Artist Profiles: Maniucha & Ksawery

Maniucha & Ksawery

Maniucha & Ksawery is a Polish duo specialized in combining jazz improvisation with dying-off traditional songs from the Polesie region in northwestern Ukraine. The duo has collected spring songs, harvest songs, wedding songs, love songs, beggars’ songs, Christmas carols, and lullabies.

The duo’s repertory draws from Maniucha’s numerous trips to Ukrainian villages, learning from local singers as well as their own mutual musical imagination.

Thanks to a Polish National Radio Award and support from fans Maniucha & Ksawery released their first album Oj borom, borom… in March 2017. They performed throughout Poland, and at world music showcase WOMEX 2017 Regional Stage (Kato Connections).

Maniucha Bikont is a vocalist, musician, and anthropologist. She collected a series of field recordings in Poland, Ukraine and Russia. Maniucha is member of various music groups, incuding Dziczka, Z Lasu, Niewte, Odpoczno and Tęgie Chłopy. She works with Janusz Prusinowski Kompania, Assaf Talmudi, Shay Tsabari, Rafael Rogiński, and Ilia Saytanov.

Ksawery Wójciński is a double-bass player and composer. He’s a multifaceted musician interested in carrying out daring experiments. He has collaborated with Charles Gayle, Uri Caine, Mikołaj Trzaska, Michael Zerang, Satoko Fuji, Nicolle Mitchell, Tim Sparks, Klaus Kugel, Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson, and Wacław Zimpel.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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