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Huculskie Muzyki - Hutsul Music
Huculskie Muzyki - Hutsul Music

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Music performed by the Kapela Romana Kumlyka "Czeremosz" and Orkiestra Sw. Mikolaja [Saint Nicholas Orchestra]

This is an original musical project of the two groups. The purpose of the project is a mutual exchange of musical experiences, and its effect – a common concert programme based on folklore of the eastern Carpathians. The idea stems from the long cooperation (since 1993) and friendship between the groups, as well as from Orchestra's fascination with richness of the Hutsul folk culture and with outstanding talent of Roman Kumlyk.

Rich and living folk culture of the Hutsul region in Ukraine plays an important role in music of St. Nicholas Orchestra. Musicians of Orchestra have frequently visited the region – hiking in the Ukrainian Carpathians and participating in family or church celebrations – weddings, baptisms, Christmas or recently – the holiday of Jordan. However, Orchestra's fascination with Ukrainian and Lemko music began even earlier – with trips to the Polish and Ukrainian parts of Roztocze region, and participation in the Expedition "Dniester" organized at the beginning of the 1990s by the Association "Lewa" from Lviv. It may be claimed that the Orchestra discovered their own Polish folklore through the Ukrainian folk music.

The programme "Hutsul Music" consists of almost 20 tunes from various parts of the Hutsul region: around Werchowyna, Sokolow, Szepot, Zamogorow, and Kosmacz. Among them there are songs performed at festivities and full of mysticism and dignity – wedding "latkanie" and carols; as well as ancient "huculka", "trisunka" and Hutsul "zbojnicki" or "arkan" played many times by both groups. The Orchestra presents its interpretation of Hutsul music, with the support of Hutsul musicians (among them Roman Kumlyk), and with solo parts on various pipes (dvoyanka, telenka, sopilkas) and violin.

Roman Kumlyk's group "Czeremosz"

The group was started by Roman Kumlyk in 1991 in Werchowyna, Ukraine. The band published two albums in Poland, and their recordings appeared also on compilations of Hutsul music in many countries. Roman Kumlyk – a brilliant multinstrumentalist who plays in "Czeremosz" mainly violin and wind instruments (dvoyanka, sopilka, telenka and bagpipes) – is accompanied by musicians playing the accordion, violin, dulcimer and drums. Although at concerts they keep to the original tunes, they do not play in the same manner as during weddings, because such music would not suit a big concert hall. On stage Kumlyk creates different musical arrangements, frequently joining motifs from all over the Hutsul region – around Rachow, Kolomyja, Bukowina, Romania, together with melodies played by Mogur – a legendary Hutsul musician. "Czeremosz" is the main, but not the only, band of Roman Kumlyk. He has led a wedding music group for 25 years, he is a music teacher, and a custodian of a regional museum started by him. Roman Kumlyk has cooperated with the Folk Culture Radio Centre of the Polish Radio, the Centre for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice" in Poland, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Hutsuls are an intriguing ethnic group inhabiting about 40 places in the mountain areas of the Pokuttya (Pol. Pokucie) and the Bukowina and along the slopes of the Eastern Carpathians.  Culturally and anthropologically the Hutsuls comprise a mix of Ukrainian, Hungarian, Rumanian, Polish and other types.

(16) Song Selections:

  1.  Trembity i nuty werchowynskie
  2.  Spiewanka Oj dzilczyno kosiczyno
  3.  Spiewanka starodawna
  4.  Solodenka jabloneczka  
  5.  Baba
  6.  Kolysanka
  7.  Ladkanie
  8.  Spiewanka Wijut witry
  9.  Haja haja
 10. Spiewanki milosne
 11. Spiewanka o koledowaniu
 12. Ples
 13. Koleda W niedilu rano  
 14. Kolomyjki zakarpackie
 15. Arkan
 16. Nuty "starowickie" i inne spiewanki
  • Compact Disc
  • 16 Selections
  • Total Time: 1:13:43

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