One - Many

Title: Concert "One - Many" / "Jeden - Wiele"

Creators: Karolina Cicha & Elżbieta Rojek


Karolina Cicha - vocal, akordeon, fortepian, sampler perkusyjny

Elżbieta Rojek - vocal, taniec, harmonium, instrumentarium odpustowe

Karolina Matuszkiewicz - suka biłgorajska, fidel płocka, kemancze, kobyz, śpiew

Mateusz Szemraj - cymbały, lutnia arabska, rubab, mandolina, saz

Patrycja Betley - instrumenty perkusyjne 


Date: 24.08.2019 / Saturday /

Time: 9:30 pm

Place: Stage in Art_Inkubator in Fabryka Sztuki in Lodz

Tickets: admission is free, prior reservation of seats is required

Duration: 60 minutes (no intermissions)

Viewers' age: 12 +



Concert contains sacral music that is connected with religions prevalent in Polish Podlaskie province. Centuries-long presence of various faiths of East and West marks a specific nature of the concert. Some of the religions have developed rich musical traditions (polyphonic Orthodox songs or Klezmer scales of the Sabbath singing), others (like Tatar Islam) have their tradition rooted in melodeclamation of the holy Scripture, yet another for centuries has been collecting different music styles (Catholicism: from Gregorian chants, through classical music, to gospel). Instead of saintly religiose chants, one should expect energetic, ecstatic and epiphanic music. The music will be complemented by a number of liturgical languages: Old Church Slavonic, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew and Polish. The selection of lyrics revolves around positive elements of each religion: forms of praise, honour, gratitude. The artists believe that music is a language that makes communication among people possible, even when they have different belief systems, because it puts them in a trance.


Karolina Cicha – composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, famous for an original technique of playing a couple of instruments at the time. She won Grand Prix and the Audience Prize at the ‘New Tradition’ Polish Radio Folk Festival. In 2015, she was in Official Selection of WOMEX, the biggest World Music festival. Playing her music, she visited a dozen of festivals held in Europe, Asia and America. Her career started with solo concerts and "Gardzienice" Theatre. In 2009 Cicha's adventure with rock music began – a track "Miłość bez jutra" was put on an album GAJCY! published by Warsaw Uprising Museum. Since then, going in the direction of traditional and ethnic music, she has released many albums: "Wieloma językami" (2013) about languages of Podlaskie minorities; "Jidyszland" (2015), "Poland-Pakistan" (2016) and recently – "Płyta tatarska" where she explores musical legacy of Polish Tatars. 

Elżbieta Rojek – actress, singer and choreographer. Engaged in diverse theatrical and music projects. For many years – a leading actress in "Gardzienice". One of co-founders of CHOREA Theatre. In theatre she looks for music; in music she looks for connections between movement and word. She started her music career when traveling by bus with folk music bands from around Chełmo to Kazimierz Dolny to Festival Kapel i Śpiewaków Ludowych (Folk Bands and Singers Festival). Her singing career began in the iconic Polish folk music band ‘Orchestra of St. Nicholas’. The group explored music traditions of Lemkos and Hutsuls. She was coming back to work with the band many times, e.g. to record albums such as "O miłości przy grabieniu siana" and "Huculskie muzyki" – in 2006 the latter won a third place in the Polish Radio Folk Phonogram of the Year Award. As an actress she performed on world's most prestigious stages - Fringe Festiwal in Edinburgh (in a play by Paweł Passini which won the main award); National Opera in Kyiv, Shinaz Merlin Theatre in Budapest, The Getty Centre in Los Angeles and Trajan's Forum in Rome.