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At the Izmir Jazz Festival: Exploring the Connections Between Turkish and Polish Music

Michal Shapiro | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Their concert was an exploration into the musical exchanges that may have occurred during the time when the Ottoman Empire bordered on Poland, which covers a 600 year period.

Dancing Till Dawn in Warsaw

Michal Shapiro | Posted 09.05.2013 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

There's something shakin' in Poland these days. Musicians who are curious about their folk legacy (the real one) have been discovering its joys, and are passing that joy along to a whole new generation of young people. And they are dancing up a storm... to the Mazurka.

Old Sounds New: The Janusz Prusinowski Trio at WOMEX 2012 (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

What struck me right away about this music was its amazing ability to mix the feel and power of village dance music with the personal contemporary sensibilities of the players.

Chopin's Endless Fascination -- Between Heaven and Earth

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Alan Elsner

Lately, perhaps because it's the bicentenary of his birth, I've been listening to a lot of Chopin and trying to figure out what it is about his music ...