Karolina Cicha & Bart Pałyga



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Multi­instrumentalist duo trace the multi­lingual paths of the northeast Polish borderlands

Karolina Cicha is a singer, songwriter and one­woman orchestra, playing many instruments at once and using vocal techniques she invented herself. She hails from Bialystock in the Podlasie region of north­east Poland, a culturally and ethnically diverse area and historical borderland between east and west. Her latest album, 9 Languages, a collaboration with multi­instrumentalist 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, whose inventor Ludwik Zamenhof was born in Bialystock. The result is a modern mix of styles on which the two protagonists give full reign to their creative talents on an array of instruments including cello, morin khuur, dutar, jew’s­harp, duduk, accordion, pipe, mandola, as well as samplers and loopers.