PolCA is proud to present seven hours of non-stop entertainment from skillful dance groups to a leading Jazz band all the way from Poznan, Poland! So put on your dance shoes or grab some food and watch the lively performances.
Kids will also enjoy their own entertainment by being able to be a winged horseman for a day in their own Grand Vizier Tent!
The Dixie Company is a traditional jazz band from Poland from the city of Poznań. They are delighted to be performing at the Polish Heritage Festival and will be playing on the main stage throughout the day. Since its formation in 1993, the Dixie Company Jazz Band has given hundreds of concerts and taken part in high-profile events and festivals in Poland and other European countries. For the last five years, the Dixie Company has successfully organized the Traditional Jazz Festival in Poznań, Poland. Their fast-moving shows leave audiences totally exhilarated. The band’s strong “front line” and the solid rhythm section combine to create enjoyable and swinging traditional jazz. They are renowned for packed rooms and standing ovations as they deliver lively New-Orleans-style jazz that bridges two cultures. With over five CDs to enjoy, you can listen to a sampling of their songs on: http://www.dixiecompany.pl http://oldjazzfestival.pl.
The Dixie Company and the festival organizers are grateful to the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles for its support. Prior to their appearance at the Polish Heritage Festival, the Dixie Company and Diane Davidson are performing together at the Sacramento Music Festival and a few other concerts in California
Krzysztof Zaremba, trombone; Jakub Marszałek, trumpet; Rafał Kubale, clarinet; Mariusz Gajdziel, bass; Wojciech Warszawski, vocal, banjo, guitar; Piotr Soroka, drums; Bogdon Ciesielski, piano
The Dixie Company will be joined on stage by guest vocalist Diane Davidson. She is more than your “typical” American Jazz Singer. With musical influences including Rhythm and Blues, Opera, and Broadway, her versatile voice has been described as soulful, sultry, and expressive. Her brilliant stage presence is entertaining and engaging. Born into a musical family in Indiana, Diane played her first professional gig at the early age of ten. Since then, Diane’s career has been mainly in the USA, although she has performed out of the country on cruise ships. She now lives in Northern California, home of the internationally acclaimed Sacramento Jazz Festival, where she was rediscovered and adopted by the Dixie Company.
Łowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble – celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015 –presents authentic programs of traditional music song, dance, and customs. Most members have danced since their teens. The Ensemble has performed throughout California, many parts of the USA, and in Europe. Łowiczanie‘s repertoire spans over 20 sub-regions. For PolCa’s Festival program, Łowiczanie presents suites from the eastern border area of Biale Podlasie, Tatry mountain dances from Spisz, an area bordering Slovakia, and Żywiec Highlanders dances of the Żywiec-Beskids mountains, part of the Trans-Carpathian chain. Łowiczanie’s achievements were recognized in 1989 and in 2000 by the Polish government. Artistic director, Mary Kay Stuvland, completed choreographic studies in Poland. Find us at http://www.polishfolk.org
Polonez is a dance group based in San Diego, California. It is an adult dance company that promotes the rich folkloristic culture and traditions of Poland. The artistic repertoire includes Polish national and folk dances, gypsy dance and modern. The group was started 27 years ago. Its membership is open to all. Ewa Chrzanowska is Polonez Dance Company founder and artistic director. Choreography of the presented program has been prepared by Ewa Szejbak and Natalia Barnas. Contact at: Polonez@PolonezSanDiego.com
Kuzyni (which means cousins) was formed in 2013 by a group of music enthusiasts performing at various Polish events around Sacramento and the Bay Area. Combining a broad range of instrumental talent, the result of combining their talents produced a joyful, collaborative band that has now performed across the Bay Area. The musical style could be loosely described as “street folk”. Their philosophy is reflected in its name “cousin,” which is an endearing term used to call a close friend or buddy. Every public appearance so far has had a different combination of performers. The group’s material includes pieces that span almost 80 years of Polish hits and popular songs including hits by artists such as Maryla Rodowicz, Marek Grechuta, Ryszard Rynkowski or groups such as Czerwone Gitary, No To Co, Dwa Plus 1, Perfekt, Budka Suflera, Maanam, Orkiestra Golec, Balkanica and many more. They continue to welcome new members to join their band with any instrument they enjoy playing.
Bogdan Komorniczak (vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele, charango, harmonica, bass and many other exotic instruments), Piotr Filipowski (vocals, guitar, harmonica),
Małgorzata Broda (vocals, hand drum (bohdran), percussion instruments), Wojciech Czarnecki (guitar, vocals), Pawel Karolak (clarinet, vocals), Maciek Danek (bass guitar, vocals), Wojciech Debies (vocals, percussion instruments), Marek Jaworski (ukulele, vocals).
The John Paul II School of Polish Language was established in 1967 by the Polish-American Educational Committee of San Francisco (PAEC). In addition to studying the Polish language, history and culture, students who attend the school have the unique opportunity to learn and perform traditional Polish dances. The Polish School children’s dance group performs regularly at various Bay Area cultural festivals. Classes are held on select Saturdays at the United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Avenue, Walnut Creek. For more information, including enrollment information, please visit their website at: www.PolishSchool.org www.facebook.com/pages/John-Paul-II- School-of-Polish-Language
Sokoły (Falcons in Polish) – a team of young performers who present traditional dances and songs of Poland, who work at various art projects, and learn about Polish language, history and customs, in a light-hearted and child-friendly atmosphere. Classes are held on Saturdays, 2-4 pmin Capel Hall at Messiah Lutheran Church, 12835 Valota Rd. in Redwood City. Facebook: SokolyDanceGroup; firstname.lastname@example.org