Artist Profiles: Transkapela


After the success of its first album Sounds & Shadows, which was rewarded with a title of the best Polish folk record 2005 year in the Polish Radio record competition as the Folk Phonogram of the Year Award, Transkapela released the Over the Village record, a continuation of the musical imagination about the times of Klezmers from the Carpathians. Musicians of Transkapela, once again reaches to the roots of the Carpathian music, searches once more for the trace of the village klezmers and musicians splendor, who separately and together played on village weddings, religious holidays and festivities.

This time, it is a sort of metaphysical story about the Carpathian village. Village, like in the old days, inhabited by Bukovina highlanders, Hutsuls, Jews, Gypsies, Polish, Romanians, Hungarians and many more from the abundance of the Transcarpathian cultures.

Transkapela was:

Ewa Wasilewska on violin, mazanki – little fiddle
Maciej Filipczuk on violin, fiddle with trumpet, guitar, zongura
Robert Wasilewski on hammered dulcimer, viola, shepherd’s pipes, jew’s harp, guitar zongura
Piotr Pniewski on cello, double bass, drum, gardon


Sounds & Shadows (Konador, 2005)
Klezmer Carpathian Music (ARC Music, 2007)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel is also co-founder of the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, and Music of the World.


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