Vigüela and Janusz Prusinowski Kompania & Maria Siwiec (Poland)

An acoustic group with thrilling rhythms and one of the best singers of Polish traditional music  

Vigüela (Spain)

A hot-blooded traditional group of Don Quijot’s region

For thirty years they have been performing music from their native village El Carpio de Tajo, situated in the region Castilla-La Mancha. Authentic music, full of joy, because i tis connected with everyday life, so that besides drums,  tambourines and castanets they also use spoons, mortars, bottles or scissors for sheep cutting instead of percussions. But their main instruments are guitars, lutes, mandolins and medieval fiddles. They perform wedding and celebration music, harvest home and agricultural work. They are also remarkable for their passionate vocals.  

Kompania’s unique style is the result of their attempt to find new ways of interpreting the most important elements of village music from central Poland. It brings together mazurkas – sung, played, danced to, improvised live – and modern man. Janusz Prusinowski’s band cooperates with the best Polish jazzmen or an outstanding singer Alim Qasimov from Azerbaijan. It turns out that traditional music of Polish villages can be a reference point for a variety of genres: reminiscent of Chopin in its melodic pattern and the use of rubato, sharing a love of improvisation with blues and jazz, evocative of contemporary music in its tone, and possessing the expressiveness of rock music. It is able to connect the East and the West, the North and the South, engaging in a dialogue with musical traditions of near and remote countries.

This project has been made possible by AC/E, Acción Cultural Española the Programme of the state agency Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE), in the Mobility category, which facilitates the presence and collaboration of Spanish or Spanish-resident artists, professionals or creators in the international activities and programmes of foreign cultural organisations and institutions, both public and private.