Karolina Cicha draws from the richness and diversity of her home region – Podlaskie, located in the very northeast of Poland, which is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse areas in the whole Poland – the borderland between the East an the West.
The region is inhabited by Polish, Belarusians, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Russians, Tatars and Roma people. Before the war there was a big Jewish community living here – the Jews constituted a big proportion of local society. Many religions are practiced there, many languages spoken.
No wonder it was here that the idea of Esperanto language was born – in this multicultural enwironment Ludwig Zamenhof was brought up. Her concerts show the multidimensionalness of Polish culture.
Her albums – such as ‘9 Languages’ or the latest “Płyta tatarska” – draw from traditional musical scales. However, they are not a compilation of archive material, but a coherent whole, speaking modern musical language, based on the original Cicha’s style, her charisma, individual expression, and musical experience she gained in The Centre For Theatre Practices “GARDZIENICE”.
Cicha performed during various festivals:
World Music Fest (USA); TFF Rudolstadt (Germany); FMM Sines Festival (Portugal); Cheoyong Culture Festival (South Korea); Music Mela (Pakistan); Isole che Parlano (Sardinia); Global Union (USA); Lotus Fest (USA); Gypsy Festival Drom (USA); Art Pole (Ukraine); Suklegos (Lithuania); Folkbaltica (Germany/Denmark); Ethnoport, Skrzyżowanie kultur (Poland); Euroradio Folk Festiwal (Sweden); Kamianitza (Belarus); Les Traversées Tatihou (France); Five Temples Festival’ (Hungary); ‘Sibiu International Theatre Festival’ (Romania); LaMama Theatre (USA); ‘Menuo Juodaragis’ (Lithuania); ‘Open Air’ (Poland)