Jewish Folksongs from the Shtetl

Fot. z archiwum Olgi Mieleszczuk

Olga Mieleszczuk’s concerts revive images of the lost multicultural world of Polesia. Her newest album “Jewish Folksongs from the Shtetl” was inspired by the biography and repertoire of Mariam Nirenberg, a Jewish singer born in Polesia at the beginning of the 20th century. The background material for the album was provided by Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblet, ethnologist and Program Director of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews Core Exhibition, who carried out in-depth research on Jewish folk music in 1968 – 1975 in cooperation with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York. The recording is an attempt to rediscover forgotten Jewish folk songs. The multilingual character of Mariam Nirenberg’s repertoire is characteristic of the multiethnicity and musical diversity of Polesia – a borderland region where various cultures have crossed for centuries. The songs convey the eclecticism of traditional Eastern European Jewish music and present melodies inspired by the musical heritage of many different traditions. They are sung in Yiddish as well as a specific blend of Yiddish, Belarusian and Polish.

Reservations required. Tickets – 15 PLN, reduced rate – 10 PLN.