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A family band from Męcina Mała, a small viallage in Beskid Niski, comprising the multi-instrumentalist Jan Malisz and his children. The band is inspired by traditional music of their region: folk songs and dance music from Gorlice county. The music is traditionally performed “archaic style” on a violin, a basolia (a folk instrument similar to a cello) and a drum, with a great degree of freedom, joy and improvisation – it’s not just an academic reconstruction of old melodies. Kapela Maliszow also compose original music, inspired by Polish tradition and characterised by their distinctive style. Interestingly, the violin and baraban (the drum) have been in the family for generations, handed down to Jan Malisz from his father, Jozef. Jozef also taught Jan the basics of many other instruments that could be found around the house. That’s why the band called this music “Father’s notes”. Apart from making music, the band also make instruments. In his workshop, Jan Malisz builds violins, hurdy-gurdys, nyckelharpas, pipes and many others.


Selected prizes:

1st prize – International Folk Music Festival “Mikołajki Folkowe”, Lublin 2014;

2nd prize – Polish Radio Folk Festival New Tradition 2014 and a special award „Golden Violin” for Kacper Malisz, the best musician in the competition.

1st prize and the Audience Award – Old Tradition 2013 – Mazurkas of the World Festival

1st prize – Folk Singers and Bands Festival Kazimierz 2013

3rd prize in the category “multi-instrumentalists” for Jan Malisz – The Festival of Polish Highlanders’ Folklore in Żywiec

Main prize at the Carpathians Folk Festival in Trzcinica

Past concerts:
Cologne, GERMANY, Bonn, GERMANY, Offenburg, GERMANY, Warszawa, POLAND , Euroradio Folk Festival, Rainforest Festival, MALAYSIA, WOMAD, UNITED KINGDOM, Ethno Port Festival in Poznań, POLAND ,Crossroads Festival in Kraków, POLAND, Etno Kraków Festival, POLAND, Culture Festival,, Tanz und Folkest, Rudolstadt, GERMANY

Band members:

Jan Malisz – violin, basolia, hurdy-gurdy, accordion, vocals
Zuzanna Malisz – vocals, basolia, drums
Kacper Malisz – violin, basolia, nyckelharpa

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