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A family band from Męcina Mała, a small village in Beskid Niski, comprising multi-instrumentalist Jan Malisz and his children – Zuzanna and Kacper. The band is inspired by traditional music of their region: folk songs and dance music from many different regions of Poland. 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 their own music, inspired by Polish tradition and characterised by their distinctive style – influenced by jazz and world music. 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.

Aside from playing at world’s biggest folk and world music festivals such as WOMAD UK, Rainforest Festival in Malaysia, Colours of Ostrava in Czech Republic, Rudolstadt Festival in Germany etc. the band was also selected by WOMEX to perform at the opening ceremony of WOMEX 2017 in Katowice, Poland.

The band’s second album “Village Jazz” has been voted the best polish folk album of 2017 in “Folk Phonogram” Polish Radio Contest.

It has also scored “Wirtualne Gęśle” award and voted the best polish folk CD of 2017 by the internauts.

Kapela Maliszow has been nominated to Songlines Music Awards in “best group” category twice, in 2017 and 2015.

Both of the band’s albums were listed high by Transglobal Music Chart:

“Village Jazz” scoring 5th place in Top 40 World Music Albums of January 2018,

“Inconceivable Mazurkas” scoring 15th in Best of The World in 2015


Selected past concerts:

WOMEX 2017, Katowice, POLAND| Rainforest Festival, MALAYSIA | WOMAD festival, UNITED KINGDOM | Tanz und Folkest, Rudolstadt, GERMANY | Colours of Ostrawa, CZECH REPUBLIC | Viljandi Folk Festival, ESTONIA | Gooikoorts Folkfestival, BELGIUM | Budapest Ritmo, HUNGARY | Ethno Port Festival in Poznań, POLAND | Crossroads Festival in Kraków, POLAND | Globaltica Festival, Gdynia, POLAND | Etno Kraków Festival, POLAND | Euroradio Folk Festival Warsaw, POLAND Taste of Poland ArtFestival, Dublin, IRELAND | Cologne, GERMANY | Bonn, GERMANY  | Offenburg, GERMANY |

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

Band members:

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

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