in Slovakian villages. He has been studying many different styles of interpretation since he was young. For many years he has worked as a violin lecturer at almost every important summer camp and folklore venue in Slovakia. He cooperates with many well-known artists and bands in Slovakia such as Borievka, Železiar, Vranovčan, Banda, Partia, Dragúni, KMAF, Kumšt and he has participated in more significant artworks and performances which were presented at big folklore festivals - Husľovačka I., II., RomaFest JAPAN TOUR – 2011, Tanec medzi črepinami - soundtrack – 2012, Vytvorila dedina, tancuje mesto – 2015).
Jarmila Vlčková & Ľubica Zajacová Záborská (SK)
Slovak world music and its sources, development and current situation
What is the main inspiration for Slovak world music? What is the Slovak scene about and who are its representatives? Members of the World Music from Slovakia platform will try to find the answers to these questions.
22-nd of September 2017 from 2:00 p.m. (Zichy palace, Ventúrska street 9, Bratislava, 2. floor – Music saloon)
Jana Ambrózová & Michal Noga (SK)Musical “delicacies” from Telgárt and Šumiac village
Audiovisual presentation dedicated to the traditional style of musical interpretation of Romani string ensembles from Telgárt and Šumiac – the two famous villages in the Eastern part of the Horehronie region. The live music performance will consist of musical examples played strictly according to the style of musical interpretation of leading musicians from the mentioned villages. They will be accompanied by the audio-visual projection, and edifying commentary from ethnomusicologist Jana Ambrózová – a guest violin player in the Michal Noga band.
Michal Noga – violin
Jana Ambrózová – violin
Ján Tej – viola
Tomáš Čopík – double-bass
is an experienced Slovakian singer, violin player and ethnomusicologist. She works as a lecturer at the Department of Ethnomusicology and Folkloristics (Faculty of Arts at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra), and focuses during her lectures on traditional violin styles of musical interpretation, among other topics. She was a member of two well-known women’s choirs in Slovakia: TRNKI (based in Banská Bystrica, until 2015) and Vranky (based in Nitra, until 2015), which focus on the study and precise musical interpretation of traditional multipart singing preserved in the villages of Western, and Central Slovakia until today. Regarding her scientific preoccupation, her research is based mostly within the Romani communities of Horehronie region in Central Slovakia. Since 2005 she has recorded many Romani string bands and analysed the style of musical interpretation of the violin players and the structure of rhythm patterns used by players with accompanying function. She is a founder of an organisation called Tradana, which is engaged in researching and popularizing the local musical and dance traditions of Slovakia. She has led various singing and violin workshops as a lecturer, as well. As a member of folk band Borievka and an experimental/contemporary music trio NE:BO:DAJ she gained experience in different playing and singing techniques.
23-th of September 2017 from 10:30 a.m. (Zichy palace, Ventúrska street 9, Bratislava, 2. floor – Music saloon)
Minna Huuskonen (FIN)Art of Communication
Communication between artists/their representatives and promoters, back and forth. How to reach booking people and get their attention, and how to make sure agents understand the response received. Small tips and practical advice.
has worked for Helsinki Festival, the biggest multidiscipline festival in Nordic countries, for 10 years programming and producing a major venue Huvila Festival Tent of 1300 capacity. Previously she worked e.g. for Finnish Music Information Centre promoting Finnish pop/rock/jazz/folk/world music, and conducting many export projects. Huuskonen has been involved both import and export side of music business for over 20 years, and has been a member of various music committees and showcase juries (e.g. WOMEX and jazzahead!). She also runs her own international management & agency Minnamurra focused on jazz and world music.
Birgit Ellinghaus (GER)The Music Landscape in Germany/ Organizational structures, clusters and networks of global-local music
An overview on the federal system of culture and music in Germany will be given: public music institutions, organisations of the independent music scene and the German music market. The focus will be on the cultural-political role of these three pillars, their financing and missions towards musical diversity. The connections with European and worldwide global-local music scenes will be a complementary aspect of the presentation. For bands, musicians and other professionals some practical information will be given of how and where and when approaching and collaborating with Germany for tourings and live productions.
has a long record of work in culture and music, supporting, recording, presenting and touring artists. She has worked with exiled musicians, directed cultural centers and since 1989 she is a director of the arts management agency, alba KULTUR.
Since 1997 she has been active as a music publisher as an advisor and expert she has worked with the NRW Ministry of Culture, the German UNESCO Commission and other institutions.
She is the head of network for Klangkosmos NRW – the network of global music in the Rhine-Ruhr region in Germany . She served as jury member for festivals as BabelMedMusic and WOMEX. Since 2009 she is appointed by the German UNESCO Commission as member of the Advisory Board for Cultural Diversity in the National Committee of Culture.
Tom Pryor (USA)Touring World Music in a Changing America
The American political scene is turbulent and uncertain right now, but there is still a dedicated network of presenters, bookers, journalists, activists, fans and music industry professionals who continue to champion international music in the United States. This presentation will provide an overview of the shifting political landscape and its impact on touring international artists -- as well as a guide navigating these changes, with emphasis on visas, travel, bookings, showcases, conferences, festivals, and media.
Freelance journalist and media consultant, Tom Pryor is the former editor of Nat Geo Music at the National Geographic Society. His writing on international music and culture has been featured on National Public Radio, Afropop Worldwide,Songlines,Billboard, MTV and elsewhere. He has collaborated with Ali Farka Toure, Maarja Nuut, Mokoomba, Paolo Flores and other artists on media and publicity for their North American tours.
Simon Broughton (UK)Selling Slovak Music?
The music of Slovakia isn't very well known internationally. How might that be changed? Do you want your music marketed as Slovak? Or just as music? Simon Broughton, editor in chief of Songlines, the world music magazine, discusses ways of getting your music heard.
Brahim El Mazned (Morocco) – Artistic director of the Timitar Festival in Morocco and the Africa and the Middle East Music Meeting: VISA FOR MUSIC (Rabat), music producer and a member of the Board of the European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals (EFWMF)
Simon Broughton (GB) – British television director whose work includes documentaries on music from around the world. He is also editor of Songlines magazine, a leading British periodical as well as co-editor of the acclaimed Rough Guide to World Music
Andrew Cronshaw (GB) – Music journalist (fRoots Magazine), musician (SANS ensemble) and photographer
Zlata Holušová (CZ) – The Artistic Director of Colours of Ostrava festival
Jiří Moravčík (CZ) – Music journalist, radio presenter at Radio Vltava (Czech Radio), programmer at Colours of Ostrava festival and expert on world music
András Lelkes (HU) – Musician, producer and co-founder of Hangvető label and Budapest Ritmo Festival
Bożena Szota (PL) – Programming director of EthnoPort Festival in Poznaň
Johann Kneihs (A) – Music journalist and producer /World music ORF Radio Ö1 (Austrian Public Radio) and jury member of World Music Chart Europe
Jo Aichinger (A) – Artistic director at NOE Festival Ges.m.b.H, founder of Glatt&Verkehrt Festival and programmer at Klangraum Krems
Katrin Pröll (A) – founder of Atlas Promotion Agency, co-organizer of the Austrian World Music Awards, Director of Salam Orient Festival
Martina Laab (A) –Programmer at ORF RadioKulturhaus, co-organizer of the Austrian World Music Awards, Director of Salam Orient Festival
Thorsten Bednarz (GER) – music journalist and Radio presenter at Tonart-Weltmusik and Transglobal World Music Chart jury member
Ľubica Zajacová Záborská (SK) – musicologist, PR manager of World Music Festival Bratislava
Joseph Grim Feinberg (USA, CZ) – Folklorist and social theorist. Wrote his doctoral dissertation (soon to be published as a book) on the concepts of authenticity and the folk in contemporary Slovak folklore performance. Has also written on folk tales from the Solomon Islands and on international labor lore. Currently a research fellow at the Sociology Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Philosophy Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
Ľudové mladistvá (Folk Youthness) is interesting new project of pianist and composer Martin Štefánik. His music is merging the elements of folk, jazz, classical and modern music in an energetic way. This fusion of inhomogeneous components comes out as very innovative and catchy both for world music and jazz fans. Martin Štefánik’s arrangements and compositions are unique in their style and approach to traditional understanding and processing of folk songs. The live performances enriched by presence of female folk singers and jazz improvisations are sophisticated and playful at the same time. The band reached immediately after its formation a wider recognition and was awarded during 2016 as the „Newcomer of the year“ at Bratislava Jazz Days Festival´s talent competition, won prizes at the „New Faces of Slovak jazz“ and “Newcomer of the Year” at the prestigious Annual Radio Head Awards and they won a JazzFruit price at the Jazz Talent competition Mladí Ladí Jazz, in Czech Republic.
Katarína Máliková & ansámbel
Katarína Máliková composes, plays and sings music resonating with traditional authentic Slovak songs, art-pop, classical and world music. AWARDS Winner of Radio Head Awards for:'Debut of the Year 2016'World Music/Folk Category 2016''Critics' Award 2016'. She originally comes from Polomka in Horehronie, where she grew up among mountains and songs.The mystical nature of her home region left a strong echo in her music.Her debut album, called Pustvopol (archaic name for the forest district Pusté pole) was released in 2016 in Slnko Records label and immediately caught the interest of public, media and quickly became one of the top albums in Slovakia.Songs from this album forms the majority of Katarina’s concerts, but she loves to jazz up the feeling of dreamy chanson and jazz.
BANDA is a world music band from Slovakia. Since having been founded in 2003 it has been striving to follow its own road of perception of the genre. Slovak traditional music serves as our basic musical source. Nevertheless, with pleasure we mix it with foreign and extragenre material. We emphasize thorough knowledge of the folk musical tradition. The melody and the text of the song are not the only topic of interest for us, we are interested in the local dialect, way of polyphonic singing, ornamentation, harmonization and rhytmization of the folk musicians as well.
Garcia-Fons & Derya Türkan
Renaud Garcia-Fons is a French upright-bass player and composer, well-known among jazz fans and also among world music lovers. Renaud is notable for his melodic sense and playing with arco - he is sometimes referred to as the Paganini of double bass. He recorded fourteen solo albums and played on dozens of them as a guest musician. Garcia-Fons played together with Vietnamese guitar-player Nguyen Le, Spanish flamenco-guitar master Gerardo Núňez, famous Turkish ney player Kudsi Erguner or Tunisian ethno-jazz singer Dhafer Youssef. During our festival he will introduce his project Silk Moon played together with Derya Türkan, Turkish musician playing on kemence. Their two instruments, the kemence and the double bass are the smallest and the tallest instruments played with bows and they sound is as a complete orchestra. Renaud and Derya play their own way beyond the usual tradition to discover new musical spaces, rhythmic, subtle and poetic. An encounter of the largest and smallest of bowed instruments. In cooperation with the Institute francais.
Kalàscima it means six experienced musicians from the very south of Italy, masters not only of traditional instruments, but also of emotions of their audience. They are very strong life band playing popular pizzica (or tarantella) style using traditional instruments as tamburello (frame drum), organetto (Italian diatonic accordion) or zampogna (Italian bagpipe) plus a lot of reeds, basguitar, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin or even electronics. Their second album Psychedelic Trance Tarantella have reached 6th place in World Music Charts Europe in April 2015. After very succesful last year tour on big festivals and many concerts in Europe and overseas these guys will come to our World Music Festival Bratislava in September. They will play not only on a big open-air stage, but also will give some workshops for people interesting in pizzica dance and music.
are six young Bulgarian musicians who share a love for both Bulgarian folklore and
contemporary bass genres. Oratniza’s music is a blend of folk melodies, orthodox-style chanting of the singers from well-known choirs Mystery of Bulgarian Voices and Cosmic Voices from Bulgaria, distant aboriginal themes, hip-hop, dubstep, trap D’n’B, and irregular rhythms. Oratniza interprets Bulgarian traditional songs in a way that our generation can truly embrace. The band is reviving an interest in Bulgarian musical tradition amongst young and old, not only in Bulgaria, but in the whole of Europe. Thanks to the masterful combination of regional folklore elements, with global musical styles and the use of atypical instruments, Oratniza’s music touches us regardless of our background. Oratnitza brings you thrilling, rolling Bulgarian ETHNOBASS and it’s 100% live!
K. Cicha&Palyga (PL)
Karolina Cicha is a singer, songwriter and one-woman orchestra, playing many instruments at once and using vocal techniques she invented herself. She hails from Bialystock in the Podlasie, a culturally and ethnically diverse area and historical borderland between east and west. Her album, 9 Languages, a collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Bart Palyga, contains songs composed by Cicha to lyrics written in the languages of the ethnic minorities of Podlasie: Tatar, Roma, Lithuanian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Russian, Yiddish and Polish as well as Esperanto. The result is a modern mix of styles on which the two protagonists give full reign to their creative talents. The project for our festival will be sung in 9 different minority's languages, played on 13 instruments and was presented in over 14 countries.
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Ľ. Gašpar Cimbal Project (SK)
Ľubomír Gašpar is a cimbalom player. His ensemble, the Ľubomír Gašpar – Cimbal Project consists of the pianist Jakub Tököy, the double-bass player Peter ''Kozmo'' Korman and the drummer Kristián Kuruc, as well as himself as leader. It was this exact line-up that won the Jazz Fruit – Mladí ladí jazz Praha 2016 international competition. The band also received two special mentions at the local contest Nové tváre slovenského jazzu (Newcomers to Slovak jazz).
Friday, 22.9., 18:00, Hlavné námestie
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The band KarpaTon is a music project created by Michal Smetanka and Eduard Fertáľ which combines interesting and original musicians. KarpaTon’s typical feature is its acoustic performance involving a wide range of ethnic musical instruments. Michal Smetanka is the leading character of this group that has already recorded three CDs (KarpaTon – 2011, Na koreňu – 2011 and Karpat Mater – 2015). KarpaTon’s latest project is entitled Hlasy predkov (The Voices of Predecessors).
Saturday, 22.9., 18:30, Hlavné námestie
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Thursday (September 21, 2017)
Nám. SNP - Hlavné námestie
Entrance fee: 5 EUR / person
In cooperation with OZ Dragúni: www.tanecnydom.sk
Friday (September 22, 2017)
Zichyho palác, free entry
Katarína Babčáková a Michal Noga (SK): Folklore festival Východná and traditional music and dance projects in National cultural center.
Jarmila Vlčková and Ľubica Zajacová (SK): Slovak world music and its sources, development and current situation
More information in the section Conference .
Workshop with live music presentation
Zichy Palace, free entry
Muzikantské “harmaňije” z Telgártu a Šumiaca
Michal Noga Band:
Michal Noga – violin
Jana Ambrózová – violin
Ján Tej – viola
Tomáš Čopík – double-bass
In cooperation with NOC.
Kontakt, Ventúrska 12, free entry
Discussants: Ondrej Prostrednik, Egon Gaál, Jožo Lenč, Juraj Mesik.
Discussion moderated by: Mário Nicolini - Executive Director, Forum of the World's Religions Slovakia
Nám.SNP - Hlavné námestie
Hlavné námestie, free entry
Saturday (September 23, 2017)
Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9
Birgit Ellinghaus (GER): The Music Landscape in Germany/ Organizational structures, clusters and networks of global-local music
Tom Pryor (USA): Touring World Music in a Changing America
Simon Broughton (UK):Selling Slovak Music?
More information you can find in the section Conference.
Program for children
Hviezdoslavovo nám. - Altánok, free entry
Poľský inštitút, Nám. SNP, free entry
Adriana “Gitana” Dráfiová - musician
Jozef Šivák - Gypsy Fest Director
Karolina Cicha - musician, PL
Vladimír Rafael - expert on education, founder of OZ EduRoma
Jana Belišová - ethnomusicologist, Institute of Ethnology of the Slovak Academy of Science
Discussion moderated by:
Tomáš Hrustič is a researcher at the Institute of Ethnology SAS (Slovak Academy of Sciences). For more than 15 years he has been extensively engaged in research on various topics related to Roma.
In cooperation with the Institute of Ethnology of the Slovak Academy of Science and the Polish Institute